Postcards from Earth: The Castle Lost Creek Wilderness Colorado

The Castle Lost Creek Wilderness Colorado

From my hammock, I wandered near Buffalo Creek Campground to grab a few shots of The Castle (9,691 ft) before the end of the day. The lingering and more colorful sunset was thanks to fires burning in New Mexico, bringing a smokey atmosphere. The haze filled the valleys while peaks rose up out of the mist and were tipped with reds and oranges. A great way to spend a few days with friends out in the Rocky Mountains!

Postcards from Earth: Ride to Jomsom

A plane flys under Machapuchare (Fish Tail mountain to the far left) in Nepal's northern Himalayas. It is considered a sacred mountain by the Nepalese people and has never had a documented summit.A plane flies past Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain) in Nepal’s northern Himalayas

In a country with the tallest mountains in the world, one can imagine how sparse the roads must be. So naturally air travel is pretty popular in Nepal to get to and from the mountains. Although air travel isn’t any less nauseating (or dangerous) than the winding roads, it is convenient for time. The mountain planes are notorious for making the news – usually in an unfortunate way. In May 2012 a crash killed 15 passengers as it tried to land in Jomsom and crashed into a nearby mountain. Since it’s a major gateway to popular tourist and trekking routes, Jomsom’s airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the country.

About the shot: This image is a pano stitched together from multiple photos. The view is from Mahore Dande while exploring the Nepal Wireless Network with Mahabir Pun. This outpost on a peak is the high point in the chain that connects the rest of northern Nepal to the wireless network. This morning we spent a few hours waiting for Mahabir and his crew to fix receivers before heading back on the trail.

More photos from my experience in Nepal here.

Living on a Borrowed Fortune

Feel this sense of place. No mobile phone. No email. The only notifications you get here are from the birds in the trees. Here, time slows down to as fast as the river will take you.

Maybe that’s why I wanted to get up the mountains my birthday weekend. It’s a great place to reflect on the world we really live in – not computers and ‘social’ communications – but the real dirt and chilly morning air. I was reminded this past year many good things happened – with work and life, and also many things I want to improve or cut out all together.  Another 365 days reminds me that time is the truest form of wealth. I don’t think anyone would argue time is more important than money, and if you believe that then we are all born equally rich in time.  No matter how big I can inflate my income, how many summer houses I own, or how much I can donate to my pet charity – I’m poorer than when I started out on my journey 33 years ago.

Be the rich man living as if his finite fortune is borrowed and each moment it shrinks just a bit.

postcards from earth camping coloradoCamping under the Colorado stars – Canon 5D mkII, 16-35mm, f/8, 15 minute exposure


Postcards from Earth – Croatian Senior Jump

All across Croatia, high school seniors are wrapping up their last school exams, then running outside to jump into the closest body of water they can find ….all of them, and sometimes they include any unfortunate soul who gets pulled in (or pushed in). It’s a traditional celebration going back, I assume, to a culture that has always had a love affair with water. I ran across this video on PetaPixel in which a Croatian photojournalist has a run-in with some Zagreb seniors. An incident that will cost about $18,000 in camera gear. Luckily, the video confirmed the boys who pushed him in and they, or their parents, will be taking care of the bill (justice!). It reminded me of when we ran into the ‘senior jump’ on Hvar Island, Croatia in 2012 – and how close I was to the water where they were leaping off. Using my personal gear and not on a work assignment (and no video rolling) if it would have been me, I dont think I would’ve been so lucky. The lesson: As a photojournalist, you never know what will happen when you get in the mix. “Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.”  – Aesop Havr Croatia Senior Jump

Postcards from Earth: Lost Creek Wilderness Colorado

You can’t tell from this image but this area was the sight of Colorado’s largest forest fire in 2002, and is still fighting to make a rebound – but it’s amazing how strong some areas like this bounce right back. As this was the first camp/hike of the season, it was a good time contemplate a few things in life and let go of some of the angst that winter brings.  We hiked along the Goose Creek and came across this rock face with an amazing view overlooking the valley. We’ll see more places like this as the summer moves along.Postcards from Earth Jake and I hiking around the Lost Creek Wilderness in the Colorado RockiesPhoto by Tommy Thompson 

Postcards from Earth: Rocky Mountain National Park Get Away

A few weeks ago my girl friend and I decided (on somewhat of a whim) to get away and spend a few days out in the wilds of the Rocky Mountain National Forrest. With winter approaching way too fast, and our tendency to hibernate entirely indoors over the cold months, we decided to rent a little house just a few miles from the entrance to the park. Once again Airbnb came through with an amazing view and a cozy spot for us to chill out. Here are a few shots from the weekend of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

Airbnb spot with a viewAlthough mornings in the mountains are pretty chilly already, a hot cup of coffee makes up the difference.

RMNP mountains with the Continental Divide in the back groundLooking out over RMNP’s Moraine Park under the Continental Divide.

Skipping stones in Rocky Mountain National ParkSkipping stones…or something like it on the way to Alberta Falls. Continue reading

Postcards from Earth: Under the Sagrada Barcelona

La Sagrada de Familia overlooks the city of Barcelona with the old Plaza de Toros in the foreground.

Around two million people annually visit Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. Since many of Gaudi’s plans for the structure were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, teams of architects have been continually tinkering with the elusive structure since his death in 1926. Because Gaudi seemingly didn’t use regular or repeating forms–relying instead on color, light and organic sculptural motifs–architects working on the completion of La Sagrada Familia have faced many daunting design problems. Though slated for completion by 2007, the building is still very much under construction with the completion date having been pushed back many times. As the structure is dedicated to the holy family, Gaudi would often joke, “The patron of this project is not in a hurry.”

One projection anticipates construction completion around 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death

Postcards from Earth: Stepping into La Sagrada de Familia

A very short clip of what it’s like walking into one of the most famous and iconic building in the world – La Sagrada de Familia in Barcelona.

Gaudí intended that a visitor standing at the main entrance be able to see all three the vaults built into the ceiling at once creating a sense of standing in a massive space (the main vault reaches 215ft high) The columns of the interior are unique Gaudí’s design and resembles a forrest of pillars culminating together in a canopy above. None of the interior surfaces are flat – which consists in large part of abstract shapes full of symbolism and significance. Even detail-level work such as the iron railings for balconies and stairways are full of elaboration until reaching the ceiling. When we visited this place, I thought I’d had enough of seeing cathedrals in Europe, but because of the vision, heard and soul of Gaudi, it’s a one of a kind artwork no to be missed! Go, and get lost in it.