In 2010, we travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia, to Cocoa Beach in Florida to watch one of the last space shuttle launches. We’d been told it was a can’t-miss experience. We always knew there was a chance it would be scrubbed, and of course, it was – delayed for months. But we still visited the Kennedy Space Center and I imagined this astronaut, floating away…
I’m lucky to live in Alameda, California: a very creative little pocket of the world. We have picturesque neighbourhood streets, manicured front gardens, and an array of beautiful historic architecture.
Halloween remains one of my favourite times to see front yard creativity, but due to the pandemic, it’s been a strange season this year. I have to admit that I’ve lost my creative mojo when it comes to decorating this year. There’s just so much else going on! Happily, though, many of my neighbours didn’t have the same affliction, as I found on a recent walk.
On August 21, 2017, there was a total solar eclipse that made its way across the skies of the United States. We weren’t in the path of totality, but close enough to be swept up in the mania of special cardboard glasses and amateur science experiments. I stepped outside at the right time to capture the crescent sun, with Karl the Fog providing a handy marine layer filter.
My first meetup after I joined Automattic was in Whistler, BC, Canada. One night, in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights, a group of us trudged down a dark road to Alta Lake, our best chance of glimpsing them. We didn’t see the Aurora Borealis, but the view was pretty fantastic, especially when captured at a slow shutter speed from a pier jutting out into the lake.
Yosemite National Park is one of the most magical places in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to visit at times where there weren’t too many people, at times of the years when different colours were on display, and times of day when the light showcased the beautiful natural features. And all that’s left is to show up with a camera, point, and shoot.