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Holiday Greetings from Us to You - Jean Huang Photography

Writing one of these year-end posts has never been easy. Today, I find myself more so at a loss for words.

It doesn’t mean 2018 has been a lackluster year. It’s a year that I continue to listen to the whispers of my heart and morphed and changed consciously and subconsciously.

It has been a year that I have a lot to be grateful for. My vocabulary for wildlife, and especially birds, has grown. Great strides have been made in learning about them, some of whom you’ve met here. Remember the burrowing owls (see
here and here), the red-crowned cranes (here and here), the monkeys that take hot spring bath and the fox that I felt a personal connection with? I know my sister from Barcelona would be proud. A year ago, all I could muster was something like “a pretty bird” or “that yellow bird”. 😊

This year saw me going back to THE favorite country of mine (not one of) - Italy, where my Assistante and I continue to enjoy great food,
be immersed in culture and make friends. And despite common conception about French people, we made our way into France. If you are interested, I will share my experience with the people there.

Not that I’m trying to make a career out of winning photography/art competitions, I was lucky this year to be
among the finalists in a prestigious international contest.

It has also been a year of worry, fear and sadness. Some people I care about have been taken away from this world, including someone that I only got to know for one year. And as if it’s not hard enough, on a whim,
someone that I call family was taken in the middle the holidays when the smell of roasted turkey still lingers.

While I cuddle and reminisce the ones that leave an empty chair this holiday season, I’m also reminded that we are all made of something perishable. We don’t have “forever” to say good-bye and sometimes even one second is a luxury.

Finally, I’d like to send our wishes to you with an image of these birds of elegance and Japan’s national treasure. I hope these symbols of love, prosperity and good health will keep you well for the coming New Year!

With much love and gratitude (sometimes, attitude
😜),

Ciao!

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Seeing Porto, Portugal through Porto - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Porto in Portugal is a port that exports, among other things, its world famous wine named after the city, i.e., Porto. 

Ha, you know I don't usually talk this way.  But I did it. :-)  

 

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This one afternoon when we got onto Ponte de Dom Luis I, it's as if everything has gotten a tint of Porto, the wine, with a taint of its dreamy sweetness to it.

Oh, by the way, this just reminds me that one friend once said my other image makes her feel as if she's seeing through the bottom of a wine bottle.

Bottle or wine, it's the magic of the wine countries.       

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Where Could You Rock to Sleep in the World? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

What are the chances of you being rocked to sleep in your adulthood?  Not very high, right?  Well, I had an opportunity to do that in "the floating city" and thought I'd share how that "feels" visually.   

What word would you use to describe this experience?  To me, it feels just like a blur, at least right before falling into sleep. :-)

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