Discover Mural and Street Art While Traveling: Uncover History, Stories, and the Personality of the Location
I love mural art. Whenever I travel, I make a point of wandering neighborhoods and cities seeking out the districts or areas where mural artists have made their mark. Melbourne, Australia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Bergen, Norway; I can’t tell you how many cities embrace and celebrate this incredible art form! Not only does it brighten up an urban landscape, but the subject matter can be so indicative of the personality of the location. One may find a quote that is being expressed. Is this a saying or belief strongly held by locals? One may see a portrait of a person. Is this person of historic importance or significance to the city?…
Travel Story – Road Trip Along the Eastern Sierras
The stark landscape along state route 395 in California and Nevada is so incredible inspirational. Here are highlights from my road trip along this route.
Art on the Go: Photography Light Trails – Lights on Lombard
Playing with light trails is one of the most gratifying photography tricks out there. An unexpected, spectacular shot can actually be quite easy to achieve. You only need a little technical information, and the rest is all luck! This past summer, I headed to San Francisco for a fabulous night photography class. One of the exercises was to photograph car lights on the crookedest street in San Francisco, Lombard. The street, although lit up with lamp posts, is pretty dark. To see the zig zag of the car lights driving down the curves really captures the feeling of the street. It also provided a creative view of one of the…
Art on the Go: 50 Urban/City Photography Themes
I’m heading to the Big Apple in only a few weeks, and I am so excited! I have only been back for 2 short visits since I lived there almost 20 years ago and oh, how I miss it. The crowded streets, soaring skyscrapers, busy subway, tasty restaurants, incredible people watching, it really doesn’t get much better than New York City! In preparation for my trip, I started to think about the millions of photos I want to take. Soon it became clear, I have a very extensive list of urban photo themes just waiting to be shared. Since so many of these photos are only in my mind’s eye,…
On Location: Gas Works Park, Seattle, Washington
An Industrial Past Adds Modern Whimsy to this Popular Park Rising above the verdant lawn, in the center of an open park lies what many would say an eyesore, 2 large brown cylindrical towers, scarred with graffiti and surrounded by a barbed wired fence. These defunct gas generator and processing towers by most urban planning standards would have been removed as soon as the plant shut down and the city bought the space to use as a park. Most city parks I’ve seen try their very best to conceal the visitor of any urban plights it may have once faced. In fact, many cities strive to provide greenery, vegetation and…
On Location: Vancouver – An Urban City Surrounded by Nature Part 2
Some travelers when they head on vacation are looking for the great outdoors; peace and quite and a little time in nature. Other crave the urban scene– hot restaurants, night clubs and hip venues. I must say, I love a little bit of both, and Vancouver is the perfect city to get it! In an earlier post, I talked about the great urban vibe of Vancouver, now I’m going to focus on the incredible surrounding nature! Vancouver is a gorgeous city with a mountainous backdrop that’s straight out of a movie. The first time I visited , clouds covered our view for nearly 2 days, and on the last day…
Where in the World No.10
At first glance this location may seem like an easy guess But if you look closer you may see it’s really a test. The City by the Bay is made of tiny blocks as a complete recreation There’s also rides and attractions that make this place a perfect family vacation What is the name of this place? Note: Once someone has guessed the correct answer (here in a comment, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), I’ll post the answer in the comments below and add the correct location on the map. Good Luck!
Where in the World: No.8
One of the most recognizable landmarks in the Southern hemisphere, this sandstone formation puts on a spectacular color show from dawn to dusk. Honored with two names, the formation is surrounded by springs, waterholes, caves and paintings. Although it is is a trek to get to, locals and tourists would say it’s a must. What is the name or names of this formation? Note: Once someone has guessed the correct answer (here in a comment, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), I’ll post the answer in the comments below and add the correct location on the map. Good Luck!
Where in the World: No.7
A Byzantine marvel where spires pierce the sky, This famous church is a feast for the eye. For centuries it has represented it’s cities power and wealth With tales it contains relics of it’s patron Saint stolen in stealth. Where in the world is this and what’s it’s name? Note: Once someone has guessed the correct answer (here in a comment, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), I’ll post the answer in the comments below and add the correct location on the map. Good Luck!
Where in the World: No.6
Exploring this medina will be forever etched in my mind The sites, the sounds and especially the smells were one-of-a-kind. We wound through a maze of streets with our young guide, one of our stops being the rows of yellow dyed hide. Where in the world is this? Note: Once someone has guessed the correct answer (here in a comment, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), I’ll post the answer in the comments below and add the correct location on the map. Good Luck!