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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?


March 6, 2011

Me and My Ron

Filed under: atlanta,Life,Photography,Travel — brick @ 1:54 am
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The wife came back from Santo Domingo, DR bearing gifts. She scored me some Opthimus 15 Anos (15 year aged rum) and I am breaking into tonight. We all know that I am loyal to Mr. Morgan (Captain to you), but the Opthimus takes the cake! Hands down, the BEST rum I have ever had.

Opthimus Rum

February 16, 2010

Mamá de Banano


Mamá de Banano is the literal translation of my drink of choice while in Punta Cana (translated “fuzz tip” ha!), Banana Mama. In the 5 day stay, I must have consumed over 100 of these things. No swim-up bar, night show waitress, or club bartender could slow me down. Even with all the syrup dosed liquor binges, I managed to snap a few pictures.

The sunrise was a massive bright orange that morning, with a great deal of overhead clouds. They made from some great rays and reflections on the water.
Sunrise Punta Cana

This is quite possibly my favorite picture that I took. Sunset over the main pool at our hotel.
Sunset Pool


This was from the first sunrise, and the beams of light blocked by the clouds left for an interesting capture, lighting up half of a cloud.


These were flying back and forth all day.


The main drag taking you from the beach to the pool and rooms. Luckily our room wasn’t a terribly long walk from either.



Clouds at sunrise, caught the peachy beams through dawn.

This was pretty much my position each and every morning, following a nice breakfast of course. Each day went like this: wake up (maybe sunrise and photos), catch the breakfast buffet, go back to the room and throw on your trunks, head to the beach until lunch (1ish), hit up lunch, find a place by the pool (near the swim up bar if possible), pack it in around 5, back to the room for a nap, meet for dinner around 7:30, hit the lobby bar, hit the club, hit the sack. Wake up and do it again. What a way to live!
The View

Break Through

This dude was hunting fishies like a champ, using the bread I threw in for bait.
Domincan Egret

Even the airport has the tropical theme.
Punta Cana Airport

Not my team of choice, but a cool paintjob nonetheless.
US Airways Steelers

February 15, 2010

Sunrise in Paradise

Woke up pretty early one morning and headed to the beach for sunrise. These pictures do the true beauty no justice. This was well worth the sacrificed sleep.

Punta Cana Sunrise

This fisherman reeled in small tropical fish about every 5 minutes.

The big orange ball peeking up.


February 14, 2010

Enough Snow Already!

I have been looking at snow for about 24 hours now and that is enough for me. One of the reasons I moved down here was to avoid shoveling and freezing in this stuff. Beam me back to the beach please…

This was our first “relaxation” trip in a while. We did the Europe thing last year but that is pretty exhausting. We went to Punta Cana with 6 of our friends and we had a blast. Here is the first set from the trip. Many other photos of the trip can be found on my flickr. All photos were taken with my new Leica D-Lux 4. It was great only needing to carry this little thing rather than lugging my T1i to the beach and dinner and the sand and the club and the….

Started the trip off right…flying 1st class, up in the sky, on a…..OK, I will stop.

Going in for the final approach.

We landed mid-day, got checked in, and headed for the beach. Palm trees may be my favorite type of tree.


Such a beautiful sunset.

Day 2 coming soon!

February 13, 2010


Filed under: Beach,Music,Travel — brick @ 2:34 am
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This song was playing constantly while in Dominican Republic….this dude is blowing up.

Pictures from the trip to come!

February 6, 2010

Bon Voyage

Filed under: Life,Photography,Travel — brick @ 12:10 am
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See you in a week fam-oooo!

Punta Cana Beach

Dominican Sunset

December 22, 2009

Paraíso en Febrero

Filed under: Beach,Family,Life,Travel — brick @ 2:02 am
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The trip is booked…and we have a crew going. Two words: ALL. INCLUSIVE.



September 14, 2009

Point and Shoot

The better half took all of these photos on her point and shoot during the drive from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana where she was catching her flight. Apparently not everything is an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican.

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September 13, 2009

Que Lo Que


Lucy crashed with Oliver and Alexandra while staying in Santo Domingo and got to hang with Kevin and fresh-from-the-oven, Diego. Congrats you two!

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