Ripples in Stone

I am fascinated by the way rocks are carved by water and time, creating ripples in stone. These walls show the undulations of the Virgin River in the slot canyon known as The Narrows. Over the years, the river swirled and cut the indentions in the canyon walls. The striations in the rock were layers…

Colorado’s Swift Fox

The Swift Fox is a very small canid, only reaching about 16″ high. For their size they can move very fast at nearly 30 MPH, thus their speedy name. They are nocturnal creatures who hunt small mammals like prairie dogs, mice, squirrels, and rabbits on the Great Plains of the United States. During the day…

Ice Lake Basin Trail Guide

We had been hiking for hours through a thunderstorm as well as the rain and hail that came with it. We were soaked to the bone and glad the lighting had never shown. The trail was a deceptively difficult 3.5 miles with 2,500′ of elevation gain, but we had finally arrived at our destination. The Ice…

Water World

I grew up in Tennessee, an entirely landlocked state in the US. I now live in Colorado which is about as far from an ocean as a person can get.  I remember watching movies growing up where people were depicted living entirely on the ocean—a water world. That idea intrigued me as a young boy….

Light in the Trees

Photos are inevitably about light. It’s what makes a photo possible.  This jungle scene wouldn’t be as good if it weren’t for those beams of light breaking through the canopy to illuminate the forest floor. But then again, you’re not looking at the forest floor, are you? You’re looking at the light beams…. This scene…

Flight of the California Condor

The California Condor is strange, ugly bird. They are massive creatures with wingspans that can be longer than any man’s height, making them North America’s largest birds. Despite their oddities, they are graceful in flight and they seem at home amongst the massive Grand Canyon. In the Grand Canyon the Condor population is monitored closely and…

Waiharakeke Bay

Waiharakeke Bay is one of the many gorgeous beaches my wife and I walked along while hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track on New Zealand’s South Island. This spot was very memorable as the storm clouds had started to role in and a faint rainbow appeared in the distance. The fresh water from the mountains flowed…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 3

If you are just joining us on this journey to hike Jiankou to Mutianyu, you can catch up on either of the previous two posts here: Jiankou Part 1 or Jiankou Part 2. Skipping the Potential Death of Day 2—Jiankou to Mutianyu: So if at the end of Part 2 you were thinking to yourself,…