Bhaktapur Woman

We are deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life and the destruction of cultural monuments in Nepal today. It is always hard to see such forces unleashed at the cost of humanity, but Nepal holds a special place in our hearts as it is one of many places we have witnessed first hand the hospitality and kind nature of Nepalese people, as well as their fascinating history. Nepal is truly a wonderful place and full of wonders, people, sights and more. Our thought and prayers go out to all who are affected by the earthquakes of 2015.

On April 25th a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal and at least 2,500 people were confirmed dead after the first day, and more in surrounding areas. That number jumped to over 4,400 after the 3rd day and by the 30th of April the death toll had risen to 6,130 with 13,827 injured. By now that number has risen to more than 8,200 people. It was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on 12 May that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.

Numerous historically significant buildings have collapsed around the region, including centuries-old temples and towers.

Opportunity Knocks?

Versailles Chapel Ceiling

There is that old saying that opportunity only knocks once. We're not sure that's entirely true... however, it's a good thing there are lots of doors for opportunity to knock on. We are celebrating doors of opportunity with photos from some of our travels.

Here's to many opportunities for us all in 2015.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

The Longest Night

Bryce Canyon Sky  -  Utah, USA

A late dawn and an early sunset marked the 21st of December 2014 the shortest day of the year to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. At the same time the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night, meaning no matter where you live on the Earth there is a solstice.

The winter solstice is marked every year by celebrations, many of them with pagan roots, the most famous one at Stonehenge, England. And in many other places, for many kinds of celebrations, friends gather to celebrate the longest night.

If for no other reason, we can be happy that we will be seeing more sunlight starting tomorrow, and in the meantime we can celebrate the beauty of the longest night of the year.

Smithfield Canyon

Property 1

This summer, as I traveled around the American West, I had a little time to stop in and snap a few photos of a little spot in Northern Utah called Smithfield Canyon.  It's not my best photography, but it was an amazing day and the landscape offers enough natural beauty, it's hard to not take a nice photo.    This is a little piece of the American pie that my family has owned for generations. I have always loved traveling to this place and now that I live so far away it felt incredible to spend just a few short hours there this summer with my dad and brother. I really hope to return someday soon and spend the amount of time it takes to really do this little canyon the justice it deserves in the eyes of the camera, as well as spend more quality time with the people I share so many wonderful memories with. Until then, I hope you enjoy this little peek at some of my earliest memories of adventure.

      - Casey   

Back to China

Chinese Empire  -  Shanghai, China

After four long years we have returned to China!  This time was a much tighter schedule so there was very little time to shoot but we managed to get a few fun one as always. On this trip we not only revisited Beijing but also had some time in Shanghai. Here is just a little peak at what we absolutely love about this amazing country.

The Fatal Charm of Italy - Florence

Florence Postcard

We are captivated by what Luigi Barzini in his book, "The Italians", calls the fatal charm of Italy. Barzini writes that the allure of Italy is that people are attracted to a certain quality in Italian life, whether they know what it is or not. He explains that we visit some places and try to re-create in our minds a life of long ago, of royal splendor, furnished palaces, knights, liveries, servants, and good cooks. We see shadows of distant characters out of novels and crusades. "Sunny Italy" is written into songs and poetry and to the average tourist the Italians seem happy, therefore we are drawn to the illusion that Italy is always sunny and happy and we want to go and relax in la dolce vita, (the good life).

"The pleasure of Italy comes from living in a world made by man, for man, on man's measurements."
(Luigi Barzini)

The Indescribable Something

Woman In The Light

"For the last three years I motored many miles through Europe. After traveling all day, I would arrive at my destination to see a church, a cathedral, a town hall, a scrap of Roman wall or viaduct, a colosseum or an ancient theatre. It was always a piece of architecture that suddenly dissipated the obscurity of time and brought the living presence back of all ages. It is in the stones and wood that the personal record of man comes down to us. We call it atmosphere, this indescribable something that still haunts old monuments. You can read history, you can visit a hundred museums containing their handiwork, but nothing can reincarnate their spirit except to walk through rooms in which they have lived and through the scenes that were the background of their lives. It is a marvelous thing, this expression of human ideals in walls and windows."
 (John Hays Hammond, Jr., Unpublished letter, 1929)

Galicia - The Edge of Europe

Tower Sunset

The Hercules Tower in A Coruña

Tucked away in the Northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula is one of Europe's best kept secrets. Galicia's culinary delights, green landscapes, fantastic architecture, rich history and culture is well known to the people of Spain, but when most outsiders think of the riches of European travel, Galicia hardly receives a word. Even when people think of Spain, more often than not they think of places like Andalucia or Barcelona. In all aspects of travel Galicia can hold its own and delight even the most seasoned traveler. Galicia is a very unique region of Spain known for its wet climate and fantastic seafood, and it shares a number of cultural similarities with the British Isles. The Celtic origins of Galicia are evident in many aspects of traditional life, and combined with the rain and green countryside, one might think it's geographically closer to Dublin than to Madrid.

One of the many things that make Galicia so wonderful and very unique is that even though there are hints of its Celtic past, the mix of both Spanish and Portuguese life is on full display. One of many places where the Iberian culture and history takes center stage is the incredible city of Santiago de Compostela. This city can rival any of Europe's best when it comes to beautiful medieval architecture and little stone-paved streets. The Cathedral is among the most inspiring man-made structures we have ever had the fortune to visit, and for the few days we had to be there it was like living in a dream.