Hiking Warrumbungles National Park

Last weekend, we went camping at Warrumbungle National Park, Australia's first Dark Sky Park. Australia in general already enjoys really low light pollution; even in Sydney, we can see the faint band of the Milky Way with our naked eye. But out there in Warrumbungle, my goodness. We could see, quite clearly, those billion little …

Easter Weekend – and Engagement Shoot – at Jervis Bay

I can never remember that here in Australia, we get both Good Friday and the following Monday off. Back in the States, most companies don't even observe Good Friday! But why question tradition, especially since it affords us more time to relax down in Jervis Bay? We took the opportunity also to take some engagement …

Diving in Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

We spent the past week on the Stella Maris Liveaboard, plying the remote Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Seas. Belonging to the Philippines, this 130,028 ha atoll was designated a UNESCO site in 1993, and can only be reached by liveaboards 3 months of the year (mid-March through May) owing to rough seas at other …

Sunrise over Cathedral Cove: Coromandel New Zealand

When we told friends we were going to New Zealand, most people's first reaction was, "Oh South Island? It's super fun there!" We'd say no, just the North Island this time, and they'd invariably follow up with, "but we love the South Island!" We do too, but since we'd already circumnavigated most of the South …