Happy World Elephant Day.  

Today is a day to consider the welfare of elephants throughout the world, their dwindling numbers and vanishing natural habitats.  When I was Thailand and India I got up close and personal to these massive, yet gentle creatures.  It was such an experience being with these elephants.

I love elephants, and it's awful what a threat we've become to them. According to, 

"The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.

World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike."

And just because.... here's an image of that time I charmed cobras.  It was thrilling! I love snakes. 

*images of me were by Richelle Dante


Kanchanaburi & Phuket, Thailand.  December 2009 | Canon 30D

Where are you??

Nowadays, "Where are you?" and "Where you been?" are often asked to me.  Actually, I'm so out of it sometimes it takes me a second to remember.  I'm rarely home, even when I in Cali.  And when I'm in California, I'm usually buried in my room working or out with friends catching up.  With Christmas right around the corner, many conversations revolve around last year.  People talk about last year, last December and last Christmas, and I can't seem to remember any of those memories. Duh.

I was in Thailand and Cambodia for the first 23 days of December.  (And before that I spent most of last year's November in Seattle and DC).  When I returned home for Christmas, I literally slept through Christmas.  Spending three weeks in another country really kills your internal time clock.  Anyway, instead of reminiscing about last year's Christmas (which I really have no memory of except for pictures), I'll remember the adventure I had in Thailand and Cambodia on the Raddest Photo Trip Ever.  I didn't know it at the time, but I would meet friends who'd become very dear to me.  Over the past year I've been able to visit most of the ones I'm closest to.  I'm so amazed with my unforgettable experiences and super awesome, caring friends. word.

These pictures are courtesy of the lovely Richelle Dante

how recent is recent?

Some of my most favorite conversations start like this...

you: So where have you been lately? me: Oh.. I haven't gone anywhere in a while. you: really? me: Well, I went (insert location here) a couple of weeks ago. you: That's pretty recent me: Oh yeah, I forget sometimes that for most people "a while ago" is measured in months or years. For me it's weeks. :)

With that said, I was in Lousiana a couple weeks back and am headed to Seattle in a couple of days. I couldn't be more happy. I'm off to see my cousins, one of which is prego, which is super exciting. I've been traveling every month in 2010, and it looks like I might take a traveling break in August...but who knows.

With that... I long to return to Thailand....

RPTE 43: Bangkok Boogy.

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 18: Bangkok

When we finally reached Bangkok, we took the subway to the Chatuchak Weekend Market and I grabbed this picture of some of the RPTE people. Dane was giving me the finger, but for the sake of innocent, virgin blog eyes, I photoshopped it out. :) But if you click the picture for a larger view and look real closely at the reflection in the background you can see Dane giving the finger. ha!

I think we were talking about the silk pocket incident. :)

Something green an pretty at the market.

Last but not least, Amy! Love ya!

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 33: Film

Raddest Photo Trip Ever


Aside from a few minor inconveniences, I actually really enjoy shooting with film. I still get excited when I develop my film, wondering how each picture will turn out. I shot my europe trip with a fisheye Lomography camera and that was loads of fun, but the camera was rather bulky. For this trip I decide to use my ultra-wide and slim camera. In hindsight I should have tried to shoot more close up shots (most of these pictures were landscape photos). Anyways... here's some of the pictures I got developed. (the pictures shot on 800 film turned out better than those on the 400 film) 

*Click on the images below for a larger view

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Enjoying a refreshing beverage on the beach of Phi Phi Island near Phuket, Thailand

On the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Taking tuk tuks to our hotel in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The view of my elephant as I straddled his neck.

On another tuk-tuk

In a car on another adventure

At Angkor enjoying the sunset at the ruins

One of my first glimpses of the ruins of Angkor. Amazing.....

At the Tomb Raider and Raiders of the Lost Ark ruins... Bayon Temple, I think?

On a hike to some "underwater" ruins and a waterfall.  This is favorite shot from my film.  Dane and Josh climbed a rock to snap a great picture of the surrounding scenery.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis