Beautiful Valley, Slovenia


I don’t profess to know the names of all the beautiful places we are visiting in Slovenia, but I’m having no trouble photographing them! Autumn is just peaking now, yet it’s competing with the rains. We are very lucky to be here at this moment because we have wonderful moody conditions. It is always a challenge to photograph in the rain, but you get used to it and develop a system that works. Today, it’s been snowing up high, but we can’t see anything because of the very low clouds; now and then we get a glimpse of the snowy mountains, and we’re hopeful that tomorrow we’ll have an opportunity to get a clearer view of them with snow.

There is so much rich history in this country, too, and it’s great learning about some of the ‘story’ behind the scenery.

This image was quickly processed on a laptop so it’s not ‘finished’ properly, but you’ll get the idea of how beautiful it is here.

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Slovenia Forests in Autumn


This is my tribute to Eliot Porter and a host of other landscape photographers that inspired me when I was learning photography. I was so drawn to the beauty of hardwood forests, (deciduous forests). In Slovenia right now, we are at close to peak, and rains have already taken down some leaves, which actually leaves the forest easier to photograph. I liked how the leaves were accents to the structure of the tree trunks, how we could see into the forest to trees beyond, something that is much harder to do when the leaves are full on the trees. The soft contrast of diffused light also helped me create this scene.

Having fun scouting for our next year’s tour in Slovenia! We’ll be using a pro photographer guide who who knows where to be and when to be there, and we’ll be in great hands for our tour!





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Red and Green, Central Cuba


In Camagüey, eastern Cuba, they were ‘puttin’ on the ritz’ with fresh coats of paint on a lot of buildings when I was last there. The town, like Trinidad, is a UNESCO world site, and boasts a strong collection of classic Spanish colonial, art deco, neo-colonial, and neoclassical architecture, and like Trinidad, is a historic village for sugar cane production nearby.

As I wandered by this man, I noticed his brilliant red ball cap against the green walls, a harmonious color contrast. That was exciting, and when I realized he was painting, and the light was nice and strong sidelight, I thought this had potential.  I watch for a minute or two, and when he leaned out to paint, I captured the photo just before the roller made contact.

When I wander the streets of any place, be it Cuba or Florence, Italy, I’m looking for stories – and gestures that help to tell the story. In this image, the guy is clearly on  ladder to do some work, but the paint roller is the feature that tells what he’s doing up there, along with the swaths of different paint coats.

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!



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Red, White and Blue – An American Barn Study


I’m a sucker for the countryside, with all its barns and farming paraphanelia. Perhaps because I grew up near farming, as it was just 10 minutes outside of town where I lived. We would take Sunday afternoon drives (gas was a LOT cheaper then) and the family would picnic, and fossil-hunt, and visit farms, produce stands, etc. I remember watching as brightly painted barns whooshed by out the window. OK, well they probably didn’t whoosh by- our old Ford Fairlane with 6 people didn’t whoosh – but anyway, I remember watching huge cummulus clouds and barns and silos, and farmhouses and fields of corn pass by, and that left an impact, and explains why I feel so fond of the farming regions of our country.

This all sounds nostalgic, but that’s what has been coming up for me the past two weeks, so I’m going with it. It has a lot to do with the change of seasons, when the buzz and hustle of summer activities and BBQs wind down, and the sun’s angle is lower, and the nights come earlier, and we prepare to hibernate, in our own way. Even if we don’t actually stop doing stuff, and get more active in Autumn, for all the colors and beauty there is to photograph, there’s something about the change and the dormancy of nature…

As I wandered around the farm complex, I liked the graphic clean shape of the barn in contrast with the softer, light clouds.

I also found this very cool barn wall complete with a window reflection of the clouds and blue sky, offering me another photo opp.


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