punta cana

To celebrate my friend Amanda's 40th birthday a few of her closest friends few to the Dominican for some fun, sun and relaxation. This was my first experience at an all inclusive resort and while I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either.  I would do it again - it is nice to just have everything you need all in one place, but I don't think this will replace my other travels. 

We arrived to rain - then the sun came out - then it rained again -then we ate - then the sun came out - then we saw a monkey - drank piña coladas -  coco locos - floated in the pool - at again - had spa treatments - rented a cabana for the day - ate more - then it rained again. Despite the rain it was beautiful! The Dominicans are happy hospitible people! 

Mac Gyver

In a moment of crazy I ordered a Nikon D750 thinking that I would jump ship from Canon.  Yes, I lost my mind just a little bit.  I was so unhappy with the copy of my 5D MKiii that I just thought I'll sell it all and switch systems. Thankfully I have this adorable baby to test out the new equipment. I mean come on ... those baby blues! Perfect little round cheeks?! 

Well, after shooting for 30 minutes I decided the learning curve of the user interface would just frustrate me so I sent it back.  I was happy with the quality of images I got - no question it's a great camera, but it seemed (coming from Canon) that I had to do two to three things to get into menus I needed and could never figure out how to change AI focus when in the field with it. Canon 5D MK IV here I come. 

La Jolla

San Diego has become a bit of a second home for me in the last few years.  With friends that live there and a lot of work that has taken me to the west coast my love of this city has really grown. This last trip I was in La Jolla and really loved this area.  The beach really is becoming my photo muse. [ Leica DLux 109 SOOC ]


In a continuing effort to visit states I've not been .. I added Vermont in August.  We flew into Burlington - hung out downtown had a great meal and some boutique shopping then it was a drive to Lake Champlain Island where we wandered through antique shops and along the rocky beaches. Day two took us through Montpelier - gorgeous capital building and downtown. Took a quick hike in Quechee Gorge and back to town for shipping and cheese tasting! Found a great sugar mill and learned about maple syrup, what it's like to tap 900 trees in knee high snow, found as many covered bridges as we could and spent a few bucks a Simon Pierce on some beautiful glass vases.

Then on to Woodstock staying at the amazing Woodstock Inn and taking in great food and shopping in downtown Woodstock. Absolutely adorable little town. Last stop was Stowe - probably my favorite of all.  I'm not a skier but I completely understand the draw to charming town and lovely lodges.