Upper Ice Lake Basin

One of my favorite Colorado hikes of all time is still our trek to Ice Lake Basin. I highly recommend our Ice Lake Basin trail guide for planning your next visit here. The views were just absolutely stunning along the entire trail, along with the fun animals and flowers we saw along on the way. Upper Ice…

Winter Robber

This is a true winter robber. Commonly known as a “camp robber,” or Grey Jay, this intelligent little birdie joined us for lunch while snowshoeing to Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park. Human food is never good for wildlife so we spent the majority of the time luring him to our open palms with…

Bridge of Bertha

This is a view of the waters of Lower Bertha Falls as they pass under the Bridge of Bertha in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. I took this image from a rock that would have been underwater if the falls had been running at full force, making for a different angle of this…

Venetian Gondola

The Venetian Gondola is iconic. You see one of these small romantic boats and you immediately know you are in Venice or perhaps Vegas. For those who have been to the latter but not the former, you are missing out. I like Vegas, but the Venetian hotel ain’t got nothing on the general article. The…

Corn Lily Bloom

I personally think Corn Lily leaves are really beautiful, but they are just large green leaves so they don’t add a lot of color to the world. The Corn Lily bloom of white flowers that grow on large central stocks are rather bland as well. I’ve spent many days on the trail walking past these…

Doubly Beautiful

How can the beauty of Glen Eyrie Castle be improved upon? It is nestled amongst the red rock spires and stands at the mouth of the stunning Queens Canyon in Colorado Springs. This is a unique place that has beauty during all seasons. Whether the grounds be a lush green from the canyon run off…

A Small Green Lizard

I believe this small green lizard is a Carolina Anole. As you can tell, in comparison to the blooms on the Rhododendron bush, he is tiny. Jennifer and I came across him a few years back while visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If you haven’t ever been, the grounds of the gardens are stunning. There…

New Zealand’s Bridal Veil Falls

  Bridal Veil Falls may be the most overused name for a waterfall, or at least famous ones. The highest falls in Colorado is the Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride. One of Yosemite National Park’s most famous falls is Bridal Veil Falls, only surpassed by Yosemite Falls itself. And about a 3 hour drive south…

Ancient Path into the Unknown

 When Jennifer and I went to China our top priority was to see The Great Wall in its restored state as well as the ruins of this once great wonder. When we arrived on the unrestored section of the Wall known as Jiankou we were greeted with this view. An uncertain ancient path into the…

Taupo Water Lily

I found this stunning water lily in a pond near the shore of Lake Taupo in the town of Taupo, New Zealand. I love the way that the white petals of the water lily pop against the dark green lily pad leaves and cold black water. These large flowers provide a smorgasbord of nectar for…

Iceberg of the Mountains

The Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park will bring you to this beautiful teal pool carved out by, you guessed it, a glacier. The small chunks of glacial ice still clung to the mountain’s cliffs in early September and the icebergs floating around the pool had stunning crevices of blue ice. Normally hiking on a…