This Adventurous Life

A young couple exploring the world…and their 30's

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It is camera upgrade season in our household.  With multiple new contraptions arriving, I am inspired to think about some of my most favorite captured moments.  Some of the photographs I take carry sentimental meaning, some are (frankly) tough shots I’m proud of, and some are great surprises.  Since there are too many to include in one post, I will stick to a gallery posting of “strength in subjects.”  You will get my drift, I hope.  Here are some of my favorites (minus a few I snapped in Cuzco, Peru that may or may not be included in Cayle’s upcoming post).

Try shooting out of the window of a moving matatu while also attempting to hide your camera.  It’s not easy, but not as hard as pulling all of that produce. I like that the trailer has a vibrating look to it, appropriate for the location and the action taking place.

The camera is held down at my side as if it isn’t on, my thumb resting the button.  They are looking up at our faces.  Beautiful, enduring children.

A solitary Acacia, winding and well trodden path, ray of light casting onto a Sub-Saharan plain and vast horizon… interpretations and representations are all too many to list.  I cherish moments while traveling where at an exact moment in time you know you are right where you should be.  There is unparalleled strength in such a feeling.

An icon of Mayan civilization, Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza circa 2008.  On the spring and summer equinox, shadows are casted revealing a serpent’s body down the staircase.  If visited now, the pyramid is fenced off and the land is quite barren.  

Whatever camera I had in 2007 (Kodak maybe?), I can’t fault it much because it gave me this.

On one very hot, very sunny day I fought to ignore the chorus of “Jump Around” repeating in my mind while trying to absorb the cultural significance of a tribe’s deep tradition.

A great blue heron looking dignified.  What I like most about this photo is the trifecta of landscapes ranging from the foreground and into the farthest distance with the green vegetation contrasting the detail of the bird.

If only this llama new it was so hip!  The “greenest” way to mow your lawn.  And the Andes, oh the Andes.  Is there a better mountain range?  P.S. it really was that green.

A moss covered Buddha surrounded by the tallest and brightest colored bamboo I have ever seen.  Allerton Garden, Kauai, Hawaii.

What I love about this photo (other than the man in it), was a complete accident.  A raindrop hit the lens of our waterproof digital right before I took this photo creating a motion effect at the rear of the kayak.  How speedy Cayle looks!

A director’s chair.  How many amazing people have sat in it taking in a view of the Ugandan hillside? Or, should the emptiness of this director’s chair be a metaphor for the political leadership of a country?

Some detail is lost in the highlights of the petals, but I still love the reflection of the waterlilly.

Another iPhone shot, which is forever the lock screen on my phone. We can’t get enough of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and are very lucky he is so welcomed and loved by his grandparents while we travel.

Can’t wait for our new cameras to come in!  We have some major photography candy coming up finishing 2011 in Paris and starting 2012 off in Rome.

What about a photograph of yours qualifies it as one of your favorites?

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Some places just feel comfortable, like home, even if you’ve just arrived. We recently returned from a week in Portland and the Willamette Valley. This being our first trip to the Pacific Northwest, we were not quite sure what to expect; we imagined constant rain, coffee snobs and hipsters sporting their skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts. While some of that does make an appearance here, the impression we were left with was that of nature at its most beautiful and people at there most unique and creative…pretty impressive.

We spent one morning escaping the city for a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, only 45 minutes from downtown Portland. We walked the Eagle Creek trail up to the high bridge and back(about 8 miles round trip).

The Columbia River Gorge has all the charm of moss, ferns and lichen…which is to say, a lot of charm.

Morning light through the tree’s flowing off the north slope of Mount Hood

What is a hike without a beautiful spot where you could potentially fall off the mountain. Tracy is posing next to just such a treacherous drop-off.

The beautiful and semi-famous Punchbowl Falls. I am pretty sure that some people jump in from the top of this 75 foot cliff…I am not one of those people.

Little green ferns, lots and lots of little green ferns!

Thanks to impressive engineering and aggressive use of dynamite by Italian engineers in 1910, this hike maintains a gentle grade through the jagged valley making it a world class walking trail.

The view looking up Eagle Creek, taken from the bridge shown above.

Loowit Falls(I think) makes me wonder how much more impressive these falls are in the rainy season.

We passed many friendly people and their many friendly dogs while walking Eagle Creek Trail. It was such a pleasant surprise to see dogs welcome in a state park, the Midwest is such a pet un-friendly place!

In just 45 minutes we made it from downtown Portland(a city with over 2 million people in the metro area) to a gorgeous trail in a famous wilderness area…and if we had driven 90 minutes in the other direction we would have been on the Pacific coast. Not a bad little corner of the country.
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