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Life And Death And Angkor Wat

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The sun was sinking into the jungle turning the horizon orange and throwing long shadows across the ancient ruin. Drenched in sweat, I rushed around the surprisingly empty rear portion of Angkor Wat, snapping as many photos as I could during the golden hour. I left the temple and headed toward the exit. With a few minutes to spare before the ruin closed for the night, I walked along the outer wall toward the jungle.

As the sun went down a high-pitched scream slowly rose from the jungle like a sound-effect from a horror movie. As the ancient ruin darkened, and the scream filled the night, the moist night air felt thick with ghosts.  Continue Reading →

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21 Amazing Photos of a Puerto Vallarta Adventure

In June, 2014 I went on an Puerto Vallarta adventure tour run by Vallarta Adventures. I’m always wary of ‘adventure tours’ because they’re usually too tame for my taste. This tour, called the Sea Safari, wasn’t exactly adrenaline-inducing, but is was probably the most fun I had on the entire trip.

A tour guide always plays a big role in making a good experience, and ours was fantastic. I was also very impressed by how socially and environmentally responsible the trip was.

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My Favorite Skiing and Snowboarding Photos

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I’m a passionate snowboarder. Each year I visit numerous resorts (one of the perks of writing the About.com Snowboarding Guide) and do a lot of skiing and snowboarding photography. Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few year in more-or-less chronological order.

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This is my brother Ben. We grew up snowboarding together and now he teaches it for a living. He’s way better than I am.

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Advenspiration

Memes for lovers of madness, adventure, and living well. Feel free to share!

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It feels good to get lost in the right direction.  
~ Anonymous

 

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. ~ Robin Williams

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
~ Robin Williams

never regret anything

Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably.
And never regret anything that makes you smile.
~ Mark Twain

 

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You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.
~ Mae West

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Helicoptering Over Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

Last year I went on a New Zealand glacier helicopter tour.

There’s something about the majesty of a glacier that you can’t quite get the full effect of from the ground level, separated by a fence and the cracking glacier a few meters away.

Sure, the vistas and viewpoints provide great photo opportunities, and the hike is quite rewarding, punctuated with cascading waterfalls and framed by gorgeous mountains.

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Snowbird Powder Porn

Snowbird is one of those resorts that in almost always included in best ski resort lists, and rightly so. It has one of the biggest annual snowfalls in the country, and it’s the legendary Utah driy powder. It has some of the most accessible in-bounds extreme terrain that I’ve ever seen.

I was fortunate enough to visit Snowbird a few times this year and shoot some of their sponsored riders. It was epic. I rode chutes like the ones I’d only previously seen in movies. Hucked sme pretty big cliffs as well. The conditions weren’t always great for photos, but we still got some pretty spectacular shots.

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Telluride Powder Porn

My expectations were high when we visited Telluride. It was my first visit.  We arrived in a whiteout that had us driving 30 miles an hour on the highway there. The first night the hill received several inches of snow and it kept snowing all the next day. The second day the sun came out and I got to ride Telluride the way it’s meant to be ridden — on steep pitches with over a foot of fresh pow.

This is how it was: legendary.

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