Waking Up in Michigan

Lake Michigan Sunset Landscape Photography

Lake Michigan Recreation Area Photography

I close my eyes and all I hear are the leaves being slowly pushed by the wind. This is where I am most at ease; the most myself. I enjoy it. Waking up with the trees above your head, cooking a meal over a fire, listening to the wood crackle as it burns while breathing in the fresh air. A couple of weeks ago, I drove up to the Lake Michigan Recreation Area. There was no reason in particular, I guess it just seemed like a good opportunity to get away for a day; to keep it simple, no distractions and to just be. I knew I was getting close as both window seats were filled with views of endless trees. A bumpy, dirt road gently carves it way through the forest as to leave the least impact of it ever being there. Once I opened up my door, there seemed to be a sense of relief. The air carried the soft sounds of laughter with a backdrop of the lake meeting the shore. I smiled with every step closer to the beach, and as my feet hit the sand I felt like a child again. Whenever I road trip, hike or just wander by myself, I always feel like I’m at peace, like I have the world in the palm of my hands. Maybe because I can clear my head of every thought and just live in that moment. Here are a couple of those moments that made me smile.


See More Travel Photography:  Living Under the StarsPictured Rocks | A Nature Walk

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A Dream to Travel the World

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A Dream to Travel

Traveling the world is a dream; I love and cherish every moment that I can set foot in a place that I have never been before.  I wish that I could spin a globe, close my eyes and wherever my finger lands, that’s where I’ll be when I open up my eyes. That is why it felt so good to have just booked my next adventure. I’m drawn to an adventure and led by my curiosity. Last year was a life changing experience when I walked off the plane and set foot in one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen; Iceland. From the culture, to the art, to the people who treated me as a longtime friend to the absolutely breathtaking landscape. I truly felt like that was my first step in everlasting journey to see as much of this world as possible. See you in September Norway.


See More Travel Photography:  Exploring Iceland | Pictured Rocks | The Mountains Were Calling

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A New Beginning

Open Road

Wow, It’s been quite sometime since I’ve wrote a post and I absolutely have no idea why. It’s not as if my photography has hit a stand still, or that I have nothing to share; it’s more the connection of the story with the photograph(s). I look at my other social media that I use and it seems too easy to just post a picture and let it loose in the world. Flickr, Instagram, Facebook; it’s so easy to get sort of trapped in these platforms where I feel more comfortable posting a picture with no explanation. Maybe I’ll come up with a witty saying, a lyric to a song, or a quote that seems fitting to the picture that I posted but really has no depth to what I was thinking/ or feeling the moment I actually pressed down the shutter button. It’s so easy to get caught up with that fast pace of the world around you that you don’t even second guess what/ why you’re actually doing something; it just seems like second nature. I started this blog as a way to explain myself through photography; I’m not going to lie, I’m sort of an introvert and it’s easier for me to type than to talk. As I write this and look at this image, I can’t help reminisce of how beautiful/ important traveling is. Although I just started, it’s an eye opening experience; it makes you want to drop whatever is in your hand and just hop on a plane and live & that is why in early January I booked my ticket to Norway in fall. I honestly wake up every morning thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had and able to do because it’s the little things in life that makes you feel alive.

So where do I go from here? I guess, exactly where I left off from.


 

See More Travel Photography: | South Iceland | West Iceland | A New Chapter

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Exploring Iceland: The East

East Iceland roadtrip PhotographyIn my last post Exploring Iceland: The South I was overwhelmed with waterfalls in almost every direction and overcame by the silent landscape. In this post, I want to share my Iceland photography from my road trip around the ring road, where we explored the East. After hitting the south, we quickly ran into Jökulsárlón, which is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. We strolled along it’s black sand beach, weaving through the glaciers that visited us from the coast. From there were traveled along East Iceland‘s winding roads, taking in it’s breathtaking picturesque views, roaming reindeer and crashing waves.

See More of my Iceland Photography from My 8 Day Road Trip Here: Iceland Road Trip Photography >


See More Travel Photography: South Iceland | West Iceland | The Mountains Were Calling

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Exploring Iceland: The South

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In my last post Exploring Iceland: The West I talked about how in August I went on a trip on an unbelievable trip to Iceland. I traveled around the ring road for 8 days in a camper car. It was truly amazing and an experience that I would never forget. In this post, I want to share my Iceland photography from my road trip around the ring road, where we explored South Iceland’s natural landscape and waterfalls. The south was an absolutely magical place. It was quiet and quaint. Unlike the west, people and houses became more scarce as we traveled along highway one but that was the best part about south Iceland; it was about being outside, surrounded by something wild, unexpected, and beautiful. Here’s some of my photography from South Iceland.

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See More Travel PhotographyWest Iceland | The Mountains Were Calling | Pictured Rocks

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Exploring Iceland: The West

reykjavik Church Iceland Photography

In August I went on a trip that I never thought that I would have ever gone on. Iceland. I traveled around the ring road for 8 days in a camper car. It was honestly the most amazing experience in my life and none of the pictures that I took truly do justice to the beauty of Iceland. I look back, reminiscing on each picture, while writing this post and I think “Maybe it’s sad that this is now a memory”. But hey, maybe it’s not. It’s like they say, we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. I remember each and every moment it still sends chills down my spine. I can’t wait to go back. On another the other hand I think I may have over done it with pictures while visiting Iceland. I went through 3 memory cards, 3 batteries in about 8 days so I’m happy to share some of my Iceland photography from an unbelievable trip. Here’s some of my photography from road tripping around the Golden Circle, Reykjavik, & West Iceland.

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