Oh hi there Caribbean

Oh hi there Caribbean

I was on a boat for new years…and I had strep throat, which means I was instructed by the ship’s doctor to stay in isolation in my room (hence the solo reflection picture of me celebrating with myself).  Just thought I would get the worst part out of the way.  But then this boat took me to glorious places and I didn’t have strep throat anymore!  Good story, eh?

Anyways…Dominica had the greenest greens I have ever seen.  Bonaire had the bluest blues I have ever seen.  St. John had the most epic rainbow I have ever seen.  In Curacao, a smiling character walked right into my shot – the easiest portrait I have ever taken!

I feel so lucky to experience all of these beautiful places.

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Going on a trip?  Take me with you!  Seriously, I am travel sized and take pretty epic pictures :)

 

Shannon

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The Continental Divide

The Continental Divide

This girl (pictured below).  One of my favorite people and she moved away from me to Denver!  Well, the only good thing about this is I got to visit her in Denver!  I had never stepped foot in Colorado before last week and was so happy to have an excuse to visit.  Here are some photos from our mini roadtrip up to Winter Park and the Continental Divide.  I might have complained a little too much about the cold but the photos turned out misty magical.  It was worth the temporary freezing of my limbs.

(also, these photos remind me of one of my favorite songs and videos, so very cold and beautiful – elephants and little girls)

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Shannon

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An Ecuadorian Christmas

An Ecuadorian Christmas

It all started with a conversation about Christmas.  My new Ecuadorian friend asked me what people in California usually do for Christmas,  I answered that we eat a lot of food and give presents to friends and family.  He answered, “Oh, here we give gifts to children that are less fortunate than us.”  (Well, isn’t that just the nicest thing you’ve heard!  Time to re-evaluate my entire existence…) (p.p.s. this whole conversation was in Spanish thank you very much)

The next morning I’m being whisked away by a motorcycle to a far away mountain village to document this beautiful Christmas ritual.  Life!

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Happy holidays to all!

 

-Shan

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Salem Art Works (SAW)

Salem Art Works (SAW)

I’m living in Brooklyn for the month with one of my best friends (the lovely lady pictured below) and my best doggie friend (the handsome pooch pictured below her).  We decided to road trip up north to Salem, NY last weekend and were luckily able to couchsurf with friends that are currently doing artist’s residencies with Salem Art Works.

What a treat for the senses!  Sculptures big and small cover the property, a number of nearby rivers to dip in, trees that seem too green to be real (or maybe I’ve just spent too much time in the city?)…I have such respect for the people who can build something of beauty from nothing.

Check out their website for more information (they have workshops!) – http://www.salemartworks.org/

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Art studio/sleeping accommodations…

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-Shannon

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