There were bad decisions made that fateful night in 2010, right TMO?
The last time Blondie and I went camping, biblical rain showers mixed with a shallow bowl-shaped campsite caused our little haven beneath the trees to become a giant pain in my swamp-ass. That next morning, after a near-mutinous and soggy night, we packed up everything in silence and, upon arrival at our place in the city, we deposited the sodden muddy fabric of our camping kit directly into the dumpster. That, according to Blondie, was the end of that BS – no more sleeping on the ground – that was Summer 2010.
Since then, our many outdoor ventures together have been cabin or lodge based – usually near a bar – and that seems to suit us both as we like a bit of pampering and a stiff drink after a day of adventuring (who doesn’t?). Our most recent trip to Big Sur was, however, a departure from the norm in that we were going to get back into a tent, but this time a tent with a bed and lights and a sink with fresh running water. Yes, we decided to give glamping a try. Ech! Personally, I cannot stand the moniker “glamping” as it implies that this old mountain man has gone soft, but in reality it is a cloth cabin with a comfortable bed that is great after a long day of being outdoors. Depending on the campground, you still get to do all the fun campfire stuff, you still need to be vigilant about forest creatures running off with the Doritos (seriously, guard those chips), and, in our case, you still get to be nestled into a mountain niche under a tall stand of coastal redwoods, but you get to do it all with comfort and style and there is absolutely nothing wrong with comfort and style.
Please read on to find out more about our first foray into the luxe-camping life and check out all of the pretty photographs that I made for you… Continue reading
Mistakes were made and the culprits were dealt with severely.
One of the pleasures of working with old film cameras is that sometimes a mistake is made that turns out better than the originally intended shot. I think this is one of those times. For those of you keeping track, the photos are of Washington Street and the Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. They were shot on Kodak Portra 400 with a Yashica Lynx 14e and processed/printed by the good people at ColorTek Boston.
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While I work on the photos from our recent adventure in Big Sur please take this time-lapse as a token of my appreciation for your visiting this site every once in a while. Click the HD version and watch it full screen for the most pleasurable experience. Music: Ideoteque – Radiohead
Perhaps I should start taking more time lapses of something other than rain storms but they just look so good from up here. Watch it in Full_Screen/HD and turn up the Creedence, Dude, because it’s about to get wet.
Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
Recently, Blondie and I were lucky enough to get back to China for a quick ten-day trip. Despite all of the trade wars, real wars, and so-called bad feelings between the US and our friends in the East, we were welcomed into the country as warmly as ever. Click through to read more about our trip and peep a few pretty pictures…
Mmm, so blue.
Once again we braved airports, planes the size of VW Beetles, and a boat ride to arrive on Coco Plum Island Resort (who is not paying for this post), a 16 acre speck of an island just off the coast of Dangriga Town, Belize. The resort is home to 18 cabanas of varying sizes, one over-water bungalow, a main office/restaurant/bar area, and a dormitory area for the workers. Other than that there are some hearty trees, sand, sun, the occasional water bird swooping in to say hey, and two resident crocodiles (one of which is named Rebecca). The resort is small, simple, and perfect. Continue reading
On May 15th we had a monster of a thunderstorm roll through the city. Here is a segmented time-lapse from the time of sun until the time of deluge. Enjoy!