Sunday, May 31, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Phalaenopsis Orchid, 2015

Phalaenopsis Orchid, 2015
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Cymbidium Orchid, 2015

Cymbidium Orchid, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015

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Yosemite, El Capitan, 2015

Yosemite, El Capitan, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/235278056/palace-of-fine-arts-san-francisco?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, San Francisco, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015

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Yosemite, 2015

Yosemite National Park, 2015
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Rhinoceros, 2015

Rhinoceros, Colored Pencil, 2015
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Vincent Price, The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Vincent Price, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Graphite
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Creepy Taxidermy, 2015

Creepy Taxidermy, 2015
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Yosemite, Half Dome, 2015

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, C Block, 2015
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John Muir Woods, 2015

John Muir Woods, 2015
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Vincent Price, Madhouse

Vincent Price, Madhouse
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Red Knobbed Hornbill, 2013

Red Knobbed Hornbill, Watercolor & Colored Pencil
Drawing via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126141959/red-knobbed-hornbill-original-drawing?ref=shop_home_active_5

Epidendrum Orchid, 2015

Epidendrum Orchid, 2015
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2015

Palace of Fine Arts, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/235088496/palace-of-fine-arts-san-francisco?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Fallen Tree, John Muir Woods, 2015

John Muir Woods, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz Stair Case, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Rhipidoglossum Orchid, 2015

Rhipidoglossum Orchid, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/220450508/rhipidoglossum-orchid-fine-art-photo?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015

Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/220448122/pink-oncidium-twinkle-orchid-fine-art?ref=shop_home_active_6

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Yosemite Valley, Cathedral Rocks, 2015

Yosemite, Cathedral Rocks, 2015
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Cineraria, 2015

Cineraria, 2015
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Paphiopedilum Orchid, 2015

Paphiopedilum Orchid, 2015

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Epidendrum Orchid, 2015

Epidendrum Orchid, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/220303951/epidendrum-orchids-fine-art-photo-print?ref=shop_home_active_6

Maxillaria Orchid, 2015

Maxillaria Orchid, 2015
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Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015

Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015
Prints via Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/220010031/pink-oncidium-twinkle-orchid-fine-art?ref=shop_home_active_8

Foxglove, 2015

Foxglove, 2014
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yosemite Falls, 2015

Yosemite Falls, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Alcatraz, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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Coelogyne Cristata Orchid, 2015

Coelogyne Cristata orchid, 2015
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Cattleya Orchid, 2015

Cattleya Orchid, 2015
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Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015

Oncidium Twinkle Orchid, 2015
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Stenorrhynchos Orchid, 2015

Stenorrhynchos Orchid, 2015
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Tales From The Mountain Road

Another year older. Another year wiser. Another adventure trip in the books. Past trips took me through the Australian Outback, the Grand Canyon, up to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and off the beaten path in eucalyptus rain forest. This years trip took me to northern California, a place I have been wanting to explore for some time but never got around to it. Until this year. 

When I landed in San Francisco, what really surprised me was the ratio of locals to tourists. While I was still on American soil, many of those around me were foreigners, and english was at best a second language to them. I've always loved the melting pot of culture here in the States, so being surrounded by so many different people made me feel right at home. 

Yosemite Valley, 2015
My first full day in California lead me into the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On my tour with me were several Australians, a woman from France, a couple Korean teenagers, and an elderly German couple. I hit it off immediately with one Australian bloke roughly my own age. When we weren't hiking through Yosemite trails, we were swapping stories about getting caught in monsoon rainstorms while at the Darwin night markets and drinking wine in Hunter Valley (Australian wine country).

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 2015
I was struck by the beauty of Yosemite. Instantly it became my new favorite place, beating out Katherine Gorge in the Australian Outback. I knew, from the first glimpse of Yosemite Gorge, that this is a place I will visit many times in the future. If you've never been, I recommend going at least once, if only for a day. It will change how you view the world. 

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 2015
After arriving back in a fogged in and rainy San Francisco, I slept better than I have in months. Fresh air and granite mountain views are just the thing to get my busy mind to rest. With a good nights sleep behind me, I traveled to Alcatraz while the rain and fog started to finally lift, giving me my first real views of the San Francisco Bay. 

I walked off the ferry and onto Alcatraz Island expecting ghosts, but was greeted by birds. As I explored I realized that nature had taken back the island from the prisoners and ghosts. Vines grew over the ruins and birds nested in cracks and holes, a reminder that humans are only visitors here. 

Alcatraz Island, 2015
The inside of the prison tells a different story. Cracked paint. Empty cells. Cool ocean air coming in through barred windows. The sounds of the city drifting over the bay, a stark reminder of life outside those brick walls.

Alcatraz, D Block, 2015
As I ended my prison stay, I ran into Mitch, my Australian friend from Yosemite.  We bought coffee on the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf and viewed each others photos of Alcatraz. He was leaving that night to head back to Sydney, and Alcatraz was his last bit of touring before he went home.

The following day brought me, and my partner in crime who had arrived the night before, into John Muir Woods. The coastal redwoods are really something to behold. Words can't and won't do them justice. We arrived before it was crowded, and were able to enjoy a little peace and quite amongst the smell of pine and fern.
John Muir Woods, 2015
After a day of redwoods and Sonoma Valley wine tasting, we decided our last full day in San Francisco would be spent wondering The Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park. The Memorial Day weekend crowds were out in full force, however, and the crowds became too much for me. I did get a few good shots before heading back to the hotel though. 

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, 2015
My experience in San Francisco taught me that, while my Minneapolis & St. Paul home may be laid out in a nonsensical way in certain areas, it is nothing when compared to the cluster of crowded streets and neighborhoods in San Francisco. There was no plan when building this city, but the gardens and recreational areas are really stunning.

The Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2015
Its always been a running joke that when I travel, the cool weather follows me. San Francisco was no exception. I'm not complaining though. Cool weather has always suited me better, and the cool sea air was just what I needed to get my mind off of the real world for a few days.


Alcatraz, D Block, 2015

Alcatraz, 2015
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