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Friday, June 27th, 2014

there are details everywhere
wandering
mittenwald de
may 26, 2014
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germany & austria, continued

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

like i mentioned in the last post, i’m obsessed with the color of the glacial streams/rivers. this is the partnach again.
like i mentioned in the last post, i’m obsessed with the color of the glacial streams/rivers. this is the partnach again.

see above.
see above.

this is thomas, proprietor of zum nachtwächter (the night watchman) in mittenwald. he made sure we had plenty to drink that night, and i developed a tiny crush while i drank grüner veltliner from austria.
this is thomas, proprietor of zum nachtwächter (the night watchman) in mittenwald. he made sure we had plenty to drink that night, and i developed a tiny crush while i drank grüner veltliner from austria.

the next day was a hangover day, so we took it easy and drove to linderhof palace, and i learned about king ludwig #2 (he was very misunderstood!)
the next day was a hangover day, so we took it easy and drove to linderhof palace, and i learned about king ludwig #2 (he was very misunderstood!).

here's the view of linderhof from the other end.
here’s the view of linderhof from the other end.

that night we hiked in the buckelwiesen. the fog/low clouds were amazing. we heard a cuckoo that night.
that night we hiked in the buckelwiesen. the fog/low clouds were amazing. we heard a cuckoo that night.

hiking in leutasch, austria. again, the color! and not the partnach.
hiking in leutasch, austria. again, the color! and not the partnach.

this day was probably the roughest, weather-wise: wind and rain. but the views made up for it.
this day was probably the roughest, weather-wise: wind and rain. but the views…

on my last day in germany, we hiked up to schachen house. this was the point where we could finally see it.
on my last day in germany, we hiked up to schachen house. this was the point where we could finally see it.

see it now? there was snow at that elevation, and the hiking trail had been open only for a week due to heavy snow.
see it now? there was snow at that elevation, and the hiking trail had been open only for a week due to heavy snow.

once at the schachen house, we were surrounded by fog/clouds, and could barely see garmisch in the valley below.
once at the schachen house, we were surrounded by fog/clouds, and could barely see garmisch in the valley below.

we explored a bit, and then it got chilly so we left pretty quickly. it's a little embarrassing as you make your way down the mountain and you encounter german gentlemen of a very advanced age making their way up, sans walking sticks and gear, wearing every day clothes, as if they were walking to the bakery down the block.
we explored a bit, and then it got chilly so we left pretty quickly. it’s a little embarrassing as you make your way down the mountain and you encounter german gentlemen of a very advanced age making their way up (minimum 3-4 hours one way), sans walking sticks and hiking gear (no water bottles!), wearing every day clothes, as if they were walking to the bakery down the block.

the ferchensee. i love this green lake. it’s amazing.
the ferchensee. i love this green lake. it’s amazing.

there were only 3 ducks on the entire lake. 2 of them, a pair mallards, came over to see if we had any treats to share (that's not my foot)
there were only 3 ducks on the entire lake. 2 of them, a pair mallards, came over to see if we had any treats to share (that’s not my foot).

my last dinner was at gastof stern in mittenwald: white asparagus and boiled potatoes smothered in hollandaise sauce (and beer). my fitbit said i walked 18.94 miles that day, so calories were not a concern.
my last dinner was at gastof stern in mittenwald: white asparagus and boiled potatoes smothered in hollandaise sauce (and beer). my fitbit said i walked 18.94 miles that day, so calories were not a concern.

it was a good trip. it was not as magical as the first trip to the region in 2012, but i’m glad i went. it’s time to explore other areas, and i likely won’t be back to bavaria any time soon. and for now, personal travel is on hold. summer arrived when i was away. i left our so-so spring and came back to temperatures in the 80′s, long sunny days, and green everywhere. it’s been amazing here and i don’t want to leave (and i don’t want it to end). winter was the worst on record (personally and literally), and our summer is 3 short months. and only 2 of those months are grad-school-free! so i’m staying put. i hope to resume travel when the days get short and cold.

germany & austria

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

my trip to germany at the end of may was a nice break from the norm. we hiked all day on 4 of the 5 days i was there. and when we hiked, we hiked an average of 16 miles, up mountains, around mountains, along rivers, and into austria. some photos:

crazy rainbow on the other end of the eibsee.
crazy rainbow on the other end of the eibsee.

the eibsee is crystal clear, and the colors reflecting from the sky and surrounding trees are insane.
the eibsee is crystal clear, and the colors reflecting from the sky and surrounding trees are insane.

 pink snail in mittenwald. pissed at my iphone camera’s inability to get the color/focus right.
pink snail in mittenwald. pissed at my iphone camera’s inability to get the color/focus right.

early morning run on the buckelwiesen before a long hike. i heard a cuckoo bird that morning!
early morning run on the buckelwiesen before a long hike. i heard a cuckoo bird that morning!

let the hiking begin!
let the hiking begin!

trail signs near partnachklamm. that day we hiked past schloss elmau and almost made it to reintalangerhütte (if only we had known how close we were when we turned around). later in the trip we hiked to schachen.
trail signs near partnachklamm. that day we hiked past schloss elmau and almost made it to reintalangerhütte (if only we had known how close we were when we turned around). later in the week we hiked to schachen.

the partnach. i'm obsessed with the opaque teal color of the water caused by glacial deposits.
the partnach. i’m obsessed with the opaque teal color of the water caused by glacial deposits.

there's very little wildlife in bavaria: very few squirrels, and i didn't see any rabbits, deer, robins, racoons, etc. -- it's eerily quiet compared to city life in saint paul. but there are a lot of giant snails and slugs.
there’s very little wildlife in bavaria: very few squirrels, and i didn’t see any rabbits, deer, robins, racoons, etc. — it’s eerily quiet compared to city life in saint paul. but there are a lot of giant snails and slugs.

enchanted forest.
enchanted forest.

the partnach, again.
the partnach, again.

obermarkt, mittenwald
obermarkt, mittenwald, with its glacial stream that goes thru the little town.

a few more photos will be posted tomorrow…

gasthof

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

after i had some amazing tomato soup...
the typography!
seefeld austria
may 27, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

more on why i don’t have the urge to blog: my favorite polaroid camera was destroyed in early may, and the packs of impossible project film i brought with me to germany were defective. only 2 photos of 18+ i took on my trip turned out. (strangely, they all look like the polaroids i took on the same trip in may 2012, when the film was just starting to show promise.) this is not one of them: it just so happens that the building was white and the lettering was brown. i’m so discouraged with the film and my broken camera that i haven’t taken a polaroid since my last day in germany (may 29).

‘roid week! day five + mittenwald

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

i need this trip so bad
near the train station
mittenwald germany
may 2012
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last night i got on a plane to munich, with mittenwald being my final destination. i’ll be hiking in the bavarian alps, eating spargel (white asparagus), and drinking bier until late next week. i’ll post on instagram when i can. i’ll be back in june. xo

‘roid week! day three

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

haven't watched the sun set on the ocean in so long
sunset
san diego ca
may 13, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

‘roid week! day one

Monday, May 19th, 2014

the view was amazing
la valencia hotel terrace
san diego ca
may 13, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

empire

Friday, May 16th, 2014

this film... is so hot & cold
midtown, 6th ave
new york ny
april 21, 2014
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la valencia hotel

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

pink!
love the colors -- no filters used
more pink!
sunset
i was in san diego (la jolla) for a quick work trip on tuesday, and i had the evening free. i asked my friend glen where i should go, and he said the la valencia hotel had one of the best views. he was right. my coworker and i had dinner on the terrace and we watched the sun go down. i should mention the temperature was 90 degrees. it was so amazing. i don’t know why glen (and jean) moved from there to minnesota. they are nuts!

willamette

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


along the river
portland or
march 24, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

stairs

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

missing new york
somewhere between broadway & 7th avenue
new york ny
april 20, 2014
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my favorite oregon photo

Monday, May 5th, 2014

the color is perfect, even though it's a little off...
haystack rock
cannon beach or
march 23, 2014
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the 415 building

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

i want this building
415 sw 10th ave
portland or
march 23, 2014
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moma

Monday, April 28th, 2014

and then i wandered...
sigmar polke & gauguin
new york ny
april 19, 2014
impossible project color film for 600-type cameras

oregon shore

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

near haystack rock
near haystack rock
cannon beach or
march 23, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

new york april 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

howard beach station
59th street bridge from roosevelt island
roosevelt island
empire state building
chelsea
high line
chrystler building
easter bonnet parade
madison square park
union square
west village
west village
i was in manhattan last weekend for 4 days, and it was exactly what i needed to recharge.

charles avenue

Monday, April 21st, 2014

i love boston
morning run with polaroid camera (it was a short trip for work)
boston ma
march 28, 2014
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tulips

Friday, April 18th, 2014

LOVE this shot
outside a flower shop
portland or
march 24, 2014
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orange gerberas

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

ORANGE!
outside a flower shop
portland or
march 24, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

cannon beach, or

Monday, April 7th, 2014

seeing the rock for the first time
haystack
haystack
orange starfish
sea anemone
a bunch of starfish
haystack
bright orange starfish
losing an arm
more rocks
looking south
haystack rock was amazing. the tide was low, and the water on the sand created a giant mirror. martha and chad walked us there, and i was finally able to see tide pools. there wasn’t a lot of sea life, but what was there was cool to see: sea anemones, bright orange and deep maroon starfish, barnacles, and 1 hermit crab. it was awesome.