Friday, December 31, 2010

Hike to a Waterfall near Sanski Most, Bosnia

Here are some snaps from a wonderful summer day of hiking with new friends to a waterfall near Sanski Most, Bosnia. If I ever decide to publish a calendar called Waterfalls of the Balkans, this one will certainly be a strong contender. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Plitvic Lakes (Plitvička jezera) National Park, Croatia

When we visited Plitvic Lakes National Park in Croatia, I still couldn't get my tourism project from Istanbul out of my mind. I'd seen the waterfalls before, so this trip I decided to spend some time focusing on their visitors.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dugi Otok, Croatia

Dugi Otok is a Croatian island in the Adriatic sea. Croatia's tourism motto is The Mediterranean As It Once Was. That doesn't apply as well around Dubrovnik, Hvar, and some of the other more-touristed areas, but as soon as we got to some of the outer islands and national parks, the natural beauty was breathtaking. Here's a little bit of what we saw.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snapshots from Slovenia

Here are a few more photos from our adventures through Slovenia last summer. We asked for directions as we rented a car and a man told us, "It is such a small country. You cannot lose yourself." We did our best. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Speaking of Turkey, and Being Thankful...

Here are some images from a long day of hiking and adventuring with new and old friends in Cappadocia, Turkey, last summer. It was probably the best day of my life.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks with Local, Kosher, and Ethically-raised Turkeys

I shot this story around this time last year. It's about a group of Jews in Boston who wanted local, Kosher meat for their Thanksgiving celebrations. They spent a day on a farm, where they watched the ritual slaughter and helped to de-feather the turkeys by hand. For more details, see the captions with the images. They were a lovely, caring, and socially-aware group of people. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to spend a day with them.

Warning: Some images in the slideshow are somewhat graphic, and not for the faint-of-heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you-- local and non-local, Kosher and non-Kosher, turkey-eaters and non-turkey-eaters.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lake Bled, Slovenia

It's a cloudy election day here in North Florida. Here are some completely unrelated pictures from a beautiful swim spot in Slovenia. I shot them back in July, but if you haven't seen them, they're new to you!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ljubljana: Parks, Canals, and Streets

Here are a few snaps from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, shot back in July.

That's Tivoli Park at the top, a really gorgeous public space.
Next is the walking path leading to the park.
Third is the hands of my longtime friend and superstar hostess Orlena holding a rose in Tivoli's botanical garden.
Fourth was a cheap shot of a tourist from our canal boat tour.
Last you see some good old English-language graffiti on a billboard.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jacksonville Air Show at NAS Jax, featuring the Blue Angels

My family had a great time at the Jacksonville Air Show at NAS Jax today. (My camera is family too now.) It was my first time seeing the Blue Angels perform. I was impressed.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reflections on Travel (2 of 2)

Here are a couple more reflection pictures, playing on yesterday's theme.

Another passenger on the train from Villach to Ljubljana.

Unintentional photographer's self-portrait in the window of an Istanbul barber shop.

Intentional self-portrait in the window of a wine store in Bra, Italy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reflections on Travel (1 of 2)

These are some things I saw in mirrors and windows as I moved from place to place last summer.

A passenger enjoying the view on a train from Villach, Austria to Ljubljana, Slovenia. This young man was sitting a few cars over from us, and I couldn't stop photographing him. His eyes seemed to see the world as a place of beauty, filled with endless opportunity. (There's another frame of him in the portraits section of my new website).

Passengers napping away an afternoon bus ride.

In front of me on the same bus, where the people in the last picture were napping, there sat a group of Spanish teenage girls. They kept giggling and singing and throwing their hands up in the air. I was hoping to capture their energy and spirit of adventure in the reflection of their hands against the mountain view.

Sunset in the window of a rooftop café in Ljubljana. You could see the whole city from here.

My friends Vali, Safia and Bobby, and also a stranger checking herself in a window in Brasov, Romania.

That's me, shooting a self-portrait in a cluttered window in Bucharest, Romania.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kumkapi, Fatih, Istanbul (2)

Istanbul nostalgia drags on... Here are three more. Most of these were shot for a 24-hour deadline assignment during Foundry Photo Workshop, where we had to document a day in the life of a neighborhood.

This happened a stone's throw from Kumkapi, so I'm throwing it in the mix. This guy was riding his horse down down a heavily-trafficked six-lane street.