Recently, I enrolled in a class on Coursera about how to make infographics. This week’s assignment was all about map making. It’s fun to think about maps as more than just navigational tools — to think of them as narrative devices or tools for storytelling. I was inspired by the instructor’s sample where he …

A resident of New Orleans once described his city to me as “the last Caribbean Island”. I think one of the things he meant was that the city beneath the sea is unlike any other place in the United States. I used to teach a travel and study photojournalism class in New …

Last month, I was working up in northern Minnesota photographing the Canadian Border near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. When I first moved to Colorado from Minnesota almost two years ago, I immediately felt the absence of the water I had grown accustomed to. The nickname Land of 10,000 Lakes is …

A few weeks back, I celebrated my birthday with a new tradition — The Birthday Summit! I thought it would be a good idea to strive to summit something every year on my birthday. I haven’t quite figured out the rules just yet — I’m not sure if I have to …

Spent a great day recently exploring Colorado’s newest state park – Staunton State Park. It opened just last May and has a great variety of trails. While I spent most of the day hiking – I couldn’t help but think that this would be the perfect place to learn to …

I spent a gorgeous afternoon this past weekend hiking to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The route from the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead is a moderate trail with gorgeous scenery. It begins with a relatively steep but short incline with winding switchbacks and stunning mountain views. (The trail climbs …