Monthly Archives: August 2012

Man walking his dog in the mud, Port Clements, British Columbia

Posted by on August 16, 2012

Man walking his dog in the mud, Port Clements, British Columbia

Man walking his dog in the mud, Port Clements, British Columbia

This image was taken during the annual Canada Day Mud Bog Races in Port Clements. When this driver had his turn on the course, he eventually got stuck in the mud (as half the drivers do). After moving his car off the course, he surprised the crowd by emerging from the car with his dog. I thought the image of this muddy guy in overalls walking his dog through a pit of mud was hilarious.

Photo Essay : Cinque Terre, Italy

Posted by on August 15, 2012

In 2011 I had the pleasure of visiting the Cinque Terre region on Italy as a stop on a cruise. Having seen photos of the five towns of Cinque Terre, it was high on my list of places to photograph. I managed to visit all of the villages (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) during my day in the region and came back with some photos that will help me remember my day there forever.

If I am ever in the Liguria region of Italy again, I will make it a point to return to Cinque Terre.


Monday Travel Update – Playa del Carmen Edition

Posted by on August 13, 2012

I arrived in Playa del Carmen, Mexico today after a 4-day weekend in Corte Madera, California attending the Book Passage Travel Writing and Photography conference. I’ve attended many blogging and travel conferences, but this was the first time I had attended a conference devoted solely to the craft of travel writing and photography.

There is a lot I have to say about the craft of travel writing and how it applies to blogging, but I’m going to leave that for a later day. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed myself, met a lot of great people and even learned a thing or two.

I’ve come at this business from a very different place. Almost every person I met at the conference was either a traditional print writer/photographer or was aspiring to be one. I’m a guy with no background as a writer or photographer who liked to travel and was “good with the internet”. I do believe that someday soon we are all going to meet up in the middle, but I know not when that will be or what the future will look like when it does.

Traditional media people need to dive into the online ecosystem and those of us online (myself included) need to focus more on our craft. (more…)

Photo Essay : South Georgia Island

Posted by on August 10, 2012

South Georgia Island is one of the most incredible places to view wildlife in the world. Period. There are few places where you can see such sheer numbers of animals assembled in one spot. I stood on a beach with over 150,000 penguins surrounding me. The penguins and fur seals have no fear of humans which make them extremely approachable.

Fewer than 5,000 people visit South Georgia in any given year. It is extremely expensive and difficult to get to. There is no airport and the only way to get there is several days of sailing over rough South Atlantic seas. For those who make the trip, the experience is unforgettable. The crew on the M/S Expedition, who have been to Antarctica dozens of times, viewed their annual visit to South Georgia as the highlight of their sailing season.

The photos I took from South Georgia are some of my all-time favorites. Enjoy!