Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

As we head into the (US) holiday weekend I hope that everyone can take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the freedoms that those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country have granted us. As I look around at the oppression brought against people in other areas of the world I cannot feel more blessed that I have the freedoms that I do. So as you sit back and “find your beach” somewhere this weekend – just make sure you remember why you have the ability to do the things you do and thank a soldier.

Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

Dock to Nowhere (Caye Caulker, Belize)

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Photo of the Day – California Coast

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Off to LA next week and then spending a few days hiking/photographing Death Valley. Given the weather here I cannot wait to get the hell out of Chicago. High temps next week on Monday and Tuesday of below zero with wind chills in the minus twenty range.

Absolutely Nothing

After my meetings this morning I spent the day with a good friend catching up and then with my family having a nice home cooked meal. Nothing beats the little things. Absolutely nothing.

We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way! Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!

– Peter Gibbons

Photo of the Day – Daybreak in Punta Cana

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We certainly weren’t meant to spend it that way….laying on a beach drinking Mai-tais? That’s something I could get on board with. Now get out there and make it happen!

Upcoming Trips

Looking forward to a couple of busy weeks of work and travel – there will be a lot of late nights but also some fun nestled in between.

In two weeks I’ll be in Calgary for meetings and then on to Banff (Aug 1 – 4). Two weeks later I’ll be in Dallas for a few days. Late August (21st – 25th) I’ll be in Denver for meetings and then on to Rocky Mountain National Park for a couple of days of hiking. I’m also excited that I just booked a four day trip to Glacier National Park in September (21 – 25) which is also for meetings in Calgary (Glacier in Northern Montana is only 4 hours away from Calgary)! Lastly, I’ll be in Philadelphia and New York in mid/late October (dates aren’t finalized yet but I have some reviews to do and I’ll make sure to get out for some photography).

In addition to what is set I will have some meetings scheduled in California and Houston in September but not 100% sure on the dates yet. It will be hectic but looking forward to it.

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”

― Jack Kornfield

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La Jolla Cave

I was in La Jolla for work a few months ago and spent some time over on the coast. While looking for an interesting composition for the sunset I walked along an oceanfront trail. This is one of the views that I came upon during my walk along the coast. It was a lovely view with the flowers in the foreground and the cliffs in the distance. I thought they formed a nice composition with the ocean and the cave/tunnel that was the main subject. Unfortunately, the sun was going to set behind another set of cliffs so I couldn’t use this as the viewpoint for the sunset.

Photo of the Day – The Tunnel of La Jolla

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Santa Monica Pier at Sunset and in the Fog

Game of Thrones last night – I’ve read the books so I knew what was going to happen – but WOW, just Wow! Never fails to disappoint. Best show on TV!

On a business trip last year I spent some time at the Santa Monica Pier with the hopes of taking some sunrise pictures. Unfortunately, a heavy fog came in right as the sun was going down – the fog was thick like smoke and I thought maybe something in the area was on fire but no one was seeming to panic so I just went about my business. I walked down to the beach and took some shots of the pier – the light took on a whole different mood as the fog blocked out and reflected the suns rays. It was a really interesting light and I was glad to get a few shots before it turned to just a hazy, misty fog that all fog seems to be.

Photo of the Day – Santa Monica Pier at Sunset

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Picturesque view of Vernazza (Cinque Terre)

The Cinque Terre as I’ve already noted is one of the most beautiful places in the world. While we were there we stayed in Monterosso. The next city over is called Vernazza. There is an easy path right along the sea that connects the two cities but that path was destroyed in the horrible mudslides that hit the region in 2011 – check out this article in the New York Times to see some of the immense damage suffered in the cities. Therefore, we had to hike a rather rough (and much more treasonous trail) between the cities that took us up into the hills that separate the towns from the rest of the outside world. However, one of the benefits of being up in the hills is that it afforded us some views of Vernazza that we probably would not have had from the other (flatter) trail.

Photo of the Day – Vernazza (Cinque Terre)

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Vernazza is an amazing town and we had our best meal of the trip at the Ristorante Belforte which overlooked the sea. The pasta was fresh and they added curry powder to the shrimp which gave it a nice kick. Delicious!