Great Advertising, South Island, New Zealand.
Aside from being a great hostel, this New Zealand gem from the South Island also had killer roadside advertising. Good thing there was vacancy, or else it would have been a cold night camping by the river.
Fall Creek, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
It's hard to beat a high-altitude brook trout stream in the peak of fall. Gems like this are all over, so grab a national forest map, and search for some blue lines!
Mayfly Fern Gully. Fishing Creek, Pennsylvania
One of my favorite mayfly hatches is the fall blue winged olives, one of the last fishable hatches before winter. This particular mayfly found its way onto a patch of moss growing on a branch next to the river.
Doradito Tail, Parana River, Argentina
The second largest river system in South America holds an astounding population of trophy golden dorado. We caught and released our fair share of monsters, but the most vibrant colors came from the smallest fish.
Sheep Farm Sunrise, South Island, New Zealand
When traveling half way around the world, the biggest benefit is being wide awake for things you would normally sleep through. This sunrise was the first one I experienced in New Zealand, spending my first night there in a sheep farm. The event was fleeting, with the vibrant orange sky lasting about 10 minutes before it faded to blue.
Royal Graves, Kyoto, Japan
Its not hard to find temples in Kyoto. Each one has its own uniqueness, and personality. The Nison-in temple on the west side of the city was a special experience for me, mainly because of the very old cemetery on its premise. Moss-covered lantern statues and old broken stone pathways gave way to gravestones hundreds of years old, some belonging to emperors from a thousand years ago. The kanji combined with the moss made each gravestone look like a work of art.
Belizian Colors, Ambergris Caye, Belize
While running to an famous Tarpon flat, we stop halfway after seeing rolling silver scales. If you have to search for a flashes from below, or an shadow from afar, you can't ask for a better view.
Profile of a Brook Trout, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Pound for pound, the native brook trout of the Appalachians are up there with the most captivating species in fly fishing. Maybe it’s their vibrant red and blue spots, their maze-like yellow markings, or the stark contrast of red, black, and white of their fins. With an ever-depleting habitat, one of the best ways to find them is with a topographical map, and a sense of adventure.