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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Photos & Tips

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Travel Tips  •  1 Comment

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top sights in Kyoto, Japan, with its dense pathway of bamboo that stretches as far as the eye can see. The Bamboo Grove is part of Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is located near the outskirts of Kyoto, just below the mountains. If you daydream of bucket-list travel locales, […]

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First Snow in Yosemite

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  2 Comments

Winter in Yosemite National Park is a beautiful thing. I had previously been last February and caught the park in the midst of its winter season, even hiking in waist-deep snow along the way to this shot. Still, I had not seen Yosemite after any fresh snow in the Yosemite Valley, which I had heard […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine at Night

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos, Reports  •  4 Comments

One thing I really enjoy about traveling is taking time by myself in new places to just wander, absorb, and think. Even when I travel with others, I always make sure to take some time by myself. It’s usually pretty easy, as I can typically “outlast” most other people in terms of getting up early […]

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Japan

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  2 Comments

During my recent visit to Universal Studios Japan, I had the chance to attend their Halloween Horror Nights. This post includes my Halloween Horror Nights photos from Japan, plus some general thoughts and tips if you’re planning on attending the event in the future. Halloween Horror Nights is actually just half of the “Universal Surprise […]

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Glacier National Park Photos

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  9 Comments

I recently visited Glacier National Park in Montana with a few other photographers and spent a few whirlwind days photographing sunrises, sunsets, the Milky Way, and everything in between. It was an excellent trip, one that offered a lot of fun with fellow photographers and great variety in the scenes we photographed. After visiting Yosemite […]

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview Center

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  News  •  27 Comments

This weekend I said hello to an old friend. No, not the dragon perched atop Gringotts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in the photo above, but the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, which I had last experienced in my early high school years. On […]

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Ruminations on Travel Photography

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  6 Comments

Most of the time, my head is filled with random thoughts that are totally irrelevant to whatever I’m doing at the moment. These typically relate to certain recurring topics, as well as general oddities. One of the recurring topics is photography. As I have had these thoughts, I thought they might be interesting useful okay filler […]

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  No Comments

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a 5-Star luxury kotel adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention Center along Victoria Harbour. Guest rooms are well-appointed, and many feature stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong skyline. Much like the city of Hong Kong itself, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has the feel of “East Meets West.” […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  5 Comments

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]

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