Adventuring at the Teddy Roosevelt National Park – near Medora, North Dakota. October, 2016.

By the time that this post goes live, I will have wrapped my trip to Bismarck, North Dakota, and will be traveling back to Washington, DC.  I am not a spiritual person, though standing on the edge of this view of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park may have been one of the more divine moments of my life.

Portrait session with the Kain Family, Syracuse, New York. Part II. July, 2016.

As I mentioned earlier, I recently traveled to Syracuse, New York and made portraits of my friend Ron and his family.  Working with the Kains on their portraits was a treat!

Sunrise in the Erg Chebbi – somewhere near Merzouga, Morocco

Late last year V and I packed the rambler with her parents and snacks and hit the road for a white-knuckle trip from Rabat past Rissani and back, covering multiple mountain passes in order to catch the sunset and sunrise in the desert before racing back north. The journey took us through snow-capped mountains, cedar forests filled with monkeys, switchback passes (guard rails?  not always) and ultimately into the desert between Rissani and Merzouga. We missed the sunset by minutes (and I admittedly beached the car near the dunes and was bailed out by a crew of Bedouin teenagers), though…

Here, everything is good pt. II – Tarifa, Spain

V and I recently loaded the Wagon Queen Family Truxter up and headed off to Spain with my family.  We once again based our adventure out of Tarifa, though this time we actually made it out-of-town and managed to explore a bit of Southern Spain. It was beautiful.

Apologies are due – Bouznika, Morocco

Life has a certain way of obliterating any plans to revamp websites and produce portfolios (the kind that elevate one’s middling photography into a stellar form of expression that causes art buyers to quiver in their boots and fight over your oldest edits). That’s just fine with me.

They can’t all be posts about kittens and puppies – the Pavillon Sully, Louvre Palace, Paris, France

The Padrão Descobrimentos – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

The Padrão Descobrimentos / Monument to the Discoveries is located on the Lisbon waterfront and  across the street from the Jerónimos Monastery.  The monument is beautiful – one must see it to appreciate its form and aesthetic accomplishment.

The tomb of Luís de Camões, Jerónimos Monastery – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

A tomb housing the mortal remains of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, inside of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.  The monastery is located across the street from the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. I recently visited Lisbon and was blown away by the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people.  One week was nowhere near enough time to explore the city and I am looking forward to returning soon.

Visiting with Mohammed and Coca – Fes, Morocco. 2013

V and I have travelled to Fes quite a few times since our arrival in Morocco.  We’ve walked the narrow streets, navigated dark alleys and crowded into the Fassi souks with the best of them.  We now have favorite restaurants and shops and know where the better deals are.  According to one of my co-workers, I’ve been to Fes more times than most Moroccans! During our first visit to Fes I met Mohammed – a merchant whose family weaves cactus silk textiles and has occupied the same location in the medina for over 100 years – standing outside of his…

Another quick one from New Jersey – Lonely Zappa at Jack’s Music Shoppe, Red Bank, NJ

Yet another quick one from New Jersey, also made with the new Sigma 35mm 1.4.  Frank Zappa looking on from the racks of a great independent music store, Jack’s Music Shoppe of Red Bank, NJ. Independent music stores don’t have any easy time out there.  If you care about independent or local music, separate yourself from Amazon for a few minutes and stop in to one of the surviving indies out there.  If you find yourself in Red Bank, swing by Jack’s and check out the selection – the curated section is great.  After hitting up Jack’s, swing by Jay…

An afternoon at the Smithsonian – Washington, D.C., 2012

Prior to moving to Morocco I spent a great amount of time running around Washington, D.C. like an overgrown grade-schooler on a one-man field trip. I ran myself ragged across the city visiting the National Air & Space Museum, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art, amongst others. I had an absolutely fantastic time taking in all that the museums had to offer…or all that I could handle per visit! You could easily spend weeks hopping from one museum to the next and I look forward to visiting them again in the future. Just days before leaving D.C….

White Russians, real Russians and the best company imaginable – Tarifa, Spain

V and I were recently treated to a visit by our dear friends Esther (the Russian in the title above) and Jared, two New Yorkers that needed a break from the grind and let us know that they were up for an adventure. E & J planned a trip to Morocco and let us know that were up for trips around the region with the two of us. We suggested Tarifa and recounted tales of a beautiful old town commanded over by an old church, fantastic restaurants and great beaches. And, of course, cheap and excellent mojitos. E & J…