Life Savers at Natural Bridge

 Natural Bridge within Yoho National Park was the location that I was most interested in visiting and not just because the split rock looks cool. I had some unfinished business to take care of. During my family’s vacation in 1986, we were on a tour bus (yes, one of those), but during our stop at …

Lake Louise

 Lake Louise was still mostly frozen when I first arrived in Canada. Initially I wasn’t sure if I should even try photographing Lake Louise but then common sense prevailed. I visited on several other following days and gradually saw the lake thawing out which was quite fascinating though next time I want some ice-free images …

Taking in the Scenery

 Along with Castle Mountain, Mount Rundle has to be among the most distinct looking peaks in the Canadian Rockies. The cool thing is that Mount Rundle is located directly behind the town of Banff. How many towns can boast of such scenery literally in their backyard? Make no mistake though, this is no sanitized urban …

Moraine Lake

 Some of my earliest memories of visiting scenic places dates back to my childhood in 1986, when my parents and I vacationed in the Canadian Rockies. I’ve visited many of the greatest sights in the U.S. since then but nothing ever really compared in my mind to what I saw in Canada as a kid …

Pfeiffer Falls

 The last Big Sur waterfall I photographed made it onto the cover of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine so I figured I’d try my luck on another one this time. While not as dramatic as McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Falls is beautiful in its’ own right. To get to Pfeiffer Falls, we had to hike up …

Bixby Creek Bridge

 Bixby Creek Bridge Overlook is one of the most famous postcard scenes in the world and for good reason. I can’t imagine driving down Big Sur and not stopping here. I’ve always wanted to photograph a sunset here and tried to on this trip but the horizon was blocked up by clouds at sunset so …

Pacific Grove

 Pacific Grove is one of the most scenic towns on the California coast. Though I had been there a number of times in my life, I had never visited during the spring months until now. The entire coastline was lined with these purple flowers and carpeted with bright pink flowers. I definitely want to go …

Unplug Your Life

 I have a confession: I do not own a smartphone anymore. I work in front of a computer enough as is, both out of necessity to earn a living but also for fun.  The side effect of this is that it makes me value my real life even more so I don’t want to waste …

The Best Hikes

 The best hikes are the ones that offer the most solitude. I had been to the Santa Rosa Plateau once before to photograph the Vernal Pools, but that trail is so popular that it was more of a zoo-like environment there. This time (a week ago) since there was no water at the Vernal Pools …