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Filed Under kahunna.net, local travel, photography, retrotravels.net, YouTube

A night of thick fog is rare here in Arcadia. So when it rolls in, I roll out with my camera and a full tank of gas.  Here are the results.

Fog 2008 1

Fog 2008 3

Fog 2008 2

Playground in Fog

Beam Me Up

Fog 2008 4


First Look: Animal Life by Charlotte Uhlenbroek

Filed Under graphic design, kahunna.net, photography

Did you watch the BBC nature documentary Planet Earth as if it was the newest action thriller? Are you fascinated by most programs on Discovery Channel? Do you read National Geographic Magazine? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you need to read on.

I was at my local bookstore looking for a book on insect macro photography when I passed behind a man flipping through a book. Sounds like something that happens all the time in a bookstore, right? But this was the first time I passed someone where, in a blink of an eye, I had the desire to immediately purchase the book they were perusing.

I started a conversation with the man who, wouldn’t you know it, has a name. He goes by Thom Bluemel and he’s the brilliant creator of Bird Brains.

The book he was reading is called Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed by Dr. Charlotte Uhlenbroek. Unlike other hefty encyclopedic tomes on animals, this one specifically covers animal behavior. But this was not what drew me to the book over a Thom’s shoulder. The 5.8 pound book is sweet, sweet eye-candy. Produced in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History and Doris Kindersley Publishing, every one of its 512 pages is visually stunning – both in design and in photography.

I’ll end my first look with photos I took of the spreads. The book retails for $50, but you should be able to find it for sale at about $35. Either way, it’s worth every penny.





















Ok, no more pics. Now get up from your computer, go to a bookstore, and get this incredible book now!


Interview: Travel Journaling

Filed Under graphic design, international travel, kahunna.net

Travel Journal, 2001I was recently approached by Gill over at the website Journal Craft Inspiration for an interview on my travel journals.  It was fun to share some of my tips and stories with her and her readers.  I recommend exploring around on her site – she’s got a lot to look at. If you’re visiting from journalcraft.co.uk, then hello and welcome!  If you would like to read more about my journals, please check out the following:

Here’s a snippet from the interview:

Do you complete your journal entry ‘on-site’ or do you continue working on it when you get home?

I tend to define my journal as one moment in time, capturing thoughts, plans, and important information for a journey from the late planning stages to the return home. On some trips, I can’t find time to write during the day, so I’ll spend an hour or so in the evening, preferably at a cafe, furiously writing down everything I can recall that happened since the last time I wrote. When I’m home, the journal becomes a time capsule, its contents “sealed”. Nothing will be added or taken away from it.


Behance Dot Grid Notebooks

Filed Under graphic design, kahunna.net

There’s something about a nice notebook that gives inspiration to its user. The perfect notebook for me is one where thoughts and ideas seem to flow fluidly and easily onto the page as if the nine sister’s of Zeus themselves have made residence within its covers. Yeah, you could say I’m a bit finicky when it comes to notebooks – but in today’s market, I can be.

For five years, I’ve been using Moleskine journals to sketch out web designs, plan work projects, and chronicle adventures in foreign countries. Handmade in Italy, these little faux leather notebooks are extremely durable.

But move over Moleskine, there’s a new cat in town. Behance has created an elegant notebook that might just shelve my unused Moleskines. Called the Dot Grid book, these graph-like paper spiral notebooks were created by the New York-based company as “an alternative to traditional lines and boxes. The light geometric dot matrix serves as a subtle guide for your notations and sketches.”

Behance Dot Grid Notebook cover

Behance Dot Grid Notebook

After reading about this notebook on The Geniant Blog, I had to get one. Unfortunately, the only place I could find to purchase it – online or otherwise – was directly from Behance, and they were sold out. I checked the site a couple times a week for a month until they became available. Two arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. The covers felt like velvet. The paper was sturdy and much larger than I had imagined. One would say that $14 for a 50-page book is fairly expensive, but measuring at 9 inches x 10.5 inches, these notebooks are about twice the size of a large Moleskine. With the spiral spine, I feel I have a lot more freedom to explore the page with my pen whereas it can be difficult to write/draw in the gutter of a Moleskine pocket-sized Plain Notebook.

Behance Dot Grid Notebook

Behance Dot Grid Notebook

Of course, Moleskine will always have a place in my heart… and pocket. They have proven their worth on many rugged backpacking trips through deserts and jungles. I don’t see myself ever toting around a Dot Grid on my travels. However, if I think of a website idea or design that I need to jot down or sketch, I’ll be reaching for the Behance’s Dot Grid.

After my first two arrived, I returned to Bahance’s website and ordered four more, just in case they sell out again. (Tip: do a google seach for Behance + coupon before you order.)


Moleskine Exhibit

Filed Under kahunna.net

If I was stranded on a desert island and there was only one thing I could have, it would be a Moleskine journal. They’re sturdy, easy to write and draw in, and fit comfortably in my pocket. Plus, if I was to be stranded on an island, I could use the paper to write my message in a bottle. And I’m fairly sure that, with practice, the thick leather covers could be used as weapons to hunt prey or defend myself from the natives. But for the most part, I’d use the books to keep details of my time on the island. It wouldn’t be the first time. (The writing-in-moleskines-while-traveling part, not the stranded-on-an-island-with-a-journal part.)

I have dedicated a portion of kahunna.net to my travel journals, all of them being Moleskine since 2004. Moleskine has been rewarding to use, but how cool is it that the company who makes the journals decided to reward me, literally?

From Moleskinerie.com:

We’re excited to celebrate the fourth birthday of Moleskinerie with a retrospective of selected works from our friends and supporters around the world. We would like to recognize this group of writers, artists, bloggers and thinkers who have been featured on the blog in the last year and have consistently used Moleskine in their professional or private pursuits.

The works will be displayed in a permanent gallery on Moleskinerie, updated monthly, starting January 12th, 2008. To honor the participants, Moleskine has created for the artists a limited edition of notebooks and diaries.

This is only the first of what we hope will be many editions of the Exhibit. We hope that you will enjoy the gallery and that it will inspire creative dialogue and foster deeper understanding between cultures.

See the gallery

They chose my work! I received the set of limited edition Moleskines in the mail not too long ago. Here’s a pic:

Moleskine Limited Edition Journals

Here’s some more pics.

Thanks, guys!


Morocco 2007

Filed Under international travel, kahunna.net, photography, YouTube

As you can see, I’ve updated my blog to WordPress. I can hear you saying under your breath “It’s about time, Kolby!” Well, you’re right. I should have done this eons ago. In fact, I might have posted more if I did. If you didn’t know me and your only contact with my life was this site, then it might appear that I’ve been sitting on my butt for the last five months. That’s not the case! I went to Morocco for two weeks in December and had an awesome time! Here’s some stuff:

Smiling Man Against Wall Watch Out, They Spit!
Camels on the Beach Borj El-Borad ruins
Place Jemaa el Fna, Marrakesh Berbers With Tea
Sahara Stars Souk 5
You can see more photos here or on flickr.

I brought along a video camera as well and have posted a few videos on YouTube.



Filed Under kahunna.net, photography, retrotravels.net

It’s been a while since I’ve written any updates here in The Journal, but rest assured I have been updating this site and my other sites regularly. I’ve been going on quite a few weekend road trips this year and brought along my new Canon 30D. You can view my favorite photos from these trips in my new Gallery. For the new year, I re-designed my entire travel website, kahunna.net. I hope you find the new design easier on the eyes as well as easier to navigate. More stories and photos from my travels will be added soon.


Looks like I’m still at square one with retrotravels.net. I’m still thinking of ways to make it work, but for now, it’s going on the back burner.


Next Adventure Destination: Nicaragua!

Filed Under international travel, kahunna.net

I’ve been planning it for a bit, but I traditionally never mention the name of the destination until I’ve bought the airline tickets. So guess what I did this week? I bought airline tickets! I’m happy to announce that my next international adventure is to Nicaragua! I’ve created a blog over at my travel website, kahunna.net. I hope to update it frequently (more frequently than this one, at least). My trip will be from November 30th to December 13th, which will be keeping my other travel-related tradition alive: celebrating my birthday in another country!

Click on image to be taken to my blog at kahunna.net.


Update: Gallery

Filed Under kahunna.net

I have opened up the Gallery on this website.
The section will showcase my favorite photographs I have taken both locally and abroad and will include some thoughts about the subject matter and the story behind the shot. As of this posting, I only have two photos up, but I should be adding a couple every week. I hope to add a few that aren’t up over on my travel-related site, kahunna.net.



Filed Under eurotrek.net, kahunna.net, retrotravels.net, soundsdowntown.com, urban-explorers.com

Here we go! The first entry in my website’s blog! Exciting, isn’t it?!? Nah, I didn’t think so either. I guess I’ll start this off with the reason why I added yet another blog onto the Internet. It’s simple, really: organization! Right now I’m creating/adding to/helping with a handful of projects that I’d like to share in one area, making it easy for you, the wonderful reader, to explore and hopefully keep track of them. Here’s the short list of the websites I’m currently working on:

  • kahunna.net – my pride and joy. Created in December 2001, this site is a non-commercial site dedicated to helping budget travelers discover meaningful travel by sharing what I have learned. It mainly showcases my photography.
  • retrotravels.net – a project I’ve been trying to translate from book to web for a while now. It isn’t too easy taking marginalia and ephemera from old turn-of-the-last-century travel guidebooks and webbifying them. Stay tuned.
  • eurotrek.net – also a travel-related site. At the time I am writing this, the site is just a forum where travellers from around the world can go to share their experiences or ask for advice on budget travel. I am one of four partners working on this site.
  • soundsdowntown.com – although it is not yet available, this site will provide downloadable walking tours of my city, Los Angeles. It is a partnership with Melanie Orndorff, a fellow Angelino who shares my passion for the exotic history of the Los Angeles area. This site will be used with…
  • urban-explorers.com – one of my long-term goals is to create a guided tour company concentrating in the downtown Los Angeles area. This goal is still on the horizon, but when it is ready, you now know where to find it!

All progress on these websites will be featured here on this site.