Surreal Moonlight

One of my favorite things about the Owens Valley is how many stars you can see. Since it was nearly full moon the stars weren’t as visible, however it made for some fun messing around with long exposure shots. Can look like daytime but with stars.

Fall Colors in the Sierras

Took a quick weekend trip up to the Sierras to take in the beautiful fall colors. I love the surprise and fleeting nature of fall. As I stopped by each of my favorite places, some leaves hadn’t changed, others had already lost their leaves and some were in full vibrant color changing mode. Many yellows,…

Mount Tyndall + Shepard Pass

3 day, 2 night backpacking trip up in the Sierras during a cold spell in late September. We started in Onion Valley outside of Independence after a comfy night’s sleep at the Mt Williamson Motel. I knew it would be a lot of climbing– 6,000ft elevation gain the first day! I had never tackled that…

Buttermilks

Chilly October sunrise. Peaceful meditation. Just kidding, I was scrambling all over to try and capture the layers of atmosphere and changing colors of the Eastern Sierras before the sun was too bright. But now it makes me feel calm to look at these. I was born and raised in the Owens Valley– the Buttermilks was…

Tahiti

Early this year I booked a trip to Tahiti, and the last week of March I found myself on the white sand beaches of Moorea. The turquoise water was as calm as a swimming pool, the unique reef and lagoon architecture protects the beaches from waves. The history of French Polynesia is worth researching– from the…

John Muir Trail (Last 100 Miles)

Last August we ventured out to hike the John Muir Trail, 220 miles through the Eastern Sierras crossing from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. We encountered many unexpected obstacles, including a bear encounter the first night (she came back 3 times), threat of the plague and wild fires. The Rough Fire became the biggest threat and…

Owens Valley and Sierra Fishing

Following the father/daughter trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, my dad and I spent a week the following summer fishing in the Owens Valley and Sierras. Even though I was born and raised there, I still had not explored nearly enough of the area. There are unlimited “secret” getaways that the mountains and valley have to offer, but it…

Peruvian Milky Way

I’m in a time machine going back through my favorite moments and photographs from the past few years. Many of my posts include large galleries, so I’m going through and pulling out a few to feature and recount more in depth. There are some trips where I come back with thousands of shots…it’s easy for…

Sick in Hanoi

Day 14, Day 15– According to the itinerary: Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Tuan Chau quay. After disembarking from the Emeraude, board your touring coach and drive back to Hanoi. After lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure to shop, stroll, and enjoy the…

Halong Bay & Emeraude Cruise

Day 13– After breakfast, drive from Hanoi to Halong. Stop en route at Hong Ngoc handicraft village. My dad got me a beautiful ring here and I wear it everyday. This amazing bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is dotted with thousands of limestone karsts and isles. Local legend has it that long ago, when the…

Da Nang & Hanoi

Day 12– Transfer to the airport this morning for the short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Hanoi’s rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, both evident in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and culture. You will have lunch at KOTO (Know One…

Hoi An Sunset

The sunset did  not disappoint on our last day in Hoi An. This was shot from the beach, steps from the resort on Day 11.

Champa Kingdom

Day 11– Part 2: My Son, Champa Kingdom I’m so glad we signed up for this optional excursion (why wouldn’t we go?). Enjoy an optional half day trip to visit the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An in a lush green valley, are dozens of…

Hoi An

Day 11– Part 1: Hoi An Central Market + Phuoc Kien Pagoda + Japanese Covered Bridge This was one of my favorite days. The markets in Hoi An are full of color and energy that bring life to the streets. There are tons of fresh produce, noodles and fish, not to mention many foods I’ve never seen before. It’s…

Hue & Hoi An

Day 10– Thank you Friendly Planet for doing the heavy lifting with the descriptions. I’m going to continue to chime in, in bold. The rest is all you: This morning, visit the walled Citadel containing the Imperial City, modeled on the Forbidden City of Beijing, and the Purple Forbidden City within, former home of the…