A Bucket List Re-examined

As I returned home from Death Valley this past weekend I started thinking about my little bucket list of places that I want to photograph before I die that I had posted about 3 years ago. Since that time, I have been able to check off a few of them to include:




and Monument Valley.

That leaves some slots for me to fill because who wants an empty bucket? Of course with so many amazing places to see, it’s really hard to narrow things down to such a small list but I do have 4 new replacements for the list. Just to update you, still on my list are Nepal, China, Yosemite, Peru (Machu Picchu to be exact), Alaska (I know it’s a big state but the area around Mt. McKinley would be a good start), and Ireland.

I am hoping to add one this year that can be scratched off sometime in the fall, India, and more specifically, the Taj Mahal. This one is in the early planning stages and if I can get some of my friends to reconcile their calendars, it might just happen.

Photo by crazy_foolish4u

The next entry would take me back to an area that weighs heavily on my favorite parts of the World, Asia. More specifically, I am thinking of Viet Nam. It seems kind of weird having grown up in the 60’s and 70’s and seeing the VietNam war on the news every night but that was then and things have changed a lot in the past 30 years. From the Old Quarter in Hanoi to the spectacular Halong Bay, I just know that it would be a cornucopia of opportunities for me and my camera.

Photo by kudumomo

With the melting of the ice on the Polar caps, I’m not sure if I will get to this one but I sure would love to see Antarctica before it all falls into the sea. I’m not one to debate the whole “global warming” issue but it is a fact that much of the ice pack is departing the South Pole and I would like to get close enough to get my own memories. Getting a shot of a few penguins and whales wouldn’t be so bad either.

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That leaves just one more destination to round out my list. After talking to some friends that have taught workshops there, it seems like a good place to finish off my list would be a trip to Iceland. With beautiful mountains, hot springs,and seemingly endless sunsets, what’s not to love? My friends Vincent Versace and Julieanne Kost have both been instructors for the Focus on Nature workshops and it’s hard not to be jealous of their adventures. Surely I can’t let a little volcano get in my way of getting great photos.

So it now seems that my bucket is once again full and I look forward to emptying it and filling it once again. If you are in need of some inspiration in filling yours, check out this month’s issue of Popular Photography. They have a list of the 25 best places to photograph. Who knows, you might find something on their list that just might inspire you to pack your camera bags this summer.


  1. so many places to go my list would be sooooooooooo long….

  2. Your bucket list kicks my bucket list’s butt! I just wrote a post the other day about my photography bucket list, but mine were the shots I’d like to take, the sessions I’d like to experience. Only one was about the places I wanted to go. So I guess it’s time to rethink those. I’d stick close to home. I’d love to drive across the country.


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  2. Jan Anne says:

    Weer een lijst van plekken die iemand nog wil fotograferen voor hij sterft. Maar waarom altijd zo saai en voorspelbaar? http://t.co/DwX8sM6

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