National Parks

Muir Woods National Monument
National Parks, Travel photography advice, United States

Muir Woods National Monument

Just a quick 12 mile (19Km) drive from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and the more populated areas of Marin County, Muir Woods National Monument is a place of peacefulness, quiet and stunning natural beauty. In this post we’ll discuss the history of this unique old-growth forest, provide helpful suggestions for your visit and explain ways to get there. A Brief History of Muir Woods National Monument The land now known as Muir Woods National Monument was originally a relatively inaccessible area known as Redwood Canyon. Redwood Canyon was a 600-acre area near the Pacific coast that contained […]

Africa, Kenya, National Parks, Recommended

Nairobi National Park

Many times when travelers think of a wildlife safari in Africa they imagine rugged, remote destinations like Tarangire National Park in Tanzania or Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. However, other wildlife parks are closer to major cities and can offer just as outstanding an experience without the long hours of additional travel. Nairobi National Park in Kenya is a prime example of a pristine wildlife park surrounded by urban architecture and sprawl. Getting There On the one hand, visiting Nairobi National Park isn’t exactly a quick trip – from my home of Chicago, it’s still two flights of about […]

Africa, National Parks

African Safari, Part II – Lake Manyara National Park

After a wonderful couple of days in Tarangire National Park, our guide took us just a few kilometers up the road to Lake Manyara National Park. We spent about half a day there, but it was enough time to really get a feel for the place. The park is known as one of Tanzania’s premiere birdwatching areas, and we saw a wide variety of both birds and other wildlife.

Destination, National Parks, North America

Haleakala National Park

I never thought that I’d feel so close to getting frostbite in Hawaii – but it happened on our trip to Haleakalā National Park. The peak is cold, windy and the weather is raw. Despite the cold, I’d do this trip again in a heartbeat. My expectations for our excursion to watch the sun rise were really high…but the experience exceeded my wildest dreams. In this post I’ll share some information you need to know before visiting the summit, along with some pre- and post-sunrise activities to consider. I’ll close with some tips for capturing breathtaking and moving photos of […]