Trail at the Edge

This gorgeous boardwalk lies at the edge of the inhabited world. At least, this was one of the last places on the planet to be explored that is now inhabited, albeit a very small population. My wife and I spent most of the day driving along New Zealand’s Highway 6 over Haast Pass on the South…

Kaikoura

This past Sunday the Southern Island of New Zealand was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by over half a dozen strong aftershocks. These quakes shook the northeastern coastal area around Kaikoura, New Zealand. The quake triggered landslides that covered parts of State Highway 1, which runs up the coast and, if you could see…

Goat Bay

This is another look at the beautiful golden coast of Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. This park has many gorgeous sandy bays and this one, known as Goat Bay, is no exception. There is something magical about backpacking along this rugged, remote coast. My wife and I had this particular stretch of beach…

Tidal Boulders

In this photo, the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand’s South Island are pounded by the early morning’s crashing waves. My wife and I added in a visit to these incredible natural occurrences very late in our planning process for our New Zealand adventure. A good friend suggested that they were worth a visit, so we…

Split Apple Paddle

A paddle boarder enjoys an early morning ride out to New Zealand’s famous Split Apple Rock. This formation is found to the south of Abel Tasman National Park.

Sandfly Bay

This is the crystal clear waters of Sandfly Bay. My wife and I made our way down to this hidden bay while hiking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. We saw several kayakers come down the river and paddling through this bay, the last bit of fresh water meeting the salty sea of the Cook Strait. The…

Awaroa Inlet

Crossing the Awaroa Inlet is a part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand. This unique crossing is only passable within a few hours of low tide and there is no trail around it so one must plan the trip accordingly. My wife and I were surprised to find out that the path across the inlet was primarily comprised of…

Onetahuti Beach

This shallow coastline may look like any other secluded beach, but Onetahuti is actually a part of an amazing multi-day hike. The sandy shore in this photo is a section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand’s Able Tasman National Park. I live in the mountains of Colorado and am no stranger to backpacking…

St. Martin

The Caribbean is home to many island paradises. The Island of St. Martin is no exception. This is the Great Bay on the southern side of the island and the gateway to the Dutch capital of Philipsburg. You can barely see what is left of Fort Amsterdam beyond the bright red roofs. The small island, approximately 34 square…

Moeraki Boulders

The sun rises on the famous Moeraki Boulders on New Zealand’s South Island. These round boulders almost have to be seen to be fully appreciated. Pictures struggle with scale. These behemoths are up to nine feet in diameter. The boulders are believed to have been formed long ago when rotting sea creatures acted like a…

Driftwood Beach

This is a piece of driftwood on the aptly named Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, off the coast of the state of Georgia. This place holds a special place in my heart. This is where my wife and I took our wedding photos on the morning of our wedding. This was the last sunrise I…

Sunset In Paradise

Life seems to move at a slower pace when living on an island. Yet, life’s ability to overcome disaster can be seemingly quick and simultaneously painfully slow. I took this image almost a year to the day after typhoon Haiyan devastated the island of Bantayan, like so many of the other islands in the Philippine archipelago….