Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Astrophotography Up High

Astrophotography Up High
Since about the time I was a zygote, I've been impressed by stars.  I can't get enough of looking at them and with a digital SLR I can take their photo.  The problem is I live at live near sea level and immersed in light pollution.  I am lucky to see any nebulae (gas clouds in the sky) or the Milky…

Searching for The Eagle and The Hawk

Searching for The Eagle and The Hawk
Tucked away in a corner of a park in Aspen, CO, is The John Denver Sanctuary.  It is a meandering trail open to the public that is lined with huge boulders on either side as you walk it.  On these rocks has been engraved lyrics from John Denver's songs, and I went there in search of one particular song that…

Iguazu Falls Trip

Iguazu Falls Trip
For our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and I visited Buenos Aires and Mendoza, which were lovely and fun.  However, the big surprise was visiting Iguazu Falls.  I guess I'd hadn't done my homework about the falls because it was more majestic and impressive than I'd envisioned.  What's more, the Argentine and Brazilian governments had done an excellent job of…

A clever way to use flash

A clever way to use flash
I deeply admire the foreign travel photographer Nevada Wier.  Her photography is beautiful, elegant and innovative.  I've traveled with her five times and have taken two photography seminars from her. The most recent seminar, among other techniques, she taught me how to use flash in a very clever way.  She stresses that a camera flash shouldn't be used simply when there…

My Camera, Horse Drawn Carriages, and Cartagena

My Camera, Horse Drawn Carriages, and Cartagena
Probably one of my best experiences doing travel photography was when I was in the historical district of Cartagena, Colombia.  Our tour leader, a woman with world-class skills both as a photographer and as a teacher, brought us to a quaint street to watch and photograph horse drawn carriages as they strolled by.  There were some tables and chairs set out and via a…

My Walk on the Wild Side

My Walk on the Wild Side
I think it is safe to say that many people travel so they may see and experience something new; at least that is my motivation. The fact is, though, we travelers don't need to go thousands of miles to do this. Instead we can visit something completely beyond our usual experience and not travel but a few miles.   So a few months ago,…

Dog Meat

Dog Meat
I am serious when I say that if my dogs and me were trapped in a burning building and my wife could only save me or them that she had better rescue them first. I love dogs, especially our "children". I grew up with dogs as family members. I can watch a movie where dozens of humans are hurt, carved up,…

An Hour Well Spent

An Hour Well Spent
In Sacramento, California there is an art gallery I love to visit.  It is not huge and it doesn't have a lot of big-name artists, but I think that is why I like it more than, say, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.  Yeah, sure that is a crazy thing to say because MoMA has art…

Not Because It’s There

Not Because It’s There
I think the most important thing to know about mountain climbing is the motivation for doing it. A greater man than me said he climbed a mountain because it’s there. In August 2000 when I climbed Mt Shasta in northern California my desire was to disobey my aunt. You see, when I was about seven years old, I told her…