Alabama Hills and Death Valley

One of the trips I managed to take last year was to Death Valley National Park. Winter is a great time to visit to avoid scorching temperatures, and if you’re lucky, the surrounding mountains will still be snowcapped. Just don’t mistake the salt flats at your feet for snow!

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On the way to Death Valley, I spent a night in Lone Pine, CA. The "Gateway to Mount Whitney," it’s a popular destination for summiting Mt. Whitney and a resupply point for hikers on the John Muir Trail. I took the opportunity to visit the nearby Alabama Hills:

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That’s Lone Pine Peak framed in the rock. It’s amazing to think that the lowest point in the contiguous United States (Badwater Basin in Death Valley, pictured above) and the highest point (Mt. Whitney, pictured below) are so close together!

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Olympic National Park

Happy New Year! While I haven’t done much traveling in the past two years, I’ve started to work through my immense backlog of previous trips, starting with a trip to Olympic National Park back in September 2019. It’s one of my favorite places, full of dramatic and varied landscapes, from dense rainforests…​

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…​to rocky shorelines:

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This is my second trip to Olympic National Park, the first time being all the way back in 2007:

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I certainly won’t be waiting as long to go back again!

New Recipes

Happy New Year! I did quite a bit of cooking over the holidays, and wanted to share recipes for three dishes that I cooked multiple times and enjoyed:


It’s been a while since the last post! I’ve been lax about updating here when I add new content. In 2019, my travels took me to the fascinating city of Barcelona:

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As well as Switzerland and the Berner Oberland:

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Closer to home, I took a road trip to the American Southwest, and was able to see the Grand Canyon in its snowy splendor, as well as explore beautiful slot canyons:

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While I haven’t been able to do any traveling in 2020, I have been doing more cooking and expanding my repertoire of dishes and techniques. And yes, like many others, that includes baking bread:


I wanted to start publishing some of my favorite and most frequently made recipes, so I’ve started a Cooking section on my website. Check it out if you’re interested!

Hong Kong

Last month, I took a trip to Hong Kong. It’s a city full of contrasts: small vendor booths nestled between soaring skyscrapers, idyllic villages and fast-paced city life just a ferry ride apart, and—​perhaps my favorite of them all—​cyberpunk neon lights setting the dark night sky ablaze.

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Photographically, Hong Kong is well out of my comfort zone. I’m used to being able to take my time composing static landscapes, so the spontaneity and speed needed to keep up in a city like Hong Kong posed quite the challenge.

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And so many people! Landscape photographers like me tend to engage in a bit of deception: we present a world of natural beauty untouched by crowds or footsteps. But our usual techniques—​strategic cropping, creative uses of exposure, or more heavy-handed methods—​tend to fall short when photographing one of the most highly-populated cities in the world. I definitely had to set my obsessive compulsions aside and yes, show pictures that actually have people in them.

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Or dogs.

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But Hong Kong is a city of contrasts. So amongst the hustle and bustle and busy street intersections, if you keep looking, you’re sure to find a scene of perfect serenity.

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