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In 1943, at the age of 12, I bought my first camera from my parents. I really wanted a camera although I knew I couldn’t use it until after World War II was over because 35 mm slide film was not available to civilians. After the war I could get film, and my family traveled from Pennsylvania through the West for a number of summers. I used several different kinds of 35 mm film: Burke, Ansco, Kodak, and others. Only the Kodak held up well and all those taken in the late 1940s with Kodak film are as good today as when they were taken. All the others had to be thrown away after just a few years. Most of the pictures I took were in National Parks and most were landscapes, since the parks were quite empty. I lost this camera at Niagara Falls during my honeymoon.

For years with my young growing family I settled for snapshots. We raised our children in Seattle, Washington and Berkeley, California. My mother had become an excellent amateur photographer using slide film. She gave me her manual Nikon when she upgraded to a through the lens light-metered camera. Most of my pictures are taken with a manuel Nikon of one kind or another.

It is obvious from my pictures that I am most interested in people and their cultures and take pictures that intrigue me about the diversity of people and what they do.

Resources created by Margery H. Freeman

Field house located on canal in highlands near Mai Chau
 Field house located on canal in highlands near Mai Chau
A thatched roof house is located along a canal used for irrigating wet-rice fields in the highlands near Mai Chau. Such small houses built of local plant materials may be used by Southeast Asian highland families on a permanent basis, especially if they are...
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Tuff Canyon near the Castelon area of Big Bend National Park
 Tuff Canyon  near the Castelon area of Big Bend National Park
This photograph shows the Tuff Canyon Cliff near the Castalon area. Tuff is “a rock composed of consolidated or cemented volcanic ash.” These gray cliffs show a great deal of erosion from Blue Creek as it cut through the rock. Strewn at the base...
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17 year old boy
17 year old boy
A young boy poses for the camera. The boy has voluminous black hair and large, dark eyes. His skin is a medium tone, and he has dimples in his cheeks from his closed mouth smile. He has a fairly large nose that points downward, and his face is turned slightly...
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19th-century street in Cartagena, Colombia
19th-century street in Cartagena, Colombia
A block-long weather-beaten building borders a 19th-century street in Cartagena, Colombia. Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia's northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors and was an important seaport during the colonial period....
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Aerial view of Mekong River joining Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap
Aerial view of Mekong River joining Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap
This view photographed from an airplane shows where the Mekong River joins Tonlé Sap Lake near Siem Reap in Cambodia. The waterways of the Mekong are the region's primary conduit for local trade and transportation. The Mekong River flows approximately 2,800...
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Aerial view of Nevada and Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, CA
Aerial view of Nevada and Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, CA
Nevada and Vernal Falls seen aerially in Yosemite National Park, California. Nevada Falls (594 feet) appears at the top of the photo, and Vernal Falls (317 feet) appears at the bottom. Trails go to both waterfalls, but the one to Nevada Falls is more strenuous...
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Agate House in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Agate House in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
The Agate House in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Archeologists believe the original building was constructed almost ten centuries ago between A.D. 1050 and 1300. The ancient Puebloan people in the area used petrified wood sealed with mud mortar...
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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
This All-Seeing Eye image framed in a triangle surrounded by sun rays and carved lotus blossoms is displayed in the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The elaborate temple, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955....
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Alligator and ducks on a pond, Everglades National Park, FL
Alligator and ducks on a pond, Everglades National Park, FL
Alligator and ducks on a pond, Everglades National Park, Florida. Everglades National Park was declared a national park in 1934, though it took the park's proponents another 13 years to acquire funds and land. The park protects approximately one-fifth of the...
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An alligator in Okefenokee Swamp, GA
An alligator in Okefenokee Swamp, GA
An alligator in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia. Okefenokee Swamp is a peat wetland that stretches across almost 500,000 acres in Georgia and Florida. A great deal of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness....
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Along Chesler Park Trail in Canyonlands National Park
Along Chesler Park Trail in Canyonlands National Park
This photograph was taken looking up at the many layers of rock. Some of the layers are tan, some are red, and some are gray. Their ridges are smooth and rounded. Bushes and other plants are at their base.
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Along Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Along Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Fins, arches, and hoodoos can be seen in this photograph taken from Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Amber Fort near Jaipur, India
Amber Fort near Jaipur, India
These are the fortifications of the Amber Fort near Jaipur, India. The walls of the fort wind to an arched gateway down two sandy hills dotted with scrubby trees. At intervals along the walls are rounded towers. At the top of the hill furthest from the viewer...
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Amonite fossils, or Shaligrams
Amonite fossils, or Shaligrams
The Ammonite fossils seen in this picture are called Shaligrams by Hindus in Nepal. These Shaligrams are worshiped by Hindus as an embodiment of Vishnu, the god of protection. Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals of the subclass Ammonoidea...
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Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Amphitheater Lake in the Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The lake gleams in a bowl formed by mountains. Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes are glacial lakes surrounded by subalpine meadows. They are located on a strenuous trail that offers outstanding...
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Amusement ride in Guadalajara, Mexico
Amusement ride in Guadalajara, Mexico
A child rides a small amusement ride in a park. The ride consists of colorful cars decorated as fish revolving around a central column. Guadalajara was founded soon after the conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century and has grown to be one of Mexico’s...
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Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, Zion National Park, Utah
Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, Zion National Park, Utah
Hikers on Angels Landing Trail, viewed from above, in Zion National Park, Utah. The trail was cut from a sheer drop of solid rock in 1926 and remains one of the park's most spectacular construction wonders. The top offers wonderful views of Zion Canyon. This...
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Animal carvings on Janitzio Island
Animal carvings on Janitzio Island
Several wooden carvings in the shape of animals sit in a stone courtyard. The bell tower of a colonial church rises beyond a red-tile roofed building. Janitzio Island is the largest island on Lake Pátzcuaro. The island is known for its community of Tarascan...
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Animal market in Riobamba, Ecuador
Animal market in Riobamba, Ecuador
An open-air animal market in Riobamba, Ecuador displays several bound sheep lying on the ground, as well as numerous sellers and buyers. The people in the photo are wearing colorful wool garments representative of traditional Andean textile production. Riobamba...
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