Best Travel Photos of 2013 / by Marc Cappelletti

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I was fortunate to have many incredible experiences in 2013.  Some through my work with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, and some personal.  Not all of the trips started out with an airport that looked like this (JFK at sunrise), but it's how I like to remember them. JFK Airport Sunrise

First there was Baja California, where I saw a beautiful dance...

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And discovered the power of the abstract.

Baja California Impressionist sunset sky blue

Then Seattle, where I sampled the region's produce

Pike place market sign produce

And went for a hike.

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In Aspen I learned that I love horses.

Aspen Winter Snow Horse

Maybe a little too much.

Aspen Winter Snow Horse

And I found peace on an old farm road.

The Farm Road

In Quito, Ecuador, I stumbled upon masses of people waiting to hear the election results and a speech from President Correa.

Quito at Night

They were pretty fired up.

Quito Ecuador Election Rafael Independence Square

Elsewhere all was quite.

Quito Plaza Grande at night

And the imposing Iglesia de San Francisco was breathtaking.

Iglesia de San Francisco Quito Ecuador

In Galapagos I met up with some strange creatures.

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Some who were already waiting for their closeup.

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And I saw landscapes I thought only existed on other planets.

Leon Dormido from Cabin

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Then it was back to New York for a while.

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When the end of summer came we found inspiration in Maine, Monhegan Island and Campobello Island in Canada.

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Bald Eagle of Campobello Island

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boats in maine sunset

In September I had the privilege to visit the islands of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia.

Haida Gwaii Massett

Haida Gwaii Balance Rock

Inside Passage British Columbia, islands, trees, pacific northwest

The wildlife was astounding.

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And soon the Canadian cool was replaced by Panamanian humidity

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and the Panama Canal.

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Panama Canal Expansion Project

Most recently, it was to Philadelphia, my old and new home

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Where my wife and I settled in over Christmas

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Taking in the views from our new home.

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A lot can happen in a year.  You can see A LOT of places, meet tons of interesting people and gain an entirely new way of looking at the world.  You don't always have to go very far.  As last night's photo proves, that new perspective can be easier to find than you think.  What a difference a day makes.  365 of them in 2014.  Take advantage of every one.

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Thanks again to #frifotos for the thematic inspiration. I hope you all enjoy and have a fantastic year.