Earth curvature from the Hoover Tower

Earth curvature from the Hoover Tower. Was out visiting a friend and we did a quick walk around the Stanford Campus and decided to go up the Hoover Tower. You can see for miles up there. I liked how this panoramic turned out from the iPhone 6. View the larger version on Flickr

The Powell Street Turnaround

The Powell Street Turnaround. I had all but forgotten the Powell street car turn around point. Little did I know it was going to be right outside my hotel. Managed to snap a quick shot before I caught my first Uber ride. View the larger version on Flickr

Memories of World Cup

Memories of World Cup. This is me at the Germany v France World Cup Final in the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. What a croud and what a game! Love this stadium as well. I kind of miss Rio, at least now that it's raining here. View the larger version on Flickr

The Lonely Church

The Lonely Church. I took out my LensBaby lens the other day and decided to have some fun. Like usual with my LensBaby, I took something like 200 photos, and this was the only one that I liked. You can get some super cool effects, but I should probably restrict myself to using it when I'm super high up shooting down, give the impression of miniature worlds! But the gassian blur I got on this old church worked out well View the larger version on Flickr

On Top Of The World

On Top Of The World. This shot was taken from the top of Sugar Loaf, you can see the smaller mountain in front of Sugar Loaf, and the city below. In the center of the shot, or hte left most mainland is Copacabana beach, and if you look SUPER closely, there is a dark 1/2 circle; that's Fifa Fan Fest. Additionally, if you look closely above the cable car lines, you can see Christ the Redeemer on the highest mountain peak as well. pretty darn cool view if you ask me. Would be amazing at sunset. View the larger version on Flickr

Up Up and Away!

Up Up and Away!. Another Sugar Loaf mountain view from the bottom. What mountains just leap out of the sea, so straight up like this? Such a natural wonder. I spent far too long just looking UP at sugar loaf... View the larger version on Flickr

To the Top of Sugar Loaf

To the Top of Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf Mountain was more impressive than Chris the Redeemer in my opinion. And what made it cool was that it's a two stop journey to the top. The first, smaller mountain you get up to actually has amazing views as well, and from there things don't look super small, like you're on an airplane. Instead if just feels like you're really high. We went in the morning, where they say to go later on for the sunset, but that didn't work into our schedule. There was also no line in the morning, which was nice. This is a few from the first mountain, overlooking Sugar Loaf, the cable cars, and off to the left, the smaller local airport (not the international one which is further left and farther away than you can actually see). The other cool thing is that planes destined for this airport actually buzz this mountain on their approach. Very fun to watch. View the larger version on Flickr

Ipanema Surfers

Ipanema Surfers. Apparently you can surf here 24/7, the turn on a set of lights and you can surf all you want! For me, I was here during the day, and the views were just awesome. I like how all the poeple are super little in this one. it's like a little miniature Rio! View the larger version on Flickr

Model Bridge

Model Bridge. Trains are definitely interesting to shoot. What makes this train track even more interesting, is it's super small. Human ride-able, but you straddle the train and go down this 1km track. This bridge is just a fun little bridge across nothing (i.e. they could have just filled it in, but that woudn't be so fun would it. View the larger version on Flickr

That's a Big Rock!

That's a Big Rock!. The absolute coolest thing about Rio De Janerio was the build up of the city between all these crazy mountains. This one was breath-taking at sunset, as the sun just hit the wall of buildings and the mountains, and it reflected perfectly in the lagoon below it. What is crazy is I think the cement pillars in the mountain are there to prevent the rocks at the top from falling down. I wonder what building insurance goes for under that thing? View the larger version on Flickr

Caught in the Fly Trap

Caught in the Fly Trap. As I mentioned earlier, the street art really got to me in Rio. So colourful, and awesome. I actually saw a video on the World Cup, that featured all the other talents that Brazil has created, and one was this street art. They pay people to do this stuff to prevent tagging. Amazing. This one looked like a fly stuck in a venus fly trap! View the larger version on Flickr


1916. Near where I live there is a super interesting tunnel that you can walk through. it has some lovely wall art on it, although what I wanted to capture today was how overgrown it has become in 98 years. View the larger version on Flickr

Beach Reach

Beach Reach. As I mentioned, the Ipanema beach is incredible. The colours are stunning, the sand is amazing, the water colour is breath taking, you really can't find a nicer beach. Just the dark brown sand mixed against the turquoise water at sunset caught my eye. This is where the lights will pop on and you can surf all night if you wish. View the larger version on Flickr


ELESHBCGK. I'm not sure what this means, but it caught my eye, I had to take a panoramic to fit it in! The colour explosion on the wall art in Brazil is truely amazing. I wish I could have fit in more, and I wish that white car wasn't parked illegally, but hey, it's Brazil. :) View the larger version on Flickr

Ipanema, why would you leave?

Ipanema, why would you leave?. Copacabana gets all the credit as the most touristy beach, but in reality, Ipanema is the better beach. Better surfing, less tourists, these beautiful mountains off to oen side (with a Favela on it). It's hard to compete with this beach. This is the beach we went swimming on. Amazing.. View the larger version on Flickr

Deadly Pot of Gold

Deadly Pot of Gold. Some say there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbo. if that's true, that somewhere in this 44,000 cubic tons of water, per second, there is a pot of gold. I'm not sure you'd live to enjoy it though. There was so much water coming over the falls, that there is a rainbo from sun up to sun down in this area. Such a beautiful view from when you walk out initially on the walkway. View the larger version on Flickr

The Blue Monster

The Blue Monster. Another graffiti shot. Loved the art work in Rio De Janeiro. the colours were explosive, and since the walls were pretty big, the graffiti was larger than life. This is my friend checking out some of the wall, I decided to include him in the shot to show the scale. I also like how he's not looking directly at the camera. What is he looking at? the cars coming and me about to get hit? the wall? waiting for a friend... hard to say, I may have had a few drinks. ;) View the larger version on Flickr

Argentina Iguazu Falls

Argentina Iguazu Falls. Showing my Brazil photos again last night got me thinking how amazing these falls were. I wanted to share another pic I took, this time from the Argentina side. After a walk down the side of the river, we were able to decend right to the river, in fact we even got on a boat!). The day we were in Argetina wasn't all that amazing of a day, in fact it rained so hard it took me 3 days to dry my running shoes! Oh, and we also took a boat into the water falls... :) I liked this shot because of the forground rock formations. The previously posted Iguazu falls pic was up the river on the very left of this picture, where the Brazil side of the falls are. View the larger version on Flickr

Steps made beautiful

Steps made beautiful. 25% of Rio's population lives in a Flavela, or slum area. I had the chance to tour 2 of these locations in the city, and it's pretty sobering what conditions people live in. This particular one didn't have any crime because the rich had built 12 foot walls around it and the crime lords didn't have a secondary escape if needed. Walking around you find some parts that people have done a lot of effort to make it look nice, and others where you have a rats nest of cables. It was super interesting to walk through these places! View the larger version on Flickr

Washing the City Away

Washing the City Away. I'm not sure how many photos I took while swimming in Rio, most of them didn't turn out, since I was mostly trying to just breath and stay closer to shore ( there was a slight undertow). This one is blurry as they come, but I really like how it turned out all the same. The wave crashing above the buildings, the bubble patterns on the wave. Had it been clear, it would have for sure been a magazine cover! View the larger version on Flickr

Boom! it hits you.

Boom! it hits you.. So you read about the Iguazu falls, you watch videos, you see pictures on wikipedia, but when you cross into the park on the Brazil side, and you walk your short jaunt in the jungle, you come out to this view, and boom it hits you! WOW! These are the falls in the Argentina side, in fact, across the river is 100% Argentina. What you don't realize is the falls continue up the left hand side for a while and then there is another horseshoe of falls! so huge, and so much water! View the larger version on Flickr

Trees managing to hang on

Trees managing to hang on. Iguazu falls is massive. Like totally massive, without a helicopter, you can't get the whole thing into one picture. While walking down the Brazil side of the river, looking at the beautiful falls at the end of Argentina, this photo emerged. I loved the contrast between the falls, the trees and the clay (red) rocks. Beautiful. With 44,000 cubic tons of water going over these falls, I'm surprised these trees were able to hold on! View the larger version on Flickr

Surf's Up

Surf's Up. On Ipanema beach, in Rio De Janiero, they have 24 hour surfing.... at least so i think. The light pole in the middle of the photo comes on at dusk and lights up the waves. From what I could gather from the locals (I don't speak Portuguese) is that it's on from dusk to dawn and you can surf 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How cool is that? View the larger version on Flickr

Rock on the Maracana!

Rock on the Maracana!. Recently in Brazil, I had the pleasure of going to a number of World Cup games, two of which at the Maracana in Rio, Brazil. This particular shot was taken at the Columbia/Uraguay game where Columbia beat Uraguay 1-0. But at the time we didn't know that, the players are just taking teh pitch. View the larger version on Flickr

The Light Struggles to Hold On

The Light Struggles to Hold On. Rio might possibly be one of the most beautiful places in the world. I only wish I had my nice SLR camera with me, but I was too mobile and too focused on the World Cup to lug it around with me. So I had my CoolPix point and shoot, it didn't do a half bad job. One night we were hanging on the beach, it had been cloudy most of the day, and the sun just struggled one last time to break the clouds hold, and then ultimately failed... but it resulted in this rather ominous and epic shot. View the larger version on Flickr

Abandoned, but not by street artists

Abandoned, but not by street artists. When travelling in Brazil, the graffiti really caught my eye. I later learned (actually by a GoPro promo video) that street artists are paid to draw such beautiful, colourful drawings on abandoned walls, to cover up the "tagging" or prevent "tagging". This stuff was everywhere, and to me, it was very beautiful. Expect to see more of this type of street art come through my photo feed. View the larger version on Flickr

44,000 cubic tons per second

44,000 cubic tons per second. I recently went to Brazil for the World Cup (yes, I left before Brazil lost, OMG!), but had an awesome time touring and watching soccer/futball!) Managed to make it to see this world wonder from both the Brazil and Argentina side on two seperate days. What a site. This is a view of the Brazillian side, and the "horse shoe" part of the falls. Off to the top right of this photo there is one just the same size on the Argentina side. What made this an epic visit was the most water *ever* that fell over the falls was June 9, 2014... which I visited only 15 days later. A lot of the Argentina side was closed due to the mass amounts of water. View the larger version on Flickr

Into the unknown

Into the unknown. Walking along the tracks with my daugther in the rain one day, the vegitation growth here has exploded, making the tracks almost disappear. They aren't currently in use, so there are no train cars to beat back mother nature. View the larger version on Flickr

Fly By Seattle

Fly By Seattle. Cursing myself for only having my iPhone when I took Alaska Air (Horizon Air) back to Victoria from Seattle the other day... it was a beautiful day and we buzzed the city. It's no float plane buzz, but it was a different perspective for sure. Loved this shot, just wish I had a better camera with me. View the larger version on Flickr

A stop at the top

A stop at the top. Shot this one with my GoPro messing around sticking it to the outside of my car. It was pretty cool at the top of this hill, so I took the GoPro off my car and snaped this one in hand. View the larger version on Flickr

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (3 of 3)

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (3 of 3). Two more explosions about to happen. I was actually surprised to see those bugs on the blossom on the left. I totally didn't see those little guys in person. Score one for macro lenses! View the larger version on Flickr

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (2 of 3)

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (2 of 3). Surprise! I was playing with my macro lens and like trying to get the little pollen makers in focus, I discovered an ant! he was totally chillin the entire time I was there on this flower. Clearly he's escaping his duties with the ant colony to relax in teh sun on this flower. View the larger version on Flickr

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (1 of 3)

Obligatory Spring Rhody Shot (1 of 3). Back in 2004, or something like that, I discovered that I took 90% flower shots, and I swore not to take another flower shot.... like ever. But they never really stopped catching my eye. This is taken in my back yard. This Rhody seems to bloom every other year, and it's super pink! So I decided a small series was in order. :) View the larger version on Flickr

Good bye Victoria!

Good bye Victoria!. Another float plane shot today, I snapped this earlier in the week when I flew out of Victoria on a glorious sunny day! Looking at this reminded me heavily of the 10K I ran down that road just the day before... oh, no, wait, my back and sore muscles as I sat in a cramped float plane reminded me of that, but hey, I ran that road! View the larger version on Flickr

A Fly by Alki

A Fly by Alki. I took off in a Kenmore Air Floatplane today and we buzzed the city and I got this great view of Alki beach! it's been forever since I've had time to go and hang out on that beach, one of my favorite places to hang out in Seattle. I shot this quick in easy-panorama mode on my Nikon CoolPix! View the larger version on Flickr