A guide at Chaa Creek in Belize tends to the lodges organic garden. As one of the first Belizean Rainforest Eco lodges, Cha Creek has delighted visitors since 1981 with luxurious thatched roof accommodations and fantastic food in a wild jungle setting. For more info on how to visit here go to : chaacreek.com
As a traveler and a photographer I work in environments from jungle rivers to editorial and commercial photo shoots. Where ever I go, I always have a multi tool in my kit. It is as necessary to me as my passport. My newest addition is the Swiss Tool Spirit from Victorinox Although the Swiss Tool is relatively lightweight at 5 ¾ oz, this is no toy, it is built like a shiny little tank. Each of the tools are easy to access and lock securely in place. They will not buckle, break, or close on your hand when you put some torque on them.The needle nose pliers/wire cutter folds out fluidly, the handles provide a strong and secure grip. Made of stainless steel, the cover surface is polished beautifully. The combi-edge blade, saw, and file are all incredibly sharp and functional
An amazing thing happened when I photographed the Swiss Tool. I got out my hot glue gun to stand it up vertically as I do for many small products, placed it on the light table first for positioning, and to my amazement, it balanced perfectly on the tips of its pliers all on its own. This level of hand craftsmanship and attention to detail is present in every aspect of this impressive multi tool.
For more info on the Swiss Tool go to Victorinox: $119.50
I love the Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee Mass. Hula dancers, comedians, and huge scorpion bowl drinks filled with a quart mix of every booze known to human kind. The food is great. I spent some time in the gigantic kitchens, busy places pumping out modern Asian cuisine, along with my old time favorite American Chinese dishes like their famous Pu Pu platters and fried rice. There is also a sushi bar and a create your own stir fry station. The truth be told, they are having a better time down in Chicopee than we are in Northampton. We have some great restaurants with fabulous farm to table food, and some mighty fine music, but for atmosphere and sheer fun, when the whole crowd took to the stage after the Hawaiian show and started dancing, it beat any night out , any where. So, please don’t pass the Grey Poupon” pass me over one of those chicken fingers, that glass with the blinking ice cubes and ask that hula dancer if I can by her a drink!
To read the whole article in the current issue of Preview Mass magazine go to this LINK
Victorinox, maker of the famous Swiss Army knives, is a brand the world has come to expect great things from. Their Spectra line of luggage continues a tradition of rugged well built products designed to make your life easier and more secure.
I have spent a little time with the Spectra 2.0 26″ travel case. At 17.5″w x 26″h x10.2″d, weighing in at an impressive 7.56lbs, it is one of the lightest hard case bags out there. Built from 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate with corner guards, it is scratch and water resistant. The four dual caster spinner wheels glide effortlessly on smooth surfaces yet are plenty strong enough for the real world of dirt roads and cobblestones. The one touch dual trolly aluminum handle extends to three different positions of; 41″-39″ and 37″. The case balances well when pulling on just two wheels.
Inside you will find compression straps on one side and a zippered mesh divider wall for easy and secure packing on the other. It is protected with an integrated Travel Sentry combination lock that is TSA approved, and a respectable, global 10 year limited warranty.
You cannot go wrong with this beautifully constructed travel case. I found it to be a joy to travel with.
What strange worlds we live in. The hubbub over the Obama selfie taken at Nelson Mandela’s funeral became the headline of the day, ripe fruit to dig into by a public obsessed with photographing themselves.
Across the globe, the young North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman’s pal, executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek, long considered the countries 2nd most powerful person.
Taking a page from Stalin’s playbook, Kim has been airbrushing his uncle out of all news photos and videos in an attempt to rewrite history.
Amazingly, Thaeks picture has been re-appearing in selfies with president Obama.
El Secreto is a luxury hotel on the beach in Ambergris Caye in Belize. Thatched roof rooms all come with their own iPod to run the electronics hidden behind the rustic decor. The food is first class. Massage, snorkeling, a great bar, a pillow menu, and an endless beach make this a great get away. Check out their web site at: El Secreto Belize
I found this film I made in 2010 of an Orthodox Jew I met outside of Ernie’s Garage in Northampton. We made a deal, If he would let me take his picture, then I would let him him wrap me in the Tefillin. Oy vey….
Tweet The Hidden valley inn and Reserve is located on 7,200 acres of preserved wilderness in the Maya mountains of Belize. It is not what you would expect in a country known for beach life and the worlds 2nd largest barrier reef. 1,000 ft waterfalls,, jungle trails, and incredibly diverse wildlife exist in a vast [...]
Tweet Charlie Rubio is a real man. That’s what I concluded recently while we were swimming together with the sharks in Belize. Either on his new travel TV show scheduled to be broadcast on Fox TV in Mexico, or on his radio shows, Charlies dynamic and honest personality shines through. ” What you see is [...]
Tweet On the road to Hidden Valley Inn and reserve in Belize I spent a few hours in San Antonio, a small village of 1000 Mopan Maya.I photographed these children on the road to school. Flying to Belize? Fly Avianca
Tweet Looking over the edge of our boat in the Hol Chan Marine reserve, our guide is tossing sardines off the side. From the depths, a group of 8ft nurse sharks gathers fighting for the bait. Everything in my mind and body screams “don’t jump in, this is crazy!” but the guide has taken [...]
Tweet A moment in time. A man at work in Belize sits in his truck in a small town having lunch when the mad photographer appears out of nowhere draped in cameras asking politely if I may take his portrait. ” Yes my friend he says, are you on Facebook?”
Tweet It’s morning in Belize and life is good at Chaa Creek, a luxury eco lodge deep in the jungle of Belize. The food is great the rooms are spacious and there is lots to do at this special place. Last night I was guided through the rainforest to check out the creatures of the [...]
Tweet Last night John and I set out to take some images of him for his new CD,” Truck eating bridge” John is an good friend and a great song writer. He wanted some motion in the shot and it had to be taken near the bridge. The two of us, laughing at how old [...]
Tweet Shoul, Dr. Melvin I., age 91, of Newton on Monday, September 30, 2013. For 64 years, he was the beloved husband of Rohna (Isaacson). Loving father of Mark Shoul and his wife Ruth Suyenaga, Paul Shoul, and the late David Shoul. Cherished grandfather of Kenji Shoul and Maile Shoul and her husband Sean Nolan, [...]
Tweet What a pleasure it has been to photograph for the United Way. Working with director Jim Ayres and media mega talents from The Creative, Ruth Griggs, marketing; Janice Beetle, messaging; Maureen Scanlon, design and Viz Bang video producer Dave Sweeney, we have created a series of outstanding new videos and the 2013 campaign [...]
Tweet As a travel photographer for Gonomad.com, I have hauled an ungodly amount of equipment across the globe. There is always a conflict between what I can carry and what I need to get the job done. For years I have traveled with carbon fiber tripods, some jobs demand them but they are cumbersome, hard [...]
Tweet Here it is folks, my new cover of Preview Massachusetts, August 2013. Pictured is Meagan Miller, lead singer of the band ‘And the Kids” in their Pod rehearsal space by the banks of the Connecticut river. Go to Preview Massachusetts To read the whole story by writer Sarah Buttenwiser , “Home Away From Home, Discovering [...]
Tweet Yesterday as I was down with a back injury, the weather was perfect for rainbows. I hobbled out to the car and drove to the cornfields near my house in Northampton where they often appear. On my way home I encountered a group of kids taking refuge from the storm under a highway bridge. [...]
I am a staff photographer and writer for Gonomad.com, Preview Magazine: a weekly contributor for the Valley Advocate,and a freelancer for publications around our world.All images are copyrighted and not for commercial use.For image sales please visit my web site, http://www.paulshoulphotography.com