Bay Area from Above

Every time I travel on a plane, I’m bummed to not have my camera with me.  I always end up missing out on the most spectacular shots.  This time around, I actually had my camera with me.  If you’ve lived in the bay area, or have visited, more often than …

Donner Lake at Sunset

Every time we work our way back from the mountain at the end of a snowboarding day, we see Donner lake right at sunset.  Most of the time though, the skies are either overcast or snow is coming down.  Though this scene looks beautiful in whichever state of weather, this …

A Walk on the Beach

One of my definitions of happiness is sitting on the beach, in the sun — for hours! A few weeks back when we were in Southern California, we had the chance to spend the afternoon on Laguna Beach south of LA before we had to get back to SF.  The …

A Window with a (Dusty) View

Was in Southern California this past weekend and had the most amazing view from our hotel room.  I’ve spoken before of how awesome dust is when it comes to light especially in the late afternoon and sunset hours.  Southern California had this awesome haze that I love. (I know that …

Exploration: Cairo Light

Cairo is one of the most polluted places in the world. I remember thinking I had a bad cold the whole time I was there — but the minute I left Cairo to head to West Africa, I was totally fine.  It turns out I had insane allergies to Cairo’s …

One Fall Day at Baker Beach

This past weekend, I hung out at Baker Beach.  Though it was supposed to be rainy, it cleared up just enough for me to snap a few photos.  I was amazed there was no fog either — and the sun showed its beautiful colors at the end of the day. …

Sunsets and Rainbows

I always find myself chasing after sunsets and rainbows, and very often with a camera in hand (I probably share that habit with many).  I will chase after them on rooftops, mountain tops, aboard planes, trains, you name it (as you’ll see from my photos below!)   I have hundreds …

Italia! Part 4 – Firenze

And finally… Firenze!  So you’ve read about the visits to Rome, Siena and Chianti.  There’s history and a story to be heard everywhere in Italy but you become immediately aware of much of the renaissance history the minute you set foot in Florence.  What I loved about both Rome, and …

Italia! Part 3 – Chianti

Oh Chianti! Third stop after Rome (Part 1) and Siena (Part 2). October is one of the most special times to visit the Chianti region.  It’s harvest season, not just for the grapes but also for a lot of the things grown in this area!  Hence everything tastes amazing this …