Photo Friday: Hawaiian Sunset

By Alexis

Palm trees at sunset on the Big Island, Hawaii

The first night I met David, I remember thinking he was sooo cool for being from Hawaii. Now I’m married to him and can honestly say that, even after years of being together, I still gush over the fact that he grew up somewhere so magical (I particularly love when he speaks a little pidgin, haha). Makes me feel like I somehow snagged an exotic prince!

The summer after I graduated college, I moved out to Hawaii’s Big Island to be with David while he finished his last semester. If you haven’t been before, I can vouch for the fact that the Big Island has a little something for everybody: hiking through lush jungles, white sand beaches with swaying palm trees, decent surfing spots, stunning mountain views, and sometimes even snow to play in!

The photo above was taken at one of the beautiful sandy beaches on the dry, Kona side of the island. Since we lived in Hilo (on the wet side of the island known for it’s black sand beaches) we’d often make the hour long trip over to the Kona side and spend the day lounging on the soft sand, waiting for sunset views like this.

I really can’t imagine a place more heavenly.

Photo Friday: Child Monk Crossing

By Alexis

A child monk walks across the street in Luang Prabang, Laos

A child monk crosses the road in Luang Prabang, Laos

I’m back! Sorry for the delay in doing these Photo Friday posts the last couple weeks. I had a family emergency and had to take a last-minute flight back to the States, but luckily David was able¬†to keep the blog going while I was away. For those curious, everything turned out okay back home and now I’m back in Thailand, worry-free ūüôā

Since I took a little hiatus, I wanted to make sure my first post back was a good one, so today I’m sharing one of my favorite pictures from our time¬†in Asia so far.

Back in the summer, David and I made¬†a quick trip to¬†the Lao People’s Democratic Republic¬†so that I could get my work visa from the Thai embassy in Vientiane, the capital city on the south. We decided to make a vacation out of it and also visited the pretty little town of Luang Prabang for a couple days. I took¬†this shot on Luang Prabang’s¬†main tourist street, just as I was hopping into the back of a taxi truck.

I don’t know what it is about this picture, but I just love it.

The boy¬†didn’t seem too excited to have me taking his photo, but…I mean, he just looks so cool. In my most flattering fantasies, his¬†expression reminds me of this amazing photo¬†by Roger Stonehouse which¬†depicts¬†two perfectly opposite boys.

I’m usually pretty nervous about doing street photography, but I’m so glad I had the guts to snap this shot before the moment passed.

Photo Friday: Inside Angkor Wat, Cambodia

By David

inside angkor wat cambodia

My first Southeast Asia experience came in 2010, only a couple months after I met Alexis. I remember this night very clearly — I was hanging out with Alexis in her dorm room when my cousin texted me and said, “Do you want to go to Cambodia?”

“Uhhh… yes?” I responded.

“I’m going with a volunteer group but my mom will only let me go if you come too. She’ll pay for you to come.”

That was all I needed. I was in.

A few weeks later, I had my bag packed and was set to head out on my first real international experience. Up until that point, I had only been to Mexico (Tijuana with my uncle who lives in San Diego) and The Bahamas on a cruise.

So by “my bag” I mean Alexis’ backpack. She was a seasoned traveler, having explored much of Europe during her study abroad year. I had nothing, but I was excited to start my journey as well.

I spent 10 days in Cambodia with the group forPEACE. We built 10 homes in a rural village outside Battambang in western Cambodia. The houses were modest, built on stilts with corrugated metal siding and wood plank floors. We worked side by side with the locals who would live in them. I had never done anything like that before, but the experience was truly enriching.

After the houses were built, we had a few days left in the country to explore the many temples of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat being the most famous. The beauty of the temple was awe-inspiring. The sheer size of it, the intricate details, the endless corridors… it was all incredible.

This particular shot of a female monk surrounded by the golden-clad Buddha and prayer flags is one of my favorites. Her smile was uplifting, if a little deranged as well. She seemed happy to the point of crazy. Perhaps it was enlightenment.

Regardless, it was a smile and experience I will never forget. You can see more pictures of Cambodia here.

P.S. I promise this will be my last Photo Friday guest post ūüôā The star of the show will return next week.

Photo Friday: Views From Our Apartment

By David

Yes, you read that right… By David. I’m stepping in this week with a Photo Friday guest post (don’t all let out a sigh of disappoint¬†at once).

Because I’m so obviously not as talented as my amazing wife, I didn’t want to throw one picture up here touting its quality and have you all be supremely underwhelmed. So I thought I would share a small collection of photos — photos that provide a glimpse into our daily lives.

If you’ll excuse the poor quality, the photos below show one of our favorite things about living in Thailand: the amazing sunrises, sunsets, and general sky-scapes. And the best part? We take in these sights without ever leaving out apartment.

sunrise in chiang mai thailand

Cotton candy sunrise.

rainbow over doi suthep in chiang mai thailand

Rainbow over Doi Suthep.

puffy thai clouds from chiang mai

Alexis loves the puffy Thai clouds.

thai birds and clouds

Birds flying over.

chiang mai thailand sunset

The daily multi-colored sunsets are incredible.

sunset in chiang mai thailand

The colors only get better as the sky purples.

I just got back from Kuala Lumpur (more on this soon), so I guess I’m feeling glad to be home ūüôā

Photo Friday: Cloud Catcher in Switzerland

By Alexis

Clouds caught on a mountain near Interlaken, Switzerland

If I could afford¬†to spend the rest of my days in Switzerland, I would move there tomorrow without hestiation. It’s such a spectacularly beautiful country. The landscape ranges from gorgeous green fields¬†to snow-capped mountains, making it feel like heaven pretty much anytime of the year.

This photo was snapped in the mountains near Interlaken while David was off being brave (i.e. bungee-jumping into a canyon) while¬†I was off being an introvert, quietly taking pictures of the scenery. That’s pretty much how our relationship goes: David does something awesome, and I document it.

And I’m okay with that ūüôā

ALSO, today just so¬†happens to be that same¬†gorgeous, brave, amazing guy’s¬†birthday! Exactly one year ago today, we were exploring the tiny town of Martigny, Switzerland. Wish we were there again today, but a sunny day in Thailand will have to suffice¬†for now.

Happy birthday, darling David ‚̧

P.S. For more Photo Friday images, check out the archives here.

Photo Friday: Monaco From Above

By Alexis

Monaco Grand Prix 2013

David and I took a trip to Europe in May 2013, and we crammed a whole lot of activities into that two week vacation. We timed it perfectly so that we were along the Mediterranean coast for both the Cannes Film Festival in France as well as the Grand Prix Formula One race in Monaco.

On the day we were in Monaco,¬†they were having a F1 practice race, which (to my uninitiated eyes) felt¬†just like the real deal! The city was electrified by bustling crowds and race cars screaming down the streets…

Ritzy millionaires were everywhere, cruising the streets in their Lamborghinis (I had never seen so many in my life!), kids wearing those huge headphones to protect their hearing from the roar of the race cars whizzing by, women dressed to the nines and toddling down the road in their stilletos.

I felt like a peasant in my jeans and t-shirt. But hey, I slapped on some lipstick that day, so I was at least a little fancy.

Essentially everything was¬†shut down or blocked off in preparation for the race. We couldn’t even visit the famous Monte Carlo casino! We’re budget travellers and didn’t have official tickets for the race, so we¬†entertained ourselves by simply walking around, people watching, and peeking through the gates they’d put up around the city to keep poor people¬†like us¬†from actually seeing the race.

Luckily, we knew a secret view point.

We headed up a hill to the city’s old palace, Place du Palais. From there, we had a spectacular bird’s eye view of the race as well as the gorgeous city and coastline, which allowed¬†me to snap the photo featured above.

If you ever get the chance, definitely make a trip to Monaco during the Grand Prix in the spring, and unless you’re a die-hard F1 fan, don’t bother with buying tickets! Even on a budget, it’s a crazy, bucket-list worthy¬†thing to see!

Photo Friday: Monks + Lanterns

By Alexis

Young monks hang lanterns in a tree in Chiang Mai, Thailand

For this Photo Friday post, I’m sharing¬†what I think are the best¬†3 photos that I shot in¬†the past year of traveling. ¬†Here you’ll find part 3 of 3.

The other¬†day after dinner, David and I were walking home when we wandered by a beautiful Buddhist temple. We had nowhere else to be, so we decided to pop inside and check it out. The inside of the temple was pretty, but outside is what really caught my attention. A group of young monks were busy¬†decorating the temple’s trees with lanterns to celebrate the new year.

The trees were surrounded by a small water feature,¬†which made for some incredible reflections, and the sun was low enough in the sky to make some gorgeous evening light. Luckily, I had my camera with me and I was able to snap some photos. Even though my camera isn’t great with low light shots (dying to upgrade to the new Sony a7ii!), I couldn’t stop taking photos! The scene was gorgeous.

The photo above shows two of the monks holding a ladder while another monk¬†scrambles upward to hang lanterns in the¬†tree branches. It’s one of my favorite shots from that evening. I just love their reflection.

I don’t always like¬†living in Thailand and I’m usually looking forward to our future, but stumbling on scenes like this definitely feels uniquely Thai¬†and is an awesome perk of being here.

And that’s that! My 3 favorite travel photos from 2014! ūüôā¬†Here’s to a new¬†year of travel and photography!

(find part 1 here, part 2 here)

P.S. Check out all the previous Photo Fridays here.

Photo Friday: Little Orangutan Feet

By Alexis

A young orangutan uses his feet to grip a rope at his rehabilitation center, the Shangri La Rasa Ria Nature Reserve near Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo.

For this Photo Friday post, I’m sharing¬†what I think are the best¬†3 photos that I shot in¬†the past year of traveling. ¬†Here you’ll find part 2 of 3.

In the photo above, a young orangutan uses his feet to grip a rope at his rehabilitation center, the Shangri La Rasa Ria Nature Reserve near Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo. Orphaned or abandoned orangutans live at the reserve for the first 3 to 5 years of their rehabilitation before completing the rehab at a similar center in Sepilok and then finally being re-released into the wild.

I just love the photo of this little guy’s¬†feet ūüôā

(find part 1 here)

What is Photo Friday?

What is Photo Friday?

Photo Friday is a weekly photo series that allows me (Alexis) to reminisce about the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen, and the photos I’ve taken. It is my growing photography porfolio.¬†From panorama landscapes to snapshots of something small and pretty, the images¬†shared in the Photo Friday series feature anything that I’ve found inspiring, eye-catching, or noteworthy during my travels. They are¬†some of my favorite photographs.

What’s in My Bag?

Most images are¬†taken with…

Camera: Sony NEX F3
Lenses: Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, and 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3, and 16mm f/2.8

Previously, I owned and shot photos with…

Camera: Nikon D200
Lenses: AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8

And from time to time an iPhone 5s photo might slip into the mix.

Work With Me

Interested in sharing a photo on your site, purchasing a print, or hiring me for a photo project? Get in touch here!

To view all previous Photo Friday posts, check out the archive here.


All images © 2014-2015 Alexis Rose (Roses on the Road)

Images in their original form (no cropping, coloring, manipulating, etc.) may be shared on personal web sites as long as a copyright notice appears near the images, giving credit to me, Alexis Rose, as well as a web link to http://www.rosesontheroad.wordpress.com

Photo Friday: Bali’s Rice Terraces

By Alexis

A woman walks along a canal that brings water to the rice paddies at Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Bali, Indonesia.

For this Photo Friday post, I’m sharing¬†what I think are the best¬†3 photos that I shot in¬†the past year of traveling. ¬†Here you’ll find part 1 of 3.

In the photo above, a woman walks along a canal that brings water to the rice paddies at Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Bali, Indonesia.