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I’ve recently made the mistake, when someone asked if I had a business card and/or website, to reply with, “I have a website, but it’s really boring.”  She sidestepped the remark and said she wanted my website anyway to observe my growth, which I thought was a rather generous response considering mine was naive.

I have some friends that follow, and the more I post, the more I seem to pick up some people I don’t know.  (Hello to those new follows and the occasional passerby.)

After the words left my mouth, informing someone I’m boring, when I’m attempting to get my feet on the ground with “this sort of thing”, I could feel the inner-me slap my face so hard.

What a terrible thing to say about myself.  Truly, I was being honest.  I’m still figuring it all out as I go along.  Documenting it here for all the world to see as I stumble to gain a little balance and clarity.  But the statement lacks confidence, and I’d hate to give the wrong impression that I don’t have faith in myself.

I wasn’t prepared to be approached so specifically about my photography.  Which, really, how silly.  There was a brick wall I was setting up my camera equipment on so I can get some steady shots of Mount St. Helens.  And yet it all seemed so surprising to me.

If the woman I met (and interestingly enough, the few people who approached me after her asking the same thing) has managed to join in, hello.  And thank you for inquiring about what I do and asking to see more of it.  I am grateful, and please enjoy what I have to offer, and what is yet to come.

Thank you – also – for coining the phrase “Where’s the Bear?”  That will become it’s own page in due time.

 

 

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Check out @vaindalize - she’s a beautiful artist. If you ever need a tattoo in Singapore - she’s your woman.  Considering my recent visit to Japan, and Vainy’s inspiration came from a Japanese horror artist, it felt fitting to choose this piece. 
We spent some time together - learning about each other - but she also taught me a lot about Singapore and I taught her about America. 
We laughed about our pets and ordered Chinese food. 
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They took down my name and told me to go to the 22nd floor where someone will meet me. 
The elevator doors opened and someone called my name and took me to the best vantage point.

It all happened so quickly and was so well executed on such short notice, I know I couldn’t have been the first one.

I’m in awe at the friendliest welcome I have received in this city since stepping off the train. I love you, Hiroshima.

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The city is incredibly clean and does not carry the smell I’m used to experiencing in NYC/Philly/Boston. 
I’m definitely out of my comfort zone here and it’s beyond invigorating. 
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#adventureisoutthere #tokyo #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #japan  #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #travelwriter #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #gogirlguides #worldnomads #femmetravel #ladiesgoneglobal Here’s the last photo of Iceland.  It’s one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it! ::: Next up is the Amazing August Adventure Abroad in Asia and Australia. ::: Too much alliteration? ::: I’m beyond excited for this trip. I’m looking forward to being completely out of my comfort zone, experiencing new cultures and food, and meeting new people. ::: Huge thanks to @glographics and @mylifesatravelmovie for their honesty and legwork around the world. I’ve been following them for a few years and instead of scrolling through another day’s IG feed saying “I wish that was me” - I worked my ass off to get on the effing plane and GO. And more fantastically, I’ll be seeing(meeting!)them both and a few other amazing women in Bali in a few weeks. ::: Canon EOS Rebel T6s, 56 mm on an 18-135 lens, f/7.1, 1/125, ISO 100 *
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It was very last minute and crazy, but there is some spectacular good coming out of this. 
My commute to work one way is about 1.5 hours. At the new place, it will be 15 minutes. The amount of time I’ll gain back is magical and will be a true life changer.

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I loved this interaction so much. It wasn’t in depth, or lasted very long, and I never met the man’s wife because she never left the car, but I enjoyed the connection. It was honest and innocent, and started because for almost two weeks up to that point, I was just being myself, alone in a new country, with my camera. 
There’s something so dramatic about Iceland, something so mysterious, the landscape becomes an equalizer.

Travel humbles us all. 
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