Giving Thanks, Calistoga

I’m not much of one for the whole pilgrim narrative and trying to figure out what to do with a 20 lb. bird (and its leftovers) is a bit of a conundrum. Still, despite the sorry events of this last week, there’s so much for which to give thanks. For many years, Thanksgiving has been […]

Water of the Spirits, Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta

As I made my way around Lake Minnewanka, words from Marilynne Robinson’s great novel, “Housekeeping”, provided a narrative text to accompany my journey around the perimeter of the frozen lake. “Imagine a Carthage sown with salt, and all the sowers gone, and the seeds lain however long in the earth, till there rose finally in […]

In the Shadow of Heaven, Canadian Rockies

A deep freeze of frozen rivers and snow clad peaks reminds us how insignificant we are, frail and impermanent. You can’t help but to feel small in this endless landscape of rolling grasses, rugged mountains, and infinite sky. “Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and […]

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?

For Buddhists, the mountains are Gods whose faces we should not be stepping all over. Nor should we be replacing the flowers in their hair with high energy food wrappers and plastic water bottles. I’ve been thinking a lot about extreme adventure sports and adrenaline junkies as I’ve been leaving my own carbon footprints all […]

Winter Wonderland, Yosemite

Henry David Thoreau wrote that In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World. As we witness and contribute to the erosion of our natural world, I think those words are more true and relevant now than ever. I love taking pictures. Not for the end result of a perfect frame, the impossible shot, or simple […]

Yosemite, the Girl Next Door

I flew all the way to the Himalayas but what I found there is also in my own backyard. Yosemite is like the girl next door. You don’t realize how beautiful she is until, well…you realize how beautiful she is. It’s like you wake up one morning and, through your bathroom window, you catch a […]