Mount Evans is a 14er which sits on the front range just outside of the Denver metroplex. On it is the highest paved road in North America which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. Since moving to Colorado in 2007 I’ve kept a daily eye on the weather hoping to see a prediction of slow moving storms which bring low fog through the valley below the peak’s summit. Time and time again I’ve left my house at 3:30 AM only to catch a cloud-free sunrise or a dense whiteout. Watching a new day begin from 14,000 feet made each trip worth it, but continually not getting what I set out to see was a huge test to my patience.
The following is my bucket list. It’s a list of things to see, to do, and to be before I die. I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to make this list public. I consider this list very personal and for a few years it has set in a dirty, wrinkled notebook that I’ve occasionally added to. Pages are beginning to fall out of the notebook, so instead of converting to a private digital copy, I’ve decided to put this list on my site to share with the world. I believe it’s important to put things out there – both to inspire and also to be held accountable.
Be prepared – this list is long. Some of it might be considered unrealistic. Some things I’m more passionate about than others, and some things may be easily achievable. My greatest fear is leaving this world having not really experienced it. Having a list that I can turn to for inspiration keeps me driven. This list will continue to evolve – both checking off and adding to.
Because this is just a giant list of text, I would love to hear tips on a better way to organize this. Contact me if you have any recommendations. If you have a bucket list I would encourage you to put it online. Share it with the world. Put a link in the comments below so that we can take inspiration from each other.
Fly first class
Hike the Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
Attend a Kentucky Derby
Motorcycle from Goa to Kathmandu
Explore the Temples of Angkor
Live at least 3 months in San Francisco, CA
Live at least 3 months in New York City
Live at least 3 months in Vancouver, BC
Live at least 3 months in Anchorage, AK
Live abroad for a period of time
Have a straight razor shave from an alley barber in New Delhi
Drink tea with a lama
Take the next flight out
Obtain dual citizenship
Spend a night in Everest Base Camp
Drive the PCH
Drive Highway 1
Drive Highway 1 in a convertible
Get a second passport
Volunteer for a month at an Italian winery
Take a gondola through the Venice canals
Ride camelback across the Sahara
Ride an elephant through any jungle
See the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
See the view from the top of One World Trade Center
See the view from the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower
See the view from the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Continuing on from last week’s inaugural post here is your Monday morning inspiration. This week is the video edition with four inspiring videos from across the Web and a bonus photo. Enjoy your week, everyone! READ MORE
Like most people, I’ve always had a love/hate relationships with Mondays. On one hand, it’s leaving behind weekend fun usually spent in the mountains or traveling with my long-distance girlfriend and returning to the daily grind of working at the office. On the other, after hours, it gives me a chance to get caught up with inspiring things that I come across that I might have missed while out playing on the weekends. I follow endless amounts of blogs and inspiring sites, and each Monday I would like to share a few things that hopefully inspire you throughout the week. READ MORE
Now that Google + has hit some sense of mainstream, everyone has their lists of photographers to follow. Everyone has one, me included, so you might be wondering which list has the best, or where can you seek out all the lists. The following is the unofficial list of all Google+ photographer lists. Confused yet? Just click these links.
Google’s new social networking site, Google+, has exploded recently and looks as though it’s going to serve as a legit competitor to Facebook. This presents new opportunities for photographers to market their work, as well as learn and interact with fellow photographers. This list is photographers who are on-board with making Google+ a successful place for networking and sharing. They’re all active in posting links, articles, sharing photos, and even writing articles. Add them to a Photography circle to start a great networking base in Google+.
Trey is widely known for his Stuck in Customs site and as the leader in HDR photography. Regardless of your views on the craft, Trey has brought it into the photography mainstream and has done an excellent job at marketing his work.
Thomas has had a huge Internet following for some time, so it only makes sense that he would be one of the first to migrate to Google+. His portfolio is excellent, but I enjoyed his recent post of Top Ten Google+ Tips for Photographers.
A quick warning that what lies ahead is a quick and easy way to waste away an hour of your Monday afternoon. For whatever reasons, ski/snowboard film companies release all of their movie teasers for their fall movies in the dead heat of summer. While I’m out riding mountain bikes and rock climbing, now I can come back to my computer and dream of riding fresh powder in January. Here’s a preview of 7 of the films that I’m looking forward to watching most this fall.
The Art of Flight (Brain Farm Digital Cinema)
After 2009’s That’s It That’s All, I thought the best of the best had been reached in snowboard films. I was wrong. Travis Rice and crew are back filming with Brain Farm and the trailer looks amazing.
Colorful afternoon sunsets, turbulent thunderstorms, and brilliant clouds. Weather is something photographers thrive on in order to turn an otherwise boring scene into the foundation of a dramatic photograph. So, it’s only fitting that The Weather Channel would have a new tv show about a photographer and his adventures taking landscape photos across the United States.
Recently, I was contacted by The Weather Channel to do a writeup on this new photography show, From the Edge with Peter Lik. From the Edge airs Thursday nights with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30PM EST.
Peter is an award-winning Australian landscape photographer who currently lives in Las Vegas, which at first might seem odd considering the nature of his craft and Las Vegas’ notorious reputation for being covered in dirt. Actually, though, the city is one giant hub for some of the most beautiful National Parks in the US. Death Valley, Mount Whitney, and Zion are all located within a few short hours drive, and Peter has numerous photos of all three in his portfolio.
On the program, Peter goes into detail about the geographic nature and history of the landscape as well as the detail involved in getting the best shot that he can.
He also touches briefly on camera tech, functionality, and best practices for beginners that are just getting into the photography hobby.
Currently on the From the Edge Facebook fan page, Peter is having a photography contest with the opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. Be sure to check out From the Edge with Peter Lik Thursday evenings at 8/8:30 PM EST and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.