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What's on Your Bucket List? by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Here is my 3rd vlog for My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition!

Winners week in London is drawing closer, and it's got me thinking about my dream trip and where I would go if I win the 6 month trip around the world and $50,000.

So... what's on your bucket list?

If you haven't yet done so, please go to my page to view my original entry video (a 3 min tour of Montreal!) and help me out by clicking "support and follow this finalist" - the green tab to the right:

http://www.mydestination.com/users/nasuna/bbb#tab

Thanks for your support and I'd love to hear your favourite must-sees around the world!

Just Another day at the Photobooth by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Bonjour everybody!

Just posted my latest vlog with a couple words about what I've been up to this week, but mostly some photobooth storytelling... this one's worth watching til the end. I'll let this video speak for itself, so, without further ado: check it out!

If you like it, remember to click "support and follow this finalist" on my page at:

http://www.mydestination.com/users/nasuna/bbb#tab

By doing so, you can really help me in my quest for a trip around the world and 50,000 buckeroos.

Best Ice-Cream in Mtl, Mannequins and Shenanigans by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Hello and thanks to all my wonderful supporters and followers! - your regular programming of travel photos, anecdotes and mini-essays will continue after this, with more content than ever... but in the meantime:

Above is a re-post of my entry into the contest, for those who are just joining me on this journey, and right below that - my first vlog as a Top 10 finalist for My Biggest Baddest Bucket List!

A huge thanks to everybody out there who voted for me in the first round, but did you know that you can do so again?

You, yes, you, can make all the difference in my quest for the final 6 month trip of a lifetime & $50,000, which I intend to distribute amongst worthy NGOs I encounter on my travels. If you haven't already done so, AND you liked my entry, AND you'd like to see the money go to something other than the most expensive chandelier I can find, then please click HERE and click on "support and follow" next to the video :

http://www.mydestination.com/users/nasuna/bbb#tab

...And one more thing... if any of you know anyone in the tourism, media and/or mannequin manufacturing business, please be in touch, as I'll be needing all the publicity I can get!

I can now be found on:

Twitter @NasunaPhoto & Instagram: nasunaphoto & Youtube: Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Thanks again!

TOP 10 PARTY! So close to the trip... (No Pressure) by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

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Today has been a CRAZY day! Found out this morning that I made the TOP 10 for My Destinations Biggest Baddest Bucket List Competition (check out my 3min video submission in my previous post) but I'm not out of the woods yet! Next step: I'm off to the UK on May 18th for a week of challenges to duke it out for the final round the world trip. Looks like I'll be on my toes for another 5 weeks!

I took this picture while exploring a hilarious interactive exhibit by Martin Creed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (for more on our capital city, check out my fellow BBB top 10 finalist, Véronique Morissette's video ). It was a room filled with 20,000 black balloons which you could move through, often in total darkness. They were so tightly packed that sometimes a step forward meant that the balloons you displaced would cause one on the other side of the room to be squished until it burst! It was unnerving and exhilarating all at once, navigating this sea of unpredictability... and the exit was all but impossible to find. The balloons were 5 deep overhead, and flung my hair out in every direction. I could hear other visitors laughing or yelping with every snap crackle & pop, yet had no idea where they were. After much shuffling around, I saw some light filtering through. Aha! At last! But as you see, I came face to face against the glass, far from the exit and able to see the stairs up, up and out, but I still had a journey ahead of me.

...but of course some self portraits were in order, and despite the confused and innocent museum visitors outside, I took my time and collected as much static as possible.

Ok, so that analogy got de-railed a bit, but the point is that I'm not entirely sure how I got here, but I ain't done yet! I'm honoured and flabbergasted by this new reality, especially given all of the amazing submissions I watched when the competition was open. To all my fellow entrants I just want to say: wanna come surf on my couch? ... or, can I come surf on yours? If any of you are in Montreal, drop me a line!

And to my dear readers (or watchers, if you only dig pics) I still need your support! You can "follow" me via facebook traipsing around London in the lead-up to the Big Winner Announcement by clicking on the green tab to the right at:

http://www.mydestination.com/users/nasuna/bbb#tab

and...

To get a better picture of the Martin Creed Balloons Exhibit, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QrKvDhcmXE4#!

YIPPEE!  (fun fact: I just had to look up how to spell YIPPEE!)

MONTREAL MUST DOS - the original vid by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Hey all you lovely blog readers/followers... welcome to my 3 minute whirlwind tour of my favourite city: Montréal!

This is my entry to My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, where I can win a trip around the world AND 50 grand! This is the craziest prize I've ever heard of, so I had to give it a shot.

I need your votes, shares & likes, so take a gander and vote away :) You can vote using one or all of the following: Facebook, Twitter, Stumble-Upon, Pinterest & Google+.

10 finalists are chosen in the first round, 5 which are picked by judges, and 5 picked by popular vote, then they head to the UK on an all expense paid trip and a new set of challenges! If I get that far then I'll pee my pants! But I can't do it without your help, so please take a second to vote here:

http://www.mydestination.com/users/nasuna/bbb#tab

Voting closes March 31st (Sunday) so get your share on!

Merci!

PS.    It was impossible to cram everything into this short video, even though I was running around like a madwoman, but I think I've captured at least a little slice of this city. What do you think I missed? I'd love to hear about your favourite spots!

An Award (!) in Applied Arts Photo Annual 2013 - Landscape Series by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

MaunaLoaCabinPano_web Keep your eyes peeled for the May/June issue of Applied Arts Magazine, which will include my series of panoramas from Mauna Loa for this year’s photography and illustration awards!

You can see the announcement here: http://www.appliedartsmag.com/blog/?p=12476

This unassuming summit cabin, perched at a dizzying 14,000 feet, was the last stop on our hike up the volcano. Though altitude sickness was dragging us to our bunks, I managed to squeak out a few shots at dusk. Alas, I will forever kick myself for neglecting to capture the stars. The Hawaiian skies are so clear that neighbouring Mauna Kea is home to the twin-mirrored, big daddy Keck, the biggest optical telescope in the world.

So I didn’t brave the cold that night, but in the morning I made it up to myself and - finally! - donned the lavish gown I had lugged up the volcano, having lacked the self discipline not to indulge in a thrift sale before the hike. It was only two dollars I could tell it needed a vacation.

Red (ant) Hill by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Red (ant) Hill

This is another stitched panorama from my hike up Mauna Loa, overlooking Red Hill cabin. It's the first stop after a steady climb to 10,035 feet. It had been a long day, but Pele (the ancient Hawaiian volcano goddess) rewarded us with stunning views of Mauna Kea and a cozy cabin nestled in iron-saturated rock. To the right you can see what looks like the ocean, but what is actually the cloud-line. When the wind dropped, I'd never heard silence so loud.

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The Very Very First by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Welcome to the very first post on the Nasuna Photography blog! Nice to see you here... Let's get right to it: Here's a pano from January, when I hiked Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island, the largest active volcano in the world. It's actually a stitch of nine vertical shots in an attempt to capture the vastness of its sweeping crater after a squall. At 13,000 ft, cold and lightheaded from the altitude, I thought "this is one way to start 2012"... not exactly the classic picture of a Hawaiian vacation - but I wouldn't have had it any other way.Image