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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Taking a Header!

"Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful."
                                  Kailash Satyarthi

The header -- the long rectangular image usually found at the top of a page or article -- is perhaps the most unsung image category on the internet.

The image has to be "highly horizontal", so as not to take up to much of the article's space, but it also must grab the viewer's attention and get them to stay on the page long enough to begin reading.

I have multiple websites which I manage, ranging from the Thumbnail Traveler and Ask The Passenger blogs and Facebook pages, to my Barbergallery.net page and my own personal Facebook page. Add in my Twitter feed and the articles which appear on other people's pages and that adds up to a lot of headers over the years.

In looking through them, it's a reminder of how much we have traveled over the last five years. Some places are under-represented. (I'm surprised I haven't used more of our Australia images, for instance.) Each of them is representative of a topic or mood I was trying to establish, and each is something which I feel is somehow representative and illustrative of my work.

So, I thought I would feature them in their very own blog entry.


Duvall Street, Key West

Mount St Helens, Washington 

A luncheonette counter at Melbourne International Airport

The astounding Pacific Coast Highway as it curves through the cliffs along California's Central Coast

Lobby of the Pantages Theater in Hollywood

Cruise ships in Venice, Italy

The Monument Valley, Utah and Arizona

Looking south along highway 163 in the Monument Valley

The beach at Tulum, Mexico

Looking down on my home town of Long Beach, California

The Las Vegas Strip from Palms Place

A fire burning on the prairie outside Pocatello, Idaho

The Boneyard at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas
The Pigalle Metro Station, Paris

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Polar Bear, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Sunrise in the Swan Valley, Western Australia

Riding through the Red Rock State Park, Nevada


Boot Hill, El Paso, Texas

The sunset over Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia

Tuscany vineyards

The beach at Positano, Italy

The Houses of Parliament taken from the London Eye, London

Courtyard at the Vatican Museum

Red rocks at sunset, just outside Sedona, Arizona

Vineyard in the Loire Valley (with cat)

Marina at Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington

Pre-dawn along Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, California

Sunrise over the oil islands off of Long Beach, California

The giant volcano Vesuvius towers over Naples, Italy

My car amidst the volcanic cinder cones of the Mojave Desert in California

The "Devil's Playground" in the Mojave

Jet engine at sunset

Boarding a Delta CRJ at sunset

The El Junque rain forest, Puerto Rico

Rapid City airport, pre-dawn

Heading off on a Na Pali Coast expedition, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

The Inside Passage, Favorite Channel, Alaska

A field alongside highway 24, North Carolina
Otherworldly clouds above the Midwest

Monument Valley in the rearview mirror

An alleyway in Rovinj, Croatia


Evening lights of St Paul Cathedral and surroundings reflecting in the Thames River

Times Square