Bridging Oceans

You are looking at a crossroads between land and sea, ocean and ocean, and really the world. The bridge in the background is the Centennial Bridge that allows Panama City, Panama’s traffic to cross over the historic Panama Canal. From this road you can eventually explore all of North America (given the proper visas anyways)….

Island Children

These children are growing up on a tiny island in the middle of the Philippine Sea. They have little more than the clothes on their backs. (The kid in the lower right didn’t even have that… he greeted us the way he first greeted the world—butt naked!) Despite their seemingly impoverished lives these island children…

Freedom Isn’t Free

Far too often Memorial Day is thought of as a day we get to take off work, the beginning of summer, or an opportunity to break out the bar-b-que and have a party with friends and loved ones. Those are great things, but Memorial Day is truly about remembering those who gave their lives so that we are…

Thunderbirds

Today is the United States Air Force Academy graduation. Every year the Air Force’s most skilled pilots, the Thunderbird Squadron, descend on Colorado Springs for several days of practice flights. As I write this post I can hear them outside my house practicing for tomorrow’s performance. It is truly a magnificent arial ballet to see…

Hot Coals

Fire, and the way humans have uniquely tamed it, has by all accounts changed the course of history. We use it to cook foods, shape metals, heat our homes and generally tame nature. It is the quintessential tool for mankind. Where would we be without it? These embers were roasting some street food in the Philippines.

Reflections of the Past

Travel to me is about the moments spent experiencing unique cultures and places. I really like to do this in places where the culture no longer really exists. Trying to find that piece of our collective past that is extinct. To dream about what life must have been like so long ago…. Angkor Wat and…

Aircraft Cross

The Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado is an amazing structure. The architect, Walter Netsch, was a visionary. He undertook creating a facility out of aluminum as it is the construction material for Air Force jets. He also wanted the triangular shape of the structure to reflect the trinity. The 1″ thick stained glass lights…

Tianmen Dragon

This is a relief of the dreaded Tianmen Dragon! …not really. In China there is an amazing place known as Tianmen Shan (Heaven’s Gate Mountain). So named because of the giant “cave” (it’s a hole, but they call it a cave) through the mountain. It is very cool. You can climb to the top of…

A Stari Plunge

I’m not sure which I find more fascinating, the guy whose job it is to jump daily off of this perfectly good bridge into shallow water filled with dangerous debris or the crowd that watches this for entertainment. After-all, there are only two outcomes; he lives or he dies a horrific death in front of…