Globetrotting: Near and Far

Bears, Oh My

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Driving back from Johnson Canyon, I spotted a small group of cars pulled over and cameras aimed at the far side of the road. Pulling over, I realized they were watching a black bear. So, I grabbed my camera and started clicking away while the bear was attacking a buffalo berry bush. He was oblivious […]


Scaling The Great Wall

Looking out from the Great Wall

I arrived in China on Saturday for research and was instantly reminded how lucky I am to live in the US and in a country where there are no restrictions.  I have no Facebook access or any other social media access.  Many US news sites are blocked.  All sorts of random sites are blocked.  In […]


From A Bygone Era

Pine Valley Covered Bridge

Covered bridges are echoes of a romanticized past, where life moved more slowly and no one worried about terrorism or ebola.  A past where the clip clop of horse hooves bounced from the wooden planks to the roof overhead as they pulled carriages and wagons.  A past where the trestles creaked as Model Ts rattled above.  Today, 197 […]


Return To Laurel Hill

Tilted Monument

I’m not sure what it is about old cemeteries that fascinate me–the mausoleums that are monuments to historic excess, the sculpture, the peacefulness or just the difference between the sterileness of the flat markers found in the modern cemeteries of today.  I’ve never been a “visit dead relatives at the cemetery” kind of girl, nor […]


Fairy Tale Castles

Hohenschwangau Castle

On a recent work trip to Munich, I was lucky to have a free day to explore a little bit of Bavaria.  I chose a day trip out to Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the foothills of the Alps.  It was a moody, chilly day, but with great light for photography. Below, the view of the […]


Majestic Reflections

Lake McDonald Mountain Reflections

On my second visit to Glacier National park, the water of Lake McDonald was as smooth as glass, producing vivid reflections of the surrounding mountains. My cousin Diane and her husband Doug graciously posed for me at water’s edge.  


POTW: Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

The rain stopped and the sun started to peak through the clouds as we arrived at Lake McDonald at the start of our Red Bus tour through Glacier National Park. Photo details:  f/11 at 1/400 sec, 67 mm, ISO 400


In The Shadow Of Mt. Kenya

Dawn On Mt. Kenya

On the slopes of Mt. Kenya, deep in the heart of Laikipia county, lies the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  West of Nanyuki on the equator, Ol Pejeta is home to the Big 5 (lions, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant and rhinos) as well as the Chimpanzee sanctuary and 4 of only 7 Northern white rhinos left in […]


Antietam Waterfall

Waterfall at Antietam LakeReading, PAJuly 2013

When I walked out the door of my townhouse early on Saturday morning, the skies were overcast and foggy.  The air was filled with the kind of humidity more appropriate for a rainforest in South America than the suburbs of Eastern Pennsylvania.  The sidewalks were still damp after a day and night of heavy rain.  […]


Cathedral Glow

Bryn Athyn Cathedral

On a sultry June evening, I ventured out to Bryn Athyn Cathedral for a sunset shoot.  After a long day of telephone interviews with autism caregivers (and a long couple of weeks of work), I desperately needed to use the creative side of my brain for a few hours.  With storm clouds looming on the […]


POTW: Monkeys

Vervet Monkey Family

On the way back from the hippo pool, this troop of vervet monkeys was hanging out in the trees.  While the one on the left (likely Momma) was keeping a close eye on us, one of the other adults was doing its best to groom the baby’s fur before it jumped down again.  The infant […]


The Great Water Horse

Momma Hippo

Soft grunts and the occasional bellow lure guests down a long wooden walkway to the outdoor bar over the Hippo Pool at Keekorok Lodge. Hippo Sounds  (Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo) When you arrive, at first all you may see are eyes, nostrils and ears. Unable to swim, the third largest animal in the […]


The View From Above

Balloons Ready For Take Off At Dawn

Darkness and an early morning chill cloaked the savannah when the legion of Land Rovers set out for an early morning adventure.  We jolted our way along winding dirt roads to the hot air balloon launch site.    The “Blue Hour” was just beginning as we checked-in and listened to the pilot briefing.   The sky […]


POTW: Momma And Baby Baboon

Momma And Baby Baboon

A troop of baboons scampered across the road in front of us as we wound through the dusty and bumpy roads of the Samburu Game Reserve.  A couple of babies clung tightly to their mothers’ backs as they ran in front of our safari van.  Once they stopped in the bushes along the road side, […]


Lion In Wait

The Lion's Stare

A lifetime of zoo visits can’t prepare you for the thrill of your first view of a lion in the wild.  The lion’s penetrating gaze as its mane ruffles softly in the wind will send a little chill down your spine.  The King and Queen of the Jungle (or in this case savannah) may look […]


By The Light Of A Blue Moon

Angels watch over Millionaire's Row

The full moon wasn’t visibly blue, but its light bathed the 176-year old Laurel Hill Cemetery in a glow for hours last night.  Part outdoor sculptural garden and part horticultural oasis, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of some of Philadelphia’s most famous and wealthiest residents. Both peaceful and eerie, statuary at Laurel Hill […]


Cellblock 14

Cellblock 14

Moody. Crumbling. Haunting.  Once the crown jewel of the Pennsylvania Corrections system, Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was abandoned in 1971 after continually housing inmates for 142 years.  Known for its distinctive wagon-wheel design and its system of keeping inmates in isolation so that they could contemplate their sins and their penitence, ESP housed some of […]


POTW – April 9, 2012: Anchors Away

Fisgard Lighthouse Anchors

Today’s Photo of The Week comes from outside Fisgard Lighthouse in Victoria, British Columbia.  The sign post at the center of the anchors points out the distance to Victoria, London, Yokohama, Japan and Seattle.


Esquimalt Harbor

Sail boat in Foggy Equimalt Harbor - Victoria, BC

Fog and mist were the key hallmarks during my vacation to Victoria last July.  Locals assured me it was an unusually chilly summer and that their normal July weather was governed by the Pineapple Express.  They swore to me that July on Vancouver Island felt a lot like being in Hawaii.  We never saw anything […]


Back To Sooke

Path at Wiffen Spit Park

Another view of Wiffen Spit Park in Sooke, British Columbia.  The fog and mist that had dogged us all day finally began to clear off when we arrived out at Wiffen Spit.  If you look closely in the distance, you can see plumes of fog rising off the hills in the distance across the water. […]


POTW – April 1 – Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse, British Columbia

I took this shot while out on a Orca whale watching during my vacation on Vancouver Island last summer.  It was the only pretty day I got on the trip. We were lucky to watch a playful transient pool of Orcas that day.  After watching the juvenile porpoise in and out of the water for […]


POTW: Sooke, British Columbia

Whiffen Spit Park, Sooke, BC

Shot in July 2011 at Wiffen Spit Park, Sooke on Vancouver Island.   This shot is my first foray into HDR photography, with Nik software’s HDR Efex Pro.   The original shot was taken on a gloomy, overcast, gray summer afternoon.  I think this version makes a far more interesting photo. Photo Details:  1/160 sec at f/7.1, […]


St. Simon’s Island Lighthouse

St. Simon's Island Lighthouse


Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA

Black and White Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA