1. A young alligator hiding in the swamp water of La Chua trail near Gainesville. Photo by Chris Bastian.


  2. Anonymous asked: What are some of the best/prettiest places of Gainesville to visit?

         I’d recommend Lake Alice and the Baughman Center, Downtown Gainesville by the Hippodrome, La Chua trail at Paynes Prairie, parts of UF campus like the Sledd Hall area and between the Chemistry building and Library West. Lake Wauburg is nice too.

        If you drive 10 minutes outside of Gainesville you will find Micanopy and it’s well worth the trip; it’s the oldest and in my opinion prettiest town in the region and there’s lots to see and do there. Cross Creek is a cool town too.

    Have fun exploring!

  3. La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve in Gainesville, Florida. Photo by Chris Bastian.

  4. An Egret taking flight along the La Chua trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve. Photo by Chris Bastian.

  5. A clear day at Lake Alice in Gainesville. Photo by Chris Bastian.


  6. Anonymous asked: What kind of camera do you use?

    Nikon D3100 DSLR


  7. Anonymous asked: Would you recommend the international studies program at UF? I'll be attending there in the fall and considering it for my major. Also, what dorms would you say are best fro freshman/nicest? Thanks!

    The International Studies program at UF is relatively new but there’s a plethora of classes you can take in the fields of Anthropology, Political Science, Foreign Language and Comparative Politics. Bear in mind that you can choose to focus on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East but that you will have to take at least 4 semesters of a foreign language of a country in your area of study. I enjoy my classes and find almost everything very interesting and relevant to current events.

    As for the dorms, I would recommend Jennings, Mallory, Broward, or Murphree but if you’re living on campus your freshman year you will have a blast no matter where you live. 

    Good luck and go Gators!


  8. Anonymous asked: What do you want to do for a career?

    I hope to do something involved with the military after college.


  9. Anonymous asked: Hi, I was looking through your tagged/me and I was wounding how you had the opportunity to travel so much? Was it through school or just as a vacation? Also, what was your favorite part of Scotland (I'll be going there this summer)


    The majority of my travel has not been school related. I’ve had the good fortune of being able to travel so much because of my father who travels and moves regularly for his work. He lived in Portugal for 3 years and I would visit him for 3 months a year there and on the weekends we could drive around and explore. Three years ago my dad moved again, this time to England which gave me the opportunity to explore the UK. I also have family that lives in Germany and I visit them regularly. I try to jump at any chance I get to travel somewhere I haven’t been and I highly recommend the same to everyone else.

    As for my favorite parts of Scotland, I would definitely recommend visiting Eilean Donan because the landscape is unparalleled and it’s an awesome looking castle. If you can find it, Loch Lubnaig is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in all my life and if you wake up early enough in the morning the water is like a mirror and it’s completely worth it. 

    Additionally Loch Duich is beautiful and Glen Coe is probably as good as it gets if you want to enjoy the Scottish highlands.  Some of the best scenery you’ll find will probably be just while driving down the roads so I advise taking your time and appreciating the view. Feel free to look at the Scotland tag on my blog for some pictures. 

    I hope you enjoy your trip!


    Chris Bastian

  10. New Engineering Building on the University of Florida Campus. Photo by Chris Bastian.

  11. Crystal blue waters at Manatee Springs State Park. Photo by Chris Bastian.

  12. Dirt road at sunset 10 miles outside of Gainesville, Florida. Photo by Chris Bastian.


  13. trixxxxster asked: Sorry this is kind of a broad question but what do you love about UF? It's on my list of colleges and I'm trying to narrow that long list down. Could you help give me more reasons to go to UF? I'd really appreciate it! And I love your picture by the way. They're beautiful.

    Thank you! And no problem! One of the things I love about UF is that there’s something for everyone. It’s a big school with a lot of people so it can be a big change from high school but you’re guaranteed to find people with lots in common with you. There’s something like 950 clubs at UF so it’s really easy to get involved and meet people. I also love the campus, since I’m into photography I take a lot of pictures of UF and Gainesville and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve been to. There’s also a degree of prestige and pride in calling yourself a Gator since it’s the best university in the state and there’s an enormous alumni network. But you should never pick somewhere just for the name. There’s great athletics no matter what sport you’re into, world class speakers and performers who visit, rigorous academics, a beautiful campus, nice weather, and plenty of people to meet. I would definitely recommend visiting the campus if you haven’t already and touring, that was one of the things that helped make up my mind. Choosing UF was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’ve never second guessed myself for making that choice. After visiting all the colleges I had on my list I definitely knew UF would be the best one for me. Almost everyone ends up picking the college that’s best for them so you will know for sure where you want to go by the time you have to make a decision. Hope this helped and good luck making your decision!

  14. A sign warning of alligators in the area at Lake Alice at the University of Florida, Photo by Chris Bastian.

  15. A Gainesville back road on a sunny afternoon. Photo by Chris Bastian.