Happy Saint Patrick’s Day


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a photograph I took while on a walk to my secret special place near Dublin. I’ll never tell you where it is, but I WILL encourage you to get yourself “home” to Ireland and find your own special place!

2013 marks a year of welcomes, as “The Gathering” invites friends and family from around the world to visit and join in the many organized festivities happening throughput Ireland’s cities, towns, and villages.

To hear more about inspiring gatherings, or to even start your own, please visit: www.thegatheringireland.com

As for me, I’ll be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Chicago with my family and friends, many of us whom are former world champion Irish dancers. If encouraged enough, we might just kick out a few jigs and reels!

But, not to worry! I’ll be heading up my own “Gathering” when I visit my newly-born God son in Dublin in April. I’ll also be back to Ireland in October for a “Gathering” of travel bloggers who will be attending the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX). I’m definitely feeling the “Luck of the Irish”! May it be with you, too.

And now for an Irish blessing:

“May you be in Heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead.”




Photography Masters Cup Honors Photographer Kristen Gill for Children of the World Photograph


For this week’s Photo Friday, I’m happy to include this photo entitled “It’s In The Eyes”. This photograph was a Nominee at the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup in the category entitled Children of the World.

The backstory: This photo was taken on Benguerra Island, off the coast of Mozambique. The children in the village are collectively taken care of by the women in the tribe, as the men usually have many wives. The girl in the photos with the beautiful eyes was very shy at first, but after I spent some time with her family, she opened up. One of her sister’s is an albino, and this tribe has only just recently accepted albinos into society. Before that, they were considered a bad omen, or “devil child” and were basically left to die. I love this picture because of the way the light light captures the eyes of these children, and shows that their curiosity of me is equal to my curiosity of them.

I’m thrilled to have one of my images nominated by the Photography Masters Cup for the third consecutive year. It is an honor to be recognized by such an esteemed jury and to be included amongst some of the finest photographers in the world. Thank you!


For other great images from the Masters Cup Awards, check out The Masters Cup Color Awards.

Adventure on!

RED Sustainable Travel Photojournalist Trip

red turtleI’ll be joining Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias in the celebration of the group’s 15th Anniversary at the Annual Meeting that will be held in Loreto, Baja California Sur in January. When the Annual Meeting wraps up, the celebration continues and we will head out to Magdalena Bay accompanied by Grupo Tortuguero founder Wallace J. Nichols on a trip that combines ecotourism and black sea turtle restoration, community development and genuine cultural exchange. We will also go out in search of gray whales that come to Magdalena Bay each year to breed and calve.

To say I’m xcited to be joining RED Sustainable Travel‘s trip to see gray whales and black sea turtles on a secluded island in Magdalena Bay is an understatement! Stay tuned for more updates and photos (and if you’re interested in joining me on one of these special trips, let me know as I’ll be leading a photography tour to this region in the Fall)!

Photo by: Easy opps

Adventure On,


From the Balkans to the Baltics, and the Middle East to Mexico – What a Year


2012 has been a busy year filled with interesting assignments and photo opportunities in the Middle East, The Baltics, The Balkans, Alaska, Israel, Palestinian Authorities, Switzerland, and Mexico.

This past year I was a speaker at a travel conference in Mexico, had photo exhibits in several US cities, was on the Storytelling Team for the Adventure Travel World Summit, and also conducted my first round of photo safari classes in Seattle. Stay tuned for more (I could be coming to a city near you)!

I’m currently on my first assignment of the New Year in Bulgaria, working on a joint photography project with the Minister of Tourism and the tour operator Oddyseia-IN, documenting Bulgaria’s ethnic diversity and minority populations. I’m so happy to be back in this gorgeous, friendly country!

Hope you’re new year is off to a good start and full of adventure!


Passports with Purpose: Win this Eddie Bauer First Ascent 18K Soft Shell Jacket

I’m happy to be a part of Passports with Purpose for a fifth consecutive year, and the goal for 2012 is to raise $100,000.00 to build water wells in Haiti with water.org. A pretty lofty goal? Indeed. And, you can help make it happen. Yes, YOU!

Eddie Bauer First Ascent has generously donated this First Ascent 18K Soft Shell Jacket, and you can win it by bidding on it for just $10.00. That’s the equivalent of 2 coffees plus tips. You CAN do this!

I have one of these jackets myself, and absolutely LOVE IT! It is the perfect jacket for me in Seattle, where I can wear it for walks around Green Lake, on hikes in the Cascade mountains, while sailing in the Puget Sound, and even for snowy activities such as snowboarding. Plus, it looks great for that Apres-ski fashion show!

The First Ascent 18K Soft Shell Jacket comes in several colors, in both Men’s and Women’s, and has a retail value of $249. To bid on this jacket AND help raise money for a good cause this holiday season, please click here: http://passportswithpurpose.org/donate/

Adventure On, and let’s go build those wells!


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