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.
Johnston Canyon Trail
Johnston Canyon Trail
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!
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Just after crossing the U.S. and Canada Border
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)
Charlie drives a small utility vehicle from his house down to his greenhouses. He takes care of the plants in his greenhouses a few hours every day.
Charlie steps inside one of his greenhouses. He grows various vegetables, including a variety of peppers, cucumbers, and leafy greens, among others.
Charlie meditates every morning from 5 am to 7 am. He can hold a pose for up to three hours, but during his morning meditation he holds most of the longer poses for twenty minutes.
During his meditations, Charlie uses a watch to time his poses.
Charlie’s dog Cheondung, meaning Thunder Boy or Heaven’s Boy in Korean, sits on the front porch during sunrise.
Charlie’s farm glows in the morning light. Charlie built all of the green houses on the property himself.
Charlie checks his computer after his morning meditation.
Marie Grinaldi, Charlie’s friend, shows him some of her chicken’s eggs. Charlie went over to her house to get some apples to use to make an enzyme.
Charlie reads a paper in Korean at his friends’ Ben and Wendy Seo’s home. Ben and Wendy live a few miles from Charlie. Wendy made some delicious Korean noodles for us all for lunch since I had never had any before.
Charlie and Ben talk and watch a Korean television channel in Ben’s living room.
Charlie walks around his home after his morning meditation.
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 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.
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.
Edgar peels some oranges during a work and snack break in San Ramon.
Bridget leads her horse during a morning 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.
Kassaundra rappels on Sunday morning.
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.
Everyone learned how to press sugar cane to make cane juice and tried a glass of it.
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.
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.
A turtle walks back to the ocean after laying its eggs.
A horse wanders onto the beach right in front of our home.
Laura wins “Snap Crackle Pop” by grabbing the flip flop first.
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.
Don Carlos makes a fire for roasting marshmallows.
Laura fetches starfruit for our group to try.
Sunset photo shoot on the beach.
Mercedes relaxes in a hammock right after sunset.
Blair collects turtle eggs from a nest so they can be relocated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Divita and Marley watch the sunset at Avellanas Beach.
BIrds fly over Avellanas Beach.
Megan and Eduardo
Megan prepares for snorkeling off a catamaran.
Visitors lounge and swim at Catarata Rio Fortuna.
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.
Megan looks out at the sunset on the second night of our three-day rafting trip.