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We Walk

Rails form the perfect pathway for exploring unknown landscapes among familiar neighborhood territory.

Rails form the perfect pathway for exploring unknown landscapes among familiar neighborhood territory.

I’ve been back in the States for nearly equal time to that for which I was abroad (13 months each) and I’m awed that nearly everyday brings fresh reason for reflection. This is my second winter (after escaping two winters in favor of perpetual tropical suns), and I took the day to marvel at a world transformed by the magic of snow, and cold, and ice.

Magnolias await their chance at spring, holding back their buds.

Magnolias await their chance at spring, holding back their buds.

Nashville experiences more deep freezes annually than most would predict for its placement one state solidly below the Mason-Dixon Line. In the burn of consistent summer temperatures of the 90s and 100s, it is impossible to conceive of winters with spending weeks below freezing, much less whitened landscapes. Yet here is the proof. Continue reading


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In love with elephants!

In honor of World Elephant Day I decided to pull some snaps out the “Tanzania, 2007” photo shoebox. What I dug up includes a handful of elephant and “Big 5” wildlife photos from a day safari to Ngorongoro Crater outside of Arusha, Tanzania. Click here or on the collage below to see all the pictures!

Elephants, ostrich, wildebeest, zebra, and lions: Ngorongoro has it all!

Elephants, ostrich, wildebeest, zebra, and lions: Ngorongoro has it all!

World Elephant Day falls on August 12 and its mission is “to spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.” Although the topic of elephant protection is not the darling phrase of conservation philanthropy that it was in the mid-90s, elephants around the world are still very much in need of sustained protection efforts:

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Care for Dogs, Chiang Mai

Smiling canines for Care for Dogs

Smiling canines for Care for Dogs

A few months ago I volunteered at Care for Dogs–I offered to take pet portraits, lucky me!–a wonderful Chiang Mai not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive veterinary care to abandoned, abused and malnourished street and temple dogs. They house 150-200 dogs at their main shelter, with an additional dozen or so at a special, isolated distemper treatment facility. A small staff attends to daily medications, twice daily feedings, veterinary treatments, placing animals for adoption and the general running of the shelter. Volunteers are always welcome at Care to provide loving interaction and give attention to the dogs, as well as assist with adoption campaigns and awareness raising. Continue reading


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Grand Palace, Bangkok

Collage of all Bangkok photos. Once internet improves a link will be provided to all individual images. Thank you for your patience!

Collage of all Bangkok photos. Click below to access individual images on Flickr.

Even to sit here and take it in, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is unimaginable.

The level of attention paid to every element of aesthetic design–from the colorful glass and tile mosaics on temple columns, to the multi-tiered gilded window portages and the handpainted porcelain tiles along the low walls–it mystifies and muddles the mind. Too detailed, too much color. A complete visual immersion into sophisticated and historic riches of generations and generations of Thai monarchies. Continue reading

2 Days in Hong Kong

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2 Days in Hong Kong

Click the image to view all of these photos on Flickr! (http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDkiM9z)

My first photoset of the whole excursion showcasing 48 hours in Hong Kong. Think it’s just an urban jungle? Think again! I found hiking trails and peaceful pilgrims’ paths into the hillsides–as well as deluxe shopping and holiday merriment.