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…

Ring of Fire

There are great photos that are made by great photographers and then there are some that are all about being in the right place at the right moment. As photographers we can compose the shot and try to get the camera to the perfect setting, but sometimes when that shutter closes we are pleasantly surprised…

The Presidents

Happy Presidents Day everyone! The men etched in to the side of Mt. Rushmore are some of the greatest Americans to have ever graced our country with their leadership. Today we celebrate all of America’s presidents collective birthdays. So, I thought I would talk about these four. Washington’s birthday, January 22, is the inspiration for…

Frosty Fountain

I’m a southern boy so when I was growing up images like this were of far-flung locations that could only exist near the Northern and Southern poles. Scenes like this seemed to exist more in mythic places like Narnia than in real locations, especially ones that I could one day call home. In the South, if…

Carved Out

Some places are so far off the beaten track that I have a hard time remembering where exactly I was geographically in that moment. This is one of those places. I was on a mission trip in the Philippines and my team stopped for lunch at a rather unusual restaurant located down a long single…

Soldier of the Afterlife

I have written about the Terracotta Warriors in past posts, but I am fascinated by the hubris of Emperor Qin in having this army constructed. It just seems odd to me that ancient people thought that material possessions and hand crafted figures could protect them in the afterlife.

For The People

This is the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. There is no gate on the entrance, because this land is set aside “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” I believe that our National Park System is one of the great results of a free society understanding the importance that all people are equal in the…

Shadow of Life

This memorial stands on the historic Jamestown site in Virgina. In 1607, Jamestown became the first successful European settlement on the North American continent. It had been 115 years since Columbus had discovered the new world and it would be 169 years until the United States would break free of British rule. This was the site from…

Ancient Queue

I find this image extremely humorous. I know to most it doesn’t look overly funny, but bare with me. This is a picture of the Terracotta Army that has been unearthed near the city of Xi’an, China. This army of clay statues was buried with China’s first emperor. Today the archeologists painstakingly reassemble each warrior…