The Miami Beach art deco scene is a guilty pleasure I have when I visit the beach. The geometrically shaped building dripping with vibrant colors piques my interest every time. The buildings created back in the 1920’s and 30’s juxtaposed against the modern scenes of today makes Miami Beach what it is. The old sprinkled in with the new.
It has always been a dream of mine to visit Costa Rica and when I was able to make that dream a reality, I was blown away at how much better reality was than compared to my dreams. Costa Rica was beyond amazing and the beauty of the country was simply breath taking and exquisite. A week may not have been long enough to take in the vastness of the volcano ranges or the ample rainforests to explore, but I sure packed in a week of amazing activities and sight seeing.
If you never went bike riding in Shark Valley, then you need to add that to your bucket list. Bike riding in Shark Valley in the Florida Everglades is truly an amazing experience. The bike trail is 15 miles long, but those 15 miles are filled with alligators just a few feet away as well as some of the most amazing wading birds the Everglades has to offer.
Ever see some amazing landscape photos and wonder how the photographer captured it? Did you ever think what were their secrets? I may not know every secret every photographer has to achieve amazing photos but I do have 5 tips for better landscape photos that will help you out right away. These 5 tips are very straight forward and they should help you with your landscape photography.
What better way to spend a Sunday than biking 10 miles through Shark Valley and then spending the rest of the day hanging out in the Everglades? Of course it’s always better when your partner in crime joins you and provides video play by play of what is going on. We had originally planned on going to Shark Valley last weekend but due to me being sick and basically incapacitated for an extremely long time, we postponed our trip till the following week.
After spending nearly 5 hours on a boat in the Everglades last week in search of wildlife such as alligators and great landscape photos of the Everglades and coming up basically empty, I decided to try another approach. I got up on Saturday morning and with my better half, we traveled across I-75 aka Alligator Alley on our way to Big Cypress National Preserve. I figured why just go on the outskirts of the Everglades when we can go into the heart of the Everglades.
After visiting Vizcaya for the first time two months ago to help photograph a wedding there, I’ve been itching to go back and photograph it myself. Vizcaya is located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, FL. It was the former home of James Deering who basically created these elaborate gardens and built a villa inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Today I decided to check out the The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery down in North Miami Beach. I was surfing online one day and stumbled upon the website for it. The history of the Monastery was that it was built in Sacramenia, Spain back between 1133-1144 and that in 1925 it was purchased by an American, William Randolph Hearst, who had it disassembled stone by stone and brought over here where it was pieced back together. Today it is a museum of sorts and an active Episcopalian church, St.Bernard’s Church. Many of the relics, statues, altars, paintings, at the Monastery were from the original site and are about 800 years old.
When September ends and October begins it reminds me of fall in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The chill in the air, the vibrant colors of the leaves shining with bright golds and reds, warm apple cider. Yup, there is nothing like Fall in the White Mountains.