Photography

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

It was a short walk from my hotel to breakfast at Cafe Pascal’s, right on Santa Fe Plaza–the heart of downtown. This is a popular place so centrally located, dressed to the nines in New Mexican flair, and with awesome service.  I had to doorbust […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My 23rd National Park: Carlsbad Caverns. Every time I go to a new National Park I say to myself, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And it’s true, at the time. But this place, this time is just… (resisting urge to deconstruct […]

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

A visit to White Sands National Monument, 100 miles north of the Mexican border, had more enchanting views, more blue sky backdrop.  This state is so varied in its beauty.  Standing within these stark white sand dunes was a thing of fantasy.  It’s like you’re […]

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Though I’d love to say that I joined Fox and Scully in the New Mexican desert to discover a mysterious and striking field of giant radio antennae pointing to our dear sky–emitting, absorbing, tracking… The possibility of an intricate and expansive government conspiracy is alluring. […]

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

My second day in New Mexico was absolutely beautiful. With a bright blue sky behind all I did, I ended the day sun-drunk and in awe, again, of this country, her land. I realized that I can hike devotedly for hours for the reward of […]

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

New Mexico has preserved remnants of countless ancient peoples. From the prehistoric Clovis Man to the Anasazi, ancestral Puebloans, the number of historical sites in the area is mind-blowing. One of the Anasazi, the Chaco Culture, inhabited Chaco Canyon in current day New Mexico during […]

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Navajo Nation, is 45,000 acres of wild land: the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands. 70 million years ago the land was a river delta from an inland sea that used to flow from the present-day Arctic Ocean to […]

January’s Full Wolf Moon

January’s Full Wolf Moon

Here are the best shots of a ton by my fumbly frozen hands: the gorgeous supermoon waking up Brooklyn.  And here is that same supermoon the evening before saying goodnight. That’s all: “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” (Oscar […]

Morning Perfect.

Morning Perfect.

Walking into a sunrise like this on my way to work does all kinds of things to perspective and priorities. And it makes me later than usual. What is better than a pressed, warm sandwich with your favorite morning foods within… in your hand and […]

Autumn Delights: Harvest Moon and A Late Litter of Butterflies

Autumn Delights: Harvest Moon and A Late Litter of Butterflies

October’s full moon is the Harvest Moon. This is a rare thing as the Harvest Moon is in September most of the time. I caught it on my way to work, bringing to mind Neil Young’s sweet song. I caught this gaggle of butterflies from […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

This is kind of how summer is… and kind how the days after summer are, too. They are potent… and in the rear view seem further away when they’re gone. Seeing pictures from the summer once the school year starts is surreal.  Time passes with a […]

Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

Spoilet alert: By the end of this blog post, by the end of my day, I end up… in a cabin in the woods in the mountains within rumbling thunder, the lucky pile of wood between two very vocal mocking birds going on and on […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

First: you know how you hear stories of people who try frying turkeys during Thanksgiving and cause an explosion? Or Meth producers who blow up their homes?  Like that, you risk catastrophic consequences if you go staring at the sun willy-nilly without protection–or looking through […]

Off the Beaten Path: Photographic Missions (Queens)

Off the Beaten Path: Photographic Missions (Queens)

Like many neighborhoods along the L-train, Ridgewood, Queens, which sits next to Brooklyn’s Bushwick and East Williamsburg, is pretty hipster-invaded. There’s nothing that a natural born weirdo dislikes more than someone who is simply in a weirdo costume.  Eh.  If you still have your appetite, […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

I made my first reservation related to Great American Eclipse travel in September 2016 …like a big nerd.  Now that it is almost here, along with growing media coverage including its own section in the New York Times last Sunday, I have to make sure my […]

Backyard Butterfly Break

Backyard Butterfly Break

After several less than active seasons, the butterfly bush has been all a-buzz this summer. So I broke in the new lens for my Nikon and got into the bush to photo-stalk some of the feasting creatures. Like this Monarch butterfly, a big flirt who […]

Delicious California (in pictures)

Delicious California (in pictures)

{ A crème brûlée donut from Donut Friend. } { Plant Food + Wine‘s Polenta + Hash: wild mushrooms, sweet potato hash, harissa } { Their potato-heavy Breakfast Burrito } { And their Chickpea Fritatta, dressed to the nines. } { A side of barbecue tempeh […]

Special Buddies

Special Buddies

Breakfast can often go two ways–vibrant or gluttonous. This morning we headed over to a no-fail vegan breakfast option that I rarely take part in, an acai bowl. I got The Patriot with banana, strawberry, blueberry, coconut, and acai at Brazailian Acai Bowls in Bakersfield. […]

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

After a quick breakfast at Cafe Smitten in Bakersfield, California it would be time to see a third/fourth California national park: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. To start, a peanut butter and chocolate bar, real good black coffee, and National Park guidebooks. And a […]

Crazy From the Heat

Crazy From the Heat

After driving in the desert all day, I’m pretty batty right now. I don’t want to even attempt to wax poetic about just how gorgeous you are, dear America. It is kind of unreal how much unearthly beauty lies within you. I’ll try a little […]

Eat with Your Eyes

Eat with Your Eyes

After I came across 2 unrelated and random references to The Morgan Library & Museum, I went. Because it was like someone was telling me to.  And when I have the time, I like to live life like a Wes Anderson character would, chasing whims […]

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

There are things that go very differently in my head. The first day of my Summer break… In my head I rouse from a peaceful slumber as a stray ray of sunlight gently taps my shoulder.  Hovering Blue Jays hold up an impractical, sheer house […]