Sauvie Island, OR

Sauvie Island, near Portland, consists mostly of farmland and a wildlife area [Sauvie Island Wildlife Area] known for being great for birdwatching. Photos taken in June 2014. (more…)


Sigulda / Gauja Nat’l Park

Sigulda is a town that serves as the gateway to the “Switzerland of Latvia”: Gauja National Park [official website], a beautiful, castle-filled place. Also, caves and cable cars across rivers. Click here to see my photos. You can read about Gauja here, learn more here, and read reviews at Tripadvisor. (more…)

Yosemite 2015: Jay, Deer, Bobcat & more!

I’ve gone to Yosemite three times now (2012, 2014, and 2015), and feel very lucky, because it’s a beautiful place. The only real downside of it is its popularity, making it feel, half the time, more like Disneyland than a national park. But if the people drive you nuts, that’s all the more reason to get out on the hard trails! On this trip we even did the famous Half Dome hike (photos of which will be posted separately). We also got to see a lot of wildlife–although no bears, which was odd. If you like what you see here (a Stellar’s Jay on the fence by the pool, Mirror Lake, a bobcat spotted by Yosemite Lodge, and the view of a valley at dusk), check out the rest of the album. (more…)

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

I couldn’t believe, given the drought in California, that this place had water! (Date of trip: April 2015). The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (near Davis and Sacramento) must be heaven for bird-watchers… We saw so many different kinds of birds that I had to google afterwards. Ones I have photos of and identified: Great Blue Heron, some sharp-tailed sandpipers, lots of American Coots, some American Avocets, a white-faced ibis (in breeding colors) (less sure about this one), and more! So check out the album to see these cuties, and the gorgeous landscape. (more…)

Rimetea & Turda Gorge

This album is the seventh and final installment of photos of my Oct. 2006 Romania trip: Rimetea & the nearby Turda Gorge.

  • Rimetea / Torockó (RO/HU) is a little town at the foot of a stunning mountain. There’s very little about it online in English, unfortunately, though there’s a lot in Romanian and Hungarian.
  • Turda Gorge / Cheile Turzii / Tordai hasadék (EN/RO/HU) [official | wikipedia] is a beautiful nature preserve, fairly easily accessible from Rimeta but the closest town is Turda.


Bicaz Canyon, Corund, Lázár Castle, church in Mugeni, Carpathians

This album, the third of my Oct. 2006 Romania trip, contains photos of the following places. Links to more Wikipedia articles, official websites, etc. can be found further down.

  • Bicaz Canyon (4 photos) (as seen from the road)
  • Corund/Korond village pottery shops (3 photos)
  • Lázár Castle (3 photos)
  • Calvinist, late Gothic church in Mugeni/Bögöz (2 photos) You can read about the church, famous for its medieval frescos and coffered ceiling, here, and there’s an absolutely stunning, high-quality interactive video of its interior here [if it doesn’t take you right to it, click Churches, then Calvinist Church Mugeni]. I *promise* the video is worth checking out—and don’t forget to look up, at that ceiling!
  • The Carpathians, and a little boy’s house there (11 photos)


Adršpach-Teplice Rocks #2 (the in-between)

Remember the album I shared earlier of the Teplice part of the Adršpach-Teplice National Park in the Czech Republic? Well, the place was stunning, so that was only one of three albums. Today’s contains photos from when I crossed from the Teplice part to the Adršpach part (includes a boat ride). So don’t be satisfied with just the highlights below; >check out< the entire album! (more…)

Adršpach-Teplice Rocks #1 (Teplice)

During my days of living in the Czech Republic (Nov. ’07 – Jul. 08)… I made my way across the country (almost into Poland, but not quite, sadly!) to see the “Rock Towns” of Adršpach-Teplice, a beautiful national park. I can’t believe I did it all in one day! I must have walked 30 km… The entire place was photogenic, and had all kinds of different landscapes and rock formations. This first photo album (40 photos) is of Teplice.