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January 7, 2013

Where Have I Been?

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It is like I am on the other side of the world or something.  Oh wait….I am on the other side of the world!

Follow along with our adventures HERE


September 2, 2012


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Black and White Nazar

May 4, 2012

Through The Tracks – San Antonio

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San Antonio, Texas



April 24, 2012

Man Who Goes Through Turnstile Sideways Is Going to Bangkok

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Confucius was a wise man.

So, I went to Bangkok last year, the place, not the action. It was a whirlwind trip but I did bring the Leica along for the ride. I took a taxi from my hotel to the Grand Palace. It wasn’t yet open for tourists but a seemingly nice guy chatted me up about his cheap (less than $2 USD) tour of all the major tourist spots in Bangkok. He would wisk me through traffic on his trusty tuk-tuk. Seemed legit.

I jumped in.

Bangkok Standing Buddha


Tuk Tuk in Bangkok

He took me to the first spot, where the standing, sitting, and laying Buddhas were. The gardens and decor were outstanding.

Large Standing Buddha


I particularly enjoyed the sitting Buddha. The room was quite lush and intricate.

Bangkok Sitting Buddha

BUT, nothing is as good as it seems. My tuk-tuk driver took me to retail stores, in between the tourist locations and I had to go into these places, even if not buying anything, and just walk through. Tailors, jewelers, tricketeers, etc. He said if he took me to all the places, they would stamp his pass and he would get a free tank of gas. A neat little racket.

Just a heads up. Would I do it again? Probably.

April 22, 2012

Sunrise Over Punta Cana

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I drug my hungover ass out of bed and trudged down to the beach with my trusty Leica to try and catch a sunrise while on vacation. It was the kind of “all-inclusive syrupy mess” hangovers. At first, I thought it was too cloudy, as it was still rather dark out. As the light started to fill the morning sky, I was happy to see just a spread of clouds, mostly in the distance. I sat on one of those massage tables on the beach and waited, still in a haze of my own. It was worth the effort! I quickly found a chair on the beach for a well deserved nap.

Sunrise Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Where was your favorite sunrise?

The Sky Lights Up

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Every year, my extended family packs up and heads to Sunset Beach, NC for vacation. Lots of food, booze, and relaxing ensues.

Within the last year or so, a brand new bridge was completed to span the Intracoastal Waterway. It replaced an old single lane swing bridge. We walked up to the top to take some pictures at sunset.

The sky lights up.

Sunset Over the Waterway

April 21, 2012

Paradise in the Middle East

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I usually post a great deal of pictures per post but because I am trying to post more regularly, there will be a few posts that I have only one or two pictures.

Doha, Qatar

This was taken from my hotel balcony while on a business trip in the Middle East. It is looking across the bay at Doha, Qatar in the Gulf of Oman.

This is seriously one city that I could live happily ever after in the Middle East. Absolutely beautiful with booming growth. The skyline continues to morph. If you have a chance, go and visit Qatar. It is truly a wonderful place!

April 20, 2012

Don’t Look Down!

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I have to admit, I got a bit jelly-knee’d while taking this shot. When looking through the lens of the camera, you lose your sense of depth perception. This picture takes me back every time!

This is from the observatory of the Calgary Tower, in the glass floor area. We stopped there for a night before heading to the mountains in Banff.

Calgary Tower

April 17, 2012

Sunset Beaching It

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We packed up the truck and took a ride east to Sunset Beach, NC to visit the family for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The weather had been unseasonably warm with the sun shining and waves crashing.

A few of my favorites from the walk on the beach.

Sunset Pier

Sunset Beach Store

I always love how a black and white photo can make things seem so much more powerful.

Sunset BW

Under the pier downtown, it’s where I drew some blood!
Pretty sure that’s how that Chili Peppers song went right?

Under the Pier

April 15, 2012

New Balance Done Your Way

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love travel, photography, and sneakers and I try and intermingle all three when possible.

I have been rather annoyed at the recent practices of Nike with their degrading quality and lackluster materials. This ultimately drove me to New Balance. Now, NB certainly has their fair share of quality and shape issues with their newer retro models, but there are a few standouts out of the NB line that they nailed, the 574 being one of them. The 574 is hand crafted in the USA with top notch materials and workmanship. You can go and order a pair here.

My first two pair of customized New Balance 574s.

New Balance 574 IDs

New Balance 574 ID

New Balance 574 ATL-SIN2

My family and I are approaching a huge milestone in life. My company is moving us from our home base in Atlanta to spend 12+ months in Singapore, starting this summer. We are both excited by the possibilities and a bit worried about the logistics and everything that comes with relocating to the other side of the world…with a 4 month old. Needless to say, we have lots of change coming but change is good and it keeps things fresh.

To commemorate our move to Singapore, I had ATL and SIN (the airport codes for Atlanta and Singapore) stitched onto the heel.


With these strapped to my feet, I can take on anything the world throws at us! Remember, keep smiling.

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