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Worlds Collide at Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  3 Comments

I’ve long been fascinated by the topic of ecotone. Usually, this refers to the transition area where two ecosystems meet, such as the area between a forest and mountain range. My interests are more focused on the transition and overlap between the man-made and the natural worlds, or more specifically, the effects of the man-made […]

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Death Valley National Park Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  7 Comments

Picking up from where we left off in Part 1 of my Death Valley National Park Trip Report, this photo above is probably not what you’d expect to see in Death Valley. The Inn at Furnace Creek would be an anomaly in any National Park, but it’s the ultimate contrast in Death Valley. The land […]

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Technique Tuesday: Focus Stacking

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  2 Comments

Today’s technique is photo stacking, a way of achieving greater depth of field by combining multiple exposures with each shot having different areas of the photo in focus. I first learned of this technique recently, and have only tried it out a couple of times in Death Valley and Big Sur because, frankly, I think […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  3 Comments

Hogwarts Castle houses the School of Witchcraft in the Harry Potter series, and is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. Next year, it will also open at Universal Studios Hollywood. This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle, both inside and […]

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Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  6 Comments

Griffith Observatory is an observatory, planetarium, and astronomy museum in California with great views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory is a popular spot for […]

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Death Valley National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  11 Comments

This trip report cover my recent overnight trip to Death Valley National Park, which included stops at the Mesquite Dunes, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, and other places around Death Valley National Park in California. I almost didn’t do a trip report on this visit to Death Valley, as I missed a lot of key experiences […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 Comments

Part 1 of my Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report left off with a nail-biting shootout with a squad of FBI agents, and left readers wondering whether our heroes would escape in a blaze of glory. Okay, that’s not quite what happened, but on our way up from Shark Fin Cove, we were stopped by two […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  23 Comments

Over on DisneyTouristBlog, numerous readers have expressed interest in reading additional trip reports as a way to live vicariously through some of my experiences (their words, not mine). While that request was most certainly aimed at my¬†Disney¬†experiences, the simple fact (as I stated over there) is that writing another Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip […]

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