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Hi!  I hope you enjoy the blog which focuses largely on our travel experiences.  Really, though, it is just a justification to take pictures.

I’m a 50-something and was fortunate to be able to retire before 45.  I spend most of my time traveling and learning about various things.

I’m frequently asked if I “miss work”.  The short answer is “Not much!”

I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Primary interests that are reflected in this blog are travel, mountain biking, food, wine, and photography.


Sony DSC-P150 (now pretty much retired with a permasmudge)

Canon G7 (retired 9/2008)

Canon G9, occasionally I have used a Hoya RM-72 IR filter with this camera.

Nikon D90 with Nikon VR 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 70-300 mm VR f/4.5-5.6, Nikon 35 mm f/2, Nikon 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5, Nikon VR 85 mm f/3.5 (“Micro”), and Tokina 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5

In February 2011, the Nikon D90 was converted to “Super Color IR” by  The photos are color balanced in CaptureNX2.  This camera is capable of hand held IR photography.

“Red and blue channels swapped” means adjusting the color mixer in Photoshop. Blue channel is changed from 100% blue to 100% red (more or less depending on choice) and the red channel is changed from 100% red to 100% blue (again more or less). This is described in more detail in the Lifepixel link. Swapping channels is an interesting though different effect with a “normal” picture.

A Nikon D7000 now takes the role of the unconverted D90 and a Nikon 16-85 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 was added.


  1. I was admiring your blog and was wondering if I can get you to participate in my dining survey which covers over 8,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Europe. The results of thr 2009 European Survey can be found at :

    and the U.S./Canadian Survey at

    If you would like to particpate, just go to ther following URL and register. The pre-approval code is “olive” (without the quotes) and that will give you instant access to the survey. Thanks for your time.

    Steve Plotnicki

    Comment by Steve Plotnicki — December 18, 2009 @ 2:25 am

  2. wonederful blog!!!!!

    Comment by danny — February 7, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  3. Lucky you! I don’t know anyone who can retire before 45 😦

    I am from Hong Kong, and I must say your pictures of my city really do justice to the place. Actually they make me appreciate my city more.

    Hope you’ll have more great trips in the future!

    Comment by katie — February 9, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  4. […] knew this before visiting the park.  Indeed, Joshua Tree was my first real effort at trying out a color infrared modified Nikon D90.  I did not know what to expect when I downloaded the pictures and adjusted the color balance. […]

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  5. […] the standard red rock pictures, at least mostly.  I focused my required Sedona photography time taking pictures in the infrared. Ever wondered what Sedona would look like in the infrared?  Why would you?  It is the type of […]

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  6. Amazing pictures and stories! Sounds like you’re living the life to be sure! I grew up spending time in the outdoors and greatly enjoyed it. Now that I’m done with college I’m really hoping to get back into it. My goal for the year is to sumit Mt. Rainier…we’ll see what happens!

    Comment by Robert J Henry — January 3, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  7. Great photos, I was wondering if I could get permission to use a couple of them.

    Comment by Trevor Campbell — April 6, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  8. When i get older i want to be just like you 🙂 You have some AMAZING photos sir.

    Comment by NickKills — April 25, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  9. Beautiful photos! I’m envious that you get to spend the rest of your life doing what you love.

    Comment by Nyain — April 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  10. I write and publish the Opinionated About Dining Survey. I would like to use your beautful photo of the Roasted Pyrenees Lamb at La Cote St Jacques for a slideshow I am putting together for the Top 100 European restaurants for 2012. The slideshow is being published on June 4. You will get credit and a link to your blog on the frame, and a second credit and link at the end of the slideshow. If this is a problem, please let me know and I will use a different photo. Thanks.

    Steve P

    Comment by Steve Plotnicki — May 14, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    • Steve,

      Go ahead.

      Comment by anotherheader — May 15, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  11. I really, really like your blog – the photos are amazing and so beautiful and your blogs are very informative. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by The Narcoleptic Insomniac — December 10, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  12. Hello! i’m enjoying your blog posts about canal boating in france. we did a trip on the canal du midi (negra to argens minervois) 10 years ago, and we’re looking to do yet another trip in 2014. Of the canals you’ve experienced, is there one that stands out more than the others? thanks for the great blog.

    Comment by jennifer wiber — August 14, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    • Of the places we’ve cruised, the River Baïse and the Canal du Nivernais stand out. The Canal de Garonne from Buzet-sur-Baïse to the west is pleasant and underrated. By reputation and by our land visits, the Somme and the Burgundy Canal are prime destinations. Check out Locaboat Holidays for their ratings of various hire boat route.

      Comment by anotherheader — August 17, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  13. HI, I’m an architect working in Pittsburgh and wanted to see if it was possible to use your photo in a graphic we are doing for a space. Your image of the General Sherman tree is spectacular and it would be a great fit for what we are doing. Please let me know if this is possible.


    Aaron B

    Comment by Aaron Bell — September 6, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  14. Hi, I’m publishing a paper on microbes inhabiting Spotted Lake and would like to ask for permission to use one of your photos:

    Comment by Christopher Carr — August 19, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

  15. Dear Becky,

    I am an event producer in Los Angeles. My company’s name is Sequoia Productions. I am currently writing a book entitled “Passion to Create,” about my work and experiences in the world of special events over the past 25 years. I stumbled across your amazing photo blog from searching for Richard Serra’s “Tilted Spheres” at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. I originally saw his sculpture myself when I travelled through Toronto Airport a few years ago. The sculpture was ultimately the inspiration for one of our event designs. It would be a great honor to include your photo of his work to demonstrate the design evolution.

    I would greatly appreciate permission to publish your image in the book, with appropriate credit to you, of course.

    I look forward to your reply.


    Cheryl Cecchetto

    Comment by Cheryl Cecchetto — September 11, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

  16. Greetings from a fellow Californian!

    A lurker on the DBA list, have seen yor posts in the past. Visit us here – and get in touch if you’d like!


    Comment by Don Chesnut — January 26, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

    • Hi,

      PM me on the DBA if you’d like to get in touch.


      Comment by anotherheader — January 27, 2016 @ 4:20 am

  17. Hi, I came across your post on Kari Gorge and is mesmerized by the scenery, and is wondering if you still have any information about how we can trek there independently without following a tour?

    If not, do you still have the contact of the tour you went with. I know this is back in 2009, so things may have changed, but I can’t find any information on Kari Gorge or Quebrada de Kari.

    Thank you!

    Comment by karen — January 31, 2017 @ 6:47 am

    • We took the tour through our hotel but it should be easy enough to arrange something in San Pedro de Atacama. There are a lot of places that do tours for independent travelers. In fact you could probably hike there and do it on your own as it is close to town.

      Comment by anotherheader — January 31, 2017 @ 7:25 am

      • Thanks for responding! The tricky thing is to locate where Kari Gorge is. Perhaps we will have to rely on their guidance.

        Comment by Karen — February 2, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

      • It is not hard to get to. See this also.

        Comment by anotherheader — February 4, 2017 @ 2:17 am

  18. Hi Dave, my name is Filip, I’m an architect working currently on a small restaurant interior project in Hong Kong. We have found a photo that fits our presentation. It’s everywhere in internet as a free wallpaper but I think I have traced that you are the author. We would like to use it in our presentation and photoshop the facade of the shop into it. This is the photo mentioned: We could probably find something else but it’s not so easy to find a night shot of HK with such a good resolution and quality. Could you please contact me about it? If you would agree on some conditions it could be published together with some articles about restaurant opening in the press. I dont think it would be possible to mention the author of the photo but maybe you could agree with some fee? Cheers, Filip

    Comment by Filip Winiewicz — May 11, 2017 @ 4:17 am

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