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We recently showcased photographs that InMenlo co-founder — and experienced street photographer — Scott Loftesness took in both Tokyo and Kyoto, mostly using his iPhone Xs Max.

Emailed Scott: “When I wrote that post, I was focused on my street photography (my current love!) but, as it turns out, I included a mix of both street images along with some others that more appropriately might be called ‘nature’ or even ‘fine art’ photography.

“One of the delights of using an iPhone camera is that it’s always (well, almost!) with you. While in Japan, we weren’t just on the streets of Tokyo and Kyoto but also got outside of the big cities and into the countryside.

“Plus, in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace grounds provide such a beautiful natural setting that you make can make some wonderful images there.”

We present some of Scott’s non-street photographs here.

Photos by Scott J. Loftesness (c) 2018

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M-A student gets a taste of Russian life during a visit to Saint Petersburg

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A week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is spent by most visitors on a tour or cruise, seeing the numerous historical attractions the city has to offer. From Mikhailovsky Palace to the Hermitage, tourists are ushered from their hotel or ship to each destination, an experience ultimately granting little contact with locals and limited exposure to […]

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Take a virtual tour of Turkey on May 14 at the Menlo Park Library

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Take a virtual tour of Turkey with the photography and music of David Couzens, visiting Ottoman palaces and historic mosques, exploring the villages of Cappadocia, chatting with rural Kurds, and venturing off to isolated, mountainous northeastern Anatolia and toward the Iranian border. Photographer, writer, composer, and musician David Couzens has traveled to more than 35 […]

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Elephant seals strutting their stuff at Piedras Blancas captured by photographer Robb Most

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to head to Piedras Blancas to see elephant seals, particularly since that day just happens to be the peak of the mating season, according to the Friends of the Elephant Seals website. If that wasn’t InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most’s exact thought, it’s close enough. Accompanied by […]

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Italy travel expert Madeline Jhawar speaking at The Applebee Preschool on Nov. 7

Italy travel expert Madeline Jhawar, who we profiled on InMenlo last January, will be speaking at The Applebee Preschool on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The community is welcome; wine will be served. The preschool is located at 107 Clover Lane, although the entrance is right behind the Willows Market off of […]

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This spring Yosemite Valley is a watery wonderland reports Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most

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For the past 40 years, Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most have been visiting Yosemite in the spring. But this year, they report, is unlike any other due to the amount of water, not just in the form of raging waterfalls but the flooded valley floor. (And no, the top photo is not upside […]

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Madeline Jhawar helps clients discover “Italy beyond the obvious”

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For Canadian-born Madeline Jhawar, it seems all roads lead to Italy. She spent a year there in high school as an AFS student, later lived there for five years, and worked for Butterfield & Robinson as a hiking and biking guide. For awhile she abandoned Italy for the semiconductor industry, doing the job but not loving it. […]

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Menlo Park resident John Donald’s tips on visiting Disneyland – take two

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Editor’s note: John Donald provided his top five tips when visiting Disneyland but said the past year — when he and his family made numerous trips to the park and Disney California Adventure — yielded even more. Here they are, just in time for holiday visits: Assuming you are going multiple days to both Disneyland and […]

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Tips from a Menlo Park family who’ve visited Disneyland dozens of times

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Editor’s note: Being friends with Menlo Park resident John Donald on Facebook felt, at times, like a Goundhog Day experience. Could he and his family really be at Disneyland again? The answer was yes, as John explains below. Use his “insider” tips if you’re planning a visit to the Park for its Halloween or holiday festivities. […]

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Menlo School student and Eastside College Prep teacher travel to refugee camps in Greece

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We sat down with Stacy Ishigaki, who teaches at Eastside College Preparatory School, and Menlo School student Lauren Chan. This summer the pair volunteered in Greece for five weeks where they worked with Syrian and other refugees.. InMenlo: So how did this trip come about Lauren? Lauren: Through a school research grant, from my school [and the HAND […]

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High school trip to Israel leads Menlo Park native to ponder the differences between living there and here

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For Kehillah High School juniors, it’s a tradition to take a three-week class trip to Israel. We recently travelled up and down the entire country, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. Having lived my entire life in Menlo Park, I came back having much to reflect on in the way […]

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