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Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks

My mom and I stopped in Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks for about a day on our way to Alaska. The neighboring parks were home to towering mountains, oddly blue and emerald-colored lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. Here are a few of my favorite landscapes from our time there.

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls

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Johnston Canyon Trail

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Johnston Canyon Trail


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Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

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Journey to the Last Frontier

In the middle of the summer, my mom and I made the drive from Ohio to Alaska, or as it says on every yellow Alaska license plate, the final frontier. Some great mother-daughter bonding, wide open roads and even wider-open skies made for a wonderful drive. Here are a few of my favorite images from the days we spent driving. More photos from Banff and Jasper National Parks to come. Enjoy!

Green hill

Green hill

Rain

Rain

Hay Bales

Hay Bales

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Americana

Americana

Dusk

Dusk

Wires

Wires

Tree

Tree

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

Golden Fields

Golden Fields

Just after crossing the U.S. and Canada Border

Just after crossing the U.S. and Canada Border


The Eddie Adams Workshop

The Eddie Adams Workshop was an experience I will never forget. I can’t thank the Black Team, White Team, the Turquoise Team and Turquoise Team leaders, the inspiring speakers, all the editors who looked at my portfolio (you showed me I have so much left to learn about editing and sequencing images) and all the students enough for making it so memorable and life changing. Alicia Hansen, our team producer, found us all amazing stories. Kevin Goggin, our tech, made all our images look amazing and did a bunch of other things behind the scenes to make the Turquoise project a reality. Patrick Witty taught me a lot about editing (and made me look like a much better photographer with the images he chose). And Gerd Ludwig inspired me and helped me realize how to get the most storytelling images out of two shoots with Charlie Koh. I miss everyone already.

The story I had the pleasure of working on focused on Charlie Koh. He and his wife moved from South Korea to New York City in 1984 and practice Seon, a Korean-oriented meditation style now practiced all over the world. Charlie, now 61, and his wife have two grown children (his wife was gone the weekend I was there because she was visiting their daughter and grandson in Seattle). They live near Jefferson, New York, and cultivate the land. One day, Charlie hopes to create a place where he and his wife are living where people can come and learn and practice Seon and cultivate the land. I can’t thank Charlie and his friends enough for their warm welcomes and hospitality. If I’m ever back in the area I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello.

Here are some of the images from the story. Hope you enjoy!

(click on one of the images to view them in a slideshow)


A Great Week At Sarapiqui

I had an amazing week at Sarapiqui. The students and staff were wonderful to work with and I’m going to miss them all. Here are some of my favorite moments from my time there.

We saw a lot of interesting wildlife this week, including this spider in a garbage can at our worksite.

We saw a lot of interesting wildlife this week, including this spider in a garbage can at our worksite.

We went on a hike the first night to find frogs because they are nocturnal. Erica found this one within the first few minutes and it enjoyed crawling all over her.

We went on a hike the first night to find frogs because they are nocturnal. Erica found this one within the first few minutes and it enjoyed crawling all over her.

Peyton, Zane and Brandon mix cement for the floor of a storage area while our friend Hector watches.

Peyton, Zane and Brandon mix cement for the floor of a storage area while our friend Hector watches.

Erica wins a short sprint back to the covered porch at our worksite. It rained a lot this week but it made for some great light and clouds while I was taking photos!

Erica wins a short sprint back to the covered porch at our worksite. It rained a lot this week but it made for some great light and clouds while I was taking photos!

Anne holds a little snake that was found at the worksite in San Ramon.

Anne holds a little snake that was found at the worksite in San Ramon.

Edgar peels some oranges during a work and snack break in San Ramon.

Edgar peels some oranges during a work and snack break in San Ramon.

Bridget leads her horse during a morning trail ride.

Bridget leads her horse during a morning trail ride.

Molly leads our group around a pond on the trail ride.

Molly leads our group around a pond on the trail ride.

Ralph, Saul, Kassaundra, Zane and Brandon look at a howler monkey up in the trees.

Ralph, Saul, Kassaundra, Zane and Brandon look at a howler monkey up in the trees.

Kassaundra rappels on Sunday morning.

Kassaundra rappels on Sunday morning.

Students take turns trying to milk a cow during our morning of community service near a farm.

Students take turns trying to milk a cow during our morning of community service near a farm.

Brandon crosses a river with a young tree so it can be planted. The group planted fruit trees to attract more birds and other animals to the area.

Brandon crosses a river with a young tree so it can be planted. The group planted fruit trees to attract more birds and other animals to the area.

Everyone learned how to press sugar cane to make cane juice and tried a glass of it.

Everyone learned how to press sugar cane to make cane juice and tried a glass of it.


A Week With Tortugas

I had an amazing week working with Laura, Edgardo, and a great group of kids on the Turtle Conservation Project. Most nights we go on 8 km night walks starting between 8:30 and 11:30 to find turtles laying their nests. It depends on the tide because the turtles usually come to shore close to high tide. Some weeks the groups see no turtles, but this week we saw six. They are amazing! The turtles dig their nests about a 1.5 feet in the sand in the shape of an upside-down lightbulb. While bracing themselves with three flippers, they use the fourth like a mittened hand to perfectly scoop out the sand. I always found turtles fascinating, but after this week it has grown to be slightly in awe of them. I’m so glad our group was able to see them and help build a hatchery.

These are some of my favorite images from the week. I hope you enjoy them! Pura vida!

Sandy legs and feet after learning how to dig a proper turtle nest at the future turtle hatchery.

Sandy legs and feet after learning how to dig a proper turtle nest at the future turtle hatchery.

Julie and Sergei walk back to our home for the week.

Julie and Sergei walk back to our home for the week.

Marchella and Leo help a turtle lay its nest and gather the eggs to nest them in an area of the beach that won't be washed away by the tide. When the turtles come out at night, any light other than red can scare them away.

Marchella and Leo help a turtle lay its nest and gather the eggs to nest them in an area of the beach that won’t be washed away by the tide. When the turtles come out at night, any light other than red can scare them away.

A turtle walks back to the ocean after laying its eggs.

A turtle walks back to the ocean after laying its eggs.

A horse wanders onto the beach right in front of our home.

A horse wanders onto the beach right in front of our home.

Laura wins "Snap Crackle Pop" by grabbing the flip flop first.

Laura wins “Snap Crackle Pop” by grabbing the flip flop first.

Bridget walks back to the group following an afternoon of surfing in Jaco.

Bridget walks back to the group following an afternoon of surfing in Jaco.

Sergei jumps off a waterfall during a break in our rafting trip.

Sergei jumps off a waterfall during a break in our rafting trip.

Don Carlos makes a fire for roasting marshmallows.

Don Carlos makes a fire for roasting marshmallows.

Laura fetches starfruit for our group to try.

Laura fetches starfruit for our group to try.

Sunset photo shoot on the beach.

Sunset photo shoot on the beach.

Mercedes relaxes in a hammock right after sunset.

Mercedes relaxes in a hammock right after sunset.

Blair collects turtle eggs from a nest so they can be relocated.

Blair collects turtle eggs from a nest so they can be relocated.


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A Week of Language

After two weeks on Costa Rican Adventure, I headed off to Turrialba for a week on the Language Programs. The students and staff were all amazing to work with. Here are  some of my favorite images from the week.

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Two Weeks of Fun, Travel and Adventure

The past two weeks I worked with the Costa Rican Adventure group. We had a great group and got to do everything from rappelling to bungee jumping to surfing to whitewater rafting. One of the first nights we hiked up to a waterfall and stayed under it for the night. It was an evening I will never forget. Here are some of my favorite images from the week. Pura Vida!

Marc drinks a cracked coconut on the beach in Uvita.

Marc drinks a cracked coconut on the beach in Uvita.

Sylvia rappels down a waterfall near Uvita, Costa Rica.

Sylvia rappels down a waterfall near Uvita, Costa Rica.

Danny heads back to the trail after our group swam in the pool at the base of the waterfall.

Danny heads back to the trail after our group swam in the pool at the base of the waterfall.

Megan takes a quick look behind her before heading to the pool at the base of Diamante Falls.

Megan takes a quick look behind her before heading to the pool at the base of Diamante Falls.

Our wonderful guides prepare a delicious vegetarian dinner by candlelight under Diamante Falls.

Our wonderful guides prepare a delicious vegetarian dinner by candlelight under Diamante Falls.

Under the lip of the cave we slept in for a night under Diamante Falls.

Under the lip of the cave we slept in for a night under Diamante Falls.

Megan and the rest of our group tell stories after dinner at Diamante Falls.

Megan and the rest of our group tell stories after dinner at Diamante Falls.

Divita and Marley watch the sunset at Avellanas Beach.

Divita and Marley watch the sunset at Avellanas Beach.

BIrds fly over Avellanas Beach.

BIrds fly over Avellanas Beach.

Megan and Eduardo

Megan and Eduardo

Megan prepares for snorkeling off a catamaran.

Megan prepares for snorkeling off a catamaran.

Visitors lounge and swim at Catarata Rio Fortuna.

Visitors lounge and swim at Catarata Rio Fortuna.

Eduardo searches for animals during a hike through Rio Celeste.

Eduardo searches for animals during a hike through Rio Celeste.

Marc jumps off a waterfall during our three-day rafting trip on the Pacuare River.

Marc jumps off a waterfall during our three-day rafting trip on the Pacuare River.

Megan looks out at the sunset on the second night of our three-day rafting trip.

Megan looks out at the sunset on the second night of our three-day rafting trip.