Jim Jones

Traveler, Blogger, Photographer

About Me

I’m a 50-something adventurer, traveler and photographer. I started blogging about travel photography a few years ago, but have shifted my focus (pardon the pun!). I love US National Park sites – not just the big ones that carry the official “National Park” designation, but smaller sites like monuments, historical sites, etc., that all fall under the umbrella of the National Park Service.

I want to see as many of the NPS sites as I can, and I want to share my stories, advice and most of all my photos with you. This blog is intensely personal for me and is really a passion project I’ve been kicking around for a while. No time like the present, I say!

If you’re interested in seeing more of my photography, please check out my portfolio site at Jim Jones Photos.

My Travel Photography Gear

I’ve traditionally been an over-packer, but these days I like to travel as light as possible. However, there are a few key things that I always have to have with me – whether it’s an overnight trip or two weeks on another continent. I carry all my gear in a National Geographic Africa Travel Satchel (Medium) bag. This is absolutely the best travel bag I’ve ever carried…lightweight, roomy, and fits well under the seat in front of me on airplanes. Below is a list of the go-to equipment I carry with me…

  • Nikon D610 – for photos
  • Panasonic Lumix GX-8 camera – for photo and video
  • Camera lenses – I usually carry three lenses with me:
  • SLIK Sprint Pro II Tripod – small and light enough to fit in my bag
  • BOSE QCII noise-canceling headphones – very necessary for a quiet, restful plane flight
  • Apple iPad – for books, movies and games
  • Leuchtturm 1917 dotted bullet journal – for journaling, notes and drawings

What are your travel essentials? Drop me a line with your thoughts!

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