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Exploring Greece: Shoulder Season in Mykonos

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Sunrise at the Armenistis Lighthouse

When you visit the Greek island of Mykonos during the shoulder season, you’re not coming for the beach clubs and all night dance parties. But the “Island of Winds” still has plenty of appealing sites to check out.

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A view of Ornos

The Windmills of Kato Milli are a popular tourist destination all year long, particularly at sunset. It’s worth checking them out during dusk, and then take in the sunset views from one of the bars in the Little Venice area. My favorite is Katerina’s.

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Aegean color story on Mykonos

Mykonos town is worth exploring, especially for those who like to shop. Window shopping on the winding streets and look at all the jewelry, crafts and souvenirs you could wish for.

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Ouzo in an amusing souvenir bottle

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Shoulder season at a beach club in Ornos

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Gorgeous street scene in Mykonos

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Friendly local cat on Mykonos

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View of Ornos Bay from the Buddha-Bar

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View above Mykonos town 

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Cocktails at 180 Sunset bar

If you don’t want to deal with the crowds in Mykonos town, check out the Santa Marina Buddha-Bar  in Ornos Bay, where the view is zen and the music is eternally chill. It’s open for both lunch and dinner.

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Panorama shot of the lighthouse at sunrise

If you’re looking for things to do on Mykonos, consider taking a day trip to the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. You can wander among the ancient Greek ruins of one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. There are several tour operators who provide half-day tours, and since you have to take a boat to reach it, it’s a nice way to get a sense of the maritime importance of the Cyclades.

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View of Mykonos by boat

There are also plenty of options for a private tour by boat but keep in mind… boats are expensive. Unless you have cash to burn, it’s going to be more comfortable if you go on a group tour by large yacht or boat.

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Private boats don’t come cheap

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Among the ruins on Delos

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Exploring Delos

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Signage on Delos

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View of Delos

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Boats arriving on Delos

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Boat near Delos

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Church in Mykonos town

If you are a fan of churches, there are several cool ones worth checking out on Mykonos. Along the water in Mykonos town.

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Church interior on Mykonos

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Church in Little Venice

Buddha Bar at Santa Marina, Mykonos

Ornos Bay, 84600,
Mykonos, Greece

T: +30 22890 23220

Monday – Sunday
13:00 – 19:00
20:00 – 01:00

Katerina’s Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Agion Anargyron 8.
Little Venice, Mykonos. Greece.
telephone.: 0030 22890 23084

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Photographing Norway: Arctic Sunsets in the Lofoten Islands

 

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Icy sunset on Haukland Beach

The phrase “sunset on the beach” usually conjures up images of tropical destinations and cocktails decorated with with paper umbrellas. The beaches in Norway’s Lofoten Islands might not fit the stereotype, but the sunset scenery is no less stunning.

Sexy slow motion sunset (shot on iPhone 7 plus)

One of my favorite stops during my Arctic Photography Workshop was Haukland Beach, also known as Hauklandstranda.

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No Filter Sunset on Haukland Beach

The colorful sunset I witnessed (and photographed) had colors so unreal, some of the images I took looked overly photoshopped despite being #nofilter.

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Snowy sunset on Hauklandstranda

The drama of the colorful sky, clouds, sea, and dramatic arctic scenery was breathtaking.

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#NoFilter Sunset on Haukland Beach

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Sand, snow, and a sunset

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Pastel sunset in Northern Norway

Haukland Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Lofoten Islands. Don’t let winter weather keep you from checking it out for yourself.

Haukland Beach, Leknes Island

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(10 km north of Leknes)

Just before entering the tunnel to Utakleiv is a parking area on the left.

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Exploring Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Utakleiv Beach

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Gorgeous scenery at Utakleiv Beach

Of all of beaches I saw in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Utakleiv had the most diversity. It’s a photographer’s dream with it’s creamy white sand, green grass, jewel toned tidal pools and rocky coastline.

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Tidal pools and emerald seas in Norway

Utakleiv Beach is also easy to reach by car and doesn’t require a hike, making it one of the most photographed spots in the Lofoten Islands.

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Portrait of Ana at Utakleiv Beach 

While Ana and I explored Utakleiv Beach during the day, it’s also a popular spot to watch (and photograph) the northern lights.

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We had Utakleiv Beach all to ourselves

While we heard that the beach was popular during the summer months, one of the benefits of traveling during shoulder season is that we had the place entirely to ourselves.

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Ana on a grassy knoll at Utakleiv beach 

The clouds were moody, adding to the dramatic and craggy scenery.

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Clouds, water, rocks, and sand 

The light was soft and flattering during our visit so I used the opportunity to shoot a few portraits of Ana using the depth mode (aka portrait mode) feature on my iPhone 7 plus. I love the results.

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Ana at Utakleiv beach (portrait mode)

The beach is also a favorite spot for photographers in winter when the rocks along the coastline are covered in snow.

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Portrait of Ana among the rocks (iPhone 7 plus)

There were a few picnic tables on Utakleiv, and it’s a popular spot for camping when the weather is suitable.

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Jewel toned tidal pool at Utakleiv Beach 

Directions:

From Leknes, it is about 20 minutes out. Follow the E10 out of Leknes and turn right onto Vikveien. Then take the Fv826 to Uttakleivveien. At the intersection, take a left to stay on Uttakleivveien until you see a parking area on the right and the beach right next to it.

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Safari Photo Essay: Lions of the Serengeti, Tanzania

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Playful young lion in the Serengeti

My recent trip to Tanzania’s Serengeti was pretty much Lionpalooza. The big cats were so beautiful and impressive I thought they deserved their own photo essay.

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Pink tongue on a young lion

Visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania during the great migration, I knew I was going to see wildebeest. The quantity of lions was amazing.

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African male lion in Serengeti National Park

Also known as Panthera leo, lions are giant cats. The males can weigh up to 420 lbs. Adult females can grow to 280 lbs.

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Left: Date night for African lions Right: a young lion in the Serengeti

Lions are very big, roaring cats. Everyone knows cats rule the internet.

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Playful pair of young African lions

During the great migration, when millions of wildebeest and other animals are moving through the Serengeti, lions are plentiful and seem well fed.
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Lion lounging on a rock in Serengeti National Park

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Mama lion keeping her cub in line with swats of giant paws

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Lions lying around

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Love the pink tongue on this lion

Photos in this essay were taken when I was on safari with  & Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas and The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

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Scene from a safari in the central Serengeti

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Exploring the Pacific Northwest: The Palouse in Black and White

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 Dramatic clouds above an abandoned house in Pullman, Washington

The Palouse Region of Southeast Washington is best known for it’s vibrant colors and vivid landscapes, but some of my favorite images from my recent trip to Southeast Washington work better in black and white.

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France photographing her favorite tree near Steptoe Butte

The rolling agricultural landscape of the area can be striking in black and white when it plays up the graphic lines, dramatic clouds, and light of the area.

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Treads on a tractor and striped fields

I like how the treads on this tractor mimic the striped fields in the background.

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Vintage Truck in Garfield, WA

Editing in black in white can also help when skies are a bit flat, like in the shot below of the crumbling grainery just off the Palouse Scenic Byway.

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Crumbling grainery in Pullman

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Photo above by France Freeman

My black and white edits were inspired by this shot my friend, photographer France Freeman, took of me in Pullman. Who knew Pullman had street art?

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