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Stephen Paul

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I grew up in a small town. I went to Uni. I started taking pictures afterwards in 2000. Several cross country road trips and 3 summers in the Sierra Nevada forced me to fall in love with the outdoors. In 2004 I began working full time, taking advantage of every free weekend and holiday while liquidating my yearly vacation for bigger trips to other countries. I especially love conifer forests and alpine mountains.

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South America » Chile » O Higgins November 15th 2009

After my trip to Cipreses,, the world was my oyster! Cote and I were instant friends, and quickly we set to work on our next trip to the fabled valley of Pangal. While we were in Cipreses, Cote described the difference between the glacial valleys of Cipreses and Pangal. "Cipreses is long, very wide and the cerros are very tall. Is intimate, Is steep and dramatic. Pangal is closer to Rancagua and shoots up very fast, Is my land!" From Rancagua to the verdant glacial valley of Pangal, the journey is just 50 km long... Pangal is rich in copper and used for hydroelectricity, owned by Codelco, the state mining company. Pangal isn't developed and there's a de facto wilderness in the higher altitudes, restricted to pack animals and climbers...although it wouldn't be uncommon to see ... read more
Valle Pangal
Magellenic Clouds, camp
Sombrero Chileno

South America » Chile » O Higgins November 1st 2009

I waited 3 years to see the magical conifer forests of Central Chile. My guide Cote arranged 4 Days on Horseback with Don Angel and his niece Lucilla. A true Huaso, he even makes his own ropes and saddles. One saddle was made of alternating layers of burlap, wool and Guanaco skin! We rode deep into the heart of the Mediterranean High Andes where giant Quisco cactus give way to groves of Austrocedrus chilensis- Southern Cedars found only in Chile. After the archaic Araucaria and coastal giant Alerce, the Ciprés de la Cordillera (Austrocedrus chilensis) is Chile's 3rd most famous conifer. Some trees can be more than a 1000 years old!The HorseThe horse is so many things- a mythical giant, a beast of burden, a friend. To be honest I thought I had experience with horses, ... read more
Panchito
Austrocedrus Chilensis
A contorted Ciprés de la Cordillera

North America » United States » California » Kirkwood October 20th 2009

Skiing is fun! Come spend the weekend with me skiing at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in the Sierra Nevada in California. The weather is fine, the snow is deep and the scenery unforgettable. This is what I said to my friends, but nobody wanted to go! So I went alone... The truth is I don't have any friends, but its a good cover for my lack of a social circle. On average Kirkwood gets over 41 ft /12 m of snow each year, and also has one of the highest bases in the Sierra's at 7800 ft / 2377 m. I think next to Squaw Valley and Mammoth, the large amount of terrain above treeline and steep chutes make this the best skiing California has to offer. Next weekend, Alpine Meadows WITH friends! ..´¯'·.´¯'·.¸¸.·´¯'· Steve ·.¸¸.·´¯'·.´¯'·.¸¸.·´¯'·..... read more
Black Butte, 2753 m / 9032 ft
Larry's Lip
Larry's Lip, Lookout Vista

South America » Ecuador September 13th 2009

Museums, Churches and Thieves: Aren't All Big Cities The Same? That was my initial impression after leaving Quito by bus. Why are we spending any time at all in a city when we could be climbing a volcano, river rafting in the cloud forest or hiking to Alpine Lakes? Then I took a minute to think about what I had seen- the soaring 4,784 meter Volcan Pichincha, still active. Impossibly beautiful churches hundreds of years old with interiors coated in gold. A 500 year old bible... 500 years old!! The book was probably held by the priests as they tried to convert the Quitus Indians, killed supposed witches and held Sunday mass. Old town Quito is a maze of tall buildings that are layered on one another, dissected by windy streets going up and down steep ... read more
Old Town Quito
Canyoning Rio Amarillo
Puya trunk, PN Las Cajas

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos September 1st 2009

At 6am we wake up to the hum of the air conditioner. It's freezing, but at least its dry. The drill is simple: brush your teeth, drink some water and head up deck to put on your gear. Darwin Island covered in birds, the rock of the boat, the Frigate birds swarming overhead, the dolphins swimming by... We stretch into our suits, looking over the marine layer of clouds, the Garua, that covers Pacific Ocean. They are wet and cold, but we continue faithfully by the light of the early morning fog, a shade of grey. 15 minutes later the Panga Boats get loaded and motor out for Darwin's Arch. On a 3 count we fall from the boats backwards into the 75 degree water, dropping 70 feet through schools of colorful tropical reef fish and ... read more
Magnificent Frigatebirds
Whale Shark!
Sunset over the Equator

Oceans and Seas August 8th 2009

One of my favorite pages on TravelBlog to explore is the "Travel Photos" tab. It's a temporary escape from my stationary life and the stresses of work. The pictures transport me to far off places through breathtaking photographs rated highly by other travelers on the site. Essentially they make me lust for the next big trip! Please take the time to explore the specific entries- I think they are some of the most impressive that TravelBlog has to offer. And of course if these pictures dont make you hungry or thirsty you might be a nun or monk! You might notice a curious absence of landscapes and people from this collection- I've posted 2 other similar entries. One with just portraits: One with just Landscapes: cheers! ·.´¯'·.´¯'·.´¯'·.¸¸.·´¯'· Steve ·.¸¸.... read more

Oceans and Seas August 6th 2009

One of my favorite pages on TravelBlog to explore is the "Travel Photos" tab. Its a temporary escape from my stationary life and the stresses of work. The pictures transport me to far off places through breathtaking photographs rated highly by other travelers on the site. Essentially they make me lust for the next big trip! Please take the time to explore the specific entries- I think they are some of the most impressive that TravelBlog has to offer. You might notice a curious absence of landscapes from this collection- Ive posted 2 other similar entries. One with just portraits: One with just food and drink(in progress!): cheers! ·.´¯·.´¯·.´¯·.¸¸.·´¯· Steve ·.¸¸.·´¯·.´¯·.¸¸.·´¯·.¸(((º ... read more

Oceans and Seas August 5th 2009

One of my favorite pages on TravelBlog to explore is the "Travel Photos" tab. It's a temporary escape from my stationary life and the stresses of work. The pictures transport me to far off places through breathtaking photographs rated highly by other travelers on the site. Essentially they make me lust for the next big trip! Please take the time to explore the specific entries- I think they are some of the most impressive that TravelBlog has to offer. You might notice a curious absence of landscapes from this collection- I've posted 2 other similar entries. One with just landscapes(in progress!): One with just food and drink(in progress!): cheers! ·.´¯'·.´¯'·.´¯'·.¸¸.·´¯'· Steve ·.¸¸.·´¯'·.´¯'·.¸¸.·´¯'·.¸--(((º photo=... read more


Another epic July 4 SCUBA trip to the Southern Channel Islands! This year, all of my friends were on board- much to my surprise. We saw more critters this year than any other years I've gone: Over 18 Giant Sea Bass, Tuna, Dolphins, Sharks... The diving was great, in fact this is the best SCUBA diving California has to offer. We even stopped by the little visited Santa Barbara Island! This was my fourth July 4 trip. It has never ceased to deliver incredible diving and incredible fun! I've always wanted to take pictures underwater, but its such a hassle I dont bother. Then I broke down and bought a Sealife waterproof camera. It was a point and shoot with less than point and shoot quality. It wouldn't focus where I wanted, the flash sucked. I ... read more
Watching the Sea Lions eat the Flying Fish
sunset over San Clemente
Navanax- a predatory Nudibranch


In 2006, a team of intrepid researchers in California discovered 3 trees taller than the Stratosphere Giant of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The tallest living thing in the world is now a Coast Redwood called Hyperion, and it stands an incredible 115.2 meters (378.1 feet) tall! Redwoods have grown and prospered in many areas of Europe, Asia and North America since the warm Paleozoic Era over 160 million years ago. Changes in climate have restricted their natural range and eliminated all but three genera of redwood. Dawn Redwood, (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), is native to a remote area of central China. The Giant Sequoia, (Sequoiadendron giganteum), is native to the western slope of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The Coast Redwood, (Sequoia sempervirens), is native to the Pacific Coast from southern Oregon to central California, ... read more
Riparian forest near Leggett
Coastal Redwoods
Lumberyard near Cloverdale




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