thursday, december 31, 2009

Five Years in Peru

For the first two months of 2010, a collection of my photographs will be on display at The Bunna Coffee Tea & Market in Chandler, Arizona. The exhibition, Five Years in Peru, will feature a dozen or so of my photographs taken between 2003 and 2008 at locations across the Andean nation.

In 2003, I arrived in Peru with the intention of spending a few months digging up a freelance story or two to try and sell when I got back to the states. Instead, I ended up staying semi-permanently and creating a freelance journalism career pretty much from scratch. In conjunction with that, I became a photojournalist somewhat by accident.

Five Years in Peru is an opportunity to show my work for the first time but it is also a deliberate attempt to educate people about the mysterious and often misunderstood Andean country. read more

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wednesday, october 29, 2008 2009 Calendar

And it's that time of the year again.

After pouring through the thousands of photos I took during the past few months I've honed them down to a good dozen and put together the 2009 calendar.

All of these photos were taken with my Canon 5D that I picked up late last year. It's a heck of a camera but portability proved to be a bit of a problem. But sometimes sacrifices are worth it.

While my adventures didn't take me quite as far afield this year I did have the opportunity to take some pretty unique images from my travels across Peru including my adventure at Ausangate in May and my odyssey to the the Sacred Valley in August. read more

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tuesday, december 04, 2007 2008 Calendar

Last year at about this time I finally broke down and invested in a decent camera - the Canon EOS 30D. It turned out to be a warhorse, producing great shots everywhere I went despite my own limitations as a photographer.

I hauled that camera across the globe traveled to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Machu Picchu, The Panama Canal and Australia's phenomenal Uluru (or, Ayer's Rock). It even made it through an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and recorded the devastating aftermath.

Yet this great camera finally met its end last month when I fell about 12-feet off a ledge in a narrow canyon in Australia's Blue Mountains (this being the last picture it ever took).

The testament to this wonderful camera’s full but painfully short life is this year’s 2008 calendar. It features (what I consider) the best 12 shots out of the thousands I took during my gallivanting across the globe in 2007. read more

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monday, october 29, 2007

The Seven Bridges Walk

On Sunday I took part in the Seven Bridges Walk around the spans which cross various bodies of water that make up the Sydney Harbor. In all, about 10,000 people took part in the free event.

It took me almost five-and-a-half hours to complete the 25 kilometer course and left me a bit more tuckered out than I expected. But it was a fascinating way to see these wonderful structures up close and to get a in-depth peek at the environs of the harbor.

I've seen the suburban sections of the city but the route featured two detours through the preserved 'bush' sections of the harbor area that were a true revelation in terms of the ecosystem. You can find my account of the walk is up on my running blog, klephrun.

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monday, september 24, 2007

Sydney Marathon

On Sunday I made my second effort at running a marathon. After a less-than-successful first effort last January I scaled back my expectations and ramped up my strength training. I also chose a more picturesque locale - Sydney, Australia.

The result was a resounding success - 3 hours and 37 minutes. I was only hoping to best 4 hours with this race but ended up shaving a full 43 minutes off my time.

It was a beautiful course and nigh-perfect running conditions. Moreover, it's hard to beat the inspirational rush you get running across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. My account of the race is now over on my running blog - klephrun.

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thursday, july 12, 2007

Andean Currents

Over the past few years, Klephblog has evolved from a mundane travel blog into a showplace for my writing, my journalism and my photography. The downside of that is I don't really have a place to post my various observations on the manifold occurrences that make up daily life in South America.

In an effort to remedy that I have inaugurated, Andean Currents. This will be a home for me to post comments on things that have caught my attention here in Peru and Latin America at large... things that might fly under the radar for most English-language readers.

For example, did you know that Peru has a pretty interesting place in the world of Harry Potter? Or did you realize that the awarding Machu Picchu the status of one of the "7 Wonders of the World" may just be a big money grab? read more

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wednesday, may 02, 2007

Kleph's Kitchen

At long last my cooking blog, Kleph's Kitchen has returned.

Last year I began collecting my recipes and observations on a blog... an endeavor that quickly spiraled out of control. By October I had averaged better than a post a day and was nearing 300 recipes. Then the blog service I was utilizing decided to become inoperable. So I put the site on hiatus while I worked on moving it entirely into the warm bosom of

But work on Klephrun and Klephblog itself kind of took over and it wasn't until about two months ago I could turn my attention back to Kleph's Kitchen. Luckily, I had help by that time, the indomitable web skills of AKG and the unparalleled design acumen of Lina. They helped me turn it from a straightforward blog into a usable resource. read more

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monday, january 15, 2007

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 2007

When I crossed the finish line of the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon near the ASU stadium in Tempe late yesterday morning it marked the end of four hours and twenty minutes of excrutiating pain on a level I've never endured before.

It also marked the end of a journey I began a year ago when I saw the television footage of the 2006 marathon and resolved to run the bastard this year. I spent the last 12 months training, preparing and trying to focus in on the goal of running 26.2 miles as fast as I possibly could.

A key part of that effort has been my blog, klephrun, that I started on Jan. 26 of last year. Since then I have studiously kept it updated on my odyessy. The latest entry is the blow by blow account of my adventure yesterday. read more

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friday, december 22, 2006

Klephblog 2007 Calendar

As I mentioned, each year since coming to South America, I have made a calendar of my photographs and sent them to friends and family for Christmas.

This year I spent time in Ecuador and Brazil and, while in Peru, had the chance to journey to Cusco, Puno, Puerto Maldonado and the famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Armed with my digital camera, I had an opportunity to document all of these places to a degree I just couldn't do before. And, with this print-on-demand service I am using, I've made it possible for anyone to buy a copy if they would like.

So, with that, I present to you the Klephblog 2007 Calendar. Almost all these shots have been featured on the blog or in a gallery at some point this year. read more

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monday, november 27, 2006

Construction in South America 2007 Calendar

The third of my 2007 calendars, "Construction in South America," is now available over at

In the past year, the bulk of my freelance work has been for the civil engineering magazine, Engineering News-Record. As a result I have had the opportunity to travel across South America to document some of the largest construction projects currently being built on the continent.

I saw a giantic tunnel boring machine that had burrowed halfway through a mountain in Ecuador. I visited the constuction of a road at an altitude more than three times the elevation of Denver. I flew over a massive dam project deep in the interior of southern Brazil. read more

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friday, november 10, 2006

Machu Picchu 2007 Calendar

The second of my calendars is now ready for purchase over at my storefront on

The subject of this effort? Machu Picchu.

This calendar features most of the photos I used in a slideshow that accompanied a story on the ruins I did for Engineering News-Record.

I have finally gotten my advance copies of these calendars and, I have to say, they look damn nice and they are HUGE! Which is exactly what I wanted to take advantage of the power of my new digital camera. read more

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friday, november 03, 2006

Flowers in South America 2007 Calendar

Each year since coming to South America, I have taken a dozen of my pictures and collected them into a calendar. It has made a unique Christmas present for my friends and relatives.

In the past I have printed these at the local copy shop but I am changing things a bit this year with the purchase of my new digital camera.

I wanted to produce something with a slightly better level of quality. So I am using the online self-publishing service, Lulu.

The folks at Lulu take my design and keep it in their database then print copies of it on demand - whenever anyone decides to put a few bucks down. So, my plan is to make up a few calendars for myself but to make them available for anyone else to purchase if they are interested.

My test calendar of photographs of different flowers I took during the year is currently available through my storefront on the Lulu website. Give it a gander and, if you like it, pick up a copy for yourself. But keep checking in since I plan to introduce three or four more calendars over the next few weeks. read more

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saturday, september 09, 2006


I spent almost two-and-a-half hours this morning running around Lima - literally.

I put in more than 16 miles as part of my long training run for the week in a route that took me up and down the seashore of Lima.

It is, quite possibly, the farthest I have ever run in one outing and a milestone in my effor to prepare for P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in Tempe, Arizona on January 14.

Although my formal training regimine for the race does not begin for a few more weeks I'm starting to get the preparations all in order and the first is the overhaul of my running blog, klephrun. read more

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sunday, august 27, 2006

Klephblog News

If you think things look a bit different around here, you would be correct. After a few weeks of work the blog has been completely overhauled.

The most dramatic change is the introduction of a new indexing system. Instead of an archive or a menu list like I had before, each post is now organized into a specific category which can be accessed either through the bottom of the post or through a main index.

In the process of transfering over the archives I have edited out a lot of the of the 'diary' type stuff. Other older posts that have been removed are being re-written for future entries. So, if something you liked was gone, it may be around again soon.

(And all this activity is as good an excuse as I can find to post my 'chairs' photograph that I took when I was in Switzerland in 1986.) read more

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sunday, may 21, 2006


Since last January I have been steadly getting back into running. I have tried this a few times over the past decade but injuries have really limited my ability to take it very far. As of today, I am a bit more optimistic with this effort.

This morning I completed my first 10K race since... oh, 2000 or so. It caps about six months of slow work and heralds another half-year of effort. The end goal I am shooting for is the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon in Tempe, Arizona on Jan. 14.

Anyhow, I have been documenting this whole effort over on yet another little sub-blog, Klephrun. Typically, the blog is a straightforward account of my runs but every so often I opine a little bit on the adventure. My account of my morning racing escapade is the most recent entry.

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friday, april 14, 2006

Klephblog News

Well hold on a minute there partner! Where you going off to so fast?

You might not have noticed but things have been changing on the site of late. In an effort to prepare for a relatively sweeping site upgrade I have been consolidating a lot of things onto the site in the past few weeks.

The first thing you might notice is the nifty new logo. Nice, huh? Did it myself.

Next up is the new sub-blog Klephstuff. This is a collection of essays on music, books and movies that have appeared in various forms on Klephblog in the past as well as on where I am currently editing the music section. I have backdated the entries to the beginning of the year but I plan to keep the two-a-week updates going from now on. read more

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thursday, january 19, 2006

Kleph's Kitchen

I have had an interest in cooking for as long back as I can remember. With my family's roots in South Louisiana, it is a pursuit that is part of my birthright. And I have a keen joy in the kitchen where there is the strange glorious intimacy of creation when taking these rude materials and making something sublime. There are few things in the world are as satisfactory as making a recipe spot on.

(All of which is something of an anomaly in today's fast food culture. I personally feel if you can't take an hour to prepare a meal, you don't deserve to eat it.) read more

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monday, january 12, 2004

Setting forth

So who is the orange guy?

Well, my friends, meet Ganesha the lord of and destroyer of obstacles. He is petitioned for siddhi, success in undertakings, and buddhi, intelligence. He is worshiped before any venture is started be it project or travel. Otherwise he also holds the reigns as the god of education, knowledge and wisdom, literature, and the fine arts. Which isn’t bad work if you can get it.

And, given what I’m about to walk into, I need all the help I can get. Because, to be honest, I’m scared shitless. I’ve been a bundle of anxieties and over-reactions for several days now. I have a lot that I am trying to accomplish with this venture and the safety net is minimal if there at all. No pressure.

But it is kind of like every breaking news story I’ve ever raced out on. I never have any idea how the hell I am going to handle getting all the information and reporting done and in on time. Usually there is a lightening moment of panic and sheer naked fear when I start trying to strategize. Then I make myself stop. read more

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wednesday, december 24, 2003

An Auspicious Beginning

After numerous attempts to establish a presence out in the electronic wilds of the interweb I've decided to try a blog. First of all, the price is right and, hopefully, this will become a reliable resource for folks to keep up with me and my travels. There isn't a great philosophy or purpose behind this endeavor but, with luck, it will be a pleasing diversion for my friends. Please let me know your suggestions and ideas.

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