Beach in the Ofu section of the National Park of American Samoa with Piumafua Mountain on Olosega Island in the distance

Ofu Beach

September 8, 2019

Ofu Beach is an approximately 2.5-mile stretch of white sand and palm trees and the only section of the National Park of American Samoa on Ofu Island. Wonderfully remote, but still accessible fairly easily by flight or boat, the Ofu section of the park has few visitors. I spent four days on the island in blissful solitude, exploring the beach, snorkeling the beautiful reef and hiking a few trails on Ofu and the connected island of Olosega.

The Vatia coastline and Pola Island in the Tutuila section of the National Park of American Samoa

National Park of American Samoa

July 15, 2019

The National Park of American Samoa is a United States national park spread across the islands of Tutuila, Ofu and T’au in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. Along with several national parks in Alaska and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, it is one of the most remote and least visited of the national parks. It also holds the unique distinction of being the only U.S. national park located in the southern hemisphere. The park holds and protects tropical rain forests on the islands’ volcanic slopes, beaches and coral reefs as well as birds, fish and other wildlife that thrive within those environments.

Full moon over Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Evening

July 8, 2019

Thousands of Buddhist temples dot the plains around Bagan, Myanmar. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries, and heavily restored starting in the 1990s, the sheer number of these temples and ruins is an impressive sight. Outside of the most famous temples, their multitude makes it easy to find temples, stupas and ruins available to explore completely on one’s own. I did not find such isolation when I arrived at one of the several small hills in Bagan that are popular viewing spots for sunsets.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch for the Es'hail-2 Mission

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

November 16, 2018

Pavilion in the Huwon Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

Huwon Secret Garden

November 5, 2018

Dragonfly at Brick Pond Park in North Augusta, South Carolina

Dragonfly

September 4, 2016

Taking a walk through Brick Pond Park in my hometown of North Augusta, SC is one of my favorite ways to spend a morning or afternoon. I usually bring my camera with me as there are often birds, alligators, and other wildlife to see and photograph. On the day I took this photo there seemed to be no wildlife activity, so I thought my camera would go unused.