First of all, I am not a blogger or a photographer, nor do I pretend to be.


I am an avid lover of all things new and exciting, familiar and comfortable, near and far – and I happen to love capturing those experiences to the best of my ability.

This blog is meant to help achieve a balance between capturing life through my camera lenses and experiencing life itself. I find that, too often, I get engrossed with capturing moments and events for memory sake that I miss out on the beauty at that place in time. This space will allow me to put down the camera (from time to time), see the world for what it is, and write about it. My high hopes for this blog is to, in essence, act as a memory bank of photos and described experiences of the adventures my husband, my dog and I will experience.

Who we are

My husband, Art and I have a beautiful border collie – Mia is everything you’d expect from a border collie, yet she’s so much more. She accompanies us (or vice versa depending who you ask) on all our outdoor excursions. She has turned into the perfect camping and hiking companion who happens to still get a little car sick en route.

We can’t get enough of travelling locally, international, and everything in between – if only time and money weren’t issues. Our summers are spent camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, working in the garden, and trying to teach Mia how to overcome her fear of swimming (but not water – she loves that!). In the winter, we love snowshoeing, skiing (snowboarding too), and anxiously waiting for better hiking weather.

A bit about me

My name is Joyce, and I’m an academic and political junkie at heart. I bounced around the idea of including a political/development opinions page but have ultimately decided to keep this as a “safe” space [for the most part] from those issues. I’m constantly plugged in to all things politics through work, and have done seemingly endless years of schooling focusing on international development, social inequities, and environmental injustices.

I’ve always loved photography. Well, I’ve always loved looking at photographs others have taken, and hoped that one day I’d be able to take photos I enjoy looking at. Ever since I was a child, I ran around with disposable cameras, or my grandma’s camera, which prompted the constant “don’t waste film” warnings. Eventually, when digital cameras became more affordable, I got myself my first camera. It wasn’t anything fancy, it was just a cheap point and shoot. But I could take pictures of whatever, whenever I wanted. Over the years, I had several cameras but I just couldn’t seem to find the right fit.

The first camera I connected with is my Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and I still use it to this day. Next, my dad gave me his Nikon D5000, which was my introduction into the world of finer-tuning photography. It is a great camera, and I’ve learned a lot from it but I’ve found that the size and lenses are limiting in terms of where I’d like to take it. For example, earlier this year, my husband and I traveled to Thailand. I would’ve loved to take the Nikon but when backpacking, the last thing you want to do is haul around that much gear. So just this week, I took some advice from a friend, and bit the bullet: I am a soon-to-be proud owner of a Fujifilm X100F.

I’m still very new to the world of photography (and to blogging) so bare with me. I always welcome comments, tips and advice!