Monday, April 4, 2011

From China With Love

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband Matt was out of town last week. What I may have neglected to tell you is that he was in China. I know - very far away.
You see, unlike a lot of men who love to golf, hunt or fish, my husband's hobby is photography. In the past, it has been underwater photography that has captured his imagination (the large animals like sharks and rays), so his trips were to scuba diving locales in the middle of nowhere.
Now, he's decided that while underwater photography is great, he can't really see the world that way. He's always wanted to go to China. So, he found a very inexpensive travel adventure company that coordinated trips to China (and all over the world), and off he went.
You may be wondering, "Why didn't you go, Kathy?" The simple answer is that we have two fairly young children who I couldn't be 14 hours away from for just over a week. One day, when they get a bit older, we hope to all go on some adventures together (instead of hitting the beach for every vacation . . . don't get me wrong, we love the beach though). 
So, for now, I will live vicariously through his photos. And you can too. I'll be quiet now so you can simply enjoy.


I think I may love the photos of the Chinese people the most. He said most of the men smoked. Like his Burberry hat.
This greeted Matt at his first hotel. Made me giggle.
This little girl may be my favorite.


Did he buy one of these awesome vintage trunks and fill it with stuff to ship home? Um, no. The man needs some serious shopping lessons.




Needless to say, he had a wonderful time and captured some beautiful images. This is seriously just the tip of the iceberg . . . I think he took over 3,000 photos. 
Mr. World Traveler himself.

Hope you enjoyed this mini-tour of China. I'll share what he brought me soon. Also, thank you all for your kind thoughts and wishes for our dog Coco. She seems to be almost 100% better now . . . of course, now that Matt's home she's fine. He said she just missed him and mourned his absence. I think you can imagine my response.

13 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Wow, these images are beautiful, Kathy! Wish I had a fraction of his photography skills - I like the people shots best, too. Glad Coco is better!!!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Those are great pictures. My favorites is the old man smoking. Don't ask me why I just really like it. Also the old lady on the bike with the pink sweater, super cool. Esty shop? He's got super skills.

Raina Cox said...

WOW. He's quite fantastic.

And no need to explain, my hubs and I vacation separately for the very same reason.

Nancy Kim said...

Wow!! I would say he needs to ditch dentistry and become a photographer, but since he's now my dentist, I'm going to request that he stick with it and keep the photography as a hobby. :) Seriously though, those are really great! A much more interesting hobby than golfing, for sure.

Noelle at Gray Paint Decor said...

Man! Awesome shots. Looks like an amazing trip!

The enchanted home said...

Enjoyed? LOVED...amazing pictures..I love seeing something from a photographers eyes, they are able to take the smallest details that the average person would so overlook and make them interesting and beautiful. This was a gorgeous slideshow of a fascinating country.

Ashley said...

Kathy, these are spectacular. Straight out of National Geographic or some other exotic magazine spread. And I agree, the smiling little girl is beautiful! What a talented hubby you have!

Barbara Keith Payne said...

Great pictures!!!!

classic • casual • home said...

He is so talented. Great eye.

SHERRY HART said...

Awesome pictures! I noticed when I was there not only does everyone smoke but everyone spits! In fact when the olympics were there they imposed a fine for spitting.

nkp said...

What an utterly amazing adventure and to go "just because," well, I love that. You are one kind wife, 'nuff said.

I love all of the images, positively alive with color!

Kim said...

Oh, how gorgeous! I am in love w/the lady on the bicycle and the man smoking. Such insight into their lives.

Tell the Mr. if he needs a photo buddy next time, I'll gladly join him. :)

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful shots...