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In Memory of Mr. Dilks

Tonight I received sad news of the passing of my high school band director and music teacher, David Dilks. He will be sorely missed. In his memory, I want to share this essay I wrote for his retirement 10 years

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Photo of the Day: Kensington Gardens Mario Kart

This photo taken in Kensington Gardens near Hyde Park in London reminded me of a level you might see in a Mario Kart game. Can you picture the little cars racing around either side of the water? You can view

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Photo of the Day: Cape Breton Beach (long exposure)

I don’t often get to take long exposure shots while on vacation because it involves lugging around a tripod, but this beach was located just outside my cabin on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, so it was a

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Photos of the Day: Canadian Maritime Night Sky

The night skies over the Canadian maritime provinces are spectacular, particularly in the remote areas where these two photos were shot–the skies are packed with far more stars than most of us are used to seeing on a regular basis.

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Photo of the Day: Cape Breton Skyline Trail

This was taken during my hike of the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton, Canada. It’s not a very vibrant photo due to the rainy conditions, but I like the imagery of a solitary figure standing at the top of a

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Photo of the Day: Souris Lighthouse

This lighthouse in Souris on Prince Edward Island was built in 1880. We visited after hours, so I didn’t get a chance to climb to the top, but I snapped this photo, capturing the lighthouse partially silhouetted against the setting

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Photos of the Day: The Hopewell Rocks at Low and High Tide

The Bay of Fundy in Canada has the highest tidal range in the world. To get a glimpse of this natural wonder in action, I visited the famous Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick on two consecutive days. The first photo

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Photos of the Day: Out of the Fog

As I was walking along the waterfront boardwalk in Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax, I spotted this ship that appeared to emerge from an endless sea of fog (the camera picked up land in the distance that had been

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Photo of the Day: Backyard Bird

It’s almost that time of year again when multitudes of bird species will begin flying in and out of the forest behind my house, so I don’t even need to leave the comfort of my backyard patio to go bird

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Photo of the Day: Franey Mountain Lookout

When hiking to the top of Franey Mountain in the Cape Breton Highlands, you will encounter this picturesque lookout about 1/3 of the way up (or 2/3 of the way down, depending on which of the two trails you chose

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Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Avalanche Lake reflection. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Shot toward the end of my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 This was shot at the end of my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail. I had almost quit the trail before finishing because it was late in the day, the woods were getting dark, and I was hiking through grizzly country with very few other hikers on the trail, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the reward at the end was more than worth it: a pristine hidden lake casting a perfect mirror image of the earth and sky above, including a pair of waterfalls in the distance. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Shot during my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 Shot during my visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 Shot during my visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 These photos are from my downtime at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, where I volunteered in Dogtown (you can also volunteer with cats, horses, pigs, bunnies, etc.). It was a rewarding experience; I would love to return one day. When I wasn’t volunteering, I explored the Angel Canyon area, where Best Friends is located. Unfortunately it was a mostly rainy couple of days and I wasn’t able to explore the majority of the canyon as the roads were closed for flooding, but I still managed to get a few decent shots. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
Luray, Virginia - October, 2018 A hammock between two trees casting long shadows on the grounds of the farmhouse we rented this past fall in the Shenandoah Valley. #farmhouse #landscapes #Luray #nature #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #scenery #ShenandoahValley #Travel #UnitedStates #Virginia #luraymodern
Luray, Virginia - October, 2018 A babbling brook on the grounds of the farmhouse we rented this past fall in the Shenandoah Valley. #brooks #Luray #nature #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #scenery #ShenandoahValley #streams #Travel #UnitedStates #Virginia #luraymodern
Luray, Virginia - October, 2018 This is the charming farmhouse we rented in the town of Luray in the Shenandoah Valley this past fall. The grounds and interior were beautiful; I could totally get used to living like that, though the location was a little too remote for my wife’s taste. I, on the other hand, loved the privacy, and we both dug the feeling of staying in a historic place while still enjoying modern amenities. I would definitely recommend the farmhouse if you’re planning a trip to the area. Just do a google search for “luray modern farmhouse.” . #farmhouse #landscapes #Luray #nature #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #scenery #ShenandoahValley #Travel #UnitedStates #Virginia #luraymodern
London, England - February, 2016 This photo was taken during my walk through St. James Park, which is located near Buckingham Palace. #architecture #lakes #england #europe #landscapes #london #Photography #St.JamesPark #Travel #unitedkingdom
London, England - February, 2016 Buckingham Palace #architecture #buckinghampalace #england #europe #historicbuildings #landscapes #london #palaces #Photography #Travel #unitedkingdom
London, England - February, 2016 Admiralty House. #AdmiraltyHouse #architecture #england #europe #historicbuildings #HorseGuardsParade #landscapes #london #Photography #Travel #unitedkingdom
Fundy National Park, Canada - August, 2016 Rocky stream. #bayoffundy #Canada #fundynationalpark #hiking #landscapes #maritimeprovinces #maritimes #newbrunswick #Photography #roadtrips #streams #waterfalls
Fundy National Park, Canada - August, 2016 Moss-covered stream. #bayoffundy #Canada #fundynationalpark #hiking #landscapes #maritimeprovinces #maritimes #newbrunswick #Photography #roadtrips #streams
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