Bali – the word conjures up a vision of idyllic beaches, perfect surf, and terraced rice fields set to the backdrop of a rich Hindu culture. This fabled island was at the top of my list of desired destinations for many years. And in November I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks on the island with my new wife. She indulged me as I dragged her from one famous surf spot to the next. And in between my search for waves we explored Hindu temples, trekked through a rice field to find an organic restaurant, and ended our trip diving on the reefs off the island of Lombok.
After six weeks of traveling through both the north and south islands of New Zealand I managed to take over 1500 pictures. And even with all those gigs of photos I still managed to miss some of the most memorable scenes I came across; the Rob Roy Glacier and the perfect symmetry of Kiwi tree plantings come to mind. I can only hope that as the months and years go by my mind will retain the visions I failed to capture. In the meantime I can still share with you the best of New Zealand I was able to capture; the Tongario Crossing, moonlight nights in the Able Tasman, and the smiles of my fellow travelers. New Zealand where the grass truly is greener:
We stumbled into Havana with a barley passible vocabulary of Spanish phrases, a copy of Lonely Planet Cuba and two cameras. Our nebulous plan involved wandering the streets, snapping photos and soaking in the beautiful decay of this forbidden country.
After four days we had accomplished our goal. Between the two of us we had taken well over a thousand photos, dug deep into the politics that divides our two nations, consumed Mojitos at the National, and located Fidel’s hidden missiles. But don’t take my word for it, these pictures can tell their own story.
Freelancing has its advantages, one of which is the ability to travel and live in places that you wouldn’t normally have access to while working a typical office job. Currently 2 Out of Three is half way through a two month stint in Santa Cruz. And when we’re not banging away on our laptop at the local coffee shop, the mountains, ocean, and town of Santa Cruz provide eye catching scenery to take a few photos. Below are a few of the best shots from the month, and be sure to check out the rest of April’s Santa Cruz pictures at Flickr [along with commentary].
Conde Nast Traveler is having a “Live The Cover” great travel memories contest. You upload a photo and an explanation of what made that moment so unforgettable. Having done my fair share of traveling and photography over the past few years I decided to submit three photos. It also does not hurt that the winner gets a free vacation to the Maldives, one of my dream destinations. The rest of this blog entry has my photos and descriptions but I would also encourage you to go over to their web site and vote for my entries (and Kenny submitted a few as well).
My good friend Kenny has been spending the summer living in Montreal, Canada which gave me a good excuse to get out of California for a five day visit. The timing also worked out to meet up with Shaun and Ashley as they decided to come up from Maine after attending a wedding.
We spent most of our timing walking around the city exploring everything from the cobble stone streets of Old Montreal to the nightlife of Boulevard Saint-Laurent. I really enjoyed the outdoor dining and old world charm of Montreal. I may have been deceiving myself due to the French coming from the locals and the late night dinning but it truly seems like Montreal is more a part of Europe than North America. Everyone we met was great and eager to talk and share their story. Local friends, cute bartenders, and the owner of the Turkish Tea House all spent time telling us the things to do and the places to be.
If you get a chance I recommend a trip up north. Although I’d make sure you do it in the summertime, that far north the winters can put a chill in you’re bones. In the meantime enjoy some of the random pictures I took.
I spent a recent weekend in Albuquerque visiting my Mom. The weekend was spent visiting with the animals on the farm, going on short walks in the high desert and even getting up over 10,000 feet on the worlds longest aerial tramway. Check out the photos I took with my new lens.