2016 was a year of adventures and opportunities to live by experience. I’ve so enjoyed taking so many of you along with me on the journey and I invite you to come along with me in 2017. I hope to make some first time, as well as reconnect with some favorite destinations, to explore and hopefully photograph some of the obscure and unique treasures these places hold:
Shangri-La, Honolulu, Hawaii
Doris Duke, the daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon and the founder of Duke University, was able to fund a life of global travel and wide-ranging interests. Her world travels inspired Shangri-La, her Honolulu home built in 1937. Duke’s collection of Islamic art was very special to her, and she collected pieces until her death. At that time, the collection consisted of 3,500 pieces; the oldest date back to 1500 BC.
Glass Window Bridge, The Bahamas
Artist Winslow Homer painted the Glass Window Bridge when he was on an assignment for Century Magazine in 1885. He painted the stone arch that connected Eleuthera island’s two narrow strips of land that divide the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. And although hurricanes and time have washed away what Homer saw, the name he gave it then still remains. The bridge, sometimes called the narrowest place on earth, shows the amazing contrast between the two environments.
Fly Geyser, Gerlach, Nevada
It may look like something that would be in Area 51, Fly Geyser is actually man-made, even if it was by accident in 1964. A geothermal power company drilled a test well at the site to see if it would be suitable for geothermal power. With a temperature of over 200 degrees, it couldn’t be tapped for the power source, and reports say the well was not properly plugged. Scalding water has erupted from the well since then, leaving red and green alien looking calcium carbonate deposits growing consistently every year.
Labyrint Drielandenpunt, Vaals, Netherlands
The Drielandenpunt (Three Country) Labyrint is the largest outdoor maze in Europe. The maze is designed using 17,000 shrubs and is not just the highest point in the Netherlands, but also the most south eastern point. As the name suggests, the middle of the maze is located where one can see three countries – Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
These are just a few places that I hope I can experience in 2017 as I continue to live the dream and I look forward to sharing the journey with you!