Champs Élysées 

Champs Elysée

I love visiting places that hold special memories. While studying on my year abroad my parents and two cousins came to visit and we had an adventure in paris. We thought it would be a good idea to take a picture in the middle of the Champs Élysées. It’s not. As my mom was taking a picture, a huge bus nearly ran us over. You can see the bus in the background of the picture. Stupid, could have been dangerous, but in the end it was funny. Any time I cross the Champs Élysées, I remember that moment and the good times we had.

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Reflecting

Reflecting by the Sea

My eye was drawn to this man sitting by the water at sunset, because he looked so contemplative. I find that the changing light of sunset soothes me, and in this peace comes room to think. I really enjoyed this sunset, and I had the time to because this was taken on vacation in Trieste, Italy.

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Evening on the Gulf of Trieste

Evening on the Gulf of Trieste

What is it about water that is so relaxing? This photograph was taken during a walk along the promenade in Trieste, Italy in early June. It was crowded, yet peaceful. Most people were packing up after having spent the day on the beach, while some sat and enjoyed the last rays of the day. People were happy and relaxed. The sea has that effect. I feel this picture captures the peace I felt well.

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Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations

The concept that we can capture the sun’s energy is quite amazing. In Zadar, Croatia the Sun Salutation is a public art installation that uses solar cells to collect the sun’s energy, and then releases it overnight in the form of a light show that is shaped by the wave activity below. It is fascinating to see. Even more fascinating was the mood during a beautiful sunset. The lights seemed to brighten as the sun disappeared, the crowds grew louder cheering the moving art. The sun had just set but was greeting us.

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Reflecting

Reflecting

This is in the top 5 of my favorite photographs I have taken. While playing tourist in Lübeck, Germany, thinking I was done with photos for the day, I turned around to see this woman standing there in the light of the setting sun. She seemed out of place. There was the typical hustle and bustle of a summer evening in a small city, she was still. Most sought out places not in direct sunlight, she was facing the sunset. Most were in light summer clothes, she had a long coat on. Originally I had a sense of loneliness watching her, but others have commented that maybe she was happily reflecting on something, or just enjoying the sunset. In any case, I find this picture to be very moving.

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