The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Indian family photo

A lot has changed since last I visited the Taj Mahal in 1990. Air pollution has decreased significantly since factories were relocated out of Agra, India. There’s also a new ticket building – with bathrooms – and a shuttle system.  What has not changed is the age-old human story and the timeless architectural beauty of … Read more

The Road to Agra

Delhi to Agra by road

On the day before India was to debut a new 6-lane expressway that halves the travel time between New Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, I made the trip on a road that was decidedly NOT an expressway. Road to Agra The last time that I visited the Taj Mahal, it was in … Read more

How to Spot a Tourist in New York City

Professional Tourist in New York City

No matter what anyone tells you, it’s not cool to walk the mean streets of New York City with a camera around your neck. Knowing that, I’ve tried for subtlety. Camera discreetly tucked into a stylish handbag, replacing the DSLR with tiny point-and-shoots, or my personal favorite – camouflaging my intentions by dressing like a … Read more

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

The display of cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. peaked early this year, but Cherry Blossom Festival celebrations draw visitors from around the world through the month of April. There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the sight of cherry blossom trees in bloom against the backdrop of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s a sight … Read more

Self-Portraits, An Inauspicious Beginning

Taking self-portraits turned out to be a bust, in more ways than one. Heading into the weekend, Day 5 of the SITS Girls’ Pin-tastic Pinterest Challenge required us to capture the one person that rarely makes it into the frame – the photographer. Not only would we have to forget about any self-image issues (of … Read more

Adventure Where You Find It

With such great weather this past weekend, my two kids, our two dogs and I all piled into our car to enjoy a short road trip adventure. At first we thought we might explore some of Saratoga Spring’s more exotic restaurants, but it turned out the city was just too crowded with revelers bedecked in green. So … Read more

Golden Light Travel Photos

Outdoors, it can be tricky to harness natural light for photos. Available light can be too harsh, or too dim, to get good detail in the image. And just enough light doesn’t guarantee great photos. But if there is one time of day when you’re likely to capture your best travel photos – it’s in … Read more