Our Incredible Planet

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
-Wendell Berry

I’ve traveled many places and seen many cultures around the world, and the one thing that always inspires and at times perplexes me is how we are all connected by the earth we live on.  Growing up in the southwestern United States, I was used to open spaces with a unique mix of orange desert sand and hillsides of mountains covered with pine trees.  I was always eager to venture to the city and feel its bustling energy and variety of culture and people.  Eventually, I was able to experience what I wanted by traveling to cities like London, Shanghai, Milan, and Paris.  Although I still love visiting a city, I began to wish for a moment in the wide open spaces I had grown up in.  Encompassed by the clouds of pollution while visiting China and recalling the skyscrapers and flashing billboards of Times Square in New York City, I often wondered if the planet would soon become one giant city of smog with advertisements of franchises and corporations.  Cities can give us great opportunity, but I find my creativity and inspiration can flourish just as much in the natural beauty of the outdoors.  If you don’t understand what I mean, take a look at these photos from my travels around the world to inspire you to enjoy and preserve nature for future generations: Continue Reading ›

Inner Mountain Girl

When I tell people I live in Denver, Colorado, immediately I’m asked, “Do you ski? Do you like to snowboard? Rock climb?”  And now that Colorado has legalized pot, that question has become one of the latest additions.  Although I skied when I was younger and tried snowboarding and rock climbing once, I’m no outdoor adrenaline junkie.  Most people I meet tend to be transplants from the Mid-West who praise the beautiful mountains, while I tend to curse the snow and unpredictable weather I have to brave in order to get to work backstage to run a weekend show.  For many years I used to wonder why everyone loved the mountains, they weren’t going anywhere.  But, as I left and traveled far away, I have found that I enjoy the cool mountain air covered with thick green trees in new journeys and familiar places like Colorado.  Having returned to the Centennial State, I find a restless energy stirring in me throughout the week as I follow my routine of work, homework, and blog updates.  As the weekend begins, I’m ready to tie the laces of my hiking shoes, fill my Camelbak with water, and clean my camera lens in anticipation of capturing beautiful hillsides and landscapes. Continue Reading ›