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I live in a tropical Island Paradise...GUAM, Where America's Day Begins. It is awe-inspiring to view millions of beautiful photos from around our planet Earth by hundreds of thousands of professional photographers, photo journalists, photography enthusiasts, and amateurs (like me), as well. It's a humbling experience to be in the company of these fine folks, who motivate, educate and enhance my drive to be a better photographer. What's especially pleasing is when I view my photos via my media and discover minute details I was not aware was there when I 'captured that shot'. Since posting on this site over 6 years ago, my photos have been used (by permission) in textbooks, travel and other online sites, school projects, and even war memorabilia - who knew... I hope you enjoy my photos.

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What was once tangantangan jungle & beaches alive with seashell crabs, land crabs, sea cucumbers, etc. is now almost entirely concrete jungle housing numerous hotels, motels, condos, high-end shopping and entertainment primarily serving visitors/tourists. When 9/11 occurred & SARS became an endemic, tourist activities almost halted and Guam's residents kept Pleasure Island alive.

Thank you ........... :)

U.S. Navy helos do traditional "fly by" over Guam's Annual Liberation Day celebration along Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna, Guam. Prior to taking this photo, stealth bombers came out of nowhere and flew by so fast, I couldn't even catch their wind drift; so I had to settle for these helos.

Pleasure Island is the tourist district in North-Central Guam. Only 20 years ago, most of the buildings you see here were all lush green jungle and fishing by locals was a common site. Most locals either sold all their prime properties in this area or have leased them out for 99 years or so. Now Guam boasts of beautiful hotels & motels, Planet Hollywood, Underwater World, Hard Rock Cafe, TGI Friday, The Sand Castle, and the list goes on and on and on and...with some hotels and motels even better looking and much cleaner than hotels across America. But the people...they are Guam's best asset. You CAN NOT, I repeat, CAN NOT find friendlier, warmer and more generous people than what we have in Guam.

You can actually walk out to Camel Rock during some very low tide periods; but you can not stay there very long. When the tide starts to rise, it rises really fast. The eco-system in this area is very rich. During low tide periods, you can find alot of sea creatures hard to find in other parts of the island.

Harley Davidson bikers, among hundreds of riders have established a long tradition of being one of the first entry to lead the annual cultural Liberation Day Parade along Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna, Guam. It is always an awesome sight as it seems there is no end to more bikers coming.

Hundreds of Guam Army National Guardsmen & Guardwomen, Guam's Finest, march along the parade route on Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna, Guam during the 65th Liberation Day Parade. Thousands of Guam residents, as well as visitors from around the globe lined both sides of Marine Corps Drive to watch Guam's presentation of what matters to Guam. Thousands of Guam residents stood in line for days to get choice slots which used to be FREE to any viewer, and now sells for $50. a lot for optimum viewing. Tradition of more than 25 years has it so families & friends use this event as an excuse to camp out days before just to catch up and party down. Liberation Day is Guam's biggest cultural event celebrated annually on July 21st.

5 layers of restless sea in an area usually featuring calm, glassy crystal clear blue waters. Photo was taken behind the Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, Adelup, Guam. Taken during hazardous surf warning conditions caused by inclement weather systems by Japan, meeting w/another bad system by the Alaska region on 02.03.09 which lasted 2-3 days.

WOW!!! This is an awesome photo. Greetings from Guam.

Photo taken on 04/10/2006 when the sun was shining brightly. One can see a whirlpool-like very mean restless sea, whipping salt spray through the entire area, giving it a hazy appearance. The waves were loud and constantly rising so I could imagine the ocean current it carries with it. Taken at Asan Memorial Park water's edge.

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