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2013 – A year in review

January 1, 2014

2013 started off great with another trip to one of my favourite destinations – Myanmar! I was able to revisit some wonderful locations, see new and off-the-beaten path places while making new friends and developing my creativity. A visit to a village in the Chin hills was just one of the highlights. It was great to get a glimpse into the life and traditions of these welcoming people there.

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In Bagan I finally was able to take the hot air balloon ride I had wanted to do for such a long time – an unforgettable experience. The ancient city of Bagan is just an incredible sight.

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Myanmar is a photographer’s dream. Please visit my website to view more pictures of this incredible place.  Just follow this link.

I returned home to New England just in time for a major snow storm and to be stuck inside for four days without electricity and running water. Only a few days after the power came back on I received an email requesting to license one of my Bison at Grand Prismatic images to the State of Montana for a nationwide advertising campaign! Needless to say I was jumping up and down with excitement. The picture was displayed on billboards, buses, trains and the Seattle ferry terminal. A different image of the Bison also proved quite successful in the Greater Lynn International Salon where it received the  medal for best nature image.

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I spent spring and early summer exploring closer to home with a few trips to New Hampshire to photograph waterfalls, fields of lupine and other wild flowers.

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A day trip organized by NECWA provided a great opportunity to photograph Humpback whales off the coast of Cape Cod.

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In the fall I met up with my mother in Munich for a whirlwind 6 day trip to the Dolomites in Italy. Our trip started with a snow storm during the first night at Tre Cime which resulted in some wonderful photography the following day. Oh, how I wished I had more time there! But the main purpose of the trip had been to visit with friends and family in Germany  I had not seen in several years.

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More images from my trip to the Dolomites can be found here.

Through the year I also enjoyed photographing some of our four-legged friends.

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As some of you know my passion besides photography are horses and the art of dressage. Even so I do not own a horse anymore  I still like to further my education and there was no better opportunity than the clinics by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg from Vienna. He is an absolute master of this art and it has been an absolute privilege to observe and photograph him working with the horses and riders.

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I finished the year with an exhibit of some of my Myanmar images at the Great Ponds Gallery (in the Lakeville public library), which opened December 3rd and will be on display until January 21st (if you are in the area and would like to visit it, more information can be found here).

Now a new year has begun. To find out what this year has in store for me, stay tuned. I am planning on keeping up my blog this year, something that had been a bit neglected in 2013.

To see more of my photography please feel free to visit my website at www.beatedalbecphotography.com .

A visit to Mittenwald in southern Germany

November 3, 2013

On my way back from the Dolomites to Munich this September, I stopped for a couple of hours in Mittenwald, Bavaria. Mittenwald, a village situated in the foothills of the Alps, has been a center for manufacturing violins since the 17th century. The Klotz family started this tradition and continued it for generations.

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The town center of the village is known for its elaborately painted homes as well as the St. Peter and Paul church.

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The beautifully painted ceiling in the St. Peter and Paul church.

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one of several painted houses along the main street in Mittenwald.

“Visions of Myanmar” exhibit

November 2, 2013
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I am very happy to announce that I will have an exhibit of some of my Myanmar images at the Great Ponds Gallery in Lakeville, MA, lasting from December 3rd until January 20th. A public opening reception will be held on December 3rd, 2013, from 5 until 7 pm.

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Once known as the Pearl of Asia, Myanmar is a country full of stunning historic sites and inhabited by friendly and welcoming people. Their strong traditions and culture, which are deeply rooted in Theravada Buddhism, combined with their isolation from Western influences over the past fifty years, make a visit to Myanmar like traveling back in time (you can take a look at a short slide show from my first visit  here ).

I have visited Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, on two occasions. My first trip was in  December of 2011 and I returned for a second visit in January of 2013.  My image of a young monk studying in a monastery in Yangon won the “Children of the world” medal at the Greater Lynn International Salon in 2012.

If you would like to have a glimpse of what this country is like, please join me at the opening reception or stop by anytime during the regular opening hours (Monday noon – 8pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm). The gallery is located at 4 Precinct Street (Lakeville Library) in Lakeville, MA.

I hope to see you there!

Humpback whale excursion

August 11, 2013

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of taking part in an all day whale-watch excursion organized by NECWA. NECWA is a non-profit organization based in south-eastern Massachusetts, dedicated to the protection and conservation of  the marine wildlife in the coastal waters. Twice a year they offer a wonderful all day tour to observe seabirds and whales.

After a rainy and stormy week we ended up with a beautiful day and pretty calm waters. About 3 hours into our trip we hit the jackpot! Whales were bubble feeding all around our boat. An amazing sight! Here are just a few images of a wonderful day on the ocean off Cape Cod. (you can click on each image for a larger view)

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If you would like to find out more about NECWA or any of their upcoming events, you can follow this link.

Let me take you on a virtual tour of Bagan

June 9, 2013
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The ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, is one of the most incredible places on this planet. And the best way to see it is early in the morning by hot air balloon. On my trip in January this year I was finally able to take this amazing balloon ride. Let me take you along on this ride and then explore more of this amazing city with its temples, monks, ancient traditions and farmers with oxcarts. I hope you enjoy this slideshow set to music.

 

Click on the HD icon in the top right corner for better quality.

Celebrate Earth Day and National Park week

April 22, 2013

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Today is Earth day, created 43 years ago to raise awareness to environmental issues, and also the beginning of National Park week. From today on through Friday the 26th, admission to all National Parks is free.  So celebrate the beauty of nature by visiting  your favorite National Park. To find a Park and activities offered you can follow this link.

The above image was taken Mammoth Hot springs  in Yellowstone National Park, the oldest of all the parks and one of my favorites. There are few places on earth where the forces of nature are so evident.

Art Wolfe’s blog

April 10, 2013

I am extremely honored to be featured on Art Wolfe’s blog today. Art’s work has always been an inspiration to me and without him my photography wouldn’t be what it is today.

So I invite you to head on over and check out his blog here.

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