Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch!

Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch!

This Portuguese Man O’ War arrived on the beach of St Jos Island in Texas while I was walking along taking photos of the collection of things washed up on shore. The Portuguese Man of War was by far the most interesting and colorful item on display at the beach. Also known as a blue […]

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Flowers in Photos from Around the World

Flowers in Photos from Around the World

Traveling to faraway places I enjoy seeing the various types of flora and fauna of a region. I have seen Impatiens growing wild along the mountainside of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I was reminded of Texas when I saw endless fields of wildflowers while on a train journey from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco. Traveling […]

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Hiking Enchanted Rock Texas Day Trip from Austin

Hiking Enchanted Rock Texas Day Trip from Austin

Looking for places to hike in Texas Hill Country? Add hiking Enchanted Rock State Park to your bucket list. Hiking Enchanted Rock is one of the best day trips from Austin or San Antonio. In the Hill Country of Central Texas lies a massive granite boulder known as Enchanted Rock. The huge granite mass known […]

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit and lucky for me the tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit […]

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Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Staying in the town of Urgup I walked the neighborhood in the mornings and viewed a gallery of beautiful doors. When I notice a distinct character I enjoy photographing architectural features of a city or town. For instance when I walked around La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City I enjoyed seeing the art deco features. […]

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Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

It was the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit the Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago  that enticed me to make a road trip to Fort Worth this past weekend.  For several years I heard from friends and acquaintances that Fort Worth was home to many renowned art museums and they […]

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Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Shortly after moving to Austin, TX in 1999 I began daytrading with a proprietary trading firm and spent six years daytrading. I did little travel during that time, a few North American destinations including my annual trip to Calgary to visit family but no international travel. I was making steady money but not a lot […]

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Woven Wall Sculpture by African Artist El Anatsui

Woven Wall Sculpture by African Artist El Anatsui

Elaborate woven wall sculptures are El Anatsui’s specialty. Looking at his art work for the first time I initially thought it looked like cloth but a closer look revealed something else. This sculpture by El Anatsui consists of copper wire and aluminum. Thousands of liquor bottle wrappers sewn together with copper wire creating a rich […]

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Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

While visiting Istanbul a must see is the Sultanahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque at it is more commonly called. Looking down you will see this carpet at Blue Mosque, featuring a beautiful floral design. The carpet depicts blue tulips and other flowers also in shades of blue against a dark red background. Visiting the Blue […]

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

I found myself walking by beautiful street art in Rio de Janeiro on my way to Ipanema beach each day. In need of a reprieve from the brutal Texas summers I like to escape to someplace cooler. One year I decided to search the Southern Hemisphere for an exotic getaway and took myself on a […]

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Roman Ruins in Jerash Jordan

Roman Ruins in Jerash Jordan

I visited Jordan in 2000 and this photo of the Roman Ruins in Jerash is one of the few taken with my first digital camera. Jordan  has a rich history, the country is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern. Before I visited Jordan I didn’t know much about the country. Not many people visited […]

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My Inspiration for Solo Travel

My Inspiration for Solo Travel

Where did I find my inspiration for solo travel? In 1992 I hadn’t traveled very much yet. As a kid my family made an annual trip to Vancouver Island to visit my grandparents. I had taken a couple of trips to Europe for two or three weeks at a time and I always had a […]

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