Secret Gardens: Bright White

Nature is amazing.

You can stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and be absolutely mesmerized and blown away by the shear grandeur of it all. Massive, awe inspiring, almost unbelievable. Or, you can stroll through a garden in springtime. quiet, simple, small. The rebirth of new life blooming all around you. Its a miracle almost equal in its mysticism to its splendor. Nature is amazing.

A few more shots from my springtime strolls, through beautiful gardens at the very peak of their perfection…

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Under The Sea

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

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There is a world of magic and wonder, just below the waves. A world worth and in desperate need of protecting. In the US and around the globe, groups are working hard to save these special places and the creatures that inhabit them. To learn more about what you can do to protect the seas please visit: www.surfrider.org

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Life Is A Carousel…

Life can be crazy. Life can be overwhelming. Everyday we try to juggle this and handle that. I heard someone say the other day that they felt like a hamster on a wheel running and running and always circling back to where they started. Hamster on a wheel, no way.

Life is like a circus, like a carnival. Full of vivid colors, squeals of joy mixed with trepidation, and feverous excitement that fills the air like static.  The pure and simple joy of spinning around and around on a majestic vibrant carousel, who’s characters have stood witness to the children we all once were and will embrace our children’s children as old friends some day. Life is just like a carousel, and   I could spin forever…

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Southern Latitudes: Dry Tortugas National Park

No shoes, no shirt, no problem…

Yesterday was dreary, miserable and frigid. It was as if winter was trying to remind us that its not quite through with us yet. All those chilly drafts wafting through the studio had me wishing for warmer climates, salty air, a sunny beach and clear blue water.

Almost 70 miles West of Key West hidden among one of the largest Maritime preserves in the world, is just the beach I’m dreaming of. Dry Tortugas National Park, is arguably one of the most remote and most beautiful parks in the US.  Accessibly only by boat or seaplane, just getting to the park is an adventure. tortugas_1

Spend the day snorkeling the reef and exploring the ocean front fortress of Ft. Jefferson. If you’ve ever imagined an island paradise, it probably looked an awful lot like this.Jefferson_1

While a day on the island is satisfying, spend a few nights and you’ll never want to leave.  Camping on the island is limited and primitive, but offers its own set of rewards. At the end of each day, when the boats board up, and the seaplanes depart intrepid travelers have a rare and unique opportunity, a National Park all to themselves.  Without the interference of artificial light, stars over the water shine bright, and the ocean glows with the life light of bioluminescence. Its a once in a lifetime experience you will want to repeat time and time again.

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The “Dry” Tortugas are aptly named for their lack of fresh water. Travelers who plan on spending a night are responsible for their own supplies of potable water and any other supplies they may need. Know before you go…get all the details you need by visiting the park’s website here.

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Western Rises: Mt. Evans

JONBW2 “The goal of climbing big, dangerous mountains should be to attain some sort of spiritual and personal growth, but this won’t happen if you compromise away the entire process.”

– Yvon Chouinard

Stand among big mountains, and you’ll feel small. Stand on top of a big mountain and you’ll feel big. Its a paradox. In order to become big from small, you have to grow and in order to grow you must go.  bwmountainscape

The thing about big mountains is that they are all unique, with private personalities that only reveal themselves once you’ve spent some time getting to know them. They’ll tell you secrets if you listen. Mount Evans is unique in its own way. Unlike all but one other of Colorado’s famous fourteeners (Pike’s Peak) to summit, you don’t have to climb. Boasted as the highest road in North America, throngs of fanny pack laden tourists can make their way to the top of this giant, and never ever leave their car. If you’ve never experienced it, its a truly sensational experience as a mountaineer to climb a mountain crest over the summit and stumble upon families, and giggling teenage girls, snapping photos for their Facebook page. It’s a catch. Yay, for accessibility. Boo, for effort.

MountainEd Abbey, American environmental essayist once said, “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”  Abbey would say, if you can’t make your way to the top of the mountain on your own feet, take your feet elsewhere. Thoughts?

altitudeStanding at the base of the North Face Route at 12,850 feet, the massif of Mount Evans is impressive. 2 miles and 1,475 vertical feet above you stands the snow capped summit. Cold air blasts around you, even on a June day, 30 degree temperatures at the base are common occurrences, and the air is remarkably 30 percent less oxygenated than at sea level. At this height for the average person breathing can be tough without any physical exertion, combine that with climbing and you’ll soon find that air is in limited supply. Make it to the summit and you’re breathing air with only 65 percent of the oxygen at sea level.

Climb slow, move fast. The weather on top of Mount Evans is notably unpredictable especially in the summer months, the peak of climbing season. If you don’t make the summit by noon, the chances of getting caught in a thunderstorm are frighteningly high, and incredibly dangerous given the exposure of the high alpine environment. As kids we’re taught lighting strikes the highest point, on Mount Evans you are the highest point. Get up, get down, avoid the weather. In  the words of legendary mountaineer and climber Ed Viesturs ,“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” Its true and high up, that kind of advice keeps you alive.

carinbwMount Evans offers climbers eight routes to the summit ranging from class two to class three climbing, relatively moderate as fourteeners go. The route up the North Face, is class three climb and requires crampons and or micro spikes year round. This route though shorter than others, offers some of the most technical, and exposed lines on the mountain, as well as stunning views of neighboring Mount Biederstadt (14, 060 ft) and the twin peaks of Torrey’s (14, 267 ft) and Gray’s (14,270 ft) and their connecting saddle.  Line selection is key on the final summit push, take a wrong step and its a bad day.

For a (relative) quick escape down the mountain, the Northeast route offers up lots of glacading, and a steep descent for a fun ride down the hill. Take the reward, have some fun. If you’ve never glacaded before, think Bear Grylls sliding down a snowfield. Wahoo!

Treking, climbing and scrambling to the top is arduous, but the journey is worth the transformation. People often ask climbers, “Why”. There is really no answer. Like love, its hard to explain. Experience it and you’ll understand.

Want to climb a big mountain? Learn more about Colorado’s classic fourteener routes at: http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=evan7&peak=Mt.%20Evans

Western Rises: Seeking Desert Solitude In The High Plains


Jack Kerouac, beat generation novelist, wrote about the travel. Every time I crack open a Kerouac, I’m instantaneously compelled to throw random belongings into a bag, put the key into my ignition and never look back. Tomorrow our suitcases will be piled high, and the road will call; after all, according the Kerouac, “The road is life”. Continue reading Western Rises: Seeking Desert Solitude In The High Plains