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Wildlife & Ancient Culture Expedition to Yunnan, China!

Wildlife & Ancient Culture Expedition to Yunnan, China!

Old Feb 19th, 2011, 06:33 PM
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Wildlife & Ancient Culture Expedition to Yunnan, China!

Just discovered Fodor's forums and thought I would post a few of my trip reports. Here is a trip report of a recent trip that you all may enjoy - especially the nature and ecotravel enthusiasts out there! Would love to hear your comments and questions. Enjoy!

This trip report covers a truly "off-the-beaten-path" adventure and the hard core travelers will surely enjoy it!

http://cokesmithphototravel.com/Yunnan_Expedition.html
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Old Feb 20th, 2011, 04:58 AM
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Thanks for that. Yunnan is certainly one of the most spectacular places on earth. The whole place should be declared a national park to prevent the governments from destroying what is left the natural part of Yunnan. I cannot imagine carrying those three lenses and the tripods.
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Old Feb 20th, 2011, 06:31 AM
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Coke - wow, really enjoyed your travelogue and photos. Having recently returned from India, I checked it out, as well. Really impressive - thanks for sharing! I just bought my first DSLR and, like merckxxx, can't imagine toting all that photo equipment around!
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Old Feb 20th, 2011, 07:06 AM
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Nice pictures! Is that big lens a 600 or 800mm L lens?
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Thanks for the report and photos. I'm going to Yunnan later in the year and can't wait. The photos are great. While I travel with a DSLR, I don't think I could handle the weight of the very big lenses.
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Yes the camera gear can be a bummer but we all pitch in and it adds to the "team" dimension to our family adventures. My boy carries the tripod bag, my wife carries the 600 and I carry everything else. This pretty much takes up all of our carry-ons... But you are correct - the camera gear is a killer. We all love photography though and that does make the difference. But when we see the images at the end of it all, the inconveniences are well worth it. There is virtually no way to capture images of many of the species we see in the wild without the type the gear we have. Just think of the upper body strength being developed here!
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Great family adventures and superb pictures!
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Coke: Thanks so much for sharing, the photos and reports are incredible, you really experienced areas no westerners have traveled to, and the trip is truly an expedition.

I also greatly enjoyed following your life in Shanghai, which is a cultural adventure in itself on a very different level than Yunan. Best to you, the lovey Som and adorable Cokie.
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Amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing!
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I finally found the time to look at your wonderful photos! Thanks so much for posting. Yunnan is a place still on our list to visit.

By the way, the fiddleheads looked yummy1
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