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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.

Monday, May 28, 2018


With sincere appreciation and humbleness for the sacrifices of so 
many soldiers on behalf of their fellow Americans.

They served with honor for us all.

Friday, May 4, 2018


We're on the road for my wife's birthday celebration. Given her choice of possible locations, designed to burn as many hotel and airline Frequent Traveler points as possible, she settled on San Francisco and the California Wine Country.

We're not meeting up with friends (sorry guys!!!), nor doing any really touristy things. This is her birthday week and so we're doing things quietly and to ourselves, save for one or two work-related things I'm going to be doing. Fun stuff.

Last night we took in a play, and tonight it's a late-night dinner at a jazz joint.

Slept in to 8am, myself. That's three hours after my usual morning rise.

I'm taking the lazy morning as time to get some writing done on the book and update various websites. I could get used to this.

The view from our window....

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Will be in the Bay Area for the next few days. San Francisco and the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. (Burning off tons of frequent traveler points.)

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One of our global favorite destinations. Wine Country, here we come!

Monday, April 30, 2018


I *did* say it was one of those weeks. Let's see if I can get back on schedule this week.

Glaciers seem to be massive, immovable and permanent. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.

South Sawyer Glacier, Alaska. c2004

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


The calendar is getting away from me. We're almost in May??? Criminy.

So noted, here's the famous Steam Clock in Vancouver's wonderful and eclectic Gastown district.

Time is fleeting...

Monday, April 23, 2018


In two weeks we venture to the wilds of Northern California for a stop at Safari West, as well as swings by the Napa Valley and San Francisco.

Excited to get back on the road.

Welcome to Monday! Here are some giraffes to make you smile.

Friday, April 20, 2018


What fun is life if you don't shake things up every once in a while?

So, instead of the Friday Martini we're headed for Ile St Barth and an ice cold rum on the shores of Saint Jean Beach. The famous Hepy Bar at the beautiful Hotel Emeraude Plage.

Escape with a taste of the Caribbean.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Sometimes you've just got to get away from the desk and take a few moments for yourself.

Break time.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Spring is having a hard time getting started in a number of places. While the weather may sometimes take a turn for the worst, I'd rather be in a Hawaiian tropical storm than a frozen midwest. 

And I know I'm not alone.

Just sayin'.

Monday, April 16, 2018


For your Monday start. A little walk the dog on a chill Spring morning.

Vancouver, BC.

Make it a great week.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Once again it's Friday and time to begging thinking abut the weekend.

Today's concoction is in Long Beach California in honor of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, being run whiz weekend.

What do you have planned?

Thursday, April 12, 2018


I was asked, recently, about the reference to "Street Photographer" in my bio on Facebook.

To me, this represents a particular aspect of photography, particularly Travel photography. It's much more a candid sort of work rather than posed shots or shots which have been carefully considered and made. Lined up to a specific angle before the shutter is triggered.

With street photography the world becomes a series of patterns and cues, of events which must be observed then caught at a moment in time that essentially tells a story.

I teach this in my Travel Photography classes. That while some travel photography is, of course, capturing someone's presence, and perhaps the face or actions of an adventure, or maybe a static shot of a monument or geographic feature, some other and equally interesting images are those which are essential "Street Photography". Capturing life as it happens.

Britannica.com describes it as "a genre that records everyday life in a public place." 

One of the masters of the genre is Henri Cartier-Bresson , who dragged his trusty Leica and heavy gear into the streets of the city and recorded life as he saw it. I commend his work to you on this page. He put it, much poetically, this way:

Accordingly, this quote is what changed my, ahem, focus as a photographer, away from taking static travel shots and towards attempts to capture places and people as I find them.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Cities around the world deal with the traffic crunches in their areas in different ways. New York has its subways, Paris has Le Metro, New Delhi has a bus and taxi system that defies pretty much all known laws of physics.

Amsterdam employs a very effective and environmentally-friendly tram system.

The problem, of course, is deciding where you want to go....

Monday, April 9, 2018


It's Monday. Time for work.

Grab a big cup of coffee and head out. Maybe a double.

Make it a good week.

Coffee on 6th, Midtown

Friday, April 6, 2018


(This is how themes get started. Post a shot one day, and then realize four days later you've got a theme. Who knew?) 

The Atlantic Ocean, formed as the African and European continents splits from the Americas millennia ago. It is certainly more turbulent than its larger Pacific cousin, with a dramatic history and influence on the human world.

This is the coastline of North Carolina, on Emerald Isle. A cold Autumn squall is headed in.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


To continue the unofficial theme of the week, today's coastline is the Gulf of Mexico.

Pensacola, Florida, to be precise. Gorgeous wide and white sand beaches, so bright they almost hurt the eyes. And in Summer time the weather is hot, humid and unpredictable. Shortly after this shot a squall moved in sending beachgoers fleeing for cover.

Unless they brought their own, of course.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Monday we visited Venice Beach, California.

Today it's taking a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in the sun-drenched town 
of Bunbury, Western Australia. In the southern outskirts of the Perth metropolitan area.

Not as well-known, but certainly a much more serene locale.

Monday, April 2, 2018


Another one of the artistic reworks. I spent a good portion of the weekend up and around Venice Beach, that Bohemian part of Los Angeles even the rest of Los Angeles calls Bohemian.

These are the lifeguard towers just off the main section of the beach's boardwalk. A couple of filters to enhance the color and give it a painting's vibe.

Welcome to Monday.

Saturday, March 31, 2018


On this middle day between Good Friday and Easter, I cannot help but recall this quote from the Christian Messiah, encouraging his followers to embrace the strangers they encounter.

Today's leaders encourage them to fear the stranger, and that has created a world in which modern Christians lose touch with the teachings of the Messiah, and thereby lose their soul.

Something to consider in this weekend of his rebirth.

Friday, March 30, 2018


Once again it's Friday. *yay*

And since Friday nights, Martinis and Jazz go together, today's feature is from 
the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Live music (jazz) and a terrific bar.

See you there.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Philippe's, near L.A.'s famed Union Station.

Home of the original French Dip sandwich.

Get in line and wait your turn. Business suits, grungies, the hoi palloi and the down and out.

Open Daily, now serving breakfast.

Beware the mustard.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Much to our national disgrace, the current administration continues to fail Puerto Rico when it comes to recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria. Six months after 15% of Puerto Riquenos - who are American citizens - don't have power.

Meanwhile the administration had fallen over backwards to help when Texas was hit a month earlier.

It's humiliating and wrong. We used to be better than this.

This is the view from El Morro.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


There are a few regions of the world which the name alone conjures an iconic image.

Siberia. Tibet. India. Sahara. California. Amazon.

To me, and to millions of other people, "Tuscany" is one such place.