GETTING A MAKEOVER!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WELCOME TO
THE RAINLESS CITY

After only a couple of hours on the ground, Mariel and I began our Peruvian adventure in downtown Lima.

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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.

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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!

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A WEEKEND IN THE
CONCRETE JUNGLE

I was in Chicago for a work conference — my first time ever in Illinois and this major metro.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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DISCOVERY

There's a park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle that I love to visit.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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WE ASK,
THEREFORE

I had about four hours to kill in between being released from a business-related conference and my flight back home.

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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.

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VANCOUVER
SKYLINES

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.

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DRAG NIGHT

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.

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LONE SCOTSMAN

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.

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WEDDING JEWELS

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.

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SEA GLASS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MOTH

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.

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SALMON RUN

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.

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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.

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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.

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SAND TRACKS

Obviously the sun was out in the middle of February in southern California. So we went to the beach, my friends and I.

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PUMPKIN SKY

No fall is complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch, especially the ones that have festivities and petting zoo and food for sale.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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EXPLORING THE STARK
OREGON COAST

Family vacation for summer 2010 was Depoe Bay, Oregon -- centered on the beautiful coast of the state.

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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.

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GUN RINGS OF
FORT WORDEN

The ruins of a military bunker outside of Port Townsend are both spooky and interesting.

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STRATIFICATION

An adventure with two of my friends took me to the top of Squak Mountain.

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BENCHES
BY THE LAKE

These benches sat over a marshy ground, covered in mud and pools of acrid brown water.

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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.

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WE’RE IN THE
CITIES, TRICK!

The twin cities - Minneapolis and St. Paul - were fun to see! Reminded me of Seattle.

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WANDERING AROUND
THE FALLS

After checking out Snoqualmie Falls, we explored the rusting, environs.

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GRASSY REFLECTIONS

Exploring Seattle during the first year that I lived there, we ventured to the Sculpture Park sitting on the sound.

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FLOWERS AT THE
VOLUNTEER PARK CONSERVATORY

Flowers, cacti, bromelids - OH MY!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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PROTESTS
IN SEATTLE

After Proposition 8 passed in California, every major city held a rally to protest its passing. I joined Seattle's protest.

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SCRAMBLING THE BEACH
AT LA PUSH

Exploring along the peninsular coast of Washington.

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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.

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LITTLE PORCH

The train ride south to Sicily was the most beautiful train ride I've ever taken.

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A WEEK SPENT
IN BERLIN

My long journey through eastern Europe was coming to an end, but what a way to capstone my trip.

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CHESS BOARD

In a park in this little Transylvanian town in Romania I found these dilapidated chess boards.

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BLUE WATERS
OF CAPRI

Capri is the vacation spot of the stars - and me for a weekend too!

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A NIGHT
IN THE TOWER

Visiting beautiful Sorrento was pretty cool. Staying in a tower on the coast? Even cooler.

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PLAYING HOOKY ON
PALATINE HILL

The only day I have ever skipped class, I toured the Colosseum and Palatine Hill - what fun!

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LIGHT
BEAM

The beam of light reminds me of what this place must have been before Vesuvius erupted.

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ISLAND
SUNSET

Trekking back from the island of Ischia to Naples, the island said farewell with a beautiful view.

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CASTLES ON
THE MOUNTAIN

Two sets of walls from different eras adorn the mountain above Sintra.

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UP AND DOWN,
IN AND AROUND LISBON

The hills and the environs of the Portuguese capital were well worth the exploration.

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CITY IN
THE HIGHLANDS

Between the nook gardens and majestic Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh kept us enthralled

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ODD LITTLE TOWN
IN THE HEEL OF ITALY

For a beach town, Lecce was pretty weird when it snowed.

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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.

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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.

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GRANDPA

Important life lessons while wearing Sunday's best

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WHERE DAVID
GAZES

While one David sleeps in his museum, another watches the river, the bridges, the people - the city of Florence.

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CITY AMONG
THE RUINS

Engulfed by Rome, visiting Vatican City remains one of my fondest - and most troubling - memories.

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HILL TOWN

The towns of Umbria wind around precarious cliffs. The trade off? A room with a view.

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DISCOVERING THE
LANDMARKS OF ROMA

The Pantheon. The Forum. Villa Borghese. Love at first sight.

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WHERE FOG
MEETS THE CAPE

Here there exists a place of beauty, quiet, verdant hills, and a slow, lacing fog

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SUNGLASSES
IN THE CITY

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BACKTRAIL

Exploring the back country of Marin

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ROOTS

On the shores of Bass Lake

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THE ENCHANTMENT
OF KILLARNEY

Wet and covered in clouds, Killarney enchanted us as we strolled, hiked, boated and biked through its beauty.

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DUBLIN BAY
ENVIRONS

Spending my last days gallivanting around Dublin environs...

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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.

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VISAGES
IN THE TOWER

Staring me down in the Tower, the visages of Elizabeth I revealed much.

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AINGEAL
OF POWERSCOURT

"Aingeal" means angel in Irish.

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THE GUARDIANS OF
COUNTY SLIGO

A journey through rolling hills, unkempt pastures and faerie mounds

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THE BOGSIDE

"The bogside is your womb, and education, your umbilical cord."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BLARNEY TREE

Blarney Castle and its grounds are more breathtaking than I ever expected. Well worth the visit.

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ADVENTURES AT
BRAY HEAD

Upon reaching the top of Bray Head, our breath was stolen by the expansive view of Dublin Bay.

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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.

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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.

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THE BOG

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!

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CURIOUS /
INTREPID

Braving out onto a frozen lake isn't something I would consider fun - my dad, sister and brother, on the other hand...

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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."

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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.

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THE FIRST TIME
I WENT TO PARIS

Hot, wet, busy, overwhelming. Pretty much describes Paris in June, yeah?

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BARREN

The lifeless forest that covers Mount St. Helens is breathtaking and startling.

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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.

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VINTAGE
ISLAND EXPLORING

A couple old photos from a crappy point and shoot

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GRAND CANYON

One of my earliest photographs.

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