Seattle

I started my adventure in Seattle.  After spending 3 days in the city and taking countless pictures, here is the city summarized in ten photos.

How to Dress Like an Ecologist

I spent a week at a conference, and I come back with a collection of photos fit to substitute for Bill Cunningham’s section in the New York Times.  These looks are in right now in the ecology research and education world!

Remember, the higher the socks, the better!

Portland!!!!

Portland is a city of passion.  It seems like people do what they love -whether it involves food, art, bicycles, music, beer, or cars.  Everyone takes time to enjoy and do things consciously.  No one is in a rush to catch the Max rail.  Even more amazing, drivers will even spare a few seconds to simultaneously stop on a four-lane road and wave pedestrians across the street the instant they reach a crosswalk.  Although there seemed to be a record amount of smokers, the city is a place with which I felt a connection.

The little time I was able to spend exploring the city outside of working a conference has inspired me to snap out of the end-focused DC mindset and start living every day with happiness in mind.  Thank you, Portland!  You are a gorgeous city with wonderful people!  I hope DC adopts a thing or two from you!

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Photography and travel – two of my greatest passions.
And they are combined in this photography gallery of the 24th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.  There are four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Check it out!

Photo by Alessandro Cancian.

Artomatic!!

Yesterday, I kind of skipped out of work early to cross the river into Virginia and visit Artomatic.

An eleven story building whose entire floors are dedicated to art!?!?!

I have gone to plenty of pop up art galleries and artist studio buildings, and Artomatic is pretty much the equivalent of a Smithsonian housing over 1,000 local artists. When you are there, you cannot describe it as any less than astounding or every synonym for the word.  Each floor has so many nooks that you literally get lost in art.  At all times, they also have a bar on each floor serving refreshments like Izze soda! Fancy. They also have special events on stages found on almost each floor.

The entire experience was incredible!!  I spent almost 3 hours there, but I sped through the last few floors.  Too many artists to even take pictures of each, but here are some of the highlights from the museum.

Check it out! The month-long festival is only open for a few more days until June 23!!

Everyone bikes!

If you’ve been following me for a while, I suppose you already know my love for bicycles.  I was fascinated when I found Pedal Power, a visual article with an amazing collection of 49 photographs depicting bicycles from around the world.

Three wheels.  Baskets.  Immobile.  Carts.  Multiple seating.

You will see it all in the gallery.  Take a look.

from Pedal Power on boston.com