To take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints.
California Roadtrip 2015: Postcards from Solvang
On a tour of mission churches in California, we stopped to eat and shop at a tiny village called Solvang (Danish for 'sunny field'). It is a beautiful little city nestled in
the Santa Ynez Valley of California. We went back the following day to explore the city. The village retains its authentic Danish look with horse drawn wagons,
windmills, Danish and Northern European style architecture and Hans Christian Andersen Park, Danish pastry shops and bakeries, and quaint shops. Okay, I was disappointed with the food and the pastries, but I enjoyed photographing this beautiful town. And of course, nature added to the fairy-tale look and feel of the village.
Itstarted as a daydream, inspired by a Chanel perfumecommercialwhere Audrey Tautou (a French actress) wastravelingsolo on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. Ahandsomeyoungmanfell under her spellandlooked as ifhehadfallenhead over heels in love with her. Somehow, sheended up arrivingsolo in Istanbul, running towards the Bosphorus Sea, amid flying seagulls, with a big camera in tow. Of course, whattheadwanted us to rememberwastheimage in her camera, of a handsomeyoungmanwhofell under her spell (perfume). However, I was captivated more by the scene at the end of her trip; the city of Istanbul.Itwasunforgettable. The black anddarkimages with effects of lightevoked a feeling of mysteryandleft a curiousimpression of Istanbul.
Istanbul is a largecity with 14 million peopleand one of themostvisitedcities in theworld. Thecity straddles two continents – Europe and Asia, and one of theworld’s busiest waterways, the Bosphorus, between the Sea of Marmara andthe Black Sea. Havin…
What a prelude to my Aurora Borealis hunting trip!!! In the middle of my flight from Seattle to Iceland, the captain spotted the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and announced that it could be viewed from the right side of the plane. Since I was seated on the left side, I rushed towards the right-side window by the exit door, but a few people were already in line taking pictures. I only had a quick glimpse before it disappeared. When I returned to my seat, I saw so much light outside, and I knew it was not coming from the plane. Then I saw shimmering curtains of light high up in the sky, coming from different directions. OMG Aurora Borealis! I tried to grab my big camera, but instead of wasting time trying to set it up, I decided to take a few snaps with my iPhone and just enjoy the Aurora in its full glory. Seeing it up close was really something special. I was like a kid on Christmas morning with the biggest smile on my face, looking through a foggy window and seeing Santa. It wa…
It's More Fun in the Philippines Part 1: Trekking in Sagada
Not long ago, Sagada, one of the municipalities of Mountain Province, was isolated and essentially an unchartered frontier. It became famous for its hanging coffins and coffins found in the crevices of limestone rocks. For this reason alone, most people find Sagada a fascinating place to visit. Today, tourism in Sagada is going through crazy rapid growth, not only because of its ancient culture and undiscovered beauty but for inclusive mountain adventure – trekking, hiking, caving, spelunking. And it seems that the municipality of Sagada tries to capitalize on its mountain playground. All visitors in Sagada are required to register with the Government Tourist Bureau and pay forty pesos for registration. Visitors must hire a registered tour guide. The price for tour guide services, tours, and activities offered by different tour operators are pretty much the same. Most tour or trek starts at The Church of St. Mary the Vir…