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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



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?

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 10, 2012

Bilbao (Baggins), Spain

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Pardon the cheesy joke title, but that’s all I got.

I rarely take my 5DMkii with me on my work trips and I usually regret it when I get there. Well this time, I lugged the thing along in my carry-on and toted it with me during my free time. I was fortunate enough to catch a beautiful day in Spain, which for this time of year is somewhat rare.

The architecture was truly stunning. I had been to Barcelona and Madrid before, and this had style of it’s own.

Architecture from the Park


Ibedrola Tower

Courtyard at the Guggenheim Museum

Peacock in the Park

Bilbao is also home to a Guggenheim museum. It is one of five locations in the world (NYC, Venice, Berlin, and Abu Dhabi are the others).

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

The guard dog of the museo.

Guardian of the Guggenheim

And it would be a crime for me to post a trip to Spain without a shot of the chorizo!


April 8, 2012

Shanghai Part 2

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Well, I must admit, I am trying hard to stay on top of this now. It has been neglected for too long and I have lots to share. When life gets busy, my creative outlet seems to be the first thing I shut off. No longer!

I was fortunate enough to be in Shanghai at the end of the Chinese New Year, and had access to the restricted Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the Chinese calendar, the last day of the lunisolar Chinese New Year celebration. 2012 is the year of the dragon! This makes for excellent decorations.

Lantern Festival Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Lantern Festival 2012

Lanterns in Shanghai

Before dinner one night, I wanted to catch the skyline across from the Bund as it was lit up. The shots weren’t as great as I had hoped but what can you do. I wasn’t packing my tripod on the 16 hour flight.

Dinner Boat at Bund

Shanghai Skyline at Night

I love NY? Naaah, I love SH!

I Heart SH

One of the first stops we made was to the Shanghai History Museum. It was free to enter and it was truly mind blowing. Artifacts that were 20,000+ years old on display.

Shanghai History Museum

Ancient Chinese Rock Carving

Sculpture Over 5000 Years Old

Chinese Warrior



April 7, 2012

Shangheezy – Part 1

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Was able to hit up China for the first time in February. Went a few days early with some friends from work to explore and get a feel for Shanghai. Our hotel was ridiculous. JW Marriott Tomorrow Square.

View from JW Marriott 2

View from JW Marriott

We walked down the street from the hotel to the square and headed into the History Museum.

Birds in People's Square

People's Square

A side street off Nanjing Road. The hustle.

Sidestreet of Nanjing Rd

From Nanjing, walked down to the river to check out The Bund. Impressive skyline.


A local friend took us to a tourist area about 90 minutes out of the city called Zhouzhuang. It had a bunch of canals and a plethora of tourist shops, food stands, and historic artifacts.

Zhouzhuang Reflection

Zhouzhuang Canal

I'm On a Boat

Zhouzhuang Bridge

Girls Playing in Zhouzhuang

There were about as many fish in this pond as there are people in China. They were hungry.


More to come from the China trip, once I pile through these pictures!


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