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Alcatraz Island Tour Review & Tips

Wondering if the Alcatraz Island Tour is worth it, or which tour of the former prison you should take during your San Francisco visit? This post provides info for getting tickets to visit Alcatraz, plus photos of the island, jail cells, and other random tips for making the most of your time on “The Rock.” […]

The Consummate Carnivore’s Guide to In-N-Out Burger

Welcome to my ‘Consummate Carnivore’s Guide to In-N-Out Burger’. I don’t want to hype it up too much, but this post could change your life. It was originally going to be an In-N-Out Burger review, but that didn’t seem appropriate. In-N-Out is a California institution standing alongside Disneyland, Space X, Steve Jobs, and Terminator, and […]

Nature’s Neon in Shinjuku, Japan

Shinjuku is an interesting ward within Tokyo, Japan. By day, it’s a business district, where salarymen carrying suitcases, wearing trimly-cut suits scurry from meeting to meeting. It’s not all concrete and towering buildings, as people enjoy the natural world in Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. As day turns to night, it’s […]

The Zen of Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking for a serene spot to enjoy or photograph the sunset at Lake Tahoe, there are few better locations than Bonsai Rock. It’s one of the hidden gems of Lake Tahoe, and a really unique photo location. This is because the distinctive feature of this location is a large rock with some plant […]

My First Winter Day in the Sequoia

Every tree calls for special admiration…Were they mere mechanical sculptures, what noble objects they would still be! How much more throbbing, thrilling, overflowing, full of life in every fibre and cell, grand glowing silverrods—the very gods of the plant kingdom, living their sublime century lives in sight of Heaven, watched and loved and admired from […]

Snowy Sunrise at Crater Lake National Park

In the previous post, we had just finishing photographing a gorgeous sunset at Crater Lake National Park. The next morning, we were up bright and early (which actually is a misnomer: it was early, but most definitely dark) for sunrise. This time, the plan was to hike out for a better view, either to Watchman […]

Winter in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is a beautiful place, and it’s even more beautiful in the winter with a fresh blanket of snow. I added it to my photography bucket list a while ago, when I started seeing a number of brilliant shots of it. Like most photographers, I prefer my mountains covered in snow, and […]

Cathedral Lakes Hike Report – Part 2

We left off Part 1 of the Cathedral Lakes Hike Report with our heroes faced with a dilemma that could* have a ripple effect that would impact the fate of mankind: scramble up the mountain for a higher sunset vantage, or stay at ground level to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, […]

Hiking John Muir Trail to Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite

John Muir Trail is a popular hike in Yosemite National Park, and the trail actually runs from Yosemite Valley all the way to Mount Whitney. My photo trekking buddy Bill and I hadn’t done anything crazy in a while, so when he emailed me suggesting we make the hike to Upper Cathedral Lake in Yosemite […]

Why You Should Visit Death Valley National Park

Quick: say what first comes to mind when you think of Death Valley National Park. Although I can’t hear you through the computer screen (the technology for that isn’t quite there yet), I’m betting your answer had something to do with absurd heat, dunes, or miles of barren land. Maybe it skewed more comically towards […]