Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Freeze mid stream?

Peeing by the side of the road iin -5 Celsius and wind factor "blow everything over and freeze your face off," is pretty much the worst idea you can have.…

The northern lights

Getting this shot was torture. Wind made it so cold we could not feel our fingers after three timed exposures. Karim stopped for me at this spot that he saw driving, and I went to test out what I've learned over the past 4 days, him showing me the r…

People of Iceland: The captain

HUSAVIK, ICELAND — Alfred Rafnsson has spent 40 years as a captain, on small fishing boats and trawlers, giant factory ships, and with the United Nations food and agriculture organization. When he retired, he taught navigation in Namibia, Africa, be…

Ice caving in Jokulsarlon Glacier

One of the largest free-standing glaciers is Jokulsarlon, in southern Iceland. Huge ice sheets moved through here in 1251 and carved out the landscape .... seemingly endless fields of ice and snow, with black rocks jutting up from underneath, and be…

At the hotel, visitors every day

Vala grew up in the farm behind her hotel, a few miles outside of Hofn. The eastern Icelandic winds blow through here and guests wake up to a field, endless sky and snow. At reception, guests sign in or enter the breakfast room beside a portrait of…

Another world.

There are some places on earth that appear otherworldly. If you are silent and see, you can hear the echoes of lands we didn't know existed. These were taken within 30 feet of each other and within 20 minutes. How different. Eastern Iceland.…

Dancing northern lights

We stand on the side of the road in darkness, the Icelandic wind whirring in my hat and hood. It is dark, and before the guys saw aurora but now it is gone. There are some green hues behind the clouds that rolled in. We wait. Some moments later, so…

Iceland aurora by karim boukarim

Good morning, adventure!

I boarded the plane from Iceland to Germany last year exhausted, my final stop on the round-the-world journey. Two guys sat next to me. They looked exhausted, too, and carried tripods. "You photographers?" That was a year ago this month. In a few s…

Matt Hutchinson. Photo by Keith Walters

Remembering Matt: Murdered this past weekend

This is Matt Hutchinson, the SUNY Geneseo student who was murdered this past weekend at the college. I know him. Or knew him. The news is everwhere, even CNN: He was at his friend's house. The ex boyfriend came in and stabbed them before stabbing…