So, I have been sharing a few of these images over on my Instagram feed this week. My eyes were focused on this area of the country again in the hopes that the lake would freeze over again enough to access the Ice Caves but it’s not looking so good for that this year. I blogged about it here a couple other times if you want to read up a little more on the journey. Thought I would share a few more that up and until now, I never shared. A bit of a diversion from the normal processing that I like to do. A bit simpler I guess…..

Also, I created the video below for even MORE from the trip. Love the music I found. From a site called MusicBed if you are interested.

Guess there is always next year!

Has it really been 3 years since I have updated this blog? Whaaaat?

When I first started this little journey of sharing my life, art, and travels here, I posted daily! Of course that was a while ago, and before the million platforms that are now out there to share your story. Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, …… it can all seem a bit exhausting. Not to mention (as I can see from my last post), the 2016 election became a distraction for me as I shifted my precious time allotted for content consumption into what has become a never ending rabbit hole of controversy, division, and to be honest with you….TIME SUCK!

Well, its time to pull myself out of the hole.

I’ll keep this update kind of brief for now, but I am thinking of navigating over to Squarespace. Looking for a little change up as well as getting away from the constant security updates and plugin upgrades. If that happens, it will just be an easy redirect (I think). Have you had any experience with Squarespace as a host or platform?

Anyway, the goal is to stay a bit more active this year. I hope to do a bit more traveling so I’ll definitely be sharing that! Also, I have been a bit more active on Youtube and Instagram so make sure and follow me there too!

Wow, on a side note, this dashboard and back of house interface for wordpress looks ALOT different. Guess things change if you are not around in 3 years!

Here are a couple of images (yes, I am STILL photographing as much as possible!) from a trip about a year ago to the amazing country of Iceland as well as a video I created with Animoto from a few more of the images. Incidentally, the new wordpress interface was actually much easier to upload and view this post with now that I am done. Maybe I’ll keep it here? We shall see. As always, more on ALL of this later 🙂

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

Although the “blown out” pixels on the rock just left of center bother me in this image, (my fault!), I LOVE that cloud formation happening in the back ground. Wish I would have time lapsed that one! One of the many things I loved about the daily trek from the hotel room to the ballroom every day was the sky….that ever changing desert sky.

If you find yourself in Scottsdale, AZ by the way, you HAVE to check this place out! Man, that was a nice room 🙂


A quick glance to tonights election primary turnouts has me a bit optimistic and at the same time, wondering what half of this country is thinking! Now I realize that this blog is a somewhat disjointed sort of random ramble of my creative life in lighting and my search for light, so I apologize for my deviation and diversion as of late.  First off though, I share the images of the day. As today was a nice victory for Cruz in Maine, I thought I would share these 2. The last of a few I processed and I had in the que from a workshop I took up there a while ago. Ill see you after the images 🙂

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So if you are still here….about the election, and my stance.

Lets just say, at this point in my life, I find myself wondering wether I am actually a libertarian or a conservative. Funny that I am registered as neither one of those! I DO however find myself absorbed in the process that is happening as well as enjoying my personal freedom to educate myself and learn from this election season.

Again, although this is WAY off topic, and I think I have shared enough (for now) on Facebook and Twitter, I thought I would share what I think is an amazing speech given just the other day by conservative Glenn Beck. Now I realize that your ideas and ideals might differ drastically, but as with all scholars, its best to always hear the other side. If you decide to watch it, please make sure and watch the whole thing. I hope this resonated with you as much as it resonated with me!

There is a brief dip in the video, but it picks up right after that.


“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”  – Edgar Allan Poe

Columbus Circle at night. For some reason, I feel a pull to this place every time I visit the city. Whats not to like? The light, the color, the energy…..and if you find yourself there, make sure and check out the view from the Mandarin Oriental lounge up about 30 floors and enjoy the amazing view! Ill share a couple from their soon, I promise 🙂


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