How can you connect with your subject?

Pulitzer-prize winning, NY Times photographer Damon Winter selected my portrait because the photo “showed a quiet grace and a direct and intimate connection between the subject and the photographer.” How did we connect? Initially we chatted about his beautiful home, an old Fes al Bali mansion. Then, I noticed his dog, a cocoa brown Rottweiler,…

“Do you like to sleep alone?”

Together, we all bumped across the Kenyan flatlands, heading towards the Mara, rough rutted tracks jostling us side-to-side.  When we reached the river camp, my two Aussie safari companions parted ways.  They would sleep at our river camp guarded by two Masai men, Morani warriors, spears ready for marauding lions or leopards.  I would be…

Day 1: Baffin Island Trek

July 30, 2019. Uneventful flight (that the way we like them!) from Ottawa (CYOW) to Iqaluit (CYFB, the FB derived from the English name Frobisher Bay). Tomorrow we’ll be on the 09:00 flight from CYFB to Qikiqtarjuaq, the Inuktituk word for Big Island, and start our 98 km hike of Auyuittuq National Park.

NatGeo: Guarding the Zenana

June 17, 2009: National Geographic DAILY DOZEN Guarding the Zenana becomes the SECOND of my 5 images chosen by NatGeo Photography Editor as one of the 12 best daily submissions.

Khadija: Memories of Marrakech

National Geographic DAILY DOZEN: Khadija makes herstory when NatGeo Photography Editor selected this photo as one of the best submissions. She was my “very first ever” Daily Dozen Selection (Nov 7, 2008).  

Under the watchful eye of Jesus

April 17, 2019: National Geographic Photography editor Kristen McNicholas selects Life Under the Watchful Eye of Jesus as a favorite

Girls CAN Fly

Saturday May 11—A fabulous day at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre introducing the wonderful world of aviation to girls, age 8-18.  

Tom Petty nailed it…

…coming down is the hardest thing! From Refugio Les Mouflons we climbed 869 metres TO the SUMMIT then 869 metres down to the refuge. 2,850′ feet up…2,850′ down…4km up…4km down. This photo gives you an idea of the steepness….Look closely in the snowy area (top right quarter) and you’ll see a group of four descending…

Day 1: Trekking Mount Toubkal

Every mountain presents a different challenge. As you may recall I climbed Kilimanjaro, in July 2018 and as a result, with far too much assurance I assumed if I could tread upon Kili’s 5,895 metre (19,341′) summit, Djebel Toubkal’s 4,167 metre (13,343′) summit would be a cake walk. Wrong again. At first the path was…