April 9, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Monks #1, Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

The myriad monks and stunning architecture of the Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (try saying that three times fast!) in Punakha, Bhutan. A true visual feast.

Monks #2, Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Monks #3, Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Monk and Gong, Punakha, Bhutan

Monk on the Stairs, Punakha, Bhutan

Lone Monk, Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong #1, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong #2, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong #3, Bhutan

Prayer Wheels, Punakha Dzong

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April 8, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Prayer Flags, Bhutan

I spent far more time hiking than photographing today…a few shots of the rhododendron forest we hiked through today will have to suffice.

Rhododendron Forest, Bhutan

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April 7, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Potato Field, Gangtey, Bhutan

More from the tiny village of Gangtey, Bhutan. Enchanting.

Monk's Lunch, Gangtey, Bhutan

Mother and Child, Gangtey, Bhutan

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April 6, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Gangtey Sisters #1

An afternoon walk through the tiny and remote village of Gangtey, Bhutan. I fell in love with this sweet (and runny-nosed) family of four sisters.

Gangtey Sisters #2

Gangtey Sisters #3

Farmhouse, Gangtey, Bhutan

White Horse, Gangtey, Bhutan

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April 5, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Jakar Dzong, Bumthang

Scenes from Bumthang, Bhutan: the Jakar Dzong…

Temples, Bumthang

…temples through a doorway…

Bumthang #2

…boys at play…

Bumthang #3

…young monks and their laundry…

Prayer Flags and Clouds

…and the simple poetry of a sky full of clouds and a string of prayer flags.

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April 4, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Bumthang Farmhouse Lunch #1

Lunch in a Bumthang farmhouse today; five-alarm spicy and far too carb-heavy for this Paleo girl, but when in Rome one must do as the Romans do. The buckwheat pancakes smeared with yak butter were particularly fine…as was the shot of home-brewed ara. Afterwards, a nap was had by all.

Bumthang Farmhouse Lunch #2

Bumthang Farmhouse Lunch #3

Bumthang Farmhouse Lunch #4

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April 4, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Prayer Flags, Bumthang, Bhutan

Manidhar prayer flags, Bumthang, Bhutan. Just standing close to them–as they snap in the wind and sparkle in the sun–puts you in a reverent mood. Typically 108 flags are planted to commemorate someone who has died…to me, it sure beats a stodgy granite gravestone.

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April 3, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan

A tourist shot, to be sure, but after hiking over 3,000 feet up to the Tiger’s Nest in Paro, Bhutan (setting out at a base altitude of 7,000 feet), I think I earned it. Acclimated to the altitude now. :)

Tiger's Nest #2

A few more shots from today’s long hike through this gorgeous country.

Prayer Flags, Paro, Bhutan

Farmhouse and Firewood

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April 2, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Tsechu Festival #1

Tsechu Festival, Paro, Bhutan.

Tsechu Festival #2

Tsechu Festival #3

Tsechu Festival #4

Tsechu Festival #5

Tsechu Festival #6

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April 2, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Patihani, Nepal #1

A morning walk through Patihani, Nepal…a trip back in time, save the ubiquitous cell phones and power lines.

Patihani, Nepal #2

Patihani, Nepal #3

Patihani, Nepal #4

Patihani, Nepal #5

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April 1, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Sunrise, Kasara Resort

The myriad charms of sunrise (and a rare Gharial Crocodile, to boot). Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

Narayani River #1

Narayani River #2

Narayani River #3

Gharial Crocodile

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March 31, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Sunrise over the Himalayas

Up for the sunrise over the Himalays in Dhulikhel, Nepal, and then down to Chitwan National Park.

Prayer Flags, Dhulikhel, Nepal

Chitwan National Park

Tharu Village, Nepal

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March 30, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Street Photography,Travel

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #1

Humans, animals and street scenes, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #2

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #3

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #4

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #5

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #6

Bhaktapur Durbar Square #7

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March 29, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Street Photography,Travel

Sari Saleswoman

After our hair-raising helicopter ride this morning, we returned to Kathmandu for an afternoon of sight seeing in this busy, colorful city.

Boudhanath Stupa

Hare Krishna on the Phone

Kathmandu Durbar Square #1

Kathmandu Durbar Square #2

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March 29, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Himalaya #1

We chartered a helicopter this morning for a truly (and literally) breathtaking ride over the high Himalayas. Our pilot flew us up to 23,300 feet–it’s a good thing he was well acclimatized to the altitude, as the rest of us were near to fainting in the thin air. But my God, what an otherworldly landscape.

Himalaya #2

Himalaya #3

Himalaya #4

Himalaya #5

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March 28, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Street Photography,Travel

Kathmandu #1

Afternoon in Kathmandu, a colorful and cacophonous place for a little street photography.

Kathmandu #2

Kathmandu #3

Kathmandu #4

Kathmandu #5

Kathmandu #6

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March 28, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel,Uncategorized

Taj Mahal #1

Morning at the Taj Mahal in Agra. It really is all its cracked up to be…a truly stunning place.

Taj Mahal #2

Taj Mahal #3

Taj Mahal #4

Taj Mahal #5

Taj Mahal #6

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March 27, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Stairway

Stairway, Agra, India. A small homage to Ralph Gibson, a photographer who has been a constant source of inspiration.

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March 26, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Travel

Airplane Window

Facing a long series of flights to New Delhi…JFK in the rain.

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March 25, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Woods

Waterfall

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March 24, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Beach

Snowmelt

The last of the winter snow…I say good riddance.

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March 23, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Domestic Life

Bedroom Sun

Afternoon light in the guest bedroom…at least the strengthening sun portends spring.

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March 22, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Woods

Bare Trees, Inverted

Struggling to find inspiration in the still dreary winter landscape, inverting and desaturating an image from my morning walk with the dog sums up my mood.

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March 21, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in New York City,Street Photography

The Wonder Years

Photographing through windows today; while neither are particularly remarkable street images, I do love these little scenes I often notice in the city where people are engaged in very private moments in quasi-public spaces.

Sandwich, Sixth Avenue

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March 20, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in New York City,Street Photography

SoHo in the Snow

SoHo in the snow, you gotta love that warm little incandescent light in the middle of it all.

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March 16, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in New York City,Street Photography

Red Door, SoHo

Soho doorways and graffiti caught my eye today.

Canal Street Graffiti

SoHo Graffiti

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March 15, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Woods

Bare Trees

A messy image of bare trees, but the sun was streaming in behind me and the clouds in front of me offered a perfect scrim; this is one of those simple landscape images that is all about the direction of the light.

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March 14, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Woods

The Woods in Fog

An afternoon walk in the foggy and still snow-filled woods; spring weather is but a dream.

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March 13, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in The Beach

Sunset and Jet Trails

Jet trails near sunset, Tod’s Point, Greenwich, CT.

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March 12, 2015

by Melissa O'Shaughnessy

in Domestic Life

Good Morning Sunshine

Good morning, sunshine. A view from my porch while enjoying a delicious cup of hot coffee.

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