• 2012 – A Year of Travel In Photographs
    Posted by at December 26th
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    Traditional Souks - The Spice Market

    2012 was one of my best travel years to date.  In it I added two new continents, four brand new countries and scratched some pretty major destinations off my bucket list.  In addition to completing my first year in Copenhagen I made it to the United Arab Emirates, Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden, Zambia, Botswana, Italy, Turkey, Canada and the Czech Republic.  Experiences ranged from my first time back in North America in 15 months where I came nose to nose with wild polar bears to an incredibly awkward Turkish Hamam experience to a week spent cooking over a charcoal brazier in rural Zambian villages.  2012 also saw me upgrade from my trusty Canon G11 to a Canon 600D, my first ever dSLR.

    I feel like you have all been there with me throughout my many adventures.  Your readership, support, comments, feedback and advice really means a lot and is part of what makes the hours, money, blood sweat and tears I put into this blog worth it.  So, thank you.

    Without further delay, I give you 42 of my favorite photos from 2012 in no particular order.

    Lion Cubs Playing at Sunset

    Lion cubs relaxing – South Luangwa, Zambia

    Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Snow

    The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) – Istanbul, Turkey

    Lilac-breasted Roller - Chobe Safari - Botswana

    A Lilac-Breasted Roller – Chobe, Botswana

    Polar Bear and Setting Moon in Churchill

    Full moon setting as the sun rises – Churchill, Canada

    Lazy Leopard in South Luangwa, Zambia

    A large leopard in the grass – South Luangwa, Zambia

    The Streets of Stockholm

    One of many beautiful streets – Stockholm, Sweden

    Rainbows - Victoria Falls - Zambia

    The last of my big three – Victoria Falls, Zambia

    Elephants - South Luangwa - Zambia

    A young male pausing to stare us down in South Luangwa, Zambia

    Traditional Souks - The Spice Market

    Spices at a traditional souk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Faces of Zambia

    Children clowning for the camera in a small village in Luapula Province, Zambia

    Zebra - South Luangwa - Zambia

    A Zebra relaxing just before sunset in South Luangwa, Zambia

    Berlin - Beautiful Marbles

    One of my favorite marble statues – Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

    Beautiful Sunset in Istanbul

    A mosque at sunset during Istanbul’s worst storm in 25 years – Istanbul, Turkey

    Faces of Zambia

    Children showcasing their zeal for life – Luapula Province, Zambia

    Streets of Perugia

    A particularly beautiful street – Perugia, Italy

    Hamish the Highland Cow

    Hamish the world famous Highland Coo (Cow) – Kilmahog, Scotland


    Fishing boats in Antalya harbor – Antalya, Turkey

    One Eyed Leopard

    This beautiful male leopard has survived with only one eye – South Luangwa, Zamiba

    Wild Polar Bears in Churchill

    Dancing or fighting?  Perhaps a bit of both – Churchill, Canada

    Dubai at Night from the Burj

    Dubai from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Wild Leopard at Night - South Luangwa, Zambia

    A large leopard warning a nearby hyena not to come closer – South Luangwa, Zambia

    Cappadocia Region in Winter

    The famous rock chimneys that decorate and define the Cappadocia region – Goreme, Turkey

    Exploring Beautiful Orvieto

    A moment of love and companionship – Orvieto, Italy

    The Streets of Stockholm

    The historic streets of Gamla Stan – Stockholm, Sweden

    Elephants Posturing - South Luangwa - Zambia

    Elephants posturing near a watering hole – South Luangwa, Zambia

    Sunset over Samfya Lake

    Fishermen at sunset – Samfya Lake, Zambia

    Elephants in a Line - Chobe Safari - Botswana

    An elephant convoy walking single file – Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Wild Polar Bears in Churchill

    Polar Bears play fighting while waiting for the ice to freeze – Churchill, Canada

    The Quirang, Isle of Skye

    View out over the Quirang – Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Lioness Feeding on Hippo

    A lioness chewing on a baby hippo’s head – South Luangwa, Zambia

    Bikes in Stockholm

    A Swedish bike with a traditional twist – Stockholm, Sweden

    Luapula Province, Zambia

    The night sky over the village of Chisunka – Luapula Province, Zambia

    Lion Stalking Impala - Chobe National Park

    A lion casually stalking alert Impala – Chobe National Park, Botswana

    The Isle of Skye, Scotland

    An abandoned boat – Isle of Skye, Scotland

    Perugia's Rooftop Textures

    Looking down on Perugia’s beautiful rooftops – Perugia, Italy

    Polar Bear Tears

    Polar Bear tears – Churchill, Canada

    Mother and Child - Chobe Safari - Botswana

    A baby Baboon preparing for launch – Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Geese Families in Stockholm

    A mother and her babies resting – Stockholm, Sweden

    Faces of Zambia

    Hard at work preparing and seperating corn kernels for sale – Chisunka, Zambia

    Old Painting from the Archaeology Museum

    A close up of a beautiful piece of art in the Antalya Archaeological Museum – Antalya, Turkey

    Alert Impala - South Luangwa, Zambia

    A very alert Impala – South Luangwa, Zambia

    Luapula Province, Zambia

    d’Artagnan, my brother’s cat – Luapula Province, Zambia

    It was nearly impossible to select 42 of my favorite shots from the last year.  There are a lot which I absolutely love that didn’t make this post. If you enjoyed these shots, please head over to my flickr albums and continue browsing.  You may have noticed that this post only includes one photo from Berlin, and does not include any shots from England, the Czech Republic or Denmark.  I wasn’t doing much shooting in England or Germany and I have not edited my photos from the Czech Republic yet so you’ll have to stay tuned for those!  I chose to exclude Denmark because it is my current place of residence. I’ll be doing a special post featuring 10-20 shots from the past year dedicated specifically to my life here in Copenhagen.

    The photo at the start of the post (technically #43) is from the traditional spice markets in Dubai, UAE.

    Most of the photos in this post were shot on a Canon T3i (600D) while using either a 18-135mm lens, 55-250mm lens, or a 50mm f1.4 lens.

    I would LOVE to know which of these shots is your favorite, or if you have other photos I’ve taken over the past year which you think should have made the list but did not.

    Thank you again so, so much for all of your support.  Your comments mean a lot to me!  I cannot wait to see what adventures 2013 brings!

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    Bio: Arizona native Alex Berger is more than just a traveler. He’s a 20-something communication and cognition masters student at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, a business professional and graduate from Arizona State University with degrees from Barrett, the Honors College and the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on virtual worlds and their impact on society, and he’s fascinated by the synergy between education, technology, business and travel. He’s visited 30-plus countries and is the founder of the Travel Resource Network, a series of travel websites dedicated to sharing travel adventures, knowledge, tips and tricks.

    Website: http://www.virtualwayfarer.com