Ecuador the Beautiful

As much as I enjoyed photographing the birds in the last post, I fell in love with their home, the cloud forest. This is a type of forest found in tropical and subtropical mountain ranges, at altitudes high enough to plunge the entire landscape into the clouds. This keeps the forest very humid and creates … Continue reading Ecuador the Beautiful

The Birds of Mindo

What initially attracted me to Ecuador was the historic center of Quito and the photo opportunities it might offer. I soon learned that the country is a birdwatcher’s paradise, said to be home to more species per acre than any other country in the world. Mindo, a small town a couple hours northwest of Quito, … Continue reading The Birds of Mindo

Quito, Abridged

Back in April of 2020 I purchased round trip tickets to Ecuador for October of that year. We were two weeks into the shutdown and airfare prices had tanked as travel had all but stopped. Naively, I thought that surely this pandemic will be long over by autumn. Of course, that was not to be, … Continue reading Quito, Abridged

Cincinnati at Sunset

About a year ago, I decided to bring my camera on a trip to visit friends in Cincinnati. It wasn’t a full-on photo excursion, I just figured I’d get some skyline shots if given the chance. I came away with a couple I thought I’d share. The first is a simple shot looking across the … Continue reading Cincinnati at Sunset

Paths and Palaces of Sintra

About telve miles west of Lisbon lies Sintra, a town which has been home to the most affluent of Portuguese society for centuries. Nestled in a small mountain range named for the town, its elevation and accompanying milder temperatures had made it an ideal summer destination for kings and nobility looking to escape the sweltering … Continue reading Paths and Palaces of Sintra

A Return to Lisbon

I covered Lisbon in a post a couple weeks ago, specifically its Alfama neighborhood. Today, the rest of this city gets a spotlight. I joke that I like to travel so as to get lost in foreign cities. Though I’m not actually trying to get lost, I do like to simply wander around, poking my … Continue reading A Return to Lisbon

Alfama District, Lisbon

The Alfama is the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, surrounding the medieval Castelo de São Jorge, or St. George’s castle. Originally it comprised the entirety of the city. Some areas directly adjacent to the castle were the most coveted by Portuguese nobility, a home there keeping its residents close to the seat of power, quite literally. … Continue reading Alfama District, Lisbon