Road Trip - Squamish

Squamish is a town north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. It's at the northern tip of the island-dotted Howe Sound, and surrounded by mountains like the Stawamus Chief, a huge granite monolith. The Sea to Sky Gondola has views of the sound and nearby Shannon Falls, a towering waterfall cascading down a series of cliffs.

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We drove from San Francisco to Squamish in 17 hours, the original plan was to stop around Seattle, but when we got that fare we decided to just keep going. For a long time we have wanted to go up north to visit our good danish friends who moved there 3 years ago.

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We did a couple of great hike, with breathtaking views, which is something you are surrounded by in Squamish. Everywhere you look is stunning, and after you get to jump in nice cooling water.

Down by the waterfront where all the timber are being stored, we were so lucky to see a groupe of natives (Skwxwu7mesh). They where working with the tree bark, softening it up, so they could use if for making basketes. To me it is nice to know that all the parts of the tree is being used.

Moving back to Denmark

I have not updated my blog in a very long time. So many things has been happening, one daughter graduating high school, moving back to Denmark, selling our house, packing up, saying goodbye and more. Things have not yet settled, but when they do I will start posting again. You can look forward to reading about our epic road trip, the big move back to Copenhagen after 8 years in California. Stay tuned.

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IBAGARI

Ibagari is our kind of paradise. The Boutique Hotel is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Roatán, surrounded by both vegetation and white sand beaches. The restautant is the best on the island, and if you do not stay at the hotel you will need to make a reservation or you will not get a table.

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What is so appealing about Ibagari, is the architecture. Everything is so open and inviting. There is no front door, the whole structure is completely open, the only doors is to the 8 rooms, the kitchen or the restrooms.

It is all about relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, standup paddeling, eating, and sleeping. There are other activities you can do, such as exploring the 2 nearest villages: West Bay or West End. Ibagari also have yoga twice a week, painting, and their own diving club. Our last evening there was a bonfire on the beach, with a local dance company.

We stayed a week, and you get into your own rhythm very fast. Everyday at sunset we would enjoy an aperitif and watch the beautiful sunset.

FIJI

Fiji is the perfect holiday destination, blessed with 333 tropical islands in the heart of the South Pacific. Fiji is also the home of happiness. After researching the different areas, we decided on the Yasawa Islands.

Octopus Resort

Our first stop was Octopus Resort, 2.5 hours boatride from Nadi on the main island. The minute you step onto the beautiful mile long, golden sand beach at Likuliku Bay, you will be on ‘Fiji Time’.
With a keen focus on the fijian culture and a strong connection with the local village, the resort offers what Fiji is all about and boasts some of the warmest, friendliest people anywhere in the world. The spotless rooms have roofless showers so you can stargaze while you wash.

Barefoot Manta Island Resort

As our name suggests, our island is home to one of Fiji's most iconic inhabitants, the manta ray. Barefoot Manta Island is the best location in the Yasawas to witness these majestic creatures at close-quarters between May and October. Supported by a team of in-house marine biologists, guests are taken on daily excursions to visit them, as they gather to feed, mate and get cleaned in the nearby channel.
Snorkel and SCUBA dive right from the shore, in our pristine, locally managed marine protected reef. You can also spend your hours unwinding on one of 3 glistening beaches or sampling one of the many pursuits on offer, ranging from conservation diving, private picnics, kayaking, hiking, to guided cultural tours of the local Muaira village.

Coconut Beach Resort

Located on a former copra plantation Coconut Beach Resort offers a front row seat to the world famous Blue Lagoon. Featuring only 8 guest bures nestled amongst the coconut grove you can be assured
of that tropical island getaway you are always dreaming of. Enjoy the spectacular views across the stunning turquoise lagoon, venture in underwater explorations just meters from the beach that will introduce you to our vibrant house reef and tropical marine world, the warm Fijian hospitality will leave you with lasting memories and experiences that will immerse you in local culture and tradition.

Portland Rose Garden

A couple of weeks ago we went to Portland Oregon for a weekend. We have been there before, so we have our favorite places to visit. One of them is the Rose Garden Test Center. There are so many roses, and also people to studie. This is just a few of the photos I took while visiting the Rose Garden.

This time we visit there was 3 people blowing bubbles, and I LOVE bubbles as much as these kids do.

Iceland

If you like us only have 1.5 day's in Iceland, you want to spend them wisely. We started the day we arrived with a walk through Reykjavik. Our first stop was at The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church, where you can go to the top of the tower and get a 360 degree view of Reykjavik.  

One place you have to visit is Braud & Co the local bakery that bakes the best cinnamon buns I have ever had. You can't miss it, the front of the bakery is so colorful. You can also get a freshly baked roll with butter and cheese, also amazing. 

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is your best opportunity to get a good feel for the country. There is a saying about the weather: if you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait 10 minutes. And it's true, the weather changes all the time.

From Wikipedia:  The Golden Circle (IcelandicGullni hringurinn) is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres (190 mi) looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland. The name Golden Circle is a marketing term that has no roots in Icelandic history.[citation needed] The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been mostly dormant for many years, Strokkur continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes. Other stops include the Kerið volcanic crater, the town of HveragerðiSkálholt cathedral, and the Nesjavellir and Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plants.

 

Blue Lagoon

We ended our visit to Iceland in Blue Lagoon. This is what I would call a tourist trap, but fun to visit and very relaxing afterward. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. A tip, don't get your hair wet in the Lagoon, the water will dry out your hair and leave it very dry for days. We had to buy h

Roatan

Roatán is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. Part of the huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, it’s known for its beaches, dive sites and marine life. In the southwest is busy West Bay Beach, with a coral reef near the shore, which is number 2 diving/snorkeling after Great Barrier Reef in Australia. We had looked forward to a week of snorkeling among tropical fish and corals. Unfortunately just before we arrived, a big storm had come by Roatan, and do to that the visibility in the water was bad. We did have one good snorkeling day, and it was quite spectacular, and defiantly something to come back for. One of the first day at the island, we walked about 1 mile down the beach to West Bay, where these next photos are from.

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adventure

If you are not into diving or snorkeling, or if you like us had bad visibility issues, Roatan have many other things for you to do. We went zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, and visited an animal park with iguanas, parrots, monkeys, and turtles. 

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ibagari hotel

The hotel we stayed in was fabulous. Ibagari Hotel is small, 8 rooms, located on the beach, and so amazing. It's only 1 year old, and to quote their website "We want our guests to live an experience through art, gastronomy and nature in a space that celebrates life", and that is what Ibagari is all about. At first there was one other family staying there, but at the end we had the whole place to our self. This ment we got the royal treatment, everyone was so nice, helpful, and just wanted us to feel at home. We all did, and didn't want to leave, but all holiday's comes to and end. 

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I end this blog post from Roatan with a sunset, and maybe we will revisit this beautiful place again someday.

10 on 10 August

After 2 months break from the blog roll I'm back with 10 photos from my summer vacation. We were away for 6 weeks all together. First stop was Paris, then Copenhagen, and ended the trip with a quick stop in New York before returning to Mill Valley. It has been really hard to only select 10 images for this 10 on 10, but I like the challenge. 

Remember to klick through the rest of the blog roll, next stop after me is: Kristina Rust 

 

While we were in Paris a heat wave hit the city, and it was hard to stay cool. We walked by a patisserie that had put up a gardenhose, so people could cool down, and I loved the action and the photos I was able to get.

Many people has sealed their love with locks on Pont des Arts crossing the Seine. In May 2010 the city of Paris expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Bridge and the locks were moved to another location.

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While waiting for my good friend Sidse at a Metro station in Copenhagen, I was reminded how staying in one place for more than 1 minute, makes great photos. This is taken with a iPhone 6S.

Nyhavn in the center of Copenhagen. I used to live here when I was 20, and this is where Eric and I meet back in 1993.

This photo is taken on Møn, a small island where my brother has a summer house. We took the girls and their cousin Nicola for a walk, and the 3 of them started playing on these huge hay bales, a true joy for the photographer.

One very quiet evening on Møn. The colors was just amazing, something I really miss in California. Colors like this you only get in Denmark at summer time.

Evening swim in Taarbæk where I grow up, and where my mom still lives. Again the colors are fabulous and my new Leica Q and I loved it.

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New York - 3rd and last stop on our vacation. I could walk around for months in this city with my camera, and just shoot. But when I travel with my family I have to go with the flow, which dosen't give me many minutes in one place. This shoot happened right outside our hotel in SoHo.

Again a fast shot as we are walking through SoHo. Loved how the colors match each other.

This was one of the photos that I really hoped to be able to shoot while we where in NYC. The Manhattan Bridge when the sun is setting.

10 on 10 April

This past month, has been very hectic for me. Many exciting and amazing photo assignments, workshop design for a good friend, and connection to like minded women with passion for photography. I feel lucky on so many levels, but also a bit wornout. That is why I have chosen to focus my 10 on 10 on a trip to Bräkne-Hoby in Sweden that we took last summer. We have some really good friends who have a small house there, with no electricity. Here we go to unplug, recharge, and reconnect.

With these photos I hope to remind you of how important it is for us humans to connect with nature, each other, and a simple lifestyle.

Our friends house in Bräkne-Hoby, Sweden.

Our friends house in Bräkne-Hoby, Sweden.

Our friends neighbors have horses, and when we visit, the girls alway get to go riding.

Our friends neighbors have horses, and when we visit, the girls alway get to go riding.

Anton is bringing the horses for the girls. He is one of the best westernstyle riding instructor in Sweden.

Anton is bringing the horses for the girls. He is one of the best westernstyle riding instructor in Sweden.

Because there is no wifi, electricity etc. we have time for other things, like cooking for hours. Every meal turns into restaurant quality masterpieces, like this slow cooked pork.

Because there is no wifi, electricity etc. we have time for other things, like cooking for hours. Every meal turns into restaurant quality masterpieces, like this slow cooked pork.

Every morning we baked buns on the BBQ for breakfast, and they were delicious. Nothing better than a freshly baked bun with melted butter.

Every morning we baked buns on the BBQ for breakfast, and they were delicious. Nothing better than a freshly baked bun with melted butter.

Lunch was cooked over the openfire. You work up an appetite when you are outside all day, and you really appreciate to sit down and watch your lunch get ready.

Lunch was cooked over the openfire. You work up an appetite when you are outside all day, and you really appreciate to sit down and watch your lunch get ready.

The woods around the house were full of wild raspberries, which we used for a fabulous dessert.

The woods around the house were full of wild raspberries, which we used for a fabulous dessert.

We not only found raspberries, but also delicious mushrooms. Our friends are experts on all the different kinds of mushrooms, and our dinner turned into a michelin star meal.

We not only found raspberries, but also delicious mushrooms. Our friends are experts on all the different kinds of mushrooms, and our dinner turned into a michelin star meal.

I believe childhood memories has to include at least one evening around a campfire. Our daughters are spoiled on that account, but it seems like they love it as much as we do.

I believe childhood memories has to include at least one evening around a campfire. Our daughters are spoiled on that account, but it seems like they love it as much as we do.

I hope you feel relaxed and inspired to get out and enjoy nature. Please head on over to Bonnie Jakobsen-Martin to read her 10 on 10 blog post.

St. John's - a little bite of paradise

January 1st we headed to US Virgin Islands, more precise, Saint John's. To get to St John's you need to take a ferry from St Thomas, which takes about 45 min. We were so lucky to get to se the sun set as we docked at Cruz Bay. The colors are just spectacular in the Caribbeans, you instantly get happy looking at them.

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CORAL BAY

The first 3 nights we stayed at The Concordia ECO Resort, which is placed at Coral Bay, on the south side of the island. We stayed in a "tent", I would call it at mix of a hut and tent. The first night non of us slept very much, do to a tropical rain storm. And when the wall's of your "house" are made of canvas, and you are on a side of a cliff, it gets very noisy. The next couple of nights I slept with my noise canceling headphones, playing southing meditation music, cause I need my sleep.

This part of St John's is very quite, and a great place for family's. Saltpond Bay is only about a 15 minutes hike from Concordia, and is the most popular beach along the south shore of St. John's. Cactus and hermit crabs are more prevalent here, and at Salt Pond Bay we saw the most population of Sea turtles. Salt Pond Bay is deep enough to foster the amazing underwater life, including vibrant coral, thick sea fans and schools of fish representing every color of the rainbow. Eric has hours of GoPro recordings from the snorkeling here.

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CRUZ BAY

The remaining part of our vacation we had rented the bottom part of a house in Cruz Bay. All 4 of us were really excited to sleep in "normal" beds and on a quiet street. In Cruz Bay there is more life and lot's of different restaurants to choose from. The best one in our opinion: La Tapa - amazing. Cruz Bay beach is lined with beach bars and happy hour was from 4-7. One evening we tried St. John's own cocktail "painkiller" at The Beach Bar. Cocktails and alcohol is a big thing on these islands.

Traveling with my family is not a good combo with photography, and I didn't want to miss out on time with them. I would have loved a day around the Cruz Bay, just me and my camera, to capture the colors, people, life and more, but that didn't happened this time. I do have a feeling we will be back, and then I will make that dream happen.

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EXPLORING THE ISLAND

We went to many different beaches, and some were better than others for snorkeling or sunbathing. Jumbie Beach is quite small, with not much sand to spread out. The small beach matters little, as the snorkeling in the area is outstanding. Small fish congregate, attracting pelicans who feed glutinously on the seafood throughout the day. Trunk Bay beach is the only national park beach on St. John with a lifeguard on-duty during high season (Dec-May) and a hot/cold food vendor just steps from the water. Trunk Bay is also home to the only underwater snorkel trail, with monuments below the water describing the coral, sea fans and colorful tropical fish.

We went on a kayak safari one day from Coral Harbor to Princess Bay, Whitesand Bay and Water Creek. You have to be into snorkeling to go to these places, cause there is not much beach there, but amazing snorkeling.

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10 on 10 January

Beginning of this year I have joined a photo group/project called: 10 on 10. It means I have to post 10 photos on the 10th each month, and link to another person in the group. (Link to Kelly Buss here)

January is going to be photos from our trip to New York. At the bottom you can get the whole story on my Exposure page. I hope you enjoy. Klik on the photos to see them in full size.

 

 

New Year in New York

4 day's in New York is not very long, but when it's during December and the weather is COLD, it's okay. There where even things we had to skip, because we didn't have enough time. No doubt we loved the Soho area the best, with all the small streets, shops, cafés

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When it's cold outside and you walk everywhere, I think you make some decisions you wouldn't normally make. One we made was to visit The New Museum where we saw a very interesting and beautiful light installation. And another day we visit American Museum on Natural History. Here you can learn about dinosaurs, planets, and much more, a very interesting place.

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Iconic buildings and places in NY. I would have loved to walk around for hours, just me and my camera. It's not really possible when you travel with your family. Here are just a few and bonus one of me and Eric.

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