Where in the world is Mike?

Wow.. October 2016 huh? I’ve been so many places in the time that has passed since I last posted. Operating a blog.. it’s a lot of work. It takes time, time that could be spent shooting photos, making videos, hiking mountains, chasing sunrises and sunsets. And so time is one of the reasons I have not kept up with posts on this page. The other reason is that I have maxed out on free space. I can’t really share any more beautiful photos on here with out deleting old posts, or purchasing a bigger better plan. While that would be nice to do I just can’t justify it at this time. I post to Facebook and instagram very frequently so if you’re looking to keep up with my daily adventures check there (@michaelthenomad on instagram and https://www.facebook.com/michaelthenomad).

Where have I been? Colombia, Costa Rica, Wyoming, Texas, New Orleans… Just to name a few. And where will I be? Everywhere. Here are a few frames.


White Sands National Monument, NM


Big Bend National Park, TX


Big Bend National Park, TX


Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ


Lone Rock, Page, AZ


Havasupai, AZ


Nauyaca Falls, Costa Rica




Summer is Over

That’s right. It’s done. We lived it and loved it. I roamed further than ever before, grew spiritually and philosophically, and the future just looks bigger and better.

I’m gonna be playing some catchup work on this blog, but I have loads of videos and stories to share from the past year. I’ll start at the end.. This is how you end summer with a bang!

Time Travel

Hey there blogosphere,

It’s been a wild winter with lots of chaotic movement around the country for me. I’ve covered so much ground since August when I last posted on here. I’m going to attempt to be a little more vigilant, but life does not wait. In the meantime check out all the new photos in my gallery! All photos are available for print. Direct all inquiries to michaeldmckelvey@gmail.com


Then press play on this edit from back in December of myself and Pat Ramsey ripping some prime early season snow at Beaver Creek Ski Resort!

More new things coming soon!

Technical Issues

I’ve been working on reorganizing my online library of photographs which appears to be causing some issues with the blog. I will be working on rectifying that as soon as possible. I’ve been staying pretty busy lately. I will have a wedding video to share in the next week or so and I’ll be posting some work from a recent graduation shoot. I still have to finish my travel logs from this past summer. For now though here is a little winter cause I’m already awaiting the snowfall with a youthful exuberance.

Intermission; Saudade vs Nostalgia

Part 3 of my Epiphany series will be coming soon. I’ve been in a bit of a life transition over the past month. Here is a recent scan, a song, and some thoughts to pass the time.


  Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game (Nehzuil Remix)  

näˈstaljə/ – ‘when you are thankful for the memory, but sad that you will never be able to experience that moment again’

souˈdädə/ – ‘a feeling, a longing for something or some event that one is fond of, which is gone, but might return in a distant future. It often carries a fatalist tone and a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might really never return’
Saudade has crept into my vocabulary over the years and become a word I view with with deep reverie. Nostalgia carries the assurance that the moment you long for is permanently gone. Saudade is like nostalgia but with the hope that what is being longed for might return, even if that return is unlikely or so distant in the future to be almost of no consequence to the present.
Today and many days in the future I will experience Saudade, but I will carry always the hope that the source of my longing will someday return to me.
Ponder on my friends.

Preface to an Epiphany, Pt 2

After our morning dose of art and decay my cohort and I travelled south…and west. I had never been south through this part of the state before, and I was blown away by the vast open sky of the San Luis Valley. We didn’t have too much time to poke around as we were racing inclement weather across the valley and into the San Juan Mountains. The signs of spring were showing at local ski area Wolf Creek, and many water falls were beginning to thaw and flourish.  We spent the evening in Pagosa Springs and enjoyed the relaxing and rejuvenating powers of the local hot spring before continuing our push west.

My next post will pick up on the edge of the Four Corners area and follow the adventure through the South Rim Park of the Grand Canyon.

Preface to an Epiphany

I’ve been incredibly busy over the past few months. Not only did the late season snow in Colorado offer daily doses of stoke, but I spent quite a few weeks traveling the western frontier of the United States. I have quite a few sets of photos and photos to share and stories to relive. I will be covering my journey in a series of posts, but first I want to warm things up with a few things that led into my recent oft labeled ‘trip of a lifetime’.

In March I travelled from Denver through Four Corners to the Grand Canyon with a few friends on a short tour. The trip took us through a wide range of environments and opened up a whole new appreciation for the southwest.

Our first stop was at an undisclosed factory and slaughterhouse that seems to be gaining a second wind as an unofficial art gallery. We arrived at first light, and I took advantage of the beautiful glow that crept through the building.

The facility is sprawling and provides considerably diverse environments through out. Local artists have clearly taken a liking to the unique canvasses afforded to them. The upper floors included an atrium like room with large windows and rows of pillars that most likely functioned as the kill room in the former workflow. Stripped of it’s purpose and seen brightened by the imaginative hands and minds of street artists gives the room a much more hopeful vibe. I hope you enjoy the photos.

My next post will explore the San Luis Valley area through south west Colorado and into Arizona.