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    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer. The blog started while I was at photography school in Massachusetts, covers my time working in Florida and Georgia, and chronicles our recent 6 month adventure working with orphans in Thailand. Thanks for visiting!

Category Archives: Travel

Koh Rong, Cambodia

These are the last photos from our 2-week Cambodian adventure. The island of Koh Rong is now one of my favorite places on earth. Its one of several small islands off of Cambodia’s southern coast. The islands are a bit hard to get to, but most definitely worth the trip. They’re wonderfully undeveloped (for now), equipped simply with small docks, generators and natural-materials bungalows. There were only a few dozen people on the island, so we had whole stretches of beach completely to ourselves. We spent a few days on Koh Rong reading books, playing scrabble, lounging in hammocks and swimming in the warm, clear water. We also made the jungle-trek across the island to an amazing 7km (!) beach. It was a slice of heaven.

All of these photographs were taken by Paul one evening. He has become a fantastic photographer! I have been teaching him how to use Adobe Lightroom and he edited these images as well.

We are still enjoying the simplicity of living and working in Thailand. I will share some photos from our daily life soon. Love and peace.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Hello! Paul and I have returned to Thailand after two weeks of traveling in Cambodia! We went to Cambodia to renew our Thai visas for another three months. We have been working hard at the Baan Unrak Children’s Home these past few months so it was really nice to have a break and experience another beautiful culture. We traveled by bus and had a lot of ground to cover; we had a few long trips including an unpleasant twenty-five hour bus trip back…yikes! We spent most of our time in Siem Reap and on the amazing, tiny island of Koh Rong. Now we’re back to daily life at the Home of Joy and happy to be here with our friends again. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I hope that your New Year will be full of love, joy and many new experiences!

Below are our photographs from three full days spent exploring the Angkor Wat Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Seeing the massive temple complexes was awe-inspiring. Angkor Wat is where Tomb Raider was filmed and the main temple is the largest in the world. My favorite temples were the small, remote Wats where the jungle completely overflows into the stonework. We met a lovely gentleman, Ny Yuth while we were there. He was our tuk tuk driver for three days, taught us about the Khmer culture and became our friend. If any of you travel to Cambodia make sure to contact him. I hope you enjoy these images!

 

Erawan Waterfalls, Thailand

We fell in love with Erawan Waterfalls, about an hour from Kanchanaburi. We visited the falls on two separate days. The immense jungle surrounding the falls is thick and muggy. Breathing in, your lungs are filled with clean air that smells like a summer rain. The waters are pristine, refreshingly cool and blue. The moss is soft and slippery between your toes and the carp like to gently nibble if you stay still for long. The falls have seven different levels, and you can spend an entire day climbing up to the top and diving into the different pools. Some falls run over big, slick rocks that you can climb and slide down. You can swim all the way beneath the first fall, your head and shoulders receiving a tough massage as you swim through the cascades and into the misty cave. I have always really wanted to be kissed underneath a waterfall, and it was sweet to be kissed by my husband. The Thai people believe that spirits live in the trees, different spirits for different species of trees, and they bring gifts and fine clothing as offerings. Paul took the majority of these photos, I shot wide and he shot detail (if only we had a tripod!). I feel like my words and our photos do not convey the real magic of the place, but maybe they will give you a glimpse.

 

Oh, and here are a few snapshots we took on Paul’s little waterproof camera!

Noisy tourists and insane bugs barely distracted from Erawan’s beauty. On our second trip I (perpetually accident prone) got stung by some sort of jungle insect. Paul had to pull out a massive stinger from my arm! It hurt much worse than any bee or wasp sting I’ve ever had and the swelling crawled several inches down my arm for a few days. Thankfully when we got to the orphanage the home’s doctors gave me a natural remedy with a clay wrap and it healed right up.

This is the last post from our pre-orphanage travels! For the next 6 months our posts will mostly be centered around our time living in Sangklaburi and working at the Baan Unrak Children’s Home. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences here with you. Love and peace!

Bangkok, Thailand

Hello! Getting to Bangkok was exhausting. We drove from Ashland to San Francisco (6 hrs), stayed the night, flew from San Francisco to Tokyo (11 hrs) and after a layover (4 hrs) we finally flew from Tokyo to Bangkok (6 hrs). After a good long sleep, we awoke to a blessing of sunshine and spent the day slowly exploring Bangkok zombie-style. The city was massive, but the areas we saw were surprisingly tranquil. These photos are from a boat trip through the canals and a visit to Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The 2nd, 5th and last are Paul’s photos!

The next posts will be our rainy visit to the island of Koh Chang and our explorations of Kanchanaburi. Since the rainy season is lasting a long time this year and much of the country has severe flooding we decided to travel more later on. We are heading to Sangklaburi and will be starting at the orphanage a little early!

great american roadtrip part three – new mexico

Below are some more images from our pre-wedding coast-to-coast road-trip! I took all of these photographs in and around Taos, New Mexico. The New Mexico landscape and the Taos Pueblo were incredibly peaceful and beautiful. We had a delicious fry-bread there made from blue corn, similar to funnel cake. I will post the final set of road-trip images soon!

Great American Roadtrip Part Two – Texas and New Mexico

Hello. Here I am posting from the deserts of California again. We’ve been having some interesting adventures here in the scorching heat which I’ll elaborate on in my next post. I’m looking forward to editing and sharing photographs from the Grand Canyon. Just a couple more days left of our cross-country road-trip. For now, I hope you will enjoy looking at these photographs that we took while driving through Texas and (beautiful, beautiful) New Mexico! Love and peace.

A public art instillation called The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Paul took this first photograph.

Somewhere along 40 West in Texas.

The remaining images were taken in New Mexico as we drove to Santa Fe.

Paul took this beautiful photograph below as the sun lowered.

Great American Roadtrip Part One – Tennessee

Here are some photos from the first few states Paul and I crossed during this crazy cross-country road-trip of ours. We’re currently in the Mojave Dessert of California, slowly creeping up in the Uhaul-carting Volvo to our final destination of Ashland, Oregon! We’re spending a lot of time staring into the landscape in amazement, giggling together, and listening to audiobooks. I will share some photos from our adventures in New Mexico and Arizona soon. Love and peace.

The mountains of North Carolina.

My amazing road-trip companion with his Walmart shades.

The next few images were taken during a quick stop in Cookville, Tennessee. The town was named after my Grandma Julia’s family, the Cooks.

It was our first time visiting Tennessee.

Yum.

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

We took a bus tour (“terr”) that brought us to several places throughout Nashville, including a brief stop for Cokes at a “Honky Tonk”

After Nashville, we stopped in Memphis to see Graceland, Elvis’ home.

Paul took this wide-angle photo. This was my favorite part of the estate; it felt like a gypsy tent

Driving into Arkansas where we laughed with my Grandpa for a couple of days

I will post more of the road-trip soon!

Great American Roadtrip – Suggestions?

Next week we’re saying goodbye to Savannah and embarking on a coast to coast roadtrip! Savannah, Georgia to Ashland, Oregon. We will be moseying along, appreciating America, hiking, seeking out unusual/beautiful places, taking tons of photographs and sleeping in our tent when we can. We would LOVE some suggestions on what to see/do along this general route! Any interesting places to photograph, stay, camp, eat, hike, etc.? There will be a huge Uhaul attached to the Volvo so that will keep things interesting…

Read about our roadtrip and see our photos in the travels section.