Jon K. Stoutlager

In the ancient literature there is a description called 'Savikalpa Samadhi'. That means that you see things as you see them with your eyes, but you experience them emotionally and viscerally, as with ecstasy, and a sense of total unity and oneness.

Adventures through Life

  • O Captain! My Captain!

    “O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, ‘O Captain my Captain’.” - Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society. Kato Mili in Chora. Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece.

  • Birth. Spirit. Flame.

    Do you see it? It is very subtle and once you see it, you will jump out of your seat. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • L'ultimo Luogo di Riposo di San Pietro

    The Last Resting Place of Saint Peter The St. Peter's Basilica is the home of the current pope and the final resting place of all the previous popes. In the center, right beneath the dome, is the bronze sculpture of St. Peter's Baldachin that towers at 20m (66ft). St. Peter was laid to rest beneath this baldachin. It remains that only certain privileged persons and cardinals are allowed to enter the scared tomb of the apostle. St. Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri; Italian: Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano). Vatican City, Italy.

  • No Strutting Allowed Beyond This Point

    Galovac waterfalls in the upper lakes of the Plitvice National Park, Croatia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Sky Transcends Pyramids

    It was a cold and windy night. It had been raining continuously for 2 days in Paris. When I was done photographing the Lourve and was about to call it a night, the clouds decided to part and reveal a starry sky. I lingered on and braced the chilly night wind in hopes for a better photograph. "The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and houses one of the most impressive art collections in history. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum — LeMusée du Louvre in French — sits along the banks of the Seine River in Paris. It is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions." - The Louvre pyramid. Paris, France. © 2013 Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Storm of The Perito Moreno

    The crackling thunder, the booming echos, the devastating crashes...the realization that the glacier is advancing. It is summer and the valley echoes with thunder-like rumbles from the 'calving' of the ancient ice. Over 50km east, up in the Andes, it is snowing heavily, but it is drizzling where I am photographing. The Perito Moreno is my most fond glacier that I have had the opportunity to study and photograph. The trend of the glaciers of the world is to recede, but the Perito Moreno is actually growing. It is the only glacier out of 3 of Patagonian glaciers that is currently growing. There are a total of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. "The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 kilometres (3 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres (558 ft)." - Taken from Wiki. The most unique geological feature of the Perito Moreno is the 'rapture of the ice bridge'. "Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly pushes the glacier over the southern arm ("Brazo Rico") of "Lago Argentino" ("Lake Argentina") damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water-level on the "Brazo Rico" side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Lake Argentina. Periodically, the pressure produced by the height of the dammed water breaks through the ice barrier causing a spectacular rupture, sending a massive outpouring of water from the Brazo Rico section to the main body of Lake Argentina. As the water exits Brazo Rico, the scored shoreline is exposed, showing evidence of the height of the water build-up. This dam–ice-bridge–rupture cycle recurs naturally between once a year to less than once a decade. "The last rupture occurred on January 19th 2013, and previously, March 4th 2012" - Taken from Wiki. As you can deduce, the period between each rapture is drastically being reduced and is probably due to the subtle climate change. Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park. Patagonia, Argentina.

  • The Breath from Heaven

    Temple of Heaven (天壇): an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing. "The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship." Taken from Temple of Heaven (天壇). Beijing, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Lost Mirror

    The stillness of the water is only noticed when broken by the rain. I am truly amazed by how clear and serene the area carved out by the glaciers really is. Norway, Scandinavia.

  • The Hunt

    The main entrance of the world renown hotel, The Palace aka The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City. Johannesburg, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • L'amour pour la Tour Eiffel

    The Love For The Eiffel Tower It was my final day in Paris and although the sunset was rather iffy because of the rain, but it was great that the skies had opened up just before it went down. I will be back soon and hopefully, I'll bring with me my sunshine with the snow The Eiffel Tower as seen from Trocadero. The City of Love aka Paris, France. © 2013 Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Abandoned Watermill

    Twas a tiny village close to where Nikolai Tesla was raised. Here, the river flows through the town and the structures are built to adapt to the surrounding. What you see here was once a part of a watermill to draw on the power of the river flow. It was commonly used for grinding wheat and even sawing wood. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Patient Merchant

    A merchant showing off her wares by the carpark leading into the long road towards the famous Al Khazneh or The Treasury at Petra. The Rose City. Petra, Ma'an, Jordan. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Stari Most Bridge aka The Old Bridge

    The rain and the clouds seem to follow me wherever I go. The moment I step foot in this town, it started raining. I was fortunate enough to have a constant pockets of sunshine in between in the afternoon. As the principle symbol of the town itself, I had a great time finding all sorts of angles to photograph the Stari Most Bridge. The bridge was a marvel of a design during that time due to the fact that no bonding material was used. It is a perfect arch bridge. The Stari Most bridge is a cultural significant symbol of beauty for the Muslim people and the pride of the town of Mostar. "The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Bosnian Croat forces during the Croat-Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004." - Taken from Wiki. Academics have argued that the bridge held little strategic value and that the shelling was an example of deliberate cultural property destruction. At the end of the war, bodies like the World Bank, UNESCO, The World Monument Fund, in addition with countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and Croatia, help fund the reconstruction of the bridge. It was decided that the Stari Most must be reconstructed using the same technology and original materials. Alas, the fragments of the stone bridge that were lifted up from the river bed were too badly damaged to be of use. Stari Most Bridge aka The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Witness to a Setting Moon

    Have you ever witness a setting moon? You don't need to land on Mars to witness an out of the world scene. Sea point, Cape Town, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Pastel Alps of Innsbruck

    Overlooking the River Inn are the colourful buildings that were bathed by the autumn late afternoon sun to the west. The mountain range in the background is part of the Alps and the highest peak to the north would be the Nordkette (Hafelekar, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet). The River Inn runs through Switzerland, Germany and Austria and is 517 kilometres (321 mi) long. The highest point of its drainage basin is the summit of Piz Bernina, at 4,049 metres (13,284 ft). Innsbruck. Literal translation from German is Inn's Bridge. Tyrol, Austria. © 2013 Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Abandoned Galleria

    Built in 1865 and 1877, it is known as the oldest shopping mall in the world today. There were only a handful of people present at the scene so we decided to explore the galleries just before shops open. Just as I was packing up to leave for the next location, with a stroke of luck, the clouds gave way and the morning sun shone on the top of the dome and the light then cascaded down across walls. It was then I went, "Ahhhhh.... What a beautiful scene to share with another!" Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Milan, Italy.

  • The 99 Turns of the Dragon

    Zhang Jia Jie, China - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Upper East Chapel in Frescoes

    This chapel is part of the Bled Castle in Bled, Slovenia. "There is a chapel on the upper courtyard, which was built in the 16th century, and renovated around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes." Taken from Wiki. "The Gothic chapel is dedicated to the bishops St Albuin and St Ingenuin. It is east-oriented. After the second major earthquake of 1690 the chapel was increased in height and baroque vaults were added. During or shortly after the baroque remake the chapel was adorned with frescoes. The fresco on the northern wall depicts the German king Henry II and the one on the southern side his wife Kunigunde. The other chapel frescoes are also in a good state of preservation. The frescoes are made in an illusionist manner." Taken from It is said that from where I took this photograph that you could see the full effects of the 3D effects from the fresco style paintings that adorn the flat and smooth walls. "Fresco (plural frescos or frescoes) is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment and, with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The word fresco (Italian: affresco) is derived from the Italian adjective fresco meaning "fresh"." Taken from Wiki. Castle Chapel in the Bled Castle. Bled, Slovenia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Entering the Heart of Fenghuang City

    The ancient city of Fenghuang. Located within the Xiangxi Prefecture in the Hunan Province. It is listed as one of UNESCO's cultural preservation sites. I have seen countless of shots from this place and let me tell you, it does not come close to showing you the exciting breath of Fenghuang. Without a doubt, China has transformed into a tourism nation. What you see here is catered strictly for the tourists. How is that possible? If you understand that this is in a very remote part of China and not to mention just how behind times the city is, you will be amazed just how well they have adapted to suit the needs of tourists. There are buskers, mimes, porters, shops, restaurants and bars that tickle the fancy of the westerners as well as the surprising influx of the Koreans. It was late dusk and little light was available. It had been cloudy the entire week and it was beginning to drizzle. I was setting for this shot and waiting for a boat to pass by and it was just in comfortable time. I was beginning to worry about facing my back towards the crowd for far too long. The chance of getting pick pocketed here is very high and I was losing light every second. Luckily I had a spotter with me, and I came back with everything intact...shot included. Feng Huang, Hunan, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Twilight Alps

    I find it mesmerising at how the fog carves through the valleys and surrounds the countryside villages. The Airbus A380, flying over the Alps at either the Swiss or the Liechtenstein border at 0633 in the morning on the way to Paris. I am glad that I was barely awake and had enough sense to lower the ISO. I had to push myself against the emergency exit while photographing out from the 5X5" porthole. Somewhere above either the Switzerland or the Liechtenstein border above the Alps. © 2013 Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Dragon Blooms

    Took the cable car up the mountain only to be greeted by the unrelenting cold rain and heavy mist. The Tianmen mountain range was unrelenting in its weather conditions. I could not get a single shot of the surrounding mountain range and decided that this is the best time to capture some still life. Inspiring by recently acquired traditional Chinese paintings the day before, I was constantly looking for the perfect branch to capture. The piece that I acquired was a Chinese Cherry Blossom tree branch shaped like a dragon. It was painted by fingers on a huge 6 feet wide fan made of soft wood that dances in the wind and light. Zhang Jia Jie - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Mountains of Pandoria

    The mountain range where the movie 'Avatar' was filmed. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (張家界), Hunan province, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Lights of an Ancient City

    This is the city of Damascus and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine. It is the capital and the second largest city of Syria. It is also known to be the oldest standing and thriving city in the history of mankind to date. I fear that this will be the last time that I will see this city prosper in this decade. Damascus, City of Jasmine. Syria. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Of Illusions and Grandeur

    Never in my wildest dreams would I have chance upon the opportunity to photography such phenomena in my life. I believe that a good photograph would seek the photographer should one be patient enough. There are two rare optical phenomena in this single photograph. One would be the halo (also known as a nimbus, icebow or gloriole), and the other would be the glory. This was photographed while ascending the Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier) in Innsbruck, Austria.

  • Covetous

    The green eyed monster. Paris, France.

  • Curiosity, Innocence

    "This is my younger brother!", she exclaimed to me. Five siblings were visiting the ruins of the Amman Citadel. They were all lead by the eldest, a young teenager who speaks English. She allowed me to photograph and play with the children whom she was watching over. Right after I left the Middle East, the Arab spring started to bloom. One can only wonder what happened to these children. I really do hope that they are alive and well. Amman Citidel. Amman, Jordan.

  • Concatenation

    Concatenation The Bramante Staircase is double helix staircase. It is use as the primary exit from the Vatican Museum so expect heavy foot traffic here. The Bramante Staircase. Vatican Museum, Vatican City.

  • Rendez-vous au Grand Escalier

    Rendezvous at The Grand Staircase ‘First allow me to observe that the grand staircase met with almost unanimous approval, even though it detracts somewhat from the monument as a whole, which seems condensed into this one point: the Opera is the staircase, just as the Invalides is the dome and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont the rood-screen! Of course I am not complaining about this condensation, which could suffice to make the glory of an architect, just as winning one battle can suffice to make the glory of a general...’ - Charles Garnier. Opéra Garnier. Paris, France.

  • Sunkissed Padi Fields of Jati Luwih

    It is always a majestic experience watching the darkness slowly illuminated by the beautiful golden sun against the twilight sky. Along the horizons, both peaks of the volcanoes tower above the clouds to greet the sun. Jati Luwih. Bali, Indonesia.

  • The Myth of the Mermaid

    The legend of the 'Little Mermaid', Ariel, is from the local folklore in Norway. This is a sculpture by the famous local sculptor Gustav Vigeland. It is modeled after his petite wife. Oslo, Norway - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Angkor Wat Sunset

    This was photographed from within the Angkor Wat. This is the upper levels of the center courtyard leading into the main pagoda in the center. It is surrounded by four other pagodas. It was in the late evening and the sun was already really low. There was a slight annoyance for me at that time as it was a rush against time to capture the perfect sunset over Angkor Wat. Here is the result of that quick walking pace and it was great at the sky was had a tint of magenta and pink due to the dust in the air. For us Malaysians, the pink sky and red sun rays in the early mornings and the late evenings is a wonderful sight as we do not have it in our country. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Throne of Fairies - Where Fairies Dwell

    Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Rock Amongst Ancient Ice

    rial view of the famous and popular Franz Josef Glacier with the snowstorm approaching. I don't know about you, but it would seem that I am a magnet for storms! Franz Josef Glacier. Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Louis Vuitton Island

    Singapore is fascinating because it is so clean and everything gives off a vibe that it is a developed (expensive) civilisation. Take this fashion boutique for example. It is an LV island captured with the Artscience Museum behind. You don't find things this exquisite out of the ordinary here and that is fascinating. Singapore is truly a country that thrives on the architecture having a smooth flow. This island can also be accessed via an underground tunnel from the LV store from within the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall. Singapore. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Roman Bridge of Cordoba, Andalusia

    As you start your journey into the ancient city of old Cordoba, you will have to pass by this ancient Roman bridge. This ancient city houses many of the marvels of the religious world, for both Catholics and Muslims alike. "Córdoba, also called Cordova in English, is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. An Iberian and Roman city in ancient times, in the Middle Ages it became the capital of an Islamic caliphate. "It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a center for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries on top of the many medical schools and Universities which existed at this time. Such Universities contributed towards developments in mathematics and astronomy. During these centuries Córdoba had became the intellectual center of Europe and was also noted for its predominantly Muslim society that was tolerant toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Today it is a moderately-sized modern city; its population in 2011 was 330,033." Taken from Wikipedia. The Roman Bridge of Cordoba. Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Zulu Warrior

    This was photographed just outside of the Chameleon Farm on the way to Pretoria, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Patio de los Arrayanes

    Patio de los Arrayanes in the Alhambra Palace, Palace and Fortress of the Moorish Monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty. Granada, Spain. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Dilapidated Hallway

    "Beng Mealea is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay." - Taken from Wiki. The Beng Mealea is one of the very few ancient wonders that has NOT been restored nor maintained. Shortly upon entering the inner court of the Beng Mealea temple, you will encounter this rather neatly fallen stack of sandstones. These were the building blocks that was once part of the walls of a hallway corridor and its roof. My guess was that it had fallen over due to the earthquakes. At the end of the corridor is one of the many doorways into the lower chambers of the temple. This particular one has been overtaken by a strangler fig (Ficus gibbosa). Beng Mealea Temple. Siam Reap, Cambodia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Oslo Opera House

    The Oslo Opera House (Norwegian: Operahuset) was fashioned after a glacier with an iceberg off to the right. This is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. Oslo, Norway. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • A Peace Offering

    The Statue of Peace. On the ruins in the background. "The Ruins of St. Paul's (Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo, Chinese: 大三巴牌坊) refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul's College and the Cathedral of St. Paul also known as "Mater Dei", a 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. " was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. "The ruins now consist of the southern stone façade—intricately carved between 1620 and 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile from their homeland and local craftsmen under the direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola—and the crypts of the Jesuits who established and maintained the Cathedral. The façade sits on a small hill, with 66 stone steps leading up to it. The carvings include Jesuit images with Oriental themes, such as a woman stepping on a seven-headed hydra, described by Chinese characters as ' Holy Mother tramples the heads of the dragon'. A few of the other carvings are the founders of the Jesuit Order, the conquest of Death by Jesus, and at the very top, a dove with wings outstretched." - Taken from Wiki. The Ruins of St. Paul. Macau. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Morning Kiss

    Good morning, Angkor Wat. I was wondering when Mr. Sun will rise and it just so happens to be perfectly behind one of the pagoda. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Angkor Waterlilies

    When I was done with the early morning sunsets, landscapes and ruins, I turned my attention to the backlit waterlilies of the mirror pond in front of Angkor Wat. If I was not mistaken, I shot with using a 50mm with some fill flash. These were abundant in the water bodies around Siem Reap. Unfortunately, no one sells the seeds nor the plant/flower itself as there is no demand for it. Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • If There Is Hope, O Where O Where Are Ye?

    Evon Tan. Sekinchan, Malaysia

  • It's a Work In Progress

    Came across this sweet girl with some vibrant tattoos at the airport. She was quite proud and looking forward to having her tattoo finished soon. Cape Town International Airport. Cape Town, South Africa - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Suitor A.K.A. The Friar

    The Suitor falls is directly opposite of the 7 sisters falls. Geirangerfjord, Norway. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • L'Hemisfèric

    The L'Hemisfèric is an Imax Cinema, a Planetarium and a Laserium. AKA Eye of Knowledge. The centerpiece for the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (The City of Arts and Sciences). Valencia, Spain. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • *Light Bulb*

    A tourist during the weekend was photographed photographing a storefront. Turkish Main Square, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • La Sagrada Familia's Ascension

    Sagrada Familia, Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Where did he go?

    Friendly and lovely shop assistants. Photographed in a boutique inside Victoria Wharf by the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Cape Town, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Plaza De Toros

    One of the oldest operational bullrings in Spain! Seville, Spain!

  • Stout at the Cape of Good Hope

    The Cape of Good Hope (Kaap Die Goeie Hoop) is "The most south-western point of the African Continent." and is said to be the fairest cape of them all! - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • L'opulent Grand Foyer

    The Opulent Grand Foyer "‘I know nothing as imposing as the great naves of Gothic churches and, telling myself that the Opera is, after all, a temple dedicated to art as its divinity, I wanted the auditorium to be considered the shrine of that temple, and the foyer considered the nave.’ Describing the foyer of the Paris Opera in this way, Charles Garnier expressed the importance he gave it while building the theatre." - Of the many times that I have landed in Paris, I have never entered the the Palais Garnier. On my fourth visit, it was the perfect time for us to photograph the interior together. It was afterall, just a stone's throw away from the Galeries Lafayette. Opéra Garnier. Paris, France.

  • The Pinacle of Little Potala

    "The Putuo Zongcheng Temple was originally dedicated to Qianlong in order to commemorate his birthday, as well as provide Hebei with a temple of equal size and splendor as the Tibetan Potala Palace. The Putuo Zongcheng temple served more functions than just Buddhist ceremonies and festivals; it was also the location that the emperor would gather meetings of different ethnic envoys from within the empire. The location served as a peaceful getaway in contrast to the bustling life of the capital Beijing, as well as complimented the nearby hunting grounds that the emperor would enjoy with his hosts." - Taken from Wiki. It was in the early afternoon out here in Chengde and I was really glad as there were less than 20 visitors in this entire temple. The sun was going in and out of the clouds and the gusts of wind against the flags told me one thing. This is romantic and one of the best shooting conditions available. This lady here was manning the little store selling the usual souvenirs. Perhaps she is the only vendor selling souvenirs for miles on that day. It was towards the end of May and it does get really cold, even in the afternoon. The Putuo Zongcheng Temple, 普陀宗乘之庙. Chengde, Hebei province, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • An Evening Prayer for the Love and the Lost

    Photographed during the evening mass in the Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb, Croatia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Dragon of the Deep

    This is a 100 foot long dragon sculpture from within the Dragon King's Cave in Hunan, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Of Marble, Coin and Rain

    The Trevi Fountain. It is Roma's largest Baroque signature fountain and the most famous fountain in the world. There is a whimsical custom, for locals and tourists alike, to lob a coin into the fountain using your right hand and over your left shoulder with your back facing the fountain. This was introduced by the 1954 film, Three Coins in the Fountain. An estimate of 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. This sum is then used to fund a supermarket for the needy. The rain was pouring down and the moment was right as the day transitioned into night. The beautiful, elusive and fleeting winter twilight hour. You have, but only a 15 minute window for that optimal moment when the the city is lit up and the sky is still blue. Trevi Fountain. Roma, Italy.

  • A Smile Makes Everything Better

    Friendly and lovely shop assistants. Photographed in a boutique inside Victoria Wharf by the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Cape Town, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Just Another Snow Capped Mountain

    Just another snow capped mountain peak off in the distance. This view is rather common while driving towards Milford Sound. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Branching Out

    The perfect sunset is when you mix the fading golden hour with the emerging twilight sky...and the perfect salted egg yolk setting sun. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Vantage of Bergen

    Photographed from the lookout point of Fløyen. The city of Bergen lies in the SW of Norway and is surrounded by mountains, traditionally known as the 'Seven Mountains', but is now known as a single mountain range. Its population is at 268,900 (2013), making it the second largest city in Norway. Bergen was once the capital city of Norway from the early 13th century up until the reign of King Haakon V (1288-1319), where the functions of new capital city was moved to Oslo. Many of its municipal suburbs are located on islands. Fløyen or Fløyfjellet is the most visited peak of the 'Seven Mountains'. One of its popular modes of transportation is the funicular system that goes up to a height of 320 metres in about 7-8 minutes. It is said that Fløyen is one of the key attractions of Bergen. It offers a great number of activities ranging from having lunch at the peak and experiencing the sunset (personal favourite) to experiencing outdoorsy stuff like mountain climbing//trekking and other cultural activies (not-so-personal favourite). Note. A funicular is known as an inclined plane or cliff railway. It work very much like a cable car, utilising a cable attached to a paid of tram-like vehicles on rails. Some trivia. "During World War II, Bergen was occupied on the first day of the German invasion on 9 April 1940, after a brief fight between German ships and the Norwegian coastal artillery." - Taken from Wiki. Question. If you had a limited amount of time in a place like this, do you prefer to run around trying capture as many photographs as possible or kickback and relax to a cup of coffee/tea, have a muffin and read a book? Fløyen. Bergen, Norway. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Aging Finger Painter

    This sifu has over 60 years of experience in the art form of finger painting. His only goal today is to ensure that this art form does not die off.

  • Sospiro

    Sigh "Venice's famous Bridge of Sighs was designed by Antonio Contino and was built at the beginning of the 17th century. Spanning the Rio di Palazzo (Palace River), the bridge was intended to connect the Old Prison and interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace to the New Prison, which was situated directly across the river. "There are a few theories as to how the bridge got its name. The first one involves the prisoners that walked across the bridge on their way to the executioner. The prisoners would "sigh" as they crossed the bridge, probably catching their last glimpse of the outside world, many believed. Even though by the time the bridge was built summary executions at the hands of the inquisitors had ceased, many prisoners probably did cross the bridge and may have not seen freedom again... at least not for many years. "Another story says that if a couple kisses under the bridge while drifting below on a gondola at sunset, they will enjoy eternal love. Thus, the "sighs" are said to come from lovers who are overwhelmed by the romance of the whole scene. This romantic view was created by the Poet Lord Byron with his writings: "I stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs, a palace and prison on each hand"." - We walked up to an hour through the streets in the evening just to hit up the Bridge of Sigh. It was pouring and freezing, and we had to beat the Acqua Alta, better known as the partial flooding of Venice. At its peak, the entire St. Mark's Square will be flooded and it would severely limit our mobility. As I was getting drenched trying to steady my shot, a couple on the gondola passed by and created a perfect burst of light streak just beneath the Bridge of Sigh. Bridge of Sigh. Venice, Italy.

  • Sunflowers and The Bee

    Sunflowers and a worker bee in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Miaozu Gatekeeper

    The Hangwu Miaozu village is up in the Wuling mountains in the Hunan province. Here dwells the Tujia. Their population counts up to over 8 million and is the 6th largest ethnic minority in China. The Tujia people are local to these mountain ranges and is also known as the "locals" (Tu Jia, in direct translation from Hakka). This particular Miaozu village opens up its doors and is transformed into a full fledged and outright tourist attraction. Throughout your guided tour of the village, you will be taken through its steps and corridors. At certain checkpoints, you will be ushered into a building to either enjoy a local performance or to be sold ancient Chinese traditional medication or their local specialty tea. According to the traditional Tujia practice, it is customary for one to remain standing when entering another's home to indicate that one is interested in becoming the next family member. Today, however, the traditional Tujia customs can only found in the most remote of places. Hang Wu Miao Zu village, Hunan, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Billion Dollar Oysters

    Park of the billion Singapore Dollar park project. Their shape represents an oyster shell. Singapore. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Lonesome Child

    This little cutie playing by herself while her grandparents were lounging by the porch of the restaurant. This is the beach by Simon's Bay in Simon's Town, aka Simonstad in Afrikaans, Cape Peninsula, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Colour My Sails Under The Stars

    "Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers." - Taken from Sydney, Australia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Diocletian's Peristyle and The Cathedral of St. Domnius

    This was photographed within the private retirement palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian, the only caeser to retire in the entire bloody history of Rome. The bell tower on the left is part of the Cathedral of St. Domnius and is the primary symbol of the city of Split, Croatia. "This palace is today, with all the most important historical buildings, in the centre of the city of Split. Diocletian's Palace far transcends local importance because of its degree of preservation. The Palace is one of the most famous and complete architectural and cultural features on the Croatian Adriatic coast. As the world's most complete remains of a Roman palace, it holds an outstanding place in Mediterranean, European and world heritage. "In Hellenistic Greek and Roman architecture a peristyle is a columned porch or open colonnade in a building surrounding a court that may contain an internal garden." - Taken from Wiki. Dioclecian's Palace. Split, Croatia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Sea Point Contact

    This important geological site shows how, about 540 million years ago, molten granite intruded into the older, darker metamorphosed siltstone (spotted hornfels) of the Malmesbury Group (560 million years). This was taken at the ever famous beachfront of the called 'Sea Point' and this tip is called the 'Sea Point Contact' in Cape Town, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Is That Jealousy That I Feel?

    Flamenco dance performance in Seville, Spain. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Sunset Miao on the Wall

    I call him Micheal Jackson because he is black with white paws like he is wearing gloves. Whenever I pass by this street I see him perched on the wall. This was taken on the first evening where I encountered him. Shot this zoomed in at 300mm from across the street in order not to spook him. He seems to love the sunset glow. In South Africa, the vivid golden and magenta colours to get from the sunset is just amazing. Every evening, whenever I get close to him to pet him, I get stares from what I think to be the owner. This elderly lady spies on me through the blinds while cooking. Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Clouded in Mist

    You will need to take a very long and treacherous cable car ride to the top of the Tianmen Shan for a chance to walk on the glass walkway. As usual, even with the fantastic view that was shot for the movie 'Avatar' right in front of me, there is a thunderstorm cloud to greet me. Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China. - Jon Stoutlager

  • The Italian Safari

    From within The Palace of the Lost City, the Italian restaurant, Villa Del Palazzo. Johannesburg, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • The Heart of the Marina Bay

    Photographed from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel aka The Sky Park. It was pointed out to me that the Marina Bay Reservoir is shaped like a heart in this shot. From the lower left to the right, there is the Avalon nightclub, The Event Plaza, The Island of Louis Vuitton, The Artscience Museum and The Helix Bridge. Just above the helix bridge is The Float @ Marina Bay, which is the largest floating stage in the world. To the left of that is the Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay. Singapore. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Of Mystics and Heritage

    Photographed from within a traditional Zulu hut of a Zulu medicine woman. The usual ornaments includes a skull of an elephant. Shakaland Zulu Tribal, Durban, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Sunkissed Precipice of Riomaggiore

    Riomaggiore is one of the 5 villages that is part of the Cinque Terre, the rugged coastal part of the Italian Rivera. Alas, as the day was about to come to an end, the clouds decided to part and that was the first time in the week that the sun decided to show up...Oh, what a beautiful welcoming sunset, it was! Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. Liguria region, Italy.

  • The Bathing Monk

    Photographed from within the Dragon King's Cave in the Hunan province in China. In search of tranquility and inner peace, a monk would meditate in caves with water constantly dripping on his head. It was so named this stalagmite formation. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit this site with almost no one around me. From the corner of this 'room', you could only hear the sound of the water and not even a distant whisper. Dragon King's Cave, Hunan, China. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Nelson Mandela Shopping Complex

    Formerly known as the 'Sandton Square', a shopping centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. On 31 March 2004, a statue of former President of South Africa was erected and was renamed the Nelson Mendela Square. Nelson Mendela Square, Johannesburg, South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Sunset at Bondi Beach

    Sydney, Australia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Vivid Sydney @ The Rocks

    The Rocks, Sydney, Australia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Starry Night Over Vivid Sydney

    Vantage point from our backpackers housing here at The Rocks. From the left: The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Circular Quay Station. This was taken during the Vivid Sydney 2012 where parts of the city light up with vivid colours and many installations of contemporary art that which people could interact with. The Rocks. Sydney, Australia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Unmasking Sydney

    A rare photograph from within the Sydney Opera House. Sydney, South Western Australia. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Boulders Bay Inhabitant

    Fresh out of the water, an African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) aka the Black-footed Penguin, was spotted flapping its wings before joining the rest of the colony who are sun-bathing by the beach. These penguins are nicknamed "Jackasses" by the locals thanks to their donkey sounding brays. A full adult is a little over 2 feet tall. Boulders Bay is part of the Table Mountain National Park in South Africa. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Post Modern Curves

    The impressions of the Marina Bay area. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, its shopping mall and the Artscience Museum. Singapore. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Good Morning, Innsbruck!

    I was taking a breath of fresh air and testing the weather for the morning out of the small opening of the window. Needless to say, I had to postpone my breakfast to take in this view. Hilton Hotel Innsbruck. Innsbruck, Austria.

  • Why Won't He Talk To Me?

    A beautiful candle light dinner by the seaside of Little Venice. So, why the despondent look? Little Venice. Mykonos, Greece.

  • The Red Boat of Mykonos

    Towards the end of Mykonos town center, there is this "famous" restaurant. In reality, they are all the same. =) What is of particular note to visitors is that they would be able to get an up-close view of how fishermen hang sun-dried octopus across their sail line, which turns into tender, delicious and tantalising deep fried calamari drizzled with lots of local extra virgin olive oil. Salparo Mykonos. Mykonos, Greece.

  • Ceci Est à Moi!

    A visit to Paris is not complete without having some originalLadurée signature double decker macarons with a frothy cup of cappuccino. An approximate of 15 thousand macarons are sold each day by Ladurée. Ladurée Champs-Élysées branch. Paris, France.

  • Mykonos Summer

    A blazing afternoon view from the hotel balcony with the perfect vantage view of the center of downtown Mykonos. From here, you can spot all the main spots and attractions such as the Panagia Paraportiani - (the Church of Our Lady), the Chora windmills, and Mikri Venetia (Little Venice). Center of Mykonos town. Mykonos, Greece.

  • Why then, oh why can't I?

    Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II. He was the first King to unite Italy in 1849. I must say, the pigeons are so use to human contact that it takes great skill in order to make them take flight. Piazza del Duomo. Milan, Italy.

  • Apano Meria

    Sunset in Apano Meria. What a wonderful adventure that awaits you. Apano Meria (Απάνω Μεριά, "upper side") Blue Domed Church in Oia (Apano Meria). Santorini, Greece.

  • I Dream of Lucky Charms

    It was during the slow season so the town was pretty much sleeping and the morning train wait was long. We were village hopping through the Italian riviera and while waiting for the next train to arrive, I actually spent twenty minutes looking for a four leaf clover...but alas it was not meant to be found this morning. Corniglia, Cinque Terre. Italy.

  • Timelapse

    Χρονοεγγραφή As the sun began its descent, the light dissipated slowly beyond the shoreline of the Crete Sea. Tonight, I dig deep into the smooth and cool black soil that was made from the ancient volcanic activity of the caldera. I wondered, surrounded by a distant ambient of a crowd having drinks and sharing laughter, who could not care any less for this marvel before all of us, if they would only practice the patience to pause for a moment. For just a brief and fleeting lapse, to be able to experience the beauty before their presence instead of chasing down the dreams and clouds. It is right here ever so present. You need only to look up. Perivolos Beach Santorini, Greece.

  • Female Eighth of the Monolith Gates

    The Monolith Plateau is a platform made of steps that houses the Monolith totem itself. 36 figure groups reside on the elevation bringing with them the “circle of life” message. Access to the Plateau is made via eight figural gates forged in wrought iron. The gates were designed between 1933 and 1937 and erected shortly after Vigeland died in 1943. Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway. - Jon K. Stoutlager

  • Riding The Storm

    It is just my luck that as I begin my accent up the mountains in a daisy chain of cables, the storm had just started. No worries, the network of cable cars will still run. Nothing will stop them from running...except maybe, the workers' union. Mutterbergalm, Gamsgarten (2620m). Tyrol, Innsbruck, Austria.

  • For The Lake Goddess!

    As the second most important of temples in Bali, the Pura Ulun Danu has seen a lot of development in the area. The paths are paved with cement as well as the surrounding flower gardens. Situated on the Lake of Holy Mountain, commonly known as the Lake Bratan, is located 1200m above sea level. The average temperature is in the lower 20s this morning and it was just right to be outdoors for us. We waited a good hour for the clouds to part and for the meek greeting of the morning sun. Pura Bratan, Lake Bratan. Bali, Indonesia.

  • La Tranquillité de Notre-Dame de Paris

    The Silence of Our Lady of Paris We silently made our way to the middle of the inner hall. We had to pick a seat that was out of the way of the other sketchers. The weather today was cold, windy and cloudy and so we took refuge inside of the cathedral. The serenity within the halls was haunting as if to speak to us of the tales from the past centuries. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Paris, France.

  • Wiener Staatsoper

    The optimal time of the capture reveals the illuminated inner intrinsic décor and the wall trappings of the Vienna's opera house. The opera house is just across the street from the Hotel Sacher Wien and we all know what that hotel is famous for. The Vienna State Opera. Vienna, Austria.

  • Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

    Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower Giorgio Vasari's fresco begun in 1568, and completed by Federico Zuccaro in 1579. The fresco mural depicts the ascension of Jesus Christ. We had an early morning train to catch so we took a quick peek inside, said our prayers and headed off to Rome. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (AKA Il Duomo di Firenze), Piazza del Duomo. Firenze, Italy.

  • Fountain of Neptune

    The marble Fountain of Neptune (1563–1565) was commissioned to Bartolomeo Ammannati for the wedding of Francesco I de' Medici with Johanna of Austria in 1565. Piazza della Signoria. Firenze, Italy.

  • Ageless Kinship

    We may grow old, but we will never grow apart, as long as we are together, things will be just fine. Athens, Greece.

  • The Accordianist

    I am no Pablo Picasso, but if you stop to look, Greece has pockets of the community it in dire straits. Monastiraki Suare. Athens, Greece.

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