“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

See the Beauty: Dreams ii - Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Continuing the build out of my bucket list  — or as I call it, my “bokeh list” (you can find out why here) — here are my next three dream adventures:

Isle of Skye in Scotland

Despite my light skin, red beard, and love of plaid, Ancestry.com tells me I only contain 1% Scottish background in my DNA. So this trip wouldn’t be a return to the homeland, but still — from the lighthouses, castles, bridges, and beaches to the fairy pools, glens, ports, waterfalls, and whiskeys — it would surely be a photographer’s paradise.  After all, better tae bust oot than rust oot. (Translation: Better live every moment of life to the fullest before death.)

Rocky Mountain Train Ride

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with trains — specifically the locomotives of the 1940s where you could belly up for a drink in the dining car before retiring to your private sleeping compartment for the night. (Think “White Christmas.”) And while I’m sure most of that romanticism has gone away over the years, I still would love to ride the rails through the Rockies, taking in the views through the glass domes.

Return Home to Sverige

And by home, I mean the homeland — to Sverige (the Swedish name for Sweden), which makes up more than 50% of my DNA. Honestly, I don’t exactly know what I would do in this country, but a few things come to mind like photographing the Northern Lights, staying for a night at the Tree Hotel or the Ice Hotel (or both), and hitting up an IKEA (haha). Mostly, I’d love to observe the Scandinavian people and traditions to see what parts of this culture still run along my genetic threads today.


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