Kindles, Kenyans, and Cameras – A Perfect Storm

August 2009 was the beginning of my perfect storm. Before then my life’s three big passions rarely overlapped. During the day I’d write software. On weekends I’d photograph landscapes in California’s Sierra Nevada. Once or twice a year I’d get to Kenya to work with The Kilgoris Project. Joining Kindle’s software team five years ago …

March To Read

This March, The Kilgoris Project and some generous partners are raising $10,000 (just $56 per student) to give the kids at Oltikampu Primary School Kindle e-readers. Through this campaign, the 177 students (ages 6-10) at Oltikampu Primary School will have daily access to 100 books in both Swahili and English via their Kindles. We are …

New Exhibit Opening Feb 8

Over the next few months, Red Rock Coffee in Mt View will host a display of photography from recent trips to Kilgoris. 16 photos will be on display including pictures of students and families impacted by the generosity of TKP donors. I’m hosting a small event to open the exhibit on Saturday, Feb 8, 2-4 …

“Just” Another Day in Monterey Bay

I live near one of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems. On Sunday morning I was on the beach photographing 5000 pound elephant seals and by lunch time I was heading out on a dive boat to explore the underwater pinnacles that surround Monterey. Elephant seals really are stunning animals. Yes, they look big and goofy, …

Under Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is an astonishing habitat. And at the moment, the water is clear enough to see it. My friend Jason Bradley and dove Carmel and Monterey over the weekend. Kelp, sea anemones, fish, hairy crabs, sea lions – all incredible. The most unusual sighting was a sea anemone eating a jellyfish (image below). It …

The Leopards of Yala

“Block 1” of Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park has more leopards than any other place in the world. Over 60 leopards inhabit a mere 40 square miles – about 1 ½ cats per square mile. This amazing density comes from a perfect combination of habitat, water and prey. Since there are no other big cats …

Sea Skeleton: The Wreck of the SS Conch

I’ve always been fascinated by shipwrecks. One minute a ship is afloat, the next, sheer panic breaks out as it starts to sink. This is what happened to the steamer SS Conch off the west coast of Sri Lanka in 1903. Even 110 years on there is an eerie stillness about the wreck. It hardly …