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Traditional Chinese medicinal store in Hangzhou, China. Tonight it feels as if years ago we walked into this apothecary store. Amazing how three weeks past feels like a lifetime, the pieces of our journey always connected, interwoven into one beautiful continual flowing narrative.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #hangzhou #chinesemedicine #traditonalchinesemedicine #apothecary


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To so many of my friends around the world, Eid Mubarak, a joyous Eid al-Fitr, Idul Fitri, with kindness and blessings to all.
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Prayers at the end of Ramadan in a refugee camp in Yida, South Sudan - August, 2012
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#southsudan #yida #refugees #displacedpeople #refugeecamp #praying #idulfitri #eidalfitr #eidlfitr #peacetoall


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One of the few who look around, not down on a screen, riding the Shanghai metro, China.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #shanghai #metro #commuter #woman #nophone #notusingphone #omg


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Was another of those days in China. We had left the hotel early. Mighty early. Going to a sports complex in Hangzhou where people run each morning. When we got there, it was me who wanted to run away...another moment when the idea of what was expected, wasn’t what you were there for. It’s the unexpected that appears, young cadets in larger than life shadows, making the painfulness of the uninteresting, a diversion in possibility.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #hangzhou #militarytraining #uniforms #shadows


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Wandering off on what I believe was our final night in Hangzhou, I began slowly to realize I didn’t want to leave them. It was something I had often done on this assignment through China, walking off as a means to clear myself through distraction. Still in restlessness, I crossed over the bridge and got lost. Don’t know if I saw or even made any interesting images on this wandering, not even this of Hangzhou at dusk. But I did notice myself in the fellow sitting by the river bank, when in moments of solitude, we begin to see clearer, what is right before us.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #hangzhou #river #water #boat #buildings #rubble #wandering #solitude


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Mystic Portal ~ While recently in China, I often asked, “What are we doing here?” Such an evening occurred on our second day in Shanghai. The wonderful Lingyi Chen (aka, @pasturewalker ) had recommended us to visit a painting class in a coffeehouse on the fourth floor of a nondescript building. Within minutes of arriving, I couldn’t figure out why we were here. It wasn’t Lingyi’s fault (she’s the best!) nor anyone else’s. It was me, always, who so easily becomes distracted, wandering off. In this instance towards the Mystic Portal, awakening...as happened later, in predestined reality - to why I was here.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #shanghai #reflection #mirrors #lights #motherandchild #mysticportal


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Plant Man, at a flower market in China. Like this fellow, I meandered into his little forest of green, only then realizing why we were there that last day in Shanghai...to get lost in order to find myself.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #shanghai #plantmarket #plants #green #plantman #lost #found


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Swipe ~ Finally reaching Shenzhen in the editing meditation of this story for @natgeolearning. Feels about right easing out this evening with a view from the balcony. We spent hours filming and photographing from here, so lost in the intricacy that afternoon, lost again tonight in the intricate process of editing this recent visit to China. Day 4 editing...
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #shenzhen #housing #apartments #density #population #editing


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Purple serpents of Shanghai, highways of layer cakes like nowhere else on earth. China is so different than my first visit not that many years ago, changing at a pace that knows no limits. By next week, it will likely be different again. Welcome, to the land of hyper-metropolis!
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #china #shanghai #highway #overpass #roads #infrastructure #cars #night #blue #purple #lights #metropolis


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It's really time we rethink plastic ~ World Environment Day, June 5, 2018
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@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @viiphoto #djibouti #plastic #plasticbags #worldenvironmentday #environmentday #enough


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We couldn’t get enough of West Lake, lured to its water like fish to light. And the glowing balls, pervasive, we could - and did! - spend hours filming them, lost like children, dreaming as Bubble Boy that night, our fifth day in Hangzhou, China.
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@rippleeffectimages @natgeo @natgeolearning @natgeocreative #hangzhou #china #westlake #portrait #ball #balloon #lights #colors #contentment


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