Grossglockner and beyond

During our stay in Matrei, we visited Grossglockner, which is the highest mountain in Austria and one of the highest in the Alps. It has an elevation of 3798 meters above sea level and is reached via the appropriately named Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße). Technically, there are two peaks on the same mountain: the [...]

Matrei in Osttirol

Here is a large set of photographs from a visit to a little town in Austria called Matrei in Tyrol (Matrei im Osttirol). We visited it back in 2008 and stayed there for a few days, taking daytrips to various cities and places around the Hohe Tauern mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps. The [...]

The remains of the Seneca Stone-Cutting Mill

Should you find yourself hiking the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, you'll find the remains of a red stone building somewhere near Riley's Lock, between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. These ruins are what used to be the Seneca Stone-Cutting Mill, a quarry that operated on and off from 1837 to 1901. The quarry's [...]

The Mihaileni Canyon

There's a small canyon in the countryside between Medias and Sibiu called Canionul Mihăileni. A river split open a hill right down the middle, creating a rift where some fossils were found. The river's no longer around. It's an interesting site and one which we tried to find one day but couldn't, because there are [...]

Photos from a wedding we attended

As I say in person to anyone who asks me and as I also state here, I do not like to photograph weddings or events. I do not even like to attend weddings. I find the whole experience contrived, farcical and drawn-out. Bear that in mind as I also tell you that my wife and [...]

Panoramas from Southern Transilvania

Back in August, I took several panoramas during a trip from Sighisoara to Fagaras where we decided to take the winding country roads, which meant also meant driving on dirt roads for quite some time during that trip. The views were worth it. Here are a few of them. Go ahead, click through to see [...]

The historic Seneca Schoolhouse in Maryland

If you should drive into the Maryland countryside, along River Road, the Potomac River and the C&O Canal, past farms and mansions, you'll find a lone building made of red sandstone, standing in a meadow. This sign will be next to it. The building is the one-room Seneca Schoolhouse, the only school in the area [...]

Larriland Farm, Maryland

Larriland Farm is a place where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables. It's in Woodbine, Maryland, well into the countryside, so it's a nice getaway from the city. They use integrated pest management techniques to grow their crops, which means insecticides are only used as a last resort. This makes their fruits and [...]

One perfect foggy morning

Have you ever woken up to the perfect morning fog? I have. We were staying with relatives in a tiny little village in Moldova, Romania. Their house sat between several hills. As I got out of the house on day, morning was just starting to break. The soft, diffuse light just barely illuminated the sleepy [...]