Bhutan – the The Last Shangri La, the land of the Thunder Dragon, and a culture that celebrates ‘Gross National Happiness’ over GNP. It’s an idyllic Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between the world superpowers of China and India. The government strictly controls tourism and is one of the last Himalayan kingdoms to resist rampant modernization. Until 1974 there was no currency, all transactions were completed in trade. There’s few places in the world remaining where a visitor can glimpse such a strong cultural heritage still thriving.
2014 was an exceptional year with travels overseas leading photography workshops and editorial / commercial assignments & in Burma, Laos, Costa Rica, Maui, Okanagan, British Columbia & Iceland.
In addition, my first documentary film, THE NOBLE SPIRIT was completed and begun the film festival circuit. My fourth wine book, SPECTACULAR WINERIES OF OREGON was published. I also had the pleasure of woking with the best creative team I’ve experienced for a series of videos and photos for the Washington Wine Commission (stay tuned for release in 2015).
THANK YOU for sharing the adventures with me!
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Excited to launch our new travel photography tours & workshops website – http://lumariaworkshops.com
Next trip Bhutan, March 2015 – http://lumariaworkshops.com/photo-tours/bhutan-2015/
Every year I search for a new place to ‘detox’ from the stressors of my everyday fast paced life. I may have just found the perfect place to return to on a regular basis for my creative renewal. Life in Laos moves slowly, artfully – a beautiful silk wall hanging may take a year to meticulously hand weave, a pedicure two hours. The bus ride from Luang Prabang to the northern Luang Namtha province is a tortuous 12 hour ordeal, but when the road ends the two day trek through jungle wilderness to visit to the Lanten tribal village was priceless. After three weeks of enjoying constant exercise outdoors rock climbing, hiking, & walking, eating eating only fresh produce & fish, disconnecting from the internet, and a dozen relatively inexpensive deep tissue Thai / Lao massages, I was completely rejuvenated.