Journal Entries

A Kayaker's Guide to Lewis & Clark Widlife Refuge

Kayaking on the Oregon side of the Columbia River's Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge, near Astoria. The launch here is at Knappa dock, paddling by Blind Slough Station, through waters protected by the Nature Conservancy. Read More »

Wildlife Encounters at Corcovado

I began my three-day Corcovado adventure with a boat ride from Drakes Bay to San Pedrillo ranger station. Corcovado is unlike any other park I've visited within Costa Rica, immense in size and far wilder, with just a few trails piercing into its depths. It's been referred to as the crown jewel of Costa Rica's national park system. Its rugged coast is lined with coconut and almond trees, with waterfalls pouring down volcanic cliffs into the ocean. Just beyond the sand, a dense jungle teems with life, ancient… Read More »

Nosara Blue Zone

The Nosara region of Costa Rica is famous for being one of the world's blue zones, a region inhabited by the longest living people. I was curious as to why. Read More »

That Time I Got Lost in the Woods

It had been over 12 years since I'd last camped out in the Secret Mountain Wilderness. The last time had been unintentional. It was my first year at NAU, and my camping experience to date was limited to a few trips with friends. I had been planning to do a day hike, and packed accordingly. My sidekick Riley dog was keeping me company.  I had been shooting deep inside of Secret Canyon long into the day, wanting to capture the evening light, probably staying longer than I should have. By the time I had pack… Read More »

Returning to Northern Arizona

This October I made it back to Northern Arizona for the first time since college ten years ago.  As I'm sure is the case for most, those college years were a time of many changes for me.  It's when I first fell in love with photography and the outdoors.  School opened my mind to a lot of new ideas, and the wilderness became a place for me to explore books on philosophy and religion, to meditate upon their meaning.  And for my birthday that first year of college my roommate Catfish got me a dog who was to b… Read More »

Elkhorn Slough / Living in Accord with the Natural State

At the end of Monterey's undersea canyon, Elkhorn Slough drains into the ocean. This estuary is a rare sanctuary along the California coast, protected as habitat for the many species that reside there. Most natural harbors throughout the state have been turned into marinas and have been scoured of much of their marine life. The main channel of Elkhorn Slough though has been protected through a combined effort of state and federal government, and private landowners (including the Nature Conservancy). No fis… Read More »

Big Picture Competition Honorable Mention 2014

Out of over 6,000 entrants, I was fortunate enough to receive an honorable mention in the 2014 California Academy of Science's Big Picture Photography Competition.  Considered to be the most dangerous bird in the world, the flightless Cassowary can stand up to six feet tall, with powerful legs and spear-like inner talons. It was already late morning when I encountered this imposing creature. The cloudless day was casting hard light with abrupt shadows, so I waited until her body entered into the cover of s… Read More »

Point Lobos

When I mentioned to a friend at the local kayak club that I was doing a road trip up north to Point Reyes, he recommended that I take a detour to a peninsula south of Monterey called Point Lobos.  I'm glad I took his advice because this spot was an absolute gem.  Paddling around its protected coves I got a close up view of the thick kelp forests that surrounded it's shores, as large orange jellyfish floated beneath by boat.  Steep cliffs encrusted with succulents gave way to wind blown cyprus trees.  In th… Read More »

Moss Landing & the Monterey Submarine Canyon

Under the waters off the Monterey coastline lies an undersea canyon that's deeper than the Grand Canyon.  Ocean upwelling brings cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface, supporting blooms of phytoplankton and seaweed, the foundation of a vibrant food chain.  Because of this undersea geography, it's one of the best places to see whales along the west coast.  In the spring, Gray whales with their newborns travel through here as they return from the warm lagoons of Mexico, migrating back up to their Oregon a… Read More »

Paddling the Lower Colorado

After my trip out to Black Canyon last year I've been wanting to get back to the Arizona border to paddle some more of the lower Colorado River. Looking at the map, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Bill Williams Refuge (at either end of Lake Havasu) seemed to have lots of protected backwaters to explore. With the series of dams that dot the colorado river there's a lot of slow moving water than can be travelled upstream with a faster touring kayak, without having to worry about doing car shuttles. Read More »
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