Color and Light in Chihuly’s Garden and Glass

A boat balances on its edge overflowing with irregular forms that reflect the mirror below and cast shadows on the surrounding walls. Inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana flower arrangements, Dale Chihuly’s “Niijima Float Boats” are one of many large-scale installations that both amaze and inspire. Chihuly’s work has been an obsession of mine […]

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Tourists in Seattle

It’s January 2019 and American Airlines notifies us that our reward miles are expiring. We have a manner of days to decide where we might want to travel this year. Somewhere we’ve never been but always wanted to go that could be budgeted for six months down the road? The Pacific Northwest was calling our […]

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Game Changers Eat Seattle

We Jagers assume roles when traveling that we naturally do best. I take on the role of activity planner and navigator while Derek is the food connoisseur. He takes great joy in vetting menus and online reviews for our meals to uncover the gems in the city. Our favorite places are usually Japanese but we […]

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Photo Walk at Oden State Fish Hatchery

On a cool, Autumn afternoon we walked the trails of Oden State Fish Hatchery in northern Michigan. The water was so clear that the trout could be seen right from the trail and the trees were in the peak of their colors.  This hatchery has been active since 1920 replenishing fish communities that are released […]

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The World is Best Explored On Foot

I love maps. The best maps expand like origami from the palm of my hand to the size of an atlas that identifies each street by name. Maps are beautiful works of functional art that help me find my place by observing what is around me. I could probably find what I’m looking for faster […]

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

I stand with my arms open, chin to the sky, as another gust coats me with sweet mist in my eyes. The cloud of white is a rush of relief leaving droplets behind poised on the strands of my hair. I cheer after each thunderous wave as I would on the crest of a roller […]

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O Canada!

Those of us born as U.S. citizens blissfully enjoy many privileges with our navy blue passports that past generations have handed down to us. The more that I travel, however, I realize just how naive my worldview as an American has always been growing up in what is thought to be “the greatest country in […]

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