Danae and I attended my sister’s wedding this past weekend, so we flew from Bozeman to Tucson and then drove to Mexico for the wedding. On the last day of our visit, we decided to check out some of the fun locations around Tucson so we headed to the Mission San Xavier del Bac before flying back home. My camera was still out for the count, so I kept on taking photos with my iPhone 8 Plus. Here are my favorite photos from the Mission. Hope you enjoy them.
This past weekend, my sister got married at a ranch in Mexico. It was a beautiful wedding with lots of excitement, tears, and happiness. I brought my camera along without a backup, so of course it stopped working on the first day of the trip after Danae and I took a property tour on a John Deere Gator. All I was left with for the rest of the trip was my trusty iPhone 8. Here are my favorite photos from the trip, and of course, the wedding.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, by now you have heard about a little indie movie called Avengers: Endgame. I’m a huge fan so naturally, I went to watch it last week on opening weekend; simply the most incredible culmination to ten years of cinematic storytelling. Truly. However, that was not enough to satiate my Marvel fandom; I wanted more.
We live in Bozeman, MT which is about 80 miles from West Yellowstone, one of the main gateways into Yellowstone National Park. As such, they see thousands upon thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Part of what makes West Yellowstone such a hub for tourists is that they have lots and lots of little souvenir and t-shirt shops, different restaurants, a great visitor center, and the only IMAX screen in the entire state of Montana, where they show films about the park’s wildlife and ecosystem to hordes of tourists, as well as the latest, most popular releases from Hollywood. Needless to say, I had some serious convincing to do to get Danae (the least Marvel fan ever) to agree to spend four hours in the car, to sit in a three hour long movie she had no interest in watching, to be away from home for the entire day. How did I convince her, you ask? Cue the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
Danae had one stipulation when accepting her Endgame fate; to go to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where we had never been to before, to which I readily obliged. As she shared our weekend plans with her friend, a fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, she and her husband quickly jumped at the chance to tag along. What sealed the deal was the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center because their two little boys, one of whom is a student in Danae’s 2nd grade class this year, would have loved it. They did; heck, we all did! Seeing grizzly bears and wolves so close, it was unreal. Now, I would take seeing wildlife out in the wild any day over seeing them in captivity, but this experience did not make it any less impressive. Here are my most favorite shots from our weekend adventure, sparked by my love for all things MCU. Hope you enjoy!
2019 is turning out to be a year of many firsts; last month, Danae and I went to the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Butte, MT for the first time ever and in February, we went to the Gallatin Valley and Big Sky Skijoring races for the first time as well, even though she is a Montana native and we have been living in Bozeman since the summer of 2011.
This weekend, we found ourselves making our way to the Big Sky Resort Pond Skim, which every year marks the closing of the ski season in Big Sky. As soon as Danae and I found ourselves in the middle of a snowball war, we both wondered if we were getting too old for these kinds of events. Regardless, it was a great deal of fun watching skiers and snowboarders crash, glide, and show off their skills during this year’s pond skim. Here are my favorite shots from the day; hope you enjoy!
Growing up as a kid in Mexico, I had seen stuff like this in movies and I always thought it would be a great deal of fun. One thing I did not think about when I was a kid was how potentially dangerous a soap box derby can be, but who thinks of danger as a kid anyway? Beer, BBQ, a chilly Montana spring day and speed; what else could you ask for? It was an absolute blast being there and seeing the racers committed to their role, dressed up in costumes matching out their rides. Here are my favorite photos from the event; hope you enjoy them.
Last weekend was the Montana State University Bobcat Scrimmage, an event that draws hundreds of eager Bobcat fans to watch the practice season kickoff. I tagged along with my friend Felix Marquez, a pro sports photographer who started Bobcat Football Magazine, to capture some of the action and perhaps learn a thing or two from him. As a sports photographer, Felix has covered indie event you may have heard of such as the Super Bowl, the Sumer & Winter Olympics, the Masters, the US Open, among many others. Here are my favorite photos from the scrimmage. Hope you enjoy!
Over the weekend, we decided to go and check out Ousel Falls before the girls got their much needed trim and bath this week. We had a surprising in town encounter with a friendly moose and I used my very first ND filter for some long exposure shots. Here are my favorites; hope you enjoy!
Butte, MT is home to one of the largest Irish populations outside of Ireland, so on Sunday I decided to drag Danae along to go check out the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. What a fun time experiencing how other people celebrate their holidays. Here are my favorite photos from the parade; hope you enjoy!
Every year since 2007, Pub 317 has organized a Saint Patrick’s Day 10k and half marathon. This year, over 4,500 runners signed up and took over the streets of downtown Bozeman to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by running and drinking beer. What’s interesting about this event aside from the obvious, is that proceeds from the registration fees go towards one of the local non profits. This was my first time checking out the race and here are my favorite photos from the day. Hope you enjoy!
Over the weekend Danae and I flew to Seattle for a mini getaway. She had Monday off from school (teaching does come with its perks) for President’s Day, and it was the perfect escape to the cold Montana winter. During our stay, we checked out Pike Place Market, devoured lots of different food, plus we experienced our first Air BnB, our first Uber ride, and our first cannabis shop. Here are some of my favorite photos from the entire experience.
Yesterday Danae and I decided to drive down to Big Sky and check out the Big Sky Skijoring Association (BSSA) 2nd Annual Best in the West Showdown and what an incredible rush it was to be able to experience and photograph this fast paced sport. There were food trucks, music and loads of fun for the entire family.
The week prior was the Gallatin Valley Skijoring Association’s event in Gallatin Gateway, and we were there for that as well; unfortunately the weather was too warm which led a slushy track, making for less than ideal conditions for horses and racers. Not yesterday! The temperature was in the high teens and kept on dropping as the race went on. In fact, by the time we were leaving, it started to snow.
The entire day was split into three different categories: beginner, sport, and pro, and as you can imagine the speed and difficulty of the track increases with each category. We showed up right in the middle of the beginner event and saw almost the entire rest of the race.
This was the second time we had been to a skijoring race, last week in Gallatin Gateway being our first. Many of the participants from that race were here too; I imagine the skijoring community isn’t huge. Perhaps that has something to do with few people would be willing to subject themselves to being pulled by a horse, at high speed, while on skis.
We had such a fun time and experiencing events like this only add to my fascination for horses. Of course I brought my camera and took lots of photos. Here are some of my favorites; I hope you enjoy. Until next time!
Things are always more complicated than most people would care to admit. There are no easy answers to hard realities and no magic solution that will make everyone happy. Today was the Women’s March in Bozeman and hundreds of people of all ages and background took to the streets with signs advocating for women’s rights and the end to violence against women. I believe that those two things aren’t so complicated, specially the end to violence against women.
I did not know what to expect. However, I did want to understand more about how people are feeling about this and what it is that they are thinking about it. Going into situations like this, I do my best to become a fly on the wall; observing, documenting, and learning. I couldn’t help but notice the positive attitude in the people that were there, even though they were chanting things like “yes means yes; no means no”.
These are my favorite photos from the Women’s March. I believe in the betterment of all humanity; men, women, all races. It is when we come together and work together that the world moves forward. If you believe in something, whatever that is, speak up!