Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 3

If you are just joining us on this journey to hike Jiankou to Mutianyu, you can catch up on either of the previous two posts here: Jiankou Part 1 or Jiankou Part 2. Skipping the Potential Death of Day 2—Jiankou to Mutianyu: So if at the end of Part 2 you were thinking to yourself,…

Volcanic Seashell

Volcanic black beaches are a fascination for me. This one, found in the tiny town of Mokau (north of New Plymouth) of New Zealand, is an especially vibrant shade of black. It has a natural sparkle to it. And then there are these seashells scattered about to give a colorful juxtaposition to the black sand….

North Shore Sunset

Another summer day and another post about a far-flung Caribbean Island…. Maybe I am projecting towards where I want to be right now. I took this sunset photo on Jamaica’s North Shore about half way between Montego Bay and Falmouth. There is a little restaurant here and not much else. It is really only a kitchen with…

Castle’s Dragon

Every good castle needs a dragon. Albeit, this is a bit of a small dragon. Hey, every boy can dream about castles and dragons, right? This picturesque iguana is a resident of the ocean cliff walls in Puerto Rico. This is a stunning location. The rampart in the background is Castillo de San Cristobal, which…

A Grand View at Grand Canyon National Park

This grand view is the Trail View Point along the South Rim Trail inside Grand Canyon National Park. Out of all the spectacular viewpoints along the South Rim, I think this is my favorite. The rock that Jennifer is perched on juts out above the canyon like few other places along the Rim. One of…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 2

Today we continue our Jiankou adventure along The Great Wall. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Day 2: From Xizhazi Village to Zhengbeilou Tower… the hard way. We awoke early the next morning about an hour before the sun rose and made our way up to the Wall, near what is labeled…

Cowboy’s Delight

The Cowboy’s Delight flower… this might be the oddest common name for a flower. The scientific name is a mouth full, Spaheralcea Coccinea, so I guess Cowboy’s Delight it is. It sounds like something cowboys would have eaten for dessert. The Wild West’s version of Turkish delight. In reality, the name is thought to have…

Hyperinflation – A View from the Dark Continent

Many years ago I had the privilege to visit the Dark Continent, specifically the country of Zimbabwe in the midst of their darkest time. This was an experience that changed my perspective on the world in many profound ways. It grew my understanding of what true poverty looked like. What true beauty there is in…

A Florida Sunset for the Birds

Why is it that simple scenes, like this Florida sunset, can invoke such peace in our souls? I took this image of the seagulls in the setting sun at Venice Beach, Florida. It is a great spot to sit and let your life slow down for a moment, watching as the small gulf waves roll…