Abandoned trailers in the vicinity of Bishop New Mexico
Last month we spent three and a half weeks in the US - our longest stay since we moved to Bangkok seven years ago. We split our time between three very different parts of the country: the San Francisco Bay Area (where we resided happily for 8 years),
Kite and hills at sunset, Emeryville California
Michigan (where we both grew up and earned our undergraduate degrees),
Draft horse demonstration, East Lansing Michigan
and northern New Mexico, where my parents have lived for twenty years.
El Santuario do Chimayo, Chimayo New Mexico
Everywhere we went America's 'America-ness' announced itself. Foreigners - and Americans - cleave to so many cliched images of our country. Yet without even trying we bumped up against those images again and again. Postcard-perfect pictures of America.
High school football practice, Berkeley California
Historic Ingham County Courthouse, Mason Michigan
Little Man, Abiquiu New Mexico
Maybe we've been away so long that we've begun to view our own country as foreigners would, seeing the odd, unusual, beautiful, or extraordinary in the ordinary.
Giving a Clydesdale a bath, East Lansing Michigan
Certainly traveling with a camera (or with a photographer) leads you to search for often overlooked images.
A bar owner with a sense of humor, Holt Michigan
Dog tunnel, Abiquiu New Mexico
No doubt being in the US during the lead-up to a national election heightened our awareness of our country's uniqueness.
Obamanos, Santa Fe New Mexico
There's no denying that America is overflowing with vistas you won't find anywhere else in the world.
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Abandoned house, Edgewood New Mexico
We know a North America-resident writer-photographer who spends a chunk of every year in Southeast Asia. When he's back home in NA his camera stays in its bag. Lack of inspiration, he says. We can't imagine it.
Last Saturday we left San Francisco eager to return to our home in Kuala Lumpur yet wishing we'd had more time in the US. And maybe even appreciating the US more than we ever have.
Cochise, Abiquiu New Mexico
We'd like to know it better. Next time, maybe a road trip.
On the road in Espanola, New Mexico
Vintage Buick, Hell Michigan
Tommy on the run, Abiquiu New Mexico