Winter is a cold but beautiful time to visit Nikko. A light snow dusting overnight was no impediment to hiking the Takino'o Path.

Tokyo holds sumo tournaments every January. Nobori banners list wrestlers and their sponsors. Kensho banners are used to advertise sponsors of the tournament who place stakes on the matches with proceeds going to victorious wrestlers.

10. Mount Ararat dominates the skyline of Yerevan, Armenia.

9. Novarank Monastery in Armenia.
Novarank Monastery

8. A roadside stand selling Khinkali along a Georgian highway.

7. High in the Caucuses of northern Georgia.

6. The Zorats Karer stones in the Armenian Highlands with a storm looming over the horizon.
Zorats Karer

5. Mount Kazbeg and the Gergeti Trinity Church near the Georgian-Russian border.
Gergeti Trinity Church

4. A cliffside monastery entance carved into a canyon wall in Armenia.
Geghard Monastery

3. A rainbow inside the arch of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Rainbow at the Arc de Triomphe

2. Svan Defense Towers are scattered through the Svaneti region of Georgia.

1. I didn't notice the second cat until several days after I had taken this photo in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Tbilisi Cats

Favorable lighting conditions near dusk resulted in a rainbow over the Arc de Triomphe.

The distinctly modern architecture of the casinos and hotels lining Batumi's shore looms over the old town near the port.