Mar 142017
 

Steve and I recently traveled to Lake Tahoe for the wedding of a close family member.  It was my first visit to this magical mountain playground, but it won’t be my last.  While I grew up in the mountains as an avid skier, I lost my fondness for cold weather and any and all sports that go along with it.

I haven’t willingly been in the snow for several years, so I was unsure as to how I would handle the environment in Lake Tahoe in March.  Would I remain inside, huddled by a fire, making every attempt to avoid the out-of-doors except when absolutely necessary (i.e. when leaving the premises for the wedding or rehearsal dinner)?  Or, would I don my snow boots, brave the elements and venture down to the lake to take photos?  Thankfully, my obsession with love of photography took charge, and as it turns out, I had a great time in the fresh mountain air.

Panoramic lake view in Incline Village

Panoramic view of Lake Tahoe

We had two sunny winter days during our trip

We had two sunny winter days during our trip

The sky during a storm which dropped two feet of snow

The sky during a storm which dropped two feet of snow

Steve and me braving the storm

Steve and me braving the storm

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, which is nestled amongst the evergreens on its own private beach (with pier).  I was very pleased with our lodging choice.  The resort has a beautiful spa, several outdoor hot tubs and a large heated outdoor pool that I used daily.  It also has several good restaurants, a Starbucks and a great gift shop.  And if you ever get a chance to dine at the Lone Eagle Grill – run, don’t walk.  Not only is the food amazing, but the view is one of the best you’ll find in the area.  And for the skiers out there, the resort has a ski valet and is close to Northstar and Mount Rose ski resorts (among others).

The beach at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village

The beach at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village

The resort's pier - no doubt amazing during summer

The resort’s picturesque pier

Close-up of the beach, which was comprised of pebbles in an array of neutral hues

Close-up of the beach, which was comprised of pebbles in an array of neutral hues

Large pinecone were found all along the shore

Large pinecones were found all along the shore

Devouring the Baked Tahoe at the Lone Eagle Grille. This marshmallow-meringue encrusted dessert is pure perfection!

Devouring the Baked Tahoe at the Lone Eagle Grille. This marshmallow-meringue encrusted dessert is pure perfection!

There were a few wildlife sightings during our brief time exploring the lake’s beaches.

A beautiful mallard on the shoreline of the lake

A beautiful mallard on the shoreline of the lake

Well, alright, not exactly wildlife... This is Piper, she travels around the country in an RV.

Well, alright, not exactly wildlife… This is Piper, she travels around the country in an RV.

The wedding that we attended was the perfect representation of the couple’s love for Lake Tahoe and the mountains.  It was held at a beautiful rustic-chic venue near the lake.  The couple attended to every detail themselves, including hand-crafting most of the decor (including the centerpieces).

The Groom hand made the wedding place card holders

The Groom hand made the wedding place card holders

The Groom's father hand-crafted a rustic wooden bench for guests to sign.

The Groom’s father hand-crafted a rustic wooden bench for guests to sign.

Champagne was served on the balcony overlooking the pine forest and snow-capped mountains

Champagne was served on the balcony overlooking the pine forest and snow-capped mountains

Steve and me during cocktail hour

Steve and me during cocktail hour

I can’t wait to return to this paradise, perhaps in the warmer months.  Have you been to Lake Tahoe?  Winter or summer?

Oct 212015
 

We’ve been away from the (salty) water for a little while, so I don’t have a large trove of new underwater shots to post.  But, we can’t put our cameras down for too long, so that means a temporary refocus from water to land.

Here are a few shots we’ve recently taken along the Hudson River in New Jersey and New York.

View of Hudson River from Bear Mountain, NY

View of Hudson River from Bear Mountain, NY

Bear Mountain Observation Tower

Bear Mountain Observation Tower

One way sign

Seven Lakes Drive, NY

Seven Lakes Drive, NY

It's leaf-peeping season in New England, and the colors are amazing.

It’s leaf-peeping season in New England, and the colors are amazing.

A chipmunk snacking on an acorn

A chipmunk snacks on an acorn

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Frog

A frog sunbathing by the pond

We will try to get some more fall foliage shots, since the most vibrant colors are yet to come.

Sep 022015
 

I’ve often written about my fondness for the window seat on an airplane.  For me, it’s like unfolding a map and seeing it come to life.  From our normal vantage point on land, we don’t see that Italy is shaped like a boot.  But from 38,000 feet in the air, unique geographic features are readily identifiable.

On a recent flight from Bonaire to Houston, we took a route that followed uncharted territory for me (presumably to avoid a tropical storm brewing in the mid-northern Caribbean).  Here are some shots from my window seat.

The mountains of northern Venezuela

The mountains of northern Venezuela

Venezuelan mountains, just off the Caribbean coast

Venezuelan mountains, just off the Caribbean coast

The northern coast of Venezuela

The northern coast of Venezuela

The aqua-tinged Caribbean coast of Venezuela

The aqua-tinged Caribbean coast of Venezuela

And moving on to another Caribbean country…

Cozumel from the air

Cozumel from the air

Mexico's Riviera Maya from the air

Mexico’s Riviera Maya from the air

Another view of Mexico's Caribbean

Another view of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Leaving Riviera Maya

Leaving Riviera Maya

If you like my aerial shots, here are some others-

Cuban Reefs from the Air

The Glory of the Pilot

St. Thomas from the Air

An Aerial Tour of Fiji

Islands from 38,000 Feet – including shots from Australia & The Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, French Polynesia, and Dominican Republic

Sep 092013
 

The September 2013 edition of X-ray Magazine is now available for download.

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For our readers unfamiliar with X-ray, it’s a magazine for divers focusing on topics such as Dive Travel, Marine Ecology, Gear Reviews, Dive Fitness, Underwater Photography and more.

The current issue covers topics such as Lembeh and Buyat Bay, Rebreathers, Wide-Macro Fisheye Photography and Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.  It’s free to download here.