Deep in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta stands Dead Tree Island. We drove to the island, but for most travelers getting to the island was blocked by a seemingly impassable deep water crossing about 40 yards long and who knows how deep.Read More
A storm chased us as we drove up to our camp site in the Nxai Pans in Botswana. The heavens opened up as soon as we arrived. The drive across the pans was muddy to the say the least as we kicked up a combination of mud, algae and salt while traversing the pans. Rain in these parts was not exactly what we had expected. We had spent the previous 8 days in the Okavango Delta right along the water most of the time where the rainy season had begun and rains fell daily. Driving more than 100km south to the plains and pans we expected a much dryer climate as we were getting closer to the Kalahari desert. The storm told a different story as it dumped on us for more than a hour.
The clouds and rain broke for only a moment but my camping partner Eli and I found ourselves immediately scrambling for cameras and running to the pans from our truck. The clouds were breaking just to the west as the sun was setting. Also moving from the west was another epic storm cloud. We only had a few muddy minutes to grab some photos. The beauty of this place was amazing and our photos only tell part of the story. It was one of the most beautiful natural scenes either one of had experienced and we were left speechless as the sun died and rain began to fall.
Until next time Botswana.
Another image from the amazing Sossusvlei in Namibia. This was one of the dozens of awesome views that we had while taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert. Our balloon pilot for the trip was also as interesting as the views. He hailed from Congo by way of parts of Europe, but also had spent time in most southern and central African countries. He also spoke from what I could tell no less than at least 5 languages. Our pilot, Eric, owned the balloon company which I think is the only one in the Sossusvlei area (maybe in all of Namibia) and clearly knew how to handle the balloon performing some really nice close flybys in along a riverbed and along the dunes seen in this photo. If you get a chance to visit Sossusvlei you really need to get up the air appreciate the beauty and a hot air balloon is such a great way to do it. It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny in my book for a once in a life experience.
Nikon D7100 | Tokina 11-16mm | Photoshop
Welcome to the updated website! I moved over to Squarespace after fighting Wordpress for year and mostly winning (and learning more CSS than I intended to). I will say that the move over to Squarespace was pretty easy and only involved about 4-5 hours non-consequitively to move everything over.
This Shot is from Half Moon Bay, CA. I got down to this spot for one evening while working in San Francisco and the clouds stayed away for just long enough before rolling in for the rest of the evening. Off in the distance is a Naval Station of some sort, however, I think it was closed as was most other governement-run locations that week due to the government shutdown.
Please let me know what you think of the new site or if you find a photo you like! There are still a few kinks in the site, but it's mostly up and running smoothly.
Nikon D7100 | Tokina 11-16mm | 10 stop ND Filter