My birthday is almost here! So let me spend this blog post explaining my ONE simple birthday wish.

Every year is a celebration of another year and a toast to a beautiful, challenging and adventurous life that I am deeply grateful for.

However, I recently had a long talk with a good friend about how often we take our lives for granted. After a discussion about water, I started looking at the ways we consume water and how often I take this simple part of life granted. We have SO MANY choices. Many of us have easy access in our kitchens to water, we swim in it, we shower, we take soothing baths, we cook with it, we are able to pick a bottle of water bottled from sources in France for a few quarters. Water is a life source and most of us have yet to know a few hours without easy access to clean, filtered water. Yet, millions of children around the world don’t live to see their fifth birthday because they don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water.

WE can help change this.

My goal is to raise 1,000$ for charity:water’s effort to give human beings access to clean water. EVERY SINGLE PENNY of the money we raise will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they’ve been fully completed (which takes about 21 months). That means we’ll know the locations and names of the communities we helped.

In honor of my birthday, I am making a humble request. Please, if you are able, donate whatever you can to help me reach my birthday wish goal. Every penny counts.

Margaret Mead once said ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Thank you for reading this. I appreciate you all. Love and love only. ❤

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I encourage you to watch this video about the campaign.

“Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It’s a crisis because it only starts with water — but water affects everything in life.

Health. Education. Food security. The lives of women, especially.

We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it’s happening.”

Make it a happy birthday!

Love, Tessa!


Travels through Alaska Part 3

Hello to my new followers! Thank you so much for visiting and enjoying my blog.

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These images I took in Alaska have been so much fun to revisit and edit. It’s a slow process for me. I often become overwhelmed after returning from a trip and running through and editing images right away is never top priority. I have to let travel settle in and then, very often, never return to edit them properly or at all. The pictures very often sit in folders for years. I don’t often look back at travels through images. (I know…weird for a photographer to say) I think I take them while traveling to understand what I’m seeing. For me, often if it’s framed it’s easier for me to understand new strange lands or new strange anything. Perhaps it’s a way to organize what I’m seeing and in turn that helps me to become familiar or comfortable with new places.

After starting this blog and really committing to my camera and taking photographs again I am discovering how much I do love the camera. It’s a slow rebuild for me to actively want to edit large amounts of images for myself.

These images are beautiful and capture the majesty and startling beauty that Alaska has to offer. It has been a new experience to actively pursue the art of photography and not simply using the camera as a tool.

Enjoy these images. I think I’ll continue editing and will reveal them as they come along but I have so many other things to share!!!

So,  I will turn the chapter on Alaska after this update for a little bit and turn instead to my many other creative pursuits.


Be well! Say hello! Enjoy your weekends. 🙂




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Watering hole in Denali National Park




Hiking near Glacier Bay Lodge.


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Glacier Bay


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Galcier Bay


Snow capped mountains

Snow capped mountains near Glacier Bay



Hiking near Seward, AK.


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Glacier wonder



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Wall of ice in Glacier Bay.