Flying a drone while from a moving truck on the Oregon Coast

I’d never flown a drone from a moving car. So when we were on the Oregon coast a few months ago, Jenna was driving slowly while I was standing on the bed of the truck trying to fly the drone. We did a few takes, driving forward and backwards. Here’s a cut from the footage.

Thanksgiving at site of Native American petroglyphs where settlers entered California

Donner Pass: this is where the first European settlers entered into present-day California. They tried using a new route and it led to a horrible tragedy, if you have ever read about the Donner Party, this pass is named after them. At the Donner summit are archeological petroglyphs – carvings on the rocks – madeContinue reading “Thanksgiving at site of Native American petroglyphs where settlers entered California”

Documenting the difference that properly fitting trousers can make

This is embarrassing but a totally true story. A few years ago I was visiting my team in Poland. I travel light and only had one pair of pants. They got caught in something and tore on the way there. I had no time to try and fix it as I had to rush toContinue reading “Documenting the difference that properly fitting trousers can make”

Deepening geographical understanding through language

Jenna was asking me to remind her the name of a city in Poland that she had been planning to go for a conference. After I helped her pronounce Wrocław correctly (and was surprised at myself that I remembered it so well) she said something very interesting: “I think it should be part of geographyContinue reading “Deepening geographical understanding through language”

Snorkeling with a school of fish in Hawai’i

🐟 I just had the most wonderful experience. I left my fins and camera behind and decided to venture over the coral reef with just my snorkel mask. I was alone on the reef. First person to make it to the beach. Before sunrise. I enjoyed watching all the colorful fish so close, observing themContinue reading “Snorkeling with a school of fish in Hawai’i”

How we organize and store our backcountry gear at home

There are two main reasons why it helps to neatly organize backcountry gear: 1) everything in its place and a place for everything makes it easier to find things and you “lose” things less often 2) unpacking completely and packing each time before an outing ensures full awareness of the gear on you, important discussionsContinue reading “How we organize and store our backcountry gear at home”

Shooting the lava flows in Hawai’i in 4K HDR

I spent several hours near the volcanic lava flows in the Big Island of Hawaii. I am trying to share those videos in 4K HDR and it’s been fascinating to learn how hard it is to access today as different OSes and devices will render a different variant depending on various factors. Here’s the 4KContinue reading “Shooting the lava flows in Hawai’i in 4K HDR”

Poznań at Sunset

Labels are very tricky to navigate, especially through the lens of history. Poznań is the chief city in the historical region called Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) which used to be at the heart of the 10th century Polish state. After more than a century of partitions between the Austrian, the Prussian, and the Russian imperial powers,Continue reading “Poznań at Sunset”

When I almost lost my hand to dead flamingoes in Tanzania

For those who were following along at the time, it’s been 5yrs now since I almost lost my right hand! For those who came in later, here’s what happened. This may be a little graphic so please only continue if such content doesn’t bother you. I caught an infection in Tanzania that started developing symptomsContinue reading “When I almost lost my hand to dead flamingoes in Tanzania”