A 9 Mile Hike Under the Blazing Sun of the Indian Summer and All I Saw was One @#$%#! Squirrel (AKA Day 1 of my Safari in Satpura National Tiger Preserve).


Arriving just past midnight after a long day of travel, I was pleasantly surprised how nice my hotel room was at the Danwa Backwater Escape.  The room could have been pictured in any travel magazine, but I was leaving the hotel at 5:30 a.m. to start my tiger safari and was just happy to get a few hours of sleep. Dragging myself out of bed, I met my two fellow travelers for the long car ride to the starting point of the hike. We had all signed up for a four-day (approximately 40 mile) hike in Satpura National Tiger Preserve. ...

A Photographers Dream in Bangalore: Tips for shooting the KR Flower Market


The KR Flower Market is a bustling area of street vendors selling a vast array of fresh cut flowers.  I am told that vendors starting arriving at 2:00 a.m. to set up their flowers, and that the market starts getting busy at 5:00 a.m.  I arrived at 6:00 a.m. about an hour before sunrise. As a photography enthusiast the beauty of the arriving before sunrise is that it allows for pictures that have a completely different mood than after sunrise.  The pictures that are in low light capture a mood that is very different than after the sunrises, when your...

Barefoot waiters serving food from silver buckets. What could be bad?


The Mavalli Tiffin Room has been at its present location on Lalbagh Road since 1960, but its history goes back 40 more years. MTR as it is commonly referred is a Bengaluru landmark and deservedly so.  It was my first meal in India and it was not at all what I expected.  I had read several online reviews of the restaurant (many call MTR is the best restaurant in India) and was expecting a dish called rava idli, which as far as I can tell is a vegetarian rice cake stuffed or mixed with vegetables.  Apparently this is only...

A Half-Full Glass Day in Paris


As one might expect, there are no direct flights from Miami to India.  My flight to India was booked on Air France with a three hour layover in Paris.  To the frustration of everyone else on the plane, the flight was delayed in Miami for a little more than three hours. I like many other travelers missed my connecting flight and essentially was stuck in Paris for 24 hours. To me this was a glass half-full moment.  I could have been frustrated by the delay, but if you are going to be stuck somewhere in the world, is there...

Gear vs Weight: Packing for a month in India


On my trip to India I have several photography goals: (1) taking picture of a tiger drinking from a lake (2) get at least one crazy Holi shot without breaking my camera and (3) improve on my street photography.  During the trip I’ll be on a photo safari for a week in a national park, in Mathura for Holi and hiking the Himalayas and the mountains around Dharmasala. I’ll be on at least 6 flights so I would rather be light than burdened with gear. My favorite gear tip when traveling like this is to take a second camera bag...