Just a quick note to announce my excitement that a photo I took of the incredible desserts at Sucré in New Orleans has been featured in the Schmap Online Guidebook to New Orleans. This is a first for me. I’ve been working hard to advance my photography skills, but still think of myself as a writer who takes a few “happy snaps” along the way, rather than as a photojournalist whose pictures are worthy of publication. So this vote of confidence made me happy, and — more importantly — gave me the kick in the pants I needed to invest in a better camera. Better photos will be forthcoming!

I’ve been traveling so much, reporting stories for Delta Sky, Continental, Wild Blue Yonder (Frontier’s inflight) Family.com, and others that I haven’t been able to post much.

But recent trips have included local jaunts around northern California, a road trip through Oregon, and a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona, and I have lots of stories to tell. Short explorations into the desert around Scottsdale did nothing but whet my appetite, so another visit to Arizona is in the works.

Here are two photos I took from the deck of the Four Seasons on the edge of Scottsdale, Arizona — Schmap, have you done Scottsdale yet?