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Two Trees Against the Coming Storm

After two weeks of being mostly offline, a return to posting. This incredible cloud formation was just minutes before the sky around Lake Naivasha opened with a massive storm.

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Mountains and Desert

The craggy, green emptiness of the Gobi, in a National Park a few hours from Dalanzadgad.

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The Coming Storm

In the late afternoon light, we race across the South Gobi to reach Dalanzadgad before the sky rips open.

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Afternoon Hike

A late afternoon hike near Paarl. It’s not every day that you see warnings to “Beware of Mountain Lions.”

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Thirds

Cold water after a long and difficult hike to the top of Cerro Chato, a dormant volcano near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The proportions made me think of Mark Rothko.

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Congo Fisherman

Fisherman on Lake Kivu at dusk, with outlines of DR Congo in the distance.

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Pacific Surf

On the beach in Lima, watching surfers navigate the late afternoon swells.

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Gobi Outpost

A solitary settlement amidst the low dunes of the Gobi Desert, just outside Dalanzadgad, Mongolia. All the essentials (left to right): mean guard dog (who chased our Hummer), ger, motorbike, truck, another motorbike.

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Heavy Seas

Long exposures just after dark, as the waves crash in from the sea.

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Dark Sands

The dunes of Mongolia, a few hours drive from Dalanzadgad.

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Gobi Sky

There were many shots out the window of moving cars on this trip, but this continues to be one of my favourites. Also, it was out the window of our Hummer.

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Arctic Clouds

A rare break in the clouds from 39,000 feet (11.8km) above the Arctic Ocean, on the route between Washington and Seoul.

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Escarpment Farm

From a path along the Bruce Trail, near Big Bay, looking south.

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Over the Border

In Great Falls Park, looking across the Potomac River to Virginia.

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Village View

A hot day with storms brewing. From the bridge between Phalombe’s Healthy Center and the village.

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Table Mountain

Table Mountain, as seen while hanging out my hotel window in Cape Town.

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10km Over Algeria

Flying between Amsterdam and Johannesburg last week. I probably should have pulled out my proper camera.

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Platform

Shooting off into the Atlantic on a rainy day.

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Swamp Reflection

The swamp by the side of the road.

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Barbed Fence

Along a road leading to the Atlantic Ocean, away from the artillery batteries between the landing beaches Omaha and Gold.

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Low Tide and Clouds

Looking back toward the mainland.

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Falls 4

When I originally edited my New Zealand trip galleries, the Milford Sound portion of the trip made for some difficult decision making. There were just too many amazing things to see in that corner of the country. This shot, taken from the boat, was left out of the original collection.

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South Island Dusk

Ten years ago today, I returned from three weeks around New Zealand. I’ve posted most of the photos that I like from the trip, but revisiting the collection yielded a few more. This is an unmodified scan of a slide. The grain, the colours, the exposure — all as it…

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Potomac Bridges

Looking down on Harper’s Ferry from the trail above the river.

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Georgian Bay Bench

Georgian Bay with Griffith Island in the background.

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Broken Barn

From early winter, an old tree and dilapidated barn on the street where I grew up.

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Evening Rocks

After the last several posts from Toronto, the opposite of the city. Looking north on Georgian Bay.

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The Mouth

The beginning of the falls, at the top of the “Devil’s Throat.”

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Sunset Falls

People departed. Tour boats stopped. Just the roar and the early evening sun over this massive ring of waterfalls.

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Double Falls

A pair of “tiny” waterfalls near the end of the main trail in Iguazu National Park. With hundreds of falls in the park spilling millions of gallons of water per minute, it’s easy to overlook these tiny cascades as afterthoughts.

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No Rain

In the Atacama Desert of Bolivia, distant clouds gather above a peak. It’s high altitude and very very dry.

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Low Tide Walk

Mont Saint Michel, France

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Moulin

The site of an ancient windmill sits in a field near the coast, in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. It’s just a few kilometers from the D-Day beaches. There are folks who catalogue the various windmills in the region, but I don’t know any more about this one.

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Mozambique Mountain

Driving north between Blantyre and Lilongwe, looking west into Mozambique.

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Oh Yes, It Will Save Many Lives

It is warm. For the first time since my departure from Baltimore, many hours and 15,994 km of flying prior, I notice the air temperature. It is distinctly un-planelike. And humid. I have arrived in the terminal of Lilongwe’s airport and am staring out the window at the lush green fields reaching to the edge of the parking lot. Taxis and shuttles board their passengers for the half hour trip into the capital city. Rather than heading to the city, I wait for my backpack, naively hoping that the South African Airways staff will somehow discover it in the empty plane and bring it to me. When they finally tell me the bag is still in Johannesburg, I find a taxi and set out for my hotel.

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Leaving Holland

Climbing southward out of Amsterdam, bound for Paris. The forests and farms of The Netherlands about to disappear below the clouds.

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Midi Plage

From my first walk along the water after arriving in Cannes for Lions 2011.

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Lake Ontario Rainbow

A few minutes from Niagara Falls, the storm broke and let light shine north to the lake. I couldn’t pull off the highway in time to catch the full arc.

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Turbulence

Upstream of the main falls, there are plenty of interesting locations to watch the water. This long exposure captures the junction of the churn and the constant flow of the Niagara River.

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Rapids and a Bird

When the veil of fog and rain finally lifted, there was yet more water. The rapids upstream of the falls have a lot of character, and stand in stark contrast to the still, leafless trees.

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Frigid Falls

New Year’s Day meant a long drive from Toronto to Baltimore. It was a slight detour to visit the Falls, but worth the diversion to spend a few hours walking along the water.

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Broken Crate

After a long hiatus from posting pictures, I’m back with something somewhat new. This is a 3 shot (-2, 0, +2) HDR of the Gulf Of Mexico, processed using the amazing tools in the new Photoshop. More to come, I hope, and sooner than six months.

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Swamp Water

Another from the swamp in Edgewood, about a half hour north of Baltimore. It should be worth returning in a few months amidst the snow and frozen water.

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Broken Sky

Shot from a moving van after visiting the Seno Otway penguin colony, I just missed a Ñandu (similar to an Ostrich) that was running across the field. This shot was skipped on the first pass, but pulled out now because I haven’t posted anything in forever. So much for one…

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La Jolla and the June Gloom

June is one of the few months that the San Diego area sees clouds, cold and even rain, and my short visit had all of the above. It was still a spectacular weekend, although I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I had hoped.

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Pier Light

I’m still considering just how to process this shot, and if it even belongs here. I go back and forth between this and a B&W version, but I like the vintage look for this one.

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Bridge and Hill

In reviewing the photos from this trip, I found several that I never got around to editing. This is the first from that “new” group.

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Back to Basics

I awake to long blasts of the ship’s horn. Figuring the ferry is pulling into one of the first stops, I grab my camera and head above deck. Expecting to see Ios or Naxos, I instead recognize the rock walls and caldera of Santorini, the last stop. Passengers are pulling luggage through the halls and toward their cars on the vehicle deck. A family is applying suncreen at the stairs to the exit. It’s not yet 8 am but I’m not the only one salivating for gyros on shore.

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“Orange Juice, Coca Cola, Yes, Please!”

The internal debate over the precise details of my Athens itinerary continues right through the airplane’s descent into the city. Stay a night, see the sights then move over the horizon to the islands? Or pack in a days’ worth of photography and hyperaggrivation and take an overnight ferry to gyros paradise?

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This kind of thing was not supposed to happen

I [dropcap]I[/dropcap] was shopping. After years of abuse, I finally retired some much-loved and oft-abused travel clothes. Pants that had climbed (and slid down) a Moroccan mountain. A shirt whose longevity was inversely proportional to its 8 dollar price tag. Shoes that had seen more than a dozen countries on four continents. And while this gear was like my travel family, its best days were behind me.

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All Good Things…

Swimming a few hundred metres from the shore of Perivolous beach, I pause to look back to shore. The early evening sun is still warm and bright and soaking everything in a luxurious, golden hue. The water is calm and exquisitely refreshing after a day spent lounging on the sand.

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Still Lucky(‘s)

The glistening Aegean Sea is smooth as glass and on the approach to land in Santorini, the plane skims Kamari beach with its tavernas and cliffs and umbrellas and volcanic rocks. Home, sweet home.

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Umbrella I - Ayvalik, Turkey

The Beach

I came to Ayvalik, Turkey, for a photo. A photo, more specifically, of the incredible beach with its coloured umbrellas and food and mountainous Greek isles on the horizon. This is the image on the cover of my guidebook, and I’m clearly poaching their idea.

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Caldera -Santorini, Greece

Getting Lucky(‘s)

Santorini was meant to be a one-night stand: a quick reunion with an island I loved my last time in Greece, while en route to the uncharted territory of Crete and Rhodes. My first visit to Santorini sold me on a place with fabulous volcanic beaches (take your pick of red, black or white sand).

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Church and Castle - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Club Bled

Set on an emerald blue lake, surrounded by the gentle mountains that mark the beginning of the Julian Alps, Bled has been a tourist favourite for decades. About a hundred decades, in fact, as the resort town of 5000 people is celebrating its thousandth year.

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Eastward - Near Monte Carlo, Monaco

Nice Nice

Welcome to Cannes, where the idle rich luxuriate and vaporize large sums of their money, all in shocking disregard for struggling backpackers. While beach chairs and umbrellas rent for €30 outside the Cannes Inter-Continental (€400 and above per night), the sand on the free slice of beach, with the backpacking, pasta-and-sauce eating, tap-water-drinking proletariat, is every bit as nice.

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Sunset - Essaouira, Morocco

Upward Bound

Having acquired some kind of cold in Marrakech, I’ve started to cough. I hoped that good food and the warm air would snuff it out before it (and I) became a nuisance. No such luck. I awake today to begin a two-day mountain trek with a full-blown hacking cough.

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Valley I - Imlil, Morocco

Is This Van Going to Asni?

After the insanity of Marrakech, our first stop is the village of Imlil. Because, when in a hot, desert country, what better a thing to do than climb a mountain without any of the appropriate equipment?

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Beach Rocks - Kaikoura, New Zealand

Leavin, on a jet plane…

As I write this from an internet cafe in Auckland, I am awaiting lunch, awaiting my bus to the airport, awaiting my flight home (fingers crossed for a cancellation). New Rule: Buses loaded with Japanese tourists, faces pressed to the glass, all holding cameras (some holding two), can appear at any time, in any location.

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Tongariro Crossing - Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

The Road to Mount Doom

It began this morning in Taupo with a 5 am wakeup call for the bus ride to Tongariro National Park. The bars were still bumping and thumping with New Year’s festivities, but I suited up with cold weather gear, attempting to be prepared for the Tongariro Crossing, billed as New Zealand’s most spectacular one-day walk.