Here’s a little collection of images taken with my Fujifilm XT-1 on my adventures this year. Whether I’m relaxing on a beach in Maui, hiking up a Mountain in Maine or sitting on the ice in Nunavut when it’s -45°C, I LOVE all of it! Happy New Year and I hope everyone has a great 2016.

    Martha and Kim hiking the Laugavegur trail in Iceland

    Standing above the clouds on Mt.Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine

    Self portait taken in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

    Fire Dancing at Little Beach in Maui

    The Co-Op, one of just a few places to buy food and supplies in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

    Ice making art in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

    West Maui Mountains

    Sunrise at the Emstrur-Botnar Hut on the Laugavegur trail in Iceland

    Breakfast inside Upper South Branch Lean-to in Baxter State Park

    The warden at Emstrur-Botnar Hut plays the harmonica while her dog sings along

    My warm and cozy birthday dinner in Vermont

    Martha’s cold and wet birthday hike on the Traveler Mountain Loop Trail in Baxter State Park

    A cold but beautiful night at Hrafntinnusker Hut on the Laugavegur trail in Iceland

    Early morning start on the Laugavegur trail

    Rain storm and a rainbow over Amsterdam Centraal Station

    Out for a evening walk by the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany

    Early spring camping in Gatineau Park, Quebec

    Playing with the Fujifilm xt-1 interval timer during a weekend getaway to Vermont

    Kite skiing across a frozen Cambridge Bay

    Martha re-hydrating on the long climb up Mt. Katahdin

    The setting sun chasing us down Mt. Katahdin

    Brena riding her bike past the fountain at the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

    A brief pause on the Traveler Mountain Trail, wary of the impending weather

    Robust Robbie (the kite) makes his final flight in Markarfljot Canyon

    The Laugavegur trail wastes no time showing her beauty

    Hiking through Haleakala in Maui feels like you’re on another planet

    The North Atlantic Short Tail Sheep grazing on seaweed in the West Fjords, Iceland

    The hot springs at Krossnes in the West Fjords, Iceland

    Watchful eyes

    Icelandic horse

    Cambridge Bay elders (and beautiful sisters)

    The hot spring at Landmannalaugar, Iceland

    Minus 40 degrees doesn’t stop the children in Cambridge Bay from playing outside

    Riding horses in Borgarnes, Iceland

    One of many extremely cold water crossings on the Laugavegur trail

    The varying terrain of the Laugavegur trail

    Cruising down the Piilani Highway along the South Maui Coast

    Walking towards the back lit steam is beautiful but unfortunately still smells like sulfur

    There are many natural pools along the Laugavegur trail but their high temperatures make them too hot for bathing

    Greens so intense they don’t seem real

    Out on the waters of Maui with Captain Dale

    The huts along the Laugavegur trail are outfitted with stove tops making warm meals possible for ravenous hikers

    Kim napping under our laundry after a cold, wet day on the Laugavegur trail

    Bamboo forest in the Ohe’o Gulch, Maui

    Getaway cabin in the Vermont countryside

    A field of fireflies found while driving through rural Quebec

    Sunrise at 10,000 feet on top of Haleakala in Maui

    Northern lights seen from just outside the Emstrur-Botnar Hut

    Sunset at Secret Beach in Maui

    A 5 hour rainbow over the Thorsmork Hut

    Self portrait under the northern lights in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

There are many reasons to visit Hawaii but I think hiking the Napali Coast Trail is one of the best.  It’s 12 breathtaking miles along the northwest side of Kauai with a final destination that is beyond words.  We spent 5 glorious days, hiking, camping and exploring.

My new friends Rain and Linnea hitching a ride to the trail head.

A lot of warnings and they’re all true.

The trail is about the only place you won’t see a rooster in Kauai.

About 1/2 a mile in.

Linnea starting a campfire so we can cook dinner.

Camp.

Feels like a painting to me.

Everything tastes better when cooked over a fire.

Rain tending to her dinner.

Rain lighting up the waves with her flash.

Our campsite, lit by fire and headlamps.

Happy to be away from a cold Canadian winter.

 

 

Sven, Linnea and Rain.

Rain, photographing the coast line.

Break time.

Our new friend Matt.

The backdrop to this hike doesn’t even seem real at times.

Goats.

A goat just checking out the view.

Rock hopping after a long, hot day.

Rain, is just as crazy as I am about photography.

Sunset swim in a very rare, calm ocean.

Matt

Rain knows how to live.

Filtering some water.

Eaten alive by the mini mosquitoes at the river.

Linnea getting her feet wet.

Matt being tumbled by the waves.

Poser.

Sandy toes.

The wedding photographer in me apparently was not on vacation.

I have no idea.

Campfire jam.

Still smiling on a rainy day.

Matt reading a book and waiting out the rain.

Rain, trying to get us a snack.

The bounty.

 

Not a place you want to slip and fall.

Rain and Matt heading back.

I could not find a composition that even came close to doing this part of the trail justice.  Narrow, slippery and down right dangerous.  I met at least a dozen people who said they’d never hike the trail again because of this 1/2 of a mile stretch.

  • Recent Comments

    • "What an excellent series of images -- looks like you made the most of 2015. All the best for 2016..."
      Alan on Adventures of 2015
    • "Wow, amazing images! Your X-T1 has seen a lot more of the world than my X-T1. Great compositions on all."
      Geoff on Adventures of 2015
    • "Amazing travels and photos. Can only dream to visit all those places on day."
      Kevin Lam on Adventures of 2015
    • "What a year indeed. These photos are incredible. It's awesome to see you and Martha seeing the world together...."
      Christina on Adventures of 2015