Category Archives: Photo Series/Essays

Jigokudani Monkey Park- See Hot Spring Loving, Wild Snow Monkeys in Japan

My main reason for visiting Nagano was to do a day trip to Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to Japan’s famous hot spring loving, wild snow monkeys. I was inspired to visit Jigokudani Monkey Park by all the adorable photos I was seeing of snow monkeys soaking contentedly in the hot pools. As an animal lover,…

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Killarney National Park, Ireland- Photo Series

When I was visiting Killarney, I kept thinking how nice it must be to have such a beautiful national park right at your doorstep. Just steps away from the centre of town, Killarney National Park encompasses some of the best scenery in Ireland. Killarney National Park is a sublime collection of lakes, mountains, woodlands, and…

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Tombstone Territorial Park Flightseeing Tour- The Yukon, Canada

As my helicopter lifted off from the outskirts of Dawson City, I had no idea what to expect from my flightseeing tour of Tombstone Territorial Park. The scenery around Dawson City was nice- big hills, forests, and rivers- but the name Tombstone hinted at something far more dramatic. Staring out the window, I watched as…

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  • Anonymous - awesome photos of tomstone territorial parkNovember 18, 2017 – 4:29 amReplyCancel

Walking Tour of Santiago, Chile- Photo Series

We found ourselves in Santiago more out of necessity than any real desire. We were going to Easter Island for a few days and Santiago is one of only two places you can fly there from. Since we were passing through, we decided we should spend at least one day in Santiago exploring the city….

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Boat Tour of Islamorada- Visiting Bloodline Filming Locations

Islamorada was a place I wasn’t familiar with until I became hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. This gripping family drama and thriller is set in the Florida Keys, filmed primarily in Islamorada. The locations are such an integral part of the show, it’s like the Keys themselves are a main character. So during…

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  • Nic - www.seenicwander.com - Such a beautiful post! This is a huge inspiration to newbie travel bloggers like me! Thank you! :)July 22, 2016 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Interesting as I’m watching the series right now (about halfway through season 1).

    Beautiful photos!

    Frank (bbqboy)August 17, 2016 – 3:03 amReplyCancel

Tybee Island, Georgia- Photo Series

On the last of our 3 days in Savannah, we headed out to Tybee Island for the afternoon. Known as Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island is a short 20 minute drive from the city and was a great place to relax after a busy few days exploring the sights of Savannah. We walked down the shoreline,…

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  • Frank - Wonderful looking beach! Love the sand and sunsets.

    Frank (bbqboy)April 28, 2016 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

A Walk Around Munich- Photo Series

Of all the cities we visited during our 5 weeks in Europe, Munich had some of the most fascinating stories. We took part in two different themed walking tours- one was a general tour of the Old Town and the other was all about Hitler and the Third Reich. It was incredibly interesting to learn…

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  • Frank - Great photos! You actually got inside the Hofbrauhaus? I’ve wanted to get in there twice and both times there were huge lines and we just kind of said “screw it”. Looks like a good time.

    Frank (bbqboy)April 19, 2016 – 2:28 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - There was no line to get in, odd considering it was Oktoberfest. We must have been there early in the day. It’s not really my scene so we just walked in, used the washroom and walked out.April 19, 2016 – 4:08 pmReplyCancel

A Scenic Drive on the North Cascades Highway- Photo Series

On our way home from our Alaska cruise, we decided to take the scenic route back to Edmonton. Well, it was more of a scenic detour since it wasn’t even close to the normal route we usually take home from Vancouver! Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a stickler for efficiency, and…

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  • Alix - Beautiful photos! I’ve never taken that route, but it looks like an amazing drive. Will definitely have to try it out! As my Instagram feed will attest to, I have a thing for turquoise blue alpine lakes and the one in your photos looks like a must see!

    AlixAugust 10, 2015 – 12:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Sand In My Suitcase - That’s quite a bit of a detour! Normally, you’d drive through Jasper, wouldn’t you? We were so smitten with visiting Jasper National Park last year that we visited again this summer on a family holiday. Your photos are beautiful :-)August 20, 2015 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

The Okunoin- Koyasan’s Ancient Cemetery

The stone path was dim and moody. Centuries old cedar trees towered above us, shading the moss-covered tombstones below. We didn’t say much as we quietly wandered deep into this ancient cemetery, the largest in Japan. When we did speak, it was in whispers, as though not to wake the dead. You see, we were…

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  • Reuben RD - Some lovely photos there, thankyou for sharing. My Dad, Sister and his Wife have both recently moved back to Japan and are now building a lovely home.September 15, 2015 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

Tokyo at Night- Photo Series

Bright neon signs, flickering video screens, illuminated towers, glowing skyscraper windows, a vibrant energy on the streets- this is Tokyo after dark. Tokyo at night is a bustling, lively place. Sidewalks are busy with people heading for dinner and drinks after a long day at work, while a steady stream of people pour in and…

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  • Frank - Great shots, love those lanterns 3rd shot from the bottom.
    Frank (bbqboy)November 3, 2015 – 10:55 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Fantastic! We’ll be there in a week, staying the first 4 nights in Asakusa. We’ll make sure to visit the Skytree and Senso-ji temple at night.
    I didn’t realize they had their own statue of Liberty!

    Frank (bbqboy)October 13, 2016 – 12:23 amReplyCancel

Canmore Helicopter Tour- Sightseeing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

I bow my head down as I walk into a brisk wind, the two strong blades of a helicopter loudly turning above my head. “I can’t believe this is really happening,” I think as I climb up into the bright-red Bell Long Ranger. I quickly fasten my seatbelt and then fumble with the headset, big…

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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Well, looks like your first helicopter ride will be hard to beat! Amazing photos of those snow-covered mountains… We last took a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii (no doors – better photos) – much more exhilarating than a small plane ride…May 4, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kanika Kalia - Amazing pics.. will surely try to do a helicopter ride when I go to Alberta…May 6, 2015 – 5:37 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!May 11, 2015 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Donna Corrigan - I hope to get to Canmore in the next year as my son just started to work at alpine helicopters. I ve never been west and love all the pics. I have never been in a helicopter either and am looking forward to the tour in the mountains. It truly is a spectacular place. I have enjoyed all the photos. Thanks. Have a nice day.May 15, 2015 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

All Aboard The McKinley Explorer! – A Ride on the Scenic Alaska Railroad

It’s no secret that we love travelling by train! We’ve made many train trips over the years, but our journey on the Alaska Railroad was the most scenic train trip we’ve been on so far. Our ride on the McKinley Explorer was part of our Alaska cruise. We chose an itinerary that had a land…

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  • Rouven@yarnsofwhalesandsnow.com - Wow, the landscape looks stunning. Everyone of your posts makes it harder for me not to change my travel plans for this year and go to Alaska instead ;)

    March 26, 2015 – 9:36 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You definitely should go to Alaska! It is such an incredible place. I’ve been twice now and would go again in a heartbeat!April 14, 2015 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Gerst Adkisson - What lens were you shooting these shots withApril 15, 2015 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

  • Malisa Mercer - What month did you go?July 6, 2016 – 5:15 amReplyCancel

  • Donna - You have almost the same pictures that I have, except you were lucky enough to see Denali. My pictures have all clouds. How disappointing to know that I really was looking at the mountain and she just didn’t want to be seen that day.June 17, 2017 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

Winter in Jasper- A Frosty Photo Series

Long, cold, and dreary. Those are all words that we Albertans tend to use when describing our winters. I can agree with the long and, most of the time, cold, but dreary not so much. A winter trip to Jasper will have you rethinking the way you describe Alberta’s longest season. Jasper’s gorgeous scenery, draped…

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  • Macca Sherifi - Yes please!

    Amazing photos. I usually only hike in the summer (I like the sunshine), but with photo essays like this I am starting to come round to the idea that winter is where it’s at.January 26, 2015 – 11:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I love summer too but it’s great to be able to experience all this beauty without the summertime crowds!February 1, 2015 – 1:27 pmReplyCancel

Germany in Black and White- Photo Series

Every so often, I like to do a collection of travel photos in black and white. This ongoing series of mine started when I did a post of Rome in Black and White and then continued with Paris in Black and White. I wasn’t sure if black and white would look good on Germany, since…

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  • Dennis Kopp - Wow Rhonda, those are really nice impressions of Germany and they even look good in black and white! Thanks for daring to remove the color from the buildings and thank you even more for reminding me to see more of my own country… :)December 23, 2014 – 11:59 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Some great photos. One of our favorite countries!
    Frank (bbqboy)December 25, 2014 – 5:51 amReplyCancel

Colours of Cuba- Photo Series

One of the things I loved most about Cuba was its vibrancy. It’s a bright and colourful country, a nice change from our dreary winters and beige houses here in Canada. Colours of Cuba In Havana, pops of colour breathe life into the worn, sometimes crumbling buildings. Classic cars, many with immaculate, glossy paint jobs,…

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  • Frank - Fantastic photos Rhonda. We’ve compared notes before on Cuba – but this compilation is really good and covers a few places that we haven’t been.
    Frank (bbqboy)October 8, 2014 – 7:32 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks Frank! I had so many photos to sift through, it was hard to pick the ones to include!October 8, 2014 – 9:02 amReplyCancel

  • Michael Dadourian - Thank you for painting a nice picture, I think you definitely sold this destination spot. Glad you shared such nice imagery along with your words.October 9, 2014 – 9:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Michael Dadourian - My pleasure Rhonda.October 10, 2014 – 5:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Julie Reinwald - Your photos are beautiful! My soon-to-be son-in-law was born and raised in Cuba, and my daughter has been there twice. I am hoping to be able to visit the country in the next few years to spend time with his family who all still live there!October 11, 2014 – 2:51 amReplyCancel

  • Melissa - The Mellyboo Project - These photos are BRILLIANT! :) Definitely makes me want to go to CubaJanuary 24, 2016 – 6:41 pmReplyCancel

Flightseeing in Ketchikan, Alaska- Misty Fjords National Monument

As part of our bear viewing excursion in Neets Bay, we got to enjoy a ride in a float plane and marvel at Alaska’s monumental beauty from above. All buckled in for our flight back to Ketchikan, our pilot announced over our headsets, “My next flight isn’t until 12:30. It’s such a beautiful day, we’ve…

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  • Life After 9to5 - Absolutely gorgeous scenery. I can imagine breathing in the fresh brisk air. The photos turned out great!August 28, 2014 – 2:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Ryan Biddulph - Hi Rhonda,

    Beyond stunning imagery. I’ve heard that flightseeing is the thing to do in some Alaska locales.

    Really, something else.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Tweeting through Triberr.

    RyanAugust 28, 2014 – 3:53 pmReplyCancel

Bear Watching at Neets Bay, Alaska

My favourite day of our Alaska cruise was in Ketchikan, when we went on a bear watching excursion to Neets Bay. After a short floatplane ride flying over stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and forests, we smoothly landed in Neets Bay and glided up to the dock to meet our guide. Bear Viewing at Neets…

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  • frankaboutcroatia - Hi Rhonda, hopping over from Part Time Traveler Talk. I’ve only seen a bear in a wild once, in Canada. But nothing as exciting as watching him fish for his food, and then eating it. The last photo made me laugh, ’cause he’s really looking like taking a break and thinking after the lunch :). Thanks for sharing!August 31, 2014 – 12:13 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I live in Canada and go to the Rocky Mountains a few times a year, but I’ve never seen a bear. My husband is a forester, so he sees bears almost every day at work. He’s always sending me pictures to make me jealous! So when we were in Alaska, I made it my mission to see a bear. It was very exciting to see how quickly he grabbed a fish out of the water. I loved how he took his time eating it too, using the rocks like a table and chair!August 31, 2014 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

  • Michele Chan-Thomson - I am so glad that you got to see a bear. And what a cooperative photo subject you had. I would have lingered, too.September 5, 2014 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

Prague at Night- Photo Series

My favourite time of day to explore Prague was late at night. After dark, the crowds of tourists disappear, but the city is still very much alive. Seeing Prague’s important monuments and buildings lit up against the dark night sky, added an element of romance to an already fairytale-like city. We happily wandered the streets…

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  • Frank - Hi Rhonda – hey where are you guys right now? We’re in Prague and I was just getting set to post on a night tour we took here (a Ghost Tour). If you’re ever in the same city we could maybe meet up for a beer?
    Great pics!
    Frank (bbqboy)July 17, 2014 – 4:50 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We’re home in Edmonton, getting ready to leave for Alaska in a few days. Yes, we should meet up if we ever cross paths! We wanted to do the ghost tour in Prague but ran out of time (and energy). Can’t wait to read all about it!July 17, 2014 – 4:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Shame, would have been nice to meet you. I’ll post in sometime tomorrow.
    Alaska – ooohh, that should be fun!July 17, 2014 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Milena Yordanova - Brilliant photos! Prague is so romantic at night.July 18, 2014 – 1:30 amReplyCancel

  • Laura @Travelocafe - I love this night shots… really lovely pics.July 18, 2014 – 3:05 amReplyCancel

  • Emma @ Everyday Postcard - Beautiful photos! I have to agree, I liked Prague during the day but I fell in love with the city at night.July 19, 2014 – 11:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Claudia - WOW, nice shots!August 8, 2014 – 10:42 amReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Great pictures at night. I now wish I had returned especially to the Charles Bridge late at night. I was there in the evening when there was oodles of people. This seems so peaceful. I love night pictures!!August 14, 2014 – 11:41 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! Charles Bridge was definitely more pleasant late at night, once the crowds had gone. I had so much fun photographing Prague at night!August 14, 2014 – 12:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - The buildings in Prague are so beautiful. It is like they are lit from the frames. So beautiful.March 25, 2015 – 11:28 pmReplyCancel

A Night Out at the Tropicana Havana

Our cab heads down a broad, tree lined avenue into Miramar, Havana’s most elegant district. We zip past stately villas, housing embassies and institutions, on our way to Cuba’s, maybe even the world’s, most famous nightclub- the Tropicana Havana. Turning off the main road, our taxi slowly pulls into a lush tropical forest. The fluorescent…

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  • Marsha - Fantastic pictures! Looks like an amazing show….yes that gal is quite bendy. :)April 28, 2014 – 8:52 amReplyCancel

  • Lesh- NOMADasaurus - Great photos. We missed this show and went to the show at the Hotel National. We were at the end of our trip and nearly out of money so we went for the budget one. Didn’t look as good as this show though. :)June 22, 2014 – 8:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We didn’t get a chance to visit Hotel National. We kept driving by it but never actually went in to explore.June 23, 2014 – 10:29 amReplyCancel

  • Paul (the Travelling Boomer) - Good post, guys, and great pictures. It looks like a spectacular show, though like a lot of things in Cuba, it gives me mixed feelings. In a place where people are working two jobs to survive, it’s strange to see a Las Vegas-style dance show — maybe even strange that it’s allowed. As you say, its sole purpose is to earn money from the tourists.

    On the other hand, even poor countries like to put on a show, and shows like this give singers and dancers a job. And Cubans do love to sing and dance. Next time I’m in Havana I think I’ll see the Buena Vista Social Club, but I’m not sure I’ll spring for a ticket to the Tropicana.August 29, 2014 – 2:34 pmReplyCancel

Dachstein Ice Cave- Photo Series

When we were in Hallstatt, our short visit meant we had to choose between visiting the salt mines or the nearby Dachstein Ice Cave. Hallstatt is known for its long, prosperous history of salt mining, so I almost felt obligated to go tour the mines. Once I tuned into my instincts, instead of the guidebook…

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  • Paul Marshman - Some nice shots, Rhonda — the coloured lights really give the cave an out-of-this-world look. This reminds me of my trip into the Mulu caves in Borneo long ago, though without the bats — and the bat poo … March 30, 2014 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much Paul! I am glad there were no bats- no animal terrifies me more!April 10, 2014 – 7:03 amReplyCancel

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