Take a Picture Perfect Day Trip to Cape Point South Africa

Man practices yoga at water's edge on Kalk Bay

It was the crack of dawn on a Saturday and we were parked along Boyes Drive, a windy mountain road overlooking the ocean. As the sun rose, the water turned from black to dark blue until streaks of silver appeared where the morning light kissed the waves. We were starting our Cape Town day trip […]

Staying in Cape Town? Don’t Miss Eagles’ Nest Winery

Eagles' Nest Winery

Twenty minutes drive from Cape Town, high up in the hills of the Constantia Mountain Range sits Eagles’ Nest Winery, an award-winning boutique vineyard that has become a treasured respite for locals and travelers alike. I heard about the vineyard through a fellow travel writer and South African native, Linda Markovina of Moving Sushi. In […]

Where to Photograph Stunning Views of the New York City Skyline at Night

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Updated January 2021 There are few cities with the grandeur and magical quality of the New York City skyline at night. Its skyscrapers and bridges light the dark like a fairytale. Along the east and Hudson rivers are a couple of easy to get to parks close to public transportation, as well as great spots […]

5 Important Lessons I learned about Photography at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Outside the gates of El Sanctuario de Chimayo in Santa Fe

When you first arrive at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Reid Callanan, the company’s founder, will tell you no matter what course you take the week is not about creating masterpieces, it’s about learning new approaches to photography, opening your mind and eye to fresh ideas, and challenging your skills. It was all that and […]

In the Midst of a Namibian Desert an Oasis Awaits: Serra Cafema Camp

Serra Cafema main deck

After five days exploring the depths of the desert, it was surreal to wake up to the smell of water. Outside, the Kunene River separating northern Namibia from Angola rushed westward at the foot of my private deck on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. I was a guest of Serra Cafema, the last stop […]

The Rare Desert Lions of Namibia and the Man Who Loves Them

Two male lions (called the Musketeers) laying next to each other next to the Hoanib Riverbed in Namibia

Learning about Lions Across the dimly lit tent stands Dr. Philip “Flip” Stander, the world’s foremost expert on Namibia’s famed desert-adapted lions, looking every bit the grizzled, stereotypical scientist who’s spent most of his life alone in the field––sun-baked skin, hair askew, a scraggly beard, and a lanky frame all elbows and knees. He stands […]

Picture Perfect Namibia: Embracing the Silhouette

The Kunene river mountains near Serra Cafema camp in Namibia

In photography, professionals will always tell you to “look for the light,” but sometimes it’s more fun to focus on the dark, to embrace the beauty of a silhouette. A good silhouette adds drama, mood, and depth to an image. It serves up a fresh narrative and gives another reason for a viewer’s eye to linger.  There […]

The Ultimate Day Trip: Traversing the Wilds of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

The jagged coastline of Namibia's Skeleton Coast

The teenager stood 10 feet in front of our vehicle, a large branch hanging like a giant frown from his mouth. His ears were spread wide and his trunk, held long and low, tipped up at the end to smell us. He looked and he waited, shifting slightly from one foot to the other. It was […]

Exploring Damaraland: Namibia’s Desert Rhino Camp

Springbok at sunset near Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia

It’s funny what the mind latches on to. All I could think when our tiny Cessna touched down on the faded airstrip in the middle of Damaraland, was, I’d never seen so many rocks in my life. How many were there? A billion? 10 billion? I was tired and hot. Perhaps I was just hallucinating. […]

Behind the Scenes: Tracking Black Rhino in Palmwag Namibia

Kangombe black rhino in Namibia

It’s my second day in Palmwag, Namibia, a reserve along the Skeleton Coast. As Bons, my guide, three rangers and I walk across an endless plain of rocks I replayed the rules for tracking black rhinos in my head: 1. Be very quiet. 2. If something goes awry, do whatever the rangers tell me. It […]