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   Some interesting places, people and things Michael has seen/ photographed/ visited include:

Nepal's 'Mt. Everest' at sunrise from Nargagot village- the 'the end of the world'.

Killer whales (and puffins) at the Westmann Islands, Iceland.

'Dune de Pila', France, the largest sand dunes in Europe.

18 Japanese businessmen, all in suit and tie, being serenaded under umbrellas in the rain in three gondolas through the canals of Venice, Italy.

Over ten different 'tribes', varying colors and sizes, of ant trails, all in a two foot square area, on his porch in Bali.

Llamas scurrying at sunrise all over Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.

A dozen surfboards that had been snapped in half filling the trash cans at 'Pipeline', Oahu on another big wave day.

A Bengal tiger from a few yards away in the wilds of northern India, and sunrise over the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Strolling down the main boulevard during the five hundred and something year birthday party of Munich, Germany, with almost as many um-pah bands and beer gardens all the while every church bell in town rang.

Michael Seewald       Michael, with his trusted Mamiya RB67, before he wore it out from so many trips around the world.    (And before he turned gray from trying to figure out how to afford a Hasselblad to replace it!).

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The 'Great Wall of China', the Tierra Cotta warriors in Xian and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City.

An un-obscured Mt. McKinley (Denali), in Denali National Park, Alaska.

His wife Valerie kissing the 'Blarney Stone' in Ireland.

Kangaroos in his new friends giant backyard in Australia.

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions in Vienna, Austria.

Michelangelo's 'Sistine Chapel' and 'St. Peter's Cathedral' in Rome.

Sunrise at the 'Eiffel Tower' in Paris, and the Notre Dame at sunset on the Seine river.

'1,000 clock shop' in the Black Forest of Germany.

Peak 'fall colors' at Bar Harbor, Maine.

Snow falling at night in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Badlands National Park of South Dakota.

The 'Wailing (Western) Wall' at dusk in Israel.

Europe's largest waterfall, 'Godafoss' -in central Iceland -with full double rainbows.

A moonlit Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

The Atlas Mountains, 'Herds of turkeys' and 'snake charmers' in Marrakech, Morocco.

'Million gallon' wine casks at Sandman winery in Porto, Portugal.

Flowing lava from the largest volcano in the world, 'Mauna Loa', through cracks under his feet on the 'Big Island' of Hawaii.

Buddhist monks offering 'sex shows' for cash in Katmandu, Nepal!

Artist's from around the world sharing portfolios with him in the streets at midnight at the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland.

The Old West parks, two trips (one was six weeks, 6,000 mile, 13 National Parks), both together included:
Grand Canyon National Park,
Monument Valley National Park,
Badlands National Park,
Capitol Reef National Park,
Arches National Park,
Mesa Verde National Park,
Zion Nat'l Park,
Grand Teton Nat'l Park,
Yosemite Nat'l Park,
Yellowstone Nat'l Park,
Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park,
Glacier Nat'l Park,
Canyonlands Nat'l Park,
Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park,
and Sequoia Nat'l Park.


The Three Graces, Massai Mara, Kenya
Copyright Michael Seewald

The oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe, in Prague.

'Beware of penguins crossing road' signs in New Zealand.

'Kalaupapa's leper colony' and the largest sea-cliffs in the world on Molokai, Hawaii.

Monkeys stealing unwatched lunches from sunbathers in Costa Rica as giant iguanas looked on.

The vineyards of the Pope's wine in Provence, France: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

'Zillion' dollar yachts at Monte Carlo.

Full moon over the 'Blue Mosque' while drinking mint tea and listening to the call to prayer in Istanbul, Turkey.

Big Sur, 17 mile drive, Point Lobos State Park, Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, all in Monterrey County, Calif.

Michelangelo's sculptures; David in Florence and Pieta in St. Peter's Cathedral, Rome, as well as the Sistine Chapel, all in Italy. Also the Carrara mountains, where he got his Carrara marble.

Solar panels on huts in a jungle village of the Amazon/ kids wearing live monkeys as hats.

'Twin cathedrals' in Salamanca, Spain.

'Aurora borealis' dancing in the skies of the Yukon at midnight.

The 'golden pagoda' temple in Kyoto, Japan.

A pod of beluga whales basking slowly in the sun at Turnagain Arm bay near Anchorage, Alaska.

Watched sunrise on the top of Haleakala crater, the highest spot on Maui, Hawaii.

The twin towers in New York City.

Women monks in Tibet.

Photographed the wettest place on earth, Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kauai, Hawaii by golly golly.

The annual chocolate festival in Perugia, Umbria, Italy.

'Harry's Bar' off San Marcos square in Venice, Italy, as well as a waterspout on his way back through from working in Croatia.

Three thousand year old mummies inside the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Slept on a 'junk' in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

'Big Ben' and Ten Downing Street in London, England.

Cindy Crawford at a dinner table next to his and Valerie's at 'Henry Clay's Rotisserie' restaurant on Lanai, Hawaii.

Dozens of wineries in Napa-Sonoma, Calif.

A lion chase a cheetah off from a fresh kill while hyenas waited for leftovers/ and then 'crocks' waiting for baby hippos to stray from mom- Kenya, Africa.

The famous 'floating market' in Thailand, south of Bangkok.

Underground city, 18 stories deep, in Cappadocia, central Turkey.

Old French villas by the dozens lining the streets of Vientiane, and the Mekong River, Laos.

Fresh earthquake damage in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.

Table Mountain in Cape Town, So. Africa.

Snow on the ground at a beach near Taormina, Sicily, way down in S. Italy.

Some of the best 'black bass' lakes in the world, in Texas: Amador, Choke Canyon (with alligators!), Falcon, Ray Hubbard, O.H. Ivie, and Lake Fork.

And last but not least, the cave (that's where they kept animals penned, and still do) where Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and the (possible) actual empty tomb in Jerusalem, where he lay for three days before rising again from the dead!

 

 

Updated: 12.'10

 

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Valerie and Jon Simich, owners of the 'F stops here' photography gallery in Santa Barbara, pose with the Seewald's at Michael's  opening night reception in there in 1999.  The previous night Michael had an opening at the Delphine Gallery, also in Santa Barbara.

Over Michael's shoulder you can see his " 'Ghost of Florence', Italy '89", winner of a San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts photo competition, besting hundreds of entries! The gallery has since closed.

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