Elowah Falls, Oregon

In December 2014 my friend Merry and I hiked up to Elowah Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. As we walked up all was bitingly cold rain, and then the entire falls area for a hundred-yard radius was black ice. So crazy slippery... 

Elowah Falls, Oregon

Glorious Sunset, Portland

I was sitting on my balcony with my kids as the sky grew darker with the setting of the sun, and a ruffly smattering of clouds rolled over our heads like a blanket. I glanced up and thought the day was finished and night was upon us. Instead, the last rays of the sun from beyond the horizon suddenly began bouncing off the clouds (causing me to grab my camera) and what followed was my favorite sunset ever in Portland. Breathtaking, with all the colors of the rainbow dancing overhead like our own Oregon aurora... 

Glorious Sunset, Portland

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 3)

In May 2015, Portland model, photographer, and frequent collaborator Myles Katherine and I shot together for Rogue Minx clothing. Gina Campbell did the makeup. We shot in Peninsula Park in North Portland, which has great fountains and roses gardens and rhododendrons. An awesome spot to shoot in...

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 3)

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 3)

In May 2015, Portland model, photographer, and frequent collaborator Myles Katherine and I shot together for Rogue Minx clothing. Gina Campbell did the makeup. We shot in Peninsula Park in North Portland, which has great fountains and roses gardens and rhododendrons. An awesome spot to shoot in... 

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 3)

North and Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

At the end of 2016, I took a quick trip to North and Upper North Falls in Oregon's Silver Falls State Park. In a state filled with incredible waterfalls, these two are among my very favorite. The park is near the fun little town of Silverton; if you find yourself in the area, please check out these falls, and the rest of Silver Falls State Park...

North and Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Kyotocat in the Columbia Gorge

In December 2016 lovely human Kyotocat and I had fun shooting together in the icy Columbia River Gorge. We were as cold as popsicles, but it was worth it...  

Kyotocat in the Columbia Gorge

Lan Su Chinese Garden Instameet

The Portland Instagram Group held a fun instameet at the Lan Su Chinese Garden , a great little oasis of calm in the hustle-bustle of Old Town Portland. It had been foggy and drizzly all morning, but when we gathered the sun came out and it was lovely.  Here are some unedited snapshots...

Lan Su Chinese Garden Instameet

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On day 4 of my wonderfully packed visit to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton, we took a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa then ate lunch at their terrific restaurant before finally heading to the nearby airport. The perfect way to say farewell to this place. The spa is an oasis of modern luxury sitting alone in stark fields of black lava rock. The lagoon pool itself has a soft floor of what I assume is pulverized rock, and the water is sky blue. When we were there, the air was a hair above freezing; so clouds of steamy fog rose from the water and swirled in the breeze. Breathtakingly beautiful...  

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)

The weather was gorgeously sunny, but biting, biting cold. Once we got all bundled up in our snowsuits, we hopped on our ATVs and rode off through horse pastures to wild, rugged country around Þrihyrningr, Three-Horn Mountain. The stark, desolate beauty of the volcanic landscape reminded me of my childhood in Idaho. But it was also otherworldly. I felt civilization was a million miles away and we were on a new planet. And I remembered, not too surprisingly, that Ridley Scott filmed his gorgeous mess Prometheus in Iceland... 

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 1 of 2)

As part of my trip to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton in November 2016, the Stopover Buddy service from Icelandair took us out of Reykjavík for an incredible adventure riding ATVs around Three Horn Mountain near Lambalækur, Iceland. Unnar Gardarsson of ATV – Óbyggðaferðir was our leader at the site, and I must admit he took us on one of the best trips I can remember as we slid through snow banks, forded icy rivers, admired waterfalls and volcanos, and then ate a wonderful lunch in an eighth-century monk's cave on a cliffside. On the first part of our adventure...

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 1 of 2)

Opening Celebration for Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

In November 2016 Canopy by Hilton flew me to Iceland for the grand opening of their very first hotel, the Reykjavík City Centre. Such a great party, for a wonderful hotel, with great food from the Geiri Smart restaurant and Omnom Chocolate. Plus, I had a good "skál" with the mayor...

Opening Celebration for Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

Reykjavík: Day Two Tour

On day two of my November 2016 trip to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton, a group of us journalists and influencers got a guided tour of fun stops and shops all around central Reykjavík, including a visit of the Omnom Chocolate factory, posted separately). I learned so much about this delightful city, including vast amounts of knowledge about their cherished skyr cheese...

Reykjavík: Day Two Tour

Reykjavík: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

On the afternoon of the first day in Iceland, we explored the spectacularly honeycombed Harpa concert hall and conference center. A wonderfully audacious building! And inside we went to the Björk Digital virtual reality exhibition, which itself is wonderfully audacious, with Björk pushing the envelope for the music video art form into 360 degrees... 

Reykjavík: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Juneau: Norris Glacier Helicopter and Dogsled Tour

Just east of Juneau, Alaska, along Taku Inlet are a series of mighty glaciers. Era Flightseeing took me atop one, the Norris, via helicopter; once there dogsleds took me around the awe-inspiring glacial world. The folks at Era could not have been nicer or more professional; I never felt unsafe, but we still had a blast! I definitely recommend taking a trip with them...

Juneau: Norris Glacier Helicopter and Dogsled Tour

Treadwell Mine, Douglas, Alaska

On the edge of downtown Douglas, Alaska, in a lush forest with a serene, rocky beach, you can find the remains of the Treadwell gold mine. What once was a thriving hub of miners, horses, and donkeys, is now a lovely hiking trail in which you come across strange metal pipes and machine pieces, concrete walls, and glory holes...

Treadwell Mine, Douglas, Alaska