Rocky Terrain

“Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.” – Lynda Lehmann Texture in nature is somehow one of the easiest things to overlook. While hiking, most people are constantly looking ahead, anticipating the next vast landscape that makes them feel…

Camp Robber

This is perhaps my favorite bird. Not as majestic as the Eagle or well known as the California Condor, the Grey Jay even has a bland name. I prefer their common name and the infamous moniker of the Camp Robber. These medium sized birds are seemingly fearless. It is very common to have these feathered…

Sunset on Cascade Creek

In the heart of New Zealand’s Fjordland National Park and along the road to the Milford Sound lies a campground on Cascade Creek. We parked here for the night before heading through the tunnel to the Milford Sound the following day. It was rainy as we pulled into the campground, which is more of a…

Trevi Fountain

This is the famous Trevi Fountain found in the heart of Rome. An ancient source of water for the Romans, this fountain’s current facade was finished in 1762. That is old for sure, but the water has been flowing in the location for over two millennia, making it the oldest water source in the eternal…

Colorado’s Largest Aspen Forest

We are getting closer to that time when the Aspens become the stars in Colorado. Their white trunks stand out beautifully against a canopy full of yellow leaves. This photo comes from Colorado’s largest aspen forest along CO Rd 12 near Crested Butte, Colorado. Can you see the forest for the trees? Cliché… I had…

Glow Worms

Believe it or not this bizarre looking scene was the adventure that I looked most forward to doing when Jennifer and I decided to go to New Zealand. These are the sticky threads of glow worms. They use these threads like fishing lines to catch their prey and pull them in. The Glow Worms The…

La Plata Valley

Sometimes the journey is just as good as the destination. I love summiting 14ers in Colorado. After hours of grueling uphill climbs, I am always rewarded with unrestricted 360 views of the Rocky Mountain terrain. That is the case when summiting Colorado’s 5th highest mountain, La Plata Peak. You get this stunning view up the…

Visiting Mutianyu – The Best Restoration of the Great Wall

The Great Wall is 5,500 miles long so unless you are planning a rather lengthy vacation than you are going to have to narrow down where you want to go. I did extensive research before traveling to this “wonder of the world” and found that visiting Mutianyu was the best spot for getting the most out of…