International Travel, Reflections, Travel Photography

ZhangYe Danxia, the Rainbow Mountains of China

This is ZhangYe Danxia Geopark in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. It’s also known as the Rainbow Mountains of China. This is also ZhangYe Danxia Geopark. In fact, it’s the exact same peak. And oh wait, this is the same place in ZhangYe Danxia Geopark yet again. The only difference, of course, is that… Read More ZhangYe Danxia, the Rainbow Mountains of China

International Travel, Travel Photography

Treasures Along the Silk Road: Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Oasis 

From Marco Polo to camels and caravans, stories of the Silk Road have always been full of allure and mystery. So it was with much exuberance that I finally arrived in Dunhuang, located at the former junction of two key routes of the Silk Road network. One of its major draws is something I’ve always… Read More Treasures Along the Silk Road: Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Oasis 

International Travel, Travel Photography

This is Not Bolivia: the Salt Lake You Never Knew About

When it comes to vast expanses of salt, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is iconic and the best known. Americans may also be aware of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. But this is not Bolivia or Utah. Instead, this is in Chaka, tucked away in the western Chinese province of Qinghai. The keen observer will… Read More This is Not Bolivia: the Salt Lake You Never Knew About

International Travel, Travel Photography

Modern Art for a Modern China: A Walk Through the Changchun World Sculpture Park 

When I think of Chinese art, my mind goes to the classical brush paintings and classical sculptures of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian figures. So when the World Sculpture Park in Changchun, one of northern China’s biggest cuties, was first introduced to me, I was a little skeptical. But I am so glad I was persuaded… Read More Modern Art for a Modern China: A Walk Through the Changchun World Sculpture Park 

International Travel, Reblogs, Travel Photography

My Favorite Snaps from China Trips Past 

I have arrived in Manchuria! Before I start snapping away, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from past trips to China. I’m super excited to explore other parts of the extremely large country on this trip, including some areas that aren’t as frequently visited, especially by those in the West. Please bear… Read More My Favorite Snaps from China Trips Past 

International Travel, Travel Photography

A Photographic Journey Along the Inca Trail

They say that some places you visit are akin to religious experiences. I’d always wanted to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail because I thought it’d be cool to challenge myself. Actually hiking the Inca Trail was indeed challenging at times, but moreover, it was an incredible experience, sort of a personal pilgrimage. Which is… Read More A Photographic Journey Along the Inca Trail

Domestic Travel, Reblogs, Travel Photography

Autumn in Nebraska

Originally posted Wed. Oct. 17, 2012 I’m not a fan of driving, but I do a lot of it on my way to and from stories. Over the past month I’ve oft seen beautiful fall landscapes, but I couldn’t just stop and start snapping away while on deadline. Sometimes I certainly wish I did though;… Read More Autumn in Nebraska

Domestic Travel, Reflections, Travel Photography

Montana Weekender: 6 Years Later

Like the Tahoe weekender before it, we headed up for a weekend in Montana thanks to a wedding. I’d actually lived in Montana for a couple of months at the beginning of the decade, so in some ways it was a nostalgic trip, almost exactly six years to the day that I left Montana. We… Read More Montana Weekender: 6 Years Later

Domestic Travel, Travel Photography

Tahoe Weekender: Van Sickle, Emerald Bay, and Fannette Island

Finally, Tahoe in the summer! After four years in northern California and numerous winter ski trips, I finally made it out during the sunny months to enjoy some non-snow related outdoors activities. A friend’s wedding was the impetus for what turned into a Father’s Day weekend trek with the fam. Minor quips and tips sprinkled below,… Read More Tahoe Weekender: Van Sickle, Emerald Bay, and Fannette Island

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Nashville Weekender: Ladies Trip!

For some odd reason my SF girlfriends and I always tend to pick the South for ladies trips, be it NOLA, Austin, or for this spring, Nashville. Perhaps it’s the southern food (nomnom) or the gloriously warm weather. Nashville is by now the proclaimed bachelorette party city of the country, and we certainly considered having a… Read More Nashville Weekender: Ladies Trip!