Above the Aspens

The 11,348′ Marcellina Mountain rises abruptly out of the sea of quaking Aspen trees in Colorado’s Elk Mountain Range. Marcellina is one of many mountains that rise above the Aspens in Colorado’s largest Aspen forest. You can find Marcellina along CO 12, a dirt road that runs through the heart of the Aspen forest west…

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)….

Arches Evening Primrose

It’s moments like these where you realize how many things we pass by so quickly in life. This Evening Primrose flower, albeit very pretty, probably wouldn’t have stood out in a field of flowers. But, place it in the desert, surrounded by gigantic rock structures, and the perspective changes. This delicate Evening Primrose gives a…

Carved Deep

The Grand Canyon—as seen from the eastern part of the park. Growing up I had an image in my head of Grand Canyon National Park being this massive, rugged, deep canyon. All of this is true, but when I finally got to visit I was amazed at how the canyon appears with little warning. A…

Yucca Stalk

From afar a Yucca plant doesn’t look all that interesting or inviting, but up close this plant holds many intricate secrets. The closer you get, the more you’ll discover about the beauty of this plant. Start with the long pointy leaves and notice the various shades of green and yellow and then how the shadows play…

Foveaux Strait

On the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island lies the oceanic waters of the Foveaux Strait. Across these often rough waters is Stewart Island, the third largest island in the New Zealand archipelago. When my wife and I embarked on this journey, the ferry ride across these waters lived up to its reputation as having very rough seas….

Ancient Clasp

  What’s the goal of any good artist or craftsman? I believe it’s to take pride in your creation, to put hard work and detail into everything you do, regardless of the status that piece receives. Great craftsmanship, big and small, seems to withstand changes of trends through time. I found this ancient door clasp on…

Rider’s View

My wife stops to take in the view of Snowmass Lake from Trail Rider’s Pass. This is a great place to stop for a snack and take in the colorful landscape along the very popular 26-mile Four Pass Loop backpacking trail. Don’t be up here too late or you’ll risk experiencing afternoon thunderstorms. This trail is…

Frontier Life

This is one of many mining cabins found along the “road” to Como Lake in Colorado. This is the most dangerous “road” in Colorado. You have to have a high clearance 4×4 to even attempt this drive and even then you had better be right with God because roll overs happen. These cabins were home to…