QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 29. I've spotted these umbrella art displays in several cities, but I was particulary fond of this one in Quebec. It seemed like a perfect match to the season and surrounding colors.
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 29. I've spotted these umbrella art displays in several cities, but I was particulary fond of this one in Quebec. It seemed like a perfect match to the season and surrounding colors.
Christopher Muther

Oh, the places he went!

Travel writer Christopher Muther looks back at 2018 through photos

You know you’ve done something right if, after traveling thousands of miles, you look back at your photos and feel a pinch of melancholy. There are more prominent emotions present as you scroll through the digital landscapes that defined your journeys: accomplishment, joy, astonishment, and appreciation. But behind it all is the realization that the trips are now ghosts. Pleasant, wonderful, and generally happy ghosts, but ghosts nonetheless.

My year, which began in Texas and ended in Florida, was a collection of experiences that extended thousands of miles around the world. Along with those miles came a seemingly endless string of photos, filling a cloud large enough to cover London. Only a few of the photos managed to accompany stories. Now comes my favorite part of the year. I get to share a few more. From a remote national park in Newfoundland to a horse lingering alongside the mountains in the Patagonia region of Chile, I relived my year pixel-by-pixel, one keystroke at a time. Although I had more than a few hiccups through my travels, I know I got it mostly right because, looking back, I’m feeling a tinge of melancholy that these adventures are now the property of 2018.

SAN JUAN, Jan. 16. After the devastation of hurricane Maria just months before, Old San Juan was cleaned up in time for the winter season. The crowds had yet to return and after the cruise ships departed each day, the streets emptied out and the cats could relax.
SAN JUAN, Jan. 16. After the devastation of hurricane Maria just months before, Old San Juan was cleaned up in time for the winter season. The crowds had yet to return and after the cruise ships departed each day, the streets emptied out and the cats could relax.
Christopher Muther

SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico, Nov. 16 -- The climb to get this view nearly gave me a heart attack, but it was an effective means for working off enchiladas and gave me a beautiful perspective in the city.
SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico, Nov. 16. The climb to get this view nearly gave me a heart attack, but it was an effective means for working off enchiladas and gave me a beautiful perspective in the city.
Christopher Muther

SANTIAGO, Feb. 14. Love was in the air at this club in Santiago. On the main dance floor couples swayed to the Smiths and Robyn while a drag queen handed out candy. I spotted these two away from the crowd in this very colorful corner.
SANTIAGO, Feb. 14. Love was in the air at this club in Santiago. On the main dance floor couples swayed to the Smiths and Robyn while a drag queen handed out candy. I spotted these two away from the crowd in this very colorful corner.
Christopher Muther

SINTRA, Portugal, May 29. The 19th century Pena Palace in Sintra is a photographer's dream. On a clear day the views are spectacular. On a foggy day they aren't quite as breathtaking, so I opted to shoot the landscape through these arches.
SINTRA, Portugal, May 29. The 19th century Pena Palace in Sintra is a photographer's dream. On a clear day the views are spectacular. On a foggy day they aren't quite as breathtaking, so I opted to shoot the landscape through these arches.
Christopher Muther

BOSTON, July 6. I'm generally not a fan of the Seaport. Its bland glass buildings remind me of a Dallas office park. But behind all of those buildings is the stunning Harbor Walk, a perfect way to spend a summer night.
BOSTON, July 6. I'm generally not a fan of the Seaport. Its bland glass buildings remind me of a Dallas office park. But behind all of those buildings is the stunning Harbor Walk, a perfect way to spend a summer night.
Christopher Muther

LISBON, June 1 -- When you're on top of the Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon you get views of the city, and also get a sense of the scale of the statues on top of the arch. Here's a massive foot scuplted by Célestin Anatole Calmels
LISBON, June 1. When you're on top of the Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon you get views of the city, and also get a sense of the scale of the statues on top of the arch. Here's a massive foot scuplted by Célestin Anatole Calmels
Christopher Muther

E NATIONAL PARK, MAGALLANES REGION, Chile, Feb. 19. I didn't think much about the herd of horses drinking from a pond until I looked down and saw this horse's perfect reflection in the water.
TORRES del PAINE NATIONAL PARK, MAGALLANES REGION, Chile, Feb. 19. I didn't think much about the herd of horses drinking from a pond until I looked down and saw this horse's perfect reflection in the water.
Christopher Muther

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 12. Walk through the Reforma neighborhood of Mexico City and you'll come across a series off these giant skulls that have been painted by a number of Mexican artists. This one caught my eye.
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 12. Walk through the Reforma neighborhood of Mexico City and you'll come across a series off these giant skulls that have been painted by a number of Mexican artists. This one caught my eye.
Christopher Muther

GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, Newfoundland, Sept. 27. After hiking in the national park all morning in the rain and wind the sun finally came out as we were leaving. The improving weather allowed this view of the Trout River.
GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK, Newfoundland, Sept. 27. After hiking in the national park all morning in the rain and wind the sun finally came out as we were leaving. The improving weather allowed this view of the Trout River.
Christopher Muther

SINTRA, Portugal, May 29. I became so enamored with the pastries in the historic Portuguese town of Sintra that I easily gained five pounds sampling them, I slipped into the kitchen at one of these bakeries to perhaps steal some recipes. This pleasant but stern baker promptly shooed me out of the kitchen.
SINTRA, Portugal, May 29. I became so enamored with the pastries in the historic Portuguese town of Sintra that I easily gained five pounds sampling them, I slipped into the kitchen at one of these bakeries to perhaps steal some recipes. This pleasant but stern baker promptly shooed me out of the kitchen.
Christopher Muther

JURKARKAS, Lithuania, Aug. 27 . I spent a day driving through a very green region of Lithuania. On the other side of the unimposing Neman River is a very clear view of Russia.
JURKARKAS, Lithuania, Aug. 27. I spent a day driving through a very green region of Lithuania. On the other side of the unimposing Neman River is a very clear view of Russia.
Christopher Muther

BUENOS AIRES, April 1. This mural in Buenos Aires presented street photography on a grand scale.
BUENOS AIRES, April 1. This mural in Buenos Aires presented street photography on a grand scale.
Christopher Muther

SAINT-PIERRE, Martinique, Jan. 29. Before a volcano destroyed Saint-Pierre in 1902 it was known as "the Paris of the Caribbean." It was never restored to its former glory, but the views are still stunning.
SAINT-PIERRE, Martinique, Jan. 29. Before a volcano destroyed Saint-Pierre in 1902 it was known as "the Paris of the Caribbean." It was never restored to its former glory, but the views are still stunning.
Christopher Muther

STEIN am RHEIN, Switzerland. Aug. 18. I was more than a little terrified, and then thrilled. I biked for about six hours through Germany looking for Stein am Rhein in Switzerland. It was worth the trouble. The town looks as if it comes directly from a fairy tale.
STEIN am RHEIN, Switzerland. Aug. 18. I was more than a little terrified, and then thrilled. I biked for about six hours through Germany looking for Stein am Rhein in Switzerland. It was worth the trouble. The town looks as if it comes directly from a fairy tale.
Christopher Muther