Amidst the townhouses and small apartment buildings of Philadelphia is a castle wall that surrounds some ruins.
WRITERS & PAINTERS IN PHILLY
We were strolling on our way to brunch and, around a corner, I was stunned to find a Keith Haring mural.
ANGEL IN AMERICA
The play was stunning and stark, funny and full of love and freedom and the worst parts of humanity.
LONG LAYOVER IN LONDON
Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the alleyways and cobblestone squares - all the places I visited before.
FORTRESS ON AN ISLAND
Our destination: Suomenlinna, a fortress island just off the shore from Helsinki.
TOWERS OF STEEL AND IRON
We passed under a bizarrely shaped office building, in the modernist shape of a butterfly. It was awesome.
A WALKABOUT THROUGH OLD TOWN
We met at the cultural center of Barcelona with crazy spheres of silver rotating over an open set of ruins from old Barcelona.
PALACES AND GOLD IN THE PARK
It was so beautiful, the stonework with the gold touch, green plants and flowing water.
FROM THE BEACH TO THE MARKET
We perched at a beach side restaurant snacking on tapas and drinking sangria.
STREET ART OF CATALAN
One of the things I loved was how much art was in the city - even the active creation of it.
WALK ON A CRISP MORNING
I remember distinctly walking along the road, chatting and brushing my fingers through pine needles. It was a great, relaxing end to our time in Italy.
ARCHES AND STREETWAYS IN GENOA
The new and the old contrast intensely in Genoa, and we spent most of our time exploring the old part of town with museums, cafes and a lot of street art.
DEATH & DECAY A PARADISO
You can feel the wilderness of the ocean and mountains closing in, and how it must have felt centuries ago.
THE PRETTIEST OF FIVE
We spent the next hour or so gallivanting around town, taking pictures, enjoying the sea and climbing to the castle, which offered an amazing view of town from above.
ALLEYS AND TRAILS AND A HIGHWAY
We slowly crawled around the town at first, but a staircase leading up up up to an old cathedral, and a path, called us.
FRUIT OF THE SEA: MONTEROSSO
Monterosso al Mare has this brilliant boardwalk along the water. There were little stores and great restaurants and tomato patches.
EPIC WAVES IN LIGURIA
There was a man-made line of boulders that damped the blow, but forced the waves soaring into the air as they rolled along.
HOMES ON THE WATER’S EDGE
There were so many million-dollar views of Portofino - the town is pricelessly beautiful.
THE SEA CRASHING AGAINST PORTOFINO
I watched the waves crash on the cliffs for awhile. Mesmerizing, and more so that these structures sit atop this jutting-out of rock.
ABOVE / INSIDE THE TOWN ON THE SEA
Our view of Laigueglia from the house changed throughout the day as it rained and in the morning and sunset.
VIEW OF #ILOVENICE
At the end of our walk, looking over the entire city, was a huge #ILoveNice sign, swarming with tourists.
A STROLL THROUGH PARC GUELL
At the top lookout, we could see all of Barcelona. The clouds and jet streams and setting sun really made for a spectacular hour.
RETURN TO THE BASILICA
In the brisk afternoon, we walked around the grounds and into the stunning chamber, with a mix of modern and classic amid the brilliant stained glass lighting.
COLD WELCOME TO FINLAND
Our primary destination, aside from lunch, was the Helsinki Cathedral and the senate square.
QUICK LAYOVER ON THE HARBOUR
The Opera House is an incredible building. Like two shells rising from the bay, or at least from behind a set of stairs and gobs of tourists.
THE FORTIFICATIONS ON WHITIANGA ROCK
The Māori built huge trenches along the only way up the hill, and you can see the boring holes where beams were placed in the rock. They left shells in huge piles, or middens, now partially covered by earth.
FOREST TO BEACH ON THE COROMANDEL
We drove through beach towns and then entered the heart of the Coromandel: the Forest Park. We took a small hike through a Kauri tree grove.
WALK ALONG THE WHITE LAKE
Sulpher Lake is a large lake made of a thick, white color with choppy waves and little islands on which seabirds nested.
WE WOKE UP IN A VINEYARD
As the sun rose over the low green Marlborough hills, we marveled for a moment about how beautiful this place was.
SUNNY DAY IN THE TASMAN INLETS
We slowly paddled through Shag Harbour, a quiet maze of rocks and small islands that empties at low tide. It was perfect.
WEKA ACROSS THE TIDE FLATS
The tide flats were in our way - along with a small group of wekas, a few dozen crabs and millions of shells.
HIKING ALONG THE COAST TRACK
The Abel Tasman Coast Track was beautiful -- though every time we had to scale a head's steep switchbacks, we groaned.
DISCOVERING THE EDWIN FOX
For twenty years, Edwin Fox sat in Shakespeare Bay, partially submerged as the tide came in and out. The ship mystified me.
FERRY RIDE THROUGH THE COOK STRAIT
The sun was setting at the opposite angle as we approached Picton, the small town where we would rest for the night.
A DRIVE ON THE RIVER ROAD
We spent a few hours winding along the sunny road, stopping at overlooks and historic sites.
STEAM RISING OVER THE EMERALD LAKES
Across the wide plain near Blue Lake, looking back, we realized that the entire area was one massive lava flow: a stream of volcanic black rock.
ASCENDING THE SLOPE OF MOUNT DOOM
After a stroll by a mountain stream through alpine meadows, we took a steep ascent to the central crater: a vast plain between the two mountains. It was stark and beautiful.
A PRISTINE MORNING IN THE SHIRE
Our morning in Hobbiton was magical. We were the first ones in, so got to experience the environment without hordes of people.
GREEN ENVIRONS OF AUCKLAND
As the sun rose, we stopped through One Tree Hill, a park with a herd of sheep grazing alongside early morning runners and an old Māori pa.
GARDENS IN THE CITY OF BOATS
Our adventure in New Zealand was starting! A day in Auckland ended at the Wintergarden, a palatial-on-a-small-scale conservatory with some beautiful flowers.
A SLICE OF LIFE IN OUR BIG CITY
It's not often that you approach your own backyard as a tourist, so I grabbed my camera and had a field day in this city of many sides.
AN AFTERNOON IN ANNAPOLIS
On a short detour, we visited Annapolis on the water. After strolling through the grounds of the Navy Academy, we went to the Maryland State House.
QUICK MORNING JAUNT UP BREAKNECK
We were alone for the first hour or so until we got to the top, with beautiful views of the Hudson. On the way down, we started to fight the hordes of people climbing up.
REFLECTIONS OF THE BATTLE AT SARATOGA
The farms were used as forts, the woods as cover with the Hudson as the eastern line. It was a beautiful area, with white posts to outline where the battle lines were.
AN AUTUMN CAMP ON CRANBERRY LAKE
The late summer sun was rich and warm. One morning we did a short hike up Mt. Arab, which had a fire tower and a bald top.
STROLLING THE NIGHT UNDER TOWER LIGHTS
On 9/11, Stéphane and I went on an hour+ walk at night from our workplaces to the 9/11 memorial. The people there were quick, but not frantic.
SUBWAY STATION 42ND COMPOSITION
The 42nd Street-Times Square Station is a maze of tunnels, stairs and storefronts.
JUXTAPOSITION ON GOVERNORS ISLAND
The ferries around New York City do not run all year long - some are seasonal. One island in particular I have been very keen to get to: Governors Island.
VIEWS OF THE MOUNTAIN FROM MOSHI
My last day in Tanzania was spent in Moshi. While some people had been there for days and not actually seen the mountain. I was lucky: I saw Kili at sunset and sunrise!
GUARDIAN IN THE FOREST OF THE MISTS
As we climbed higher on Kilimanjaro, the mists grew thicker and the light dimmer. The air was heavy and visibility low. It wasn't the hike I expected, but it was still stunning.
THE FLOWERS OF KILIMANJARO
I was climbing the Marangu route to the Mandara hut. Along the way, we found a pretty rare Kilimanjaro impatiens flower - with a little green bug in it.
MAINTAINING TRADITION AMIDST GLOBALIZATION
I was welcomed into the home of the main leader of this boma. We stepped in - I was the farthest one inside - in their kitchen.
PENS AND WALLS OF ACACIA THORNS
There are four or five smaller pens that are off to each side in the second rung -- this is where the goats or donkeys are kept, separated by family.
JOURNEY TO THE MAASAI BOMA
On our second day in Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (WMA), we ate breakfast with the goats and packed up our campsites. We were headed to a local Maasai village, also known as a boma.
BUT STILL, LIKE DUST, I’ll RISE
I’ve never seen anything like this dust. So light that at a footstep it poofs into the air. So invasive that it leaks through car windows and into closed bags and your lungs.
CITY OF ARUSHA, MOMENT BY MOMENT
Near our workplace, along the dirt street with the small butcher shop and music store, were several murals. I wish that I had captured more and walked the street more slowly.
MARVELING AT THE HERDS OF AFRICA
We watched the giraffe for a good 20 minutes. At first, there were only two. They were looking intensely to the right, as several more walked out of the canyon.
ELEPHANT HERD UNDER THE ACACIA
These moments were magical. We were struck with how the elephants approached us, especially the young ones.
CHASING LIONS ACROSS THE SAVANNAH
At the campfire the night before, our little group heard about some lions the tourists had seen earlier that day. We asked them if they could find the lions again.
LIFE AND DEATH ON THE FLOODPLAINS
Our second day in Tarangire started with an early morning Cape Buffalo herd. The landscape here was epic. Empty savannahs, gnarled trees, thin stretches of water.
SUNSET SIGHTS ON THE WAY TO CAMP
The light was a deep red. The air was peaceful. The mighty leafless Baobab trees standing guard over the savannah.
LUNCH TIME OVERLOOKING TARANGIRE
Our lunch spot for our first day in Tarangire was perched above a beautiful river and what felt like the entirety of the park (it wasn't).
PAMOJA, OR HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER
We were wide-eyed with cameras flashing the entire afternoon, passing my binoculars back and forth to get closer looks.
SAFARI UNDER GREY SKIES
We found a central watering hole where we sat and watched as a small herd of zebras and wildebeest ventured in to drink. It was stunning.
SEX ED IN SWAHILI
While there were some giggles, the instructor mostly discussed the causes of early pregnancy: poverty, distance from home to school, peer groups, rape.
WHERE THE BABOONS RULE
As we journeyed up and out, we passed an entire troop of Olive baboons on the move. They were curious, but confident.
THE GREAT EXPANSE OF NGORONGORO
This was where the expanse of the crater really came to view. It was stark and beautiful. The intense sun beat down on the quietly grazing wildlife.
THE BIRDS OF NGORONGORO CRATER
There were so many different species, sizes and colors among the brush of Ngorongoro: rainbow and dull, tiny and large, strutting and flitting about.
ACTION NEAR THE WATER
Many animals hang around water in Ngorongoro - we stumbled upon more than a few hippos, as well as a lion couple.
THE REAL SAFARI FINALLY BEGINS
We perched ourselves on a ridge overlooking an expansive green river. Two elephants, far off, trekked toward it. I felt like we were in Jurassic Park.
DESCENT INTO THE VOLCANIC CALDERA
I wasn't prepared for Ngorongoro Crater. The morning air was cool on our way down as we passed villages and zebra in the distance.
THE ELEPHANTS’ THICKET AT SUNSET
Our group marveled at the elephants' quiet chomping and slow movements, giggling at the baby elephant.
BIRDS AND MONKEYS OF LAKE MANYARA
There were thousands of cranes - so many that the entire forest of trees was white from their perched bodies. It was loud, and spectacular.
STUMBLE UPON THE AVANT-GARDE
Around a corner we found ourselves in the midst of fashionistas and aficionados goggling at these out-of-this-world costumes and dresses. It was crazy!!
JOURNEY UP TO THE CROWN
Before I moved to NYC, I had never truly realized just how omnipresent the city and its icons were in our media, our movies, our culture.
THE BIG CITY FROM MY ROOFTOP
From my rooftop in the Hudson Yards neighborhood, we have brilliant views of the Hudson River, Hells Kitchen and all of Midtown, including the Empire State Building.
WEEKEND ON THE ROCKY COAST
While we spent much of our time lounging around the house, reconnecting, playing games and relaxing, we did go on a couple of adventures.
AFTERNOON WITH A HEAD LIGHT
We did get to visit the iconic Portland Head Light, sitting on the edge of the water surrounded by the ruins of a fort.
GALLIVANTING ACROSS ACADIA
The crescendo of our adventure was Penobscot Mountain, which we summitted. Atop was a full mile of barren rocks - how Mount Desert Island got its name.
SUNSET / SUNRISE ON MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
After an eight-hour day of driving and getting settled in a beautiful mansion of a B&B, we strolled around as the sun was setting.
ART DECO IN THE CAPITOL
What's with all of the art deco? And pink? But overall, it's a beautiful capitol.
WINTER WALKS IN THE CITY
After a long walk/adventure to the Upper West Side, we were walking down the Hudson River Walk and suddenly found a hawk sitting in a tree.
BEHIND THE WALLS, RUINS AND SHADOW
Eastern State Penitentiary tells the stories of the prisoner men and women. At times creepy, and others profoundly sad, this is a ruin.
ART AT THE END OF BEN FRANKLIN AVE
Despite the chill, the day was beautiful -- but I was thrilled to get inside the museum to see Paint the Revolution.
MOMENTS IN THE CITY BY THE BAY
My day in San Francisco was spent across the city, from Chinatown to Telegraph Hill, Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury.
A COLORFUL VISIT TO A CONSERVATORY
The stained glass windows made the conservatory different from others I had been in. The colors softly poured onto the plants and tiled walkways inside.
ARCHITECTURE AND SKYSCRAPERS OF THE CITY
Along my climb up to Coit Tower or on my stroll through the Panhandle, I marveled at views of the Financial District and those very specific homes.
VIEWS AND MURALS OF COIT TOWER
At the top, of course the landscape was magnificent. The city, islands, bridges and Marin headlands lay out for miles around, below a partly cloudy sky.
FALL MOUNTAIN HIKE WITH A VIEW
The fall colors and amazing cloud formations made the already beautiful day even more spectacular.
NEARLY PRIVATE TOUR IN THE PROVINCE
An awesome building, with some crazy stories, including a mace. Canadian method of governing is very different than ours.
DEER IN THE MORNING MIST
On the last morning spent there, we awoke to find these two deer quietly grazing on the green lawn in front of our cabin.
ART IN THE PARK AND A MUSEUM
A second trip to New York City for a training gave me an opportunity to continue to explore the big city, including Central Park and MOMA.
A MORNING WITH THE MONUMENTS
This is the morning that almost never was. I had to wake up before 6 to get out on the road as the sun was rising, and I almost didn't. Alas, opportunity won over.
A TALE OF TWO GIANTS
I finally mounted the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, stunning and quiet. I don't think I ever thought I would stand here. What a privilege it was...I felt on top of the world.
MONUMENT TOUR BY NIGHT
They say you have to see the monuments twice: once during the day, and once at night. Night is so much better!
MONUMENT IN THE AFTERNOON SUN
While I didn't get to go up the monument itself, the sun, clouds and plethora of flags about the structure offered a breathtaking view both for me and my camera.
THE ANIMALS IN THE CASTLE
Washington D.C. is a place I have longed to go to since I was young. Honestly, I wasn't really prepared for how it would make me feel.
CAPTURING SOME ARTISTIC MOMENTS
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York obviously has some amazing pieces of artwork - some of the best in the world. I got a little meta this time.
WALKABOUT WITH SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine lies northwest of Central Park. It remains unfinished, and it's quite an eccentric church - peacock and all!
AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW AMSTERDAM
What surprised me: how many people there were, how far away the Statue of Liberty is, and the quintessential New York architecture.
AN ODE TO THE FALLEN TOWERS
Both deeply personal and incredibly shared, the memories of 9/11 came back to me. I tried to capture some of what I was feeling in these photographs.
RUINS TO RICHES IN OUR LAST DAY
There's so much I love about being among the ruins of Rome, as they stretch across the continents. Amazingly, there were storks among the ruins as well.
A WALKING TOUR THROUGH THE MEDINA
Just like Marrakech, the souks in Fes were windy, narrow and bustling. We visited artisans practicing their various crafts, from weaving to tanning to mosaics.
BARBARY MACAQUES ON THE ROAD
Before reaching Fes, we passed through a forest in the middle Atlas where, quite suddenly, Ismail spotted some Barbary macaques.
DESERT DEPARTURE AS THE SUN RISES
We were the last ones to leave our encampment, just a couple of us, and our jeep was packed to the brim with the Berber folks who worked with us. They even climbed on the side.
ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA
The Sahara started as a faint orange on the horizon. There's someplace that deserts have to start, and I guess this was it.
WATCHER ON THE ROAD
The sheer cliffs and rocky river of the sparse Dadès Gorge had little traffic. The sun was setting, and there was an immense quietude.
DESCENT AMONG THE KASBAHS
Once a prominent caravan stop, now only eight Berber families remain living inside the ancient fortress walls. They are the caretakers.
WALKING THROUGH A CRUMBLING IGHREM
When we reached the top, you could see the painted hills all around us and just marveled at where we were standing, looking at the new town across the river.
FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE DESERT
The high Atlas Mountains were sparse and dusty, with a lot of construction work and a caravan of vehicles trekking up and up.
SUNBURNT TOMBS AND MINT TEA
Eventually, the swallows swam around us as the evening prayer was marked by the mosque loudspeakers across the entire city.
VIEWS OF THE GRANDER PALACE
Some courtyards were lush and overrun with plant life -- others were massive and bare, yet still tiled in greens and blues.
EXPLORING THE RUINED KORANIC SCHOOL
For four hundred years, the voices of 900 Marrakech children reverberated against the Moorish architecture of the Koranic school.
DEEP BLUE GARDEN TONES
Far outside the city center in the newer part of Marrakech, is the Jardin Majorelle, a garden built in the 1900s and later bought by Yves Saint-Laurent.
IN AND OUT OF THE SOUKS
The Souks dominate Marrakech life. They are markets, homes, shops. Over the course of a couple of days, we wound in and out of them.
ANGLES OF A RUINED PALACE
The "incomparable" Palais el-Badi was once a wonder of the Muslim world. Today - and since 1683 - the palace has lain in ruins.
THE STORKS WHO RULE MARRAKECH
We were amazed when we sat down on the third story of Cafe Restaurant Nid Cigogne near Palais el-Badi and looked across the square. A stork's nest.
MORNING WALK OUT THE CITY
In the middle of the Souks in Marrakech, our peaceful, tiled riad was a sanctuary. From the rooftop terrace, we could see the entire city.
THE COASTAL GARDEN ON THE HILL
There's a magical hilltop town called Èze that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. While a bit touristy, it was charming and beautiful.
RETURN TO ITALIA ON THE SEA
As we drove southeast along the Mediterranean cliffs in our little car, my excitement level rose: I was returning to Italy.
A WALK ON THE LUXURIOUS SIDE
On a brilliantly bright and sunny day with big clouds in the sky, our afternoon in the city-state of Monaco was perfect.
CLOUDY AFTERNOON ON THE CÔTE d’AZUR
Even with the clouds, Nice is a beautiful city. And, while we didn't swim in the azure blue waters, while there we did certainly have a French Riviera experience.
As we landed in Brussels, out my window I saw this structure. Multiple silver balls suspended in air. It was beautiful then. It was even more impressive up close.
A WALK AMONG THE GODS OF JUSTICE
Walking up the steps past gargantuan columns, it felt as if we were walking into the past. Into a Grecian or Roman forum or palace or marketplace.
AFTERNOON STROLL THROUGH BRUSSELS
From one side of Brussels to the other, passing through parks, monuments and stopping at an amazing cafe for coffee.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET IN BRUSSELS
There's nothing like being in a city you've never been in before, and your first experiences are at sunset and sunrise.
BLACK LIVES MATTER. PERIOD.
On a wall facing a back alley behind a set of restaurants somewhere in Detroit, the words Black Lives Matter have been written hundreds and hundreds of times.
KEHINDE WILEY AND HIS SEATTLE VISIT
Kehinde Wiley's art portraying classical Western paintings with mostly African American subjects is one of the most stunning I have ever attended...and it made for one pretty great date night.
OUR LAST DAYS ON THE BIG ISLAND
We drove hundreds of miles in the matter of days. The curving roads took us everywhere, from the southernmost point to the northern tip. Along the way we discovered waterfalls, valleys and ... lots of spiders.
A WINDSWEPT HEIAU OF WORSHIP AND SACRIFICE
On the northern tip of Hawai'i island in Kohala country lies Moʻokini Heiau, where tens of thousands of Hawai'ans were sacrificed to the war god Ku. It was quiet and windy after the morning rains.
WAIPI’O IS LIKE HEAVEN, SO SLOW DOWN
The eastern coast of Hawai'i, lonely as it is facing the Pacific, is dotted with valleys that have no outlet to the rest of the island. It's as if a giant took his hand and lay it on the steep cliffs creating lush valley after valley after valley.
WHERE THE ROCK MEETS THE WAVES
After spending a morning snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay with fish and octopuses, Stéphane and I ventured onward to see other sights along the southern tip of Hawai'i island, including the southernmost tip of the United States.
WALKING THROUGH THE LAVA LAKE
Hawai'i island, with its young and active volcanoes, also has its share of historical eruptions. Kīlauea Iki is perhaps one of the most unique hikes I have ever been on: through the uneven terrain of a hardened lava lake.
A MORNING SWIM IN TURTLE COVE
Hanging around Pahoa on Hawai'i island felt like being in the middle of a rain forest - mostly because it was - even so close to Hilo.
COLD SUNSET FROM THE SACRED PEAK
The sun was already setting as we were making our way up Mauna Kea. The crisp air was cold, but the color was so incredibly rich.
UP TO THE FALLING MISTS
Up in the Cascades, near Snoqualmie Pass, we trekked up a few miles to Teneriffe Falls on a nearly rainy day.
AUTUMN’S ARCHITECTURE IN MICHIGAN
Visiting Michigan in the fall is fairly spectacular. The weather was warm and cool, sunny and rainy, and the leaves vibrant.
UPON THE NORTHWESTERN TIP
Along a windy cliffside road, through a thick set of trees, we wound our way in the early morning. The clouds didn't let up until the very right moment as we were starting our short hike. But luckily they did because it was spectacular.
WHERE GIANTS WADE INTO THE PACIFIC
There's a place on the edge of the Pacific along the Washington coast, where time has formed a breathtaking scene. Shi Shi Beach, unreachable except by hike, commands a presence, especially at sunset.
THE PARK WITHOUT A MOUNTAIN
Spending a weekend camping at the foot of a volcano and not seeing it once? That's Mt. Rainier on a foggy day. And it was beautiful.
BURNING SANDS IN THE RED DESERT
Outside the city of Las Vegas in the desert, north of Lake Mead, is the Valley of Fire, where the rock is red and the temperature - when we drove through - was 113 degrees. It was sweltering, beautiful and dry. The air, suffocating.
WALKING ALONG THE PAINTED RIDGES
The sharp crests of Cedar Breaks National Monument skirted the blue sky, the sun getting low and the winds high. We pulled up and galloped to the edge where, below us and to all sides, the beautiful amphitheater opened up.
SUNRISE IN THE DESERT SNOW
We got up early. Very early. Driving in the dark to Snow Canyon State Park, we were excited to catch the sunrise. Walking through the desert sand, as the sun rises, will always be one of my favorite moments.
SKIRTING THROUGH THE NARROWS
There's a hike in Zion, that starts as a mile-long cement path and then you reach the river. And then, you enter the river, and tread water walking and swimming and, finally, marveling at the sharp and smooth, the cold and warm, the utter beauty.
DESCENDING FROM ANGELS LANDING
After our triumph, selfies at the peak, and collecting ourselves for the trek back down, it was a treat to walk down hill. The beauty of the morning became a fierce sunny day, and we felt sorry for the poor souls making the trek up in the heat. And it was HOT.
UP TO WHERE THE ANGELS LAND
We started the trek in the morning, leaving before sunrise to reach the Zion gates in time for one of the first buses. Today, we were hiking 5 miles to the top of Angel's Landing. It was hard for everyone, but worth every excruciating step.
DAY ONE IN THE LAND OF ZION
A high sun, a canyon view drive and hike, and the ghost towns of south Utah? These are the stops we made on our first day in Zion National Park. Yes, please.
GETTING WEIRD IN THE WEIRD CITY
As cities go, Austin is a cool one. It was sweltering, but beautiful, unique and welcoming. And, of course, a little bit weird.
GOING A LITTLE FURTHER
The pristine wonder of Snow Lake, in its own quiet way, is far worth the effort it takes to reach it. A couple of miles further, to Gem Lake, leads you into an entire land of wonder.
A FROLIC THROUGH THE HEADLANDS
The Marin Headlands are my childhood stomping ground, to an extent. 3rd grade raptor outing. High school drives out to Rodeo Beach. Senior Prom photos. So it's always nice to go back.
AND THE SNOW MOUNTAINS ECHOED
Hiking in the Cascades is always a treat, but when the last mile is through feet of snow, and the weather is sunny and warm, and you're surrounded by snow capped peaks on all sides... well, then it's life changing.
THE CASCADES ICE CAVES
In Northern Washington, where the glaciers meet the woods, there are Four Big Ice Caves. Stéphane, Lacy and I drove out to meet them -- before they collapsed.
THE SHRINE WHERE MONKEYS RULE
I've never seen wild monkeys in my life, so visiting the Batu Caves was high on my list of things to do in Malaysia. The caves are also a Hindu shrine to Lord Murugan - as you can see by the enormous statue erected to him.
THE TALLEST TWIN TOWERS IN THE WORLD
Very near to where Stéphane's parents live are the Petronas Towers - the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and still the tallest twin towers in the world. So we climbed up them.
KL IS FOR THE SPIRITUAL ONES
Three major religions reach a confluence in Kuala Lumpur: Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Over the course or our time in KL, Stéphane and I made a point to expose ourselves to all three of them.
CITY LIFE ON A SMALL SCALE
Second stop for us in KL: the Butterfly Garden. It was an interesting place - humid and busy. Mostly beautiful, but also a little sad.
CITY BIRDS OF PARADISE
Our first destination in Kuala Lumpur was the KL Bird Park which, generally, wasn't an awful place. The birds were magnificent, and right there in the open with no wires, windows or cages.
CHOPPY WAVES, BLUE WATERS
On New Years Day, 2015, Stéphane, his parents and I boarded a boat twenty feet offshore and took the choppiest boat ride ever to a pristine chain of islands known as Ang Thong.
OUR RETURN TO WAT PLAI LAEM
After failing to get Stéphane's parents out to Wat Plai Laem, we decided to go back on our own one more time -- again near sunset. This time we were able to spend much more time there, taking pictures, shopping and goofing around.
THE WAY ROUND KOH SAMUI
When you board a vespa and set off around a tropical island, a feeling comes over you. Beauty. Peace. Rolling hills. Ocean breeze. A cute boy leading you through the island paths. It was perfect.
DISCOVERING THE FLOATING TEMPLES
We rounded the corner walking home from the market, and, after passing under a sunlit archway, Stéphane and I entered the Wat Plai Laem -- a spiritual complex of floating temples.
WELCOME TO ISLAND PARADISE
The island of Koh Samui -- Thailand's second largest island -- sits on the east coast with beautiful shorelines, tens of thousands of residents and rolling coastal hills.
FIVE HOURS IN THE PORT CITY
Rainy. Expansive. Not enough time. Our first stop on our vacation to southeast Asia was actually a layover in Hong Kong - long enough to get out of the airport and into the city!
EXPLORING A WINTER SEASHORE
Skirting the ocean edge of Marin County in California is Point Reyes National Seashore - both a relic of my childhood and my adulthood stomping grounds each Christmas.
LIMA’S COLORFUL SIDE
Our last few days in Lima were spent between two of Lima's most iconic districts: Miraflores and Barranco. While different from each other, they both display a penchant for color, artistry and culture -- with some beautiful degradation.
CITY BELOW THE FORTRESS
Spending the afternoon drinking a Cusquena and strolling about a quiet town was exactly how I wanted to spend our last day on the road...and it was all in the shadow of a great fortress perched high above Ollantaytambo.
THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
Ever since I was thirteen years old, I have always wanted to see Machu Picchu. I saw an image of the sacred ruins somewhere...National Geographic, Discovery Channel, something like that. And finally, I was here. Standing where the Incans stood. I was here.
ABOVE THE RIVER, THROUGH THE TERRACES
Our third and last full day on the Inca Trail led us to Phuyupatamarca and, finally, to Winay Wayna. Similar in position - perched high in the mountain clouds overlooking the Rio Urubamba.
THE RUINS AMONG MOUNTAINS AND MIST
Sayacmarka. Through thick fog and mist - so thick we couldn't see 30 feet around us - we climbed a narrow staircase. There was a path. And as the mist cleared, pure grandeur unfolded, the clouds lacing away into the distance.
DESCENT THROUGH THE SACRED VALLEY
The mist and clouds were heavy as we summitted Dead Woman's Pass and, after a short break and some coca tea, we continued our journey. Such grandeur as we passed ruins, mountain staircases and got closer to our final destination of the day.
THE TREK UP TO DEAD WOMAN’S PASS
The first day and a half trekking along the Inca Trail in Peru were mostly through semi-arid desert and grassland country. Dry rivers. Hot sun overhead. We were in awesome spirits though!
ATOP THE PUMA’S HEAD
Perched high above the city of Cusco is the Incan ruined fort of Sacsuahuaman – supposedly completing the puma’s head and teeth that Cusco represents.
CITY IN THE MOUNTAINS
The middle portion of our trip through Peru was in Cusco – a city perched among the clouds at 11,000 foot elevation. Short of breath, we explored this city for three days before embarking on our Inca Trail trek.
A MUSEUM, A GARDEN AND A DINNER
Right outside of downtown Lima (and a short taxi ride away from our hostel), sits a gem of a museum: the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera.
CLIMBING AN INNER CITY SHRINE
Huaca Pucllana stands in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima - the culture and artist center of the city.
WELCOME TO THE RAINLESS CITY
After only a couple of hours on the ground, Mariel and I began our Peruvian adventure in downtown Lima.
JOURNEY THROUGH MUSHROOM KINGDOM
On another autumn hike, a couple friends and I in search of a set of waterfalls trekked through the wet forest.
LOOKOUT ATOP THE MOUNTAIN
Two friends and I decided to hike up to the fire lookout on Mount Pilchuck on one sunny sunny and warm September day. It was breathtaking!
A WEEKEND IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
I was in Chicago for a work conference — my first time ever in Illinois and this major metro.
A JAUNT AROUND SNOW LAKE
On a thundery summer day in the Pacific Northwest, my friends and I embarked on a little adventure through the Cascades to Snoqualmie Pass.
THE STARKNESS OF THE BADLANDS
Rugged hills, sharp pinnacles, backdropped against each other until you can't tell where one ridge ends and another begins.
THE STOPS ALONG THE WAY
After spending the night in a horse campground scared out of our minds, we woke up and arrived at the national monument just as it opened.
FROM MOUNTAIN MEADOWS TO OPEN PLAINS
Bear Tooth Pass practically touches the clouds, and the views boggle the mind. Epic snowcaps, quiet mountain meadows, and placid lakes trail to the great plains of the midwest.
THE ROAD BACK TO YELLOWSTONE
On our summer cross country road trip, we hadn't even found a campsite by the time we were exploring one of my favorite places - Yellowstone!
There's a park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle that I love to visit.
THE STORIED LANDS OF LAVA BEDS
A day trip away from Klamath Falls across the border into California is Lava Beds National Park, probably one of the most unique places I have ever been. Desolate and beautiful.
THE OTHER JACKSONVILLE
On a whim, my family and I adventured from where we were staying in Klamath Falls, OR an hour or so away to a wild west theme town called Jacksonville.
ROLLING THROUGH OKANAGAN COUNTRY
Around the Okanagan country of south central British Columbia, my friends and I found a weekend paradise. We kayaked, swam in the pool, and went wine tasting!
WE ASK, THEREFORE
I had about four hours to kill in between being released from a business-related conference and my flight back home.
POINTING INTO THE PACIFIC
I grew up about 20 minutes from where these photos were taken - and I had no idea whatsoever that a herd of Tule Elk resided in Point Reyes, the national seashore that points into the Pacific Ocean.
A spur of the moment day trip to Vancouver led to an all day adventure in BC and around the city. Great food. Great friends. Lovely, sunny day.
There's a special something about a good drag revue. I've seen a few in my day. A good drag show will entertain, make you laugh, feel a little something, and probably shock you, so I wanted to capture a bit of that essence in this photograph.
I also attended a Scottish wedding in the east bay of California's bay area. The tall trees on the campus of Mills College are epic. They tower over the narrow concrete lanes of the women's school.
This wedding was held at a restaurant in Seattle - we were all stunned by the unexpected classiness of the interior and views of Lake Union. The decorations were beautiful, as was the company at our table.
Two of my best friends got married in August of 2013, and they held their wedding at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at the Seattle Center, right underneath the Space Needle.
GALLIVANTING THROUGH THE SAN JUANS
Since I have lived in the Pacific Northwest, I have always heard of the San Juan Islands and how beautiful they are. My brother and I spent three days among the San Juans - three days, three islands.
THE STEEP CLIMB TO MAILBOX PEAK
Mailbox Peak is one of the steepest trail hikes in Western Washington: 3,800 feet elevation climb in 2.5 miles. Needless to say, the hike took a toll on my legs. But it was worth it.
ON THE RATTLESNAKE LEDGE
A couple friends and I went hiking in the Snoqualmie Pass region of Western Washington – one of the most beautiful places in the world as far as I am convinced.
This moth was huge! I found it in a bathroom in the Tumwater Campground near Leavenworth, WA. Its wingspan was about the width of an electrical outlet, which it’s sitting right next to.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its salmon – and the tribes around the area know it for its abysmal record of protecting the salmon runs and the rivers that they return to each year.
BACKPACKING TO BOULDER RIVER
A two hour/four mile hike along the Boulder River trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest leads you to a dead end where there are loose camping sites.
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Seattle has a beautiful skyline for many reasons, two of which (the Space Needle and the Columbia Tower) don’t even appear in the photo here. The story behind the photo is simple.
Obviously the sun was out in the middle of February in southern California. So we went to the beach, my friends and I.
No fall is complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch, especially the ones that have festivities and petting zoo and food for sale.
IN VIEW OF A GLACIER
The valley on the right hand side of these photos is where the area gets its name: Glacier View. You can’t see it here, but there’s a retreating glacier hidden beyond the hills.
MUSINGS ON THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
The Pacific Ocean was at our backs – literally yards away. And we were virtually alone in Redwood National Park.
THE OTHER HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
Growing up my siblings and I watched the Disney Channel. A lot of the Disney Channel. So many times I remember seeing the Epcot space ball on the television. What is that place? I always thought. What’s inside?
CRETAN WEATHER, THEY SAY
The island of Spinalonga has a rich history – from medieval forts to modern leper colony, now it lies empty save the tourists arriving from Plaka and Elounda daily.
IN SEARCH OF AN ISLAND BEACH
Santorini really is as beautiful as the postcards show. The whitewash homes, hotels and churches provide a stark contrast to the islands extremely rugged terrain – mostly rocks and short grasses.
CLIMBING OUR WAY THROUGH ATHENS
The history, the ruins, the sights, the museums that awaited me - I couldn't have been more excited to climb around Athens.
PATHWAYS OF SARAJEVO
While the road to Sarajevo for us was one of intense heat, a broken down bus and beautiful river views, Sarajevo's past is far darker and different.
CRUISING THE COASTAL CITIES OF CROATIA
After Zagreb, our last two destinations in Croatia included the small town of Šibenik and the large, cruise port city of Dubrovnik.
PARADISE IN THE BALKANS
Using Šibenik as our home base, the four of us embarked on a day trip to one of the singular most breathtaking places I have ever been: Krka National Park.
THE MAGICAL CEMETERY OUTSIDE ZAGREB
We spent hours wandering around Mirogoj cemetery, but truly just walking into it would have satisfied my appetite to "get away" from the hustle and bustle of the city.
BEFORE AND AFTER IN PARIS
I made it back to Europe far sooner than I expected in life. These photos are both before that journey, and then after we returned back to Paris.
VIOLET IN THE SNOW
My destination was a lookout park that, on a clear day, gives one a vantage of Bellevue, Hwy 520 and Lake Washington. All I could see this day was the western shores of the lake and molecular snowflakes blanketing my vision.
GOOFING AROUND IN VICTORIA
I found this image so funny! Here's a bike with no wheels right next to a bright sign with a big smile and the word "utopia."
ADVENTURES UNDER THE JOSHUA TREE
I have been wanting to go to Joshua Tree National Park for as long as I can remember. And as we drove up to the park and entered, the trees became taller and taller. The taller they became, the more beautiful.
FISH TRAPS IN THE PORT TOWN
Our last stop on the cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage was actually not in Alaska - Prince Rupert, Canada is a tiny port town.
VOYAGING DOWN THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Cruising among ice bergs and Orcas through the Inside Passage of Alaska, we woke up in Skagway to a little adventure of our own.
THE GLACIAL LAKE OUTSIDE JUNEAU
Just outside the town, we rode our bikes to the edge of this lake following a pair of strange, yet knowledgeable guides. It was a breathtaking experience.
NO TOWN IS AN ISLAND. EXCEPT KETCHIKAN.
Walking along the water docks, passing totem poles and the famous "Creek Street" in Ketchikan, one can only imagine what this gold mining town used to be like.
A FLOWER’S VIEW IN SKAGIT COUNTY
Every year, the tulip festival draws thousands of people to northwestern Washington. However, I did not get to see any tulips.
ALLIGATOR FOR LUNCH
Being close to the American South, the city of Branson is teeming with classic riverboats that remind me of a Louisiana bayou. The font in this photograph is also very reminiscent of that same feeling.
EXPLORING THE STARK OREGON COAST
Family vacation for summer 2010 was Depoe Bay, Oregon -- centered on the beautiful coast of the state.
TO THE SHORES OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
On our second trip to Victoria, my friends and I brought a car over this time. It was worth it.
GUN RINGS OF FORT WORDEN
The ruins of a military bunker outside of Port Townsend are both spooky and interesting.
An adventure with two of my friends took me to the top of Squak Mountain.
BENCHES BY THE LAKE
These benches sat over a marshy ground, covered in mud and pools of acrid brown water.
MUSING OVER VICTORIA
Looking out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, my friends and I set the timer on the camera and I quickly ran to join them.
WE’RE IN THE CITIES, TRICK!
The twin cities - Minneapolis and St. Paul - were fun to see! Reminded me of Seattle.
WANDERING AROUND THE FALLS
After checking out Snoqualmie Falls, we explored the rusting, environs.
Exploring Seattle during the first year that I lived there, we ventured to the Sculpture Park sitting on the sound.
FLOWERS AT THE VOLUNTEER PARK CONSERVATORY
Flowers, cacti, bromelids - OH MY!
MUDDY WATERS AND A MUDDY MEADOW
We scrambled the last few days to see the rest of Yellowstone - and get one last hike in. So worth it.
DRIVING THE NORTH LOOP
Trying to beat the darkness, my family and I drove the north loop of Yellowstone. Timing for a Mammoth Springs sunset could not have been more perfect.
THE VIVID COLORS OF MIDWAY BASIN
Yellowstone National Park is perhaps one my favorite places in the entire world. Gallivanting about the park with my family was magical!
STORMY WEATHER AT CAMA BEACH
It was my last semester at college, and some friends and I made a weekend trip to a pretty spot north of Seattle. It was peaceful.
IT’S NOT OVER
A trip to Olympia to save what little funding people living with HIV and AIDS have due to the massive budget crisis was an eye-opening experience for me.
PROTESTS IN SEATTLE
After Proposition 8 passed in California, every major city held a rally to protest its passing. I joined Seattle's protest.
SCRAMBLING THE BEACH AT LA PUSH
Exploring along the peninsular coast of Washington.
MY LAST DAYS IN ROME
As my time in Italy was coming to an end, I spent as much time as possible exploring its cobblestone streets.
The train ride south to Sicily was the most beautiful train ride I've ever taken.
A WEEK SPENT IN BERLIN
My long journey through eastern Europe was coming to an end, but what a way to capstone my trip.
In a park in this little Transylvanian town in Romania I found these dilapidated chess boards.
BLUE WATERS OF CAPRI
Capri is the vacation spot of the stars - and me for a weekend too!
A NIGHT IN THE TOWER
Visiting beautiful Sorrento was pretty cool. Staying in a tower on the coast? Even cooler.
PLAYING HOOKY ON PALATINE HILL
The only day I have ever skipped class, I toured the Colosseum and Palatine Hill - what fun!
The beam of light reminds me of what this place must have been before Vesuvius erupted.
Trekking back from the island of Ischia to Naples, the island said farewell with a beautiful view.
CASTLES ON THE MOUNTAIN
Two sets of walls from different eras adorn the mountain above Sintra.
UP AND DOWN, IN AND AROUND LISBON
The hills and the environs of the Portuguese capital were well worth the exploration.
CITY IN THE HIGHLANDS
Between the nook gardens and majestic Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh kept us enthralled
ODD LITTLE TOWN IN THE HEEL OF ITALY
For a beach town, Lecce was pretty weird when it snowed.
COLUMNS BY THE ANCIENT SEA
Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, filled me with ecstasy as I explored its stone promenades, racing the setting sun.
THE TRUE FACE OF VENICE
The city of canals is crumbling, sinking lower each year. I'm glad I had the chance to see it while it lasts.
Important life lessons while wearing Sunday's best
WHERE DAVID GAZES
While one David sleeps in his museum, another watches the river, the bridges, the people - the city of Florence.
CITY AMONG THE RUINS
Engulfed by Rome, visiting Vatican City remains one of my fondest - and most troubling - memories.
The towns of Umbria wind around precarious cliffs. The trade off? A room with a view.
DISCOVERING THE LANDMARKS OF ROMA
The Pantheon. The Forum. Villa Borghese. Love at first sight.
WHERE FOG MEETS THE CAPE
Here there exists a place of beauty, quiet, verdant hills, and a slow, lacing fog
SUNGLASSES IN THE CITY
Exploring the back country of Marin
On the shores of Bass Lake
THE ENCHANTMENT OF KILLARNEY
Wet and covered in clouds, Killarney enchanted us as we strolled, hiked, boated and biked through its beauty.
DUBLIN BAY ENVIRONS
Spending my last days gallivanting around Dublin environs...
CLIFFS, CASTLES AND TOMBS
The famed cliffs, the Burren and quiet Connemara country pulled me to take a lone weekend trip through the land - well worth it.
VISAGES IN THE TOWER
Staring me down in the Tower, the visages of Elizabeth I revealed much.
AINGEAL OF POWERSCOURT
"Aingeal" means angel in Irish.
THE GUARDIANS OF COUNTY SLIGO
A journey through rolling hills, unkempt pastures and faerie mounds
"The bogside is your womb, and education, your umbilical cord."
THE LEGEND OF FINN McCOOL
Legend has it that Finn McCool, an Irish giant, built a bridge to Scotland to face his Scottish equivalent. The Giant's Causeway is all that's left of it.
ABOUT BELFAST DIVISIONS
For a city and region ripped apart by violence, the experience of Northern Ireland and its culture and history was as memorable as it was affecting.
VIEWS FROM THE ROCK OF CASHEL
In the center of Ireland is the Rock of Cashel - a breathtaking set of ruins atop a hill. One of my best memories.
CASTLE IN THE SKY
During the day, we explored the massive castle grounds - and the next morn, awoke to the same place laced with fog.
THE ESTATE BY THE LAKE
Decrepit and wild, the Glenveagh Estate rests at the edge of a lake. It was an appropriately quiet and dark day.
THE RUINS OF FORT CHARLES
Kinsale is a small coastal town with the ruins of Fort Charles and the beautiful bay where annual sailing races take place.
Blarney Castle and its grounds are more breathtaking than I ever expected. Well worth the visit.
ADVENTURES AT BRAY HEAD
Upon reaching the top of Bray Head, our breath was stolen by the expansive view of Dublin Bay.
ISLANDS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
The Aran Islands on the western coast of Ireland have hundreds of miles of stone walls and on its own western coast, a ruined fort. I stood there on the cliff. I stood on the edge of the world.
COMPOSITIONS OF A GROWING CITY
Winding through the streets of Dublin was my primary past time when I lived in the city...always with camera in tow.
Bogs are very important in the culture and terrain of Ireland - and this was the first bog I had ever seen. Mmmmm the smell of peat!
CURIOUS / INTREPID
Braving out onto a frozen lake isn't something I would consider fun - my dad, sister and brother, on the other hand...
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD
"...but the rocks they pulled up were all I've ever known. The Rock fought my spirit. The Rock fed my anger. The Rock broke my heart."
STROLLING THROUGH SPAIN
Each backstreet and nook held something to explore or marvel at - whether the fountains of Alhambra or the fountain dead end plazas in Cordoba.
THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO PARIS
Hot, wet, busy, overwhelming. Pretty much describes Paris in June, yeah?
The lifeless forest that covers Mount St. Helens is breathtaking and startling.
MISSION TO MEXICO
Every morning Luis would get up early to put on his best clothes. He was also always the last person to say good-bye.