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Rooftop New Year

If how you end 2012 is any indication of what to expect in 2013, we will have a lot to look forward to! Champaign, fireworks, city skyline, good friends – a grand start to 2013.

Ringing in the New Years on a downtown rooftop in Denver, CO

Best Images of 2012: Part 1

Looking back on the past year in photos has been an exhausting experience for me this past week. I’ve had to sift through thousands of images (17,452 to be exact) and I wanted to get twelve amazing and meaningful images to show what this year was like for me, but I found out that goal was impossible. This past year had too many memories and experiences that I needed a few more to show it. The beginning of the year marked our first time living in Spain – experiencing the routine of everyday life along with the excitement of festivals and futbol matches. We spent 3 months in Spain with visits from my oldest high school friends in Valencia to my sister who met us in Barcelona–then ventured south to Morocco for a week long adventure in Marakesh and the Northern Sahara (on camels!)  So here is part 1 of my Best Images of 2012!

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Introducing the ‘Thousands of Photos’ Project

(originally posted via Chele Norrie @ www.humanitarianwriter.com)

Michael and I have thousands of photos no one has ever seen from the last two years of traveling the world together. Many of which, we’ve barely glanced at. Much of our time abroad was spent experiencing as much as possible, meeting extraordinary people, dumping the day’s photos onto a hard drive and then passing out. We repeated this practice for months on end. Tragically, just less than 1% (an estimate) of our experiences were shared via social media.

Today marks a new beginning of sharing the stories untold and the photos, unseen.

Say hello to the Thousand Photos Project…

Or, in Croatia, bok – which derives from the word, “Bog,” literal translation: God. Meaning, go with God for short. Essentially, hello’s in Croatia mean a lot.


Working the room – Denver’s Top 25 Most Influential

A packed house at the Mile High Station with 500 guests for the awards ceremony hosted by Regis University, gnXYZ, Coloradobiz, and the Denver Young Professionals club.

Denver’s Top 25 Influential Young Professionals award winner…a rowdy bunch stirring things up this year in Denver. Congrats to the winners!


Do one thing everyday that scares you – there’s nothing to loose.

“Do one thing everyday that scares you” – that’s what is driving me to my next life endeavor next week. I managed to convince myself (along with the encouragement of serial marathoner Craig Martinosky) to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon ….yes the FULL MARATHON! Since running the 5K in Chicago last year and the continued inspiration from my bad ass cousin Mary Snocker (another serial marathoner) I have kept this goal as a distant dream that I didn’t really think would happen. After riding a century on my borrowed 20 year old Schwinn last summer I found a spark of inspiration and a bit of enjoyment in the pain of endurance sports. It gave me just enough push to become more and more confident in my ability – both mentally and physically.

But this weekend – with only a 2 months of serious training & yet to break the 20mi mark- I’ll be pushing my limits to a point I haven’t been to yet so naturally there’s a bit of nervousness and healthy fear. But I feel like I have nothing to lose if I fail at finishing (except the $120 sign-up fee!) Whatever amount I run is farther than I ever thought I would/could run in the past – so for me, pushing my mind and body towards this goal is an accomplishment I can be proud of and will be a true test of how far I really can go. Hopefully it will end with us crossing the finish line (beers to follow) with thousands of other runners in downtown Denver!!

If you’re in the area I would love to see you along the way. Life isn’t anything but a series of scary/amazing experiences and I’m asking for it next weekend…wish me luck!

UPDATE: (2 days later)

“Still a little sore and achy with a very bruised toe but overall feeling great.” That’s what I keep telling family and friends who check in with me every once in a while to see how I’m doing. Still in shock of how well the day went. Start to finish I pretty much felt great – much better than I did during my training long runs, and I owe it 100% to my old friend Craig and his wife Lacey for their encouragement and running knowledge. We finished slower than most (5:19:08….a 12:15 mile pace) but what we lacked in speed we made up for in amusement along the way as we posed for the cameras, caught up about life, and chatted with other marathoners. With so many random things that could have gone right or wrong (hydration, cramping, weather, gear etc etc) I’m lucky to have had a great coach and fantastic support team – otherwise it may have turned out with a very different outcome.

I set out to learn about myself and push something that I’d previously thought was impossible. Two more things that hit me as I was finishing that day. The decisions we make today will direct our destiny tomorrow. If you have a dream, act on it now, only then will it happen (perhaps tomorrow). The other, maybe more meaningful thing that I realized, is that you never know who will come into your life to help you out at the right moment when you need it – and all you can do is let it happen. For me, Craig and I had lost touch over the years and got back contact because I asked him for advice on running. Now, we’ve reconnected, got to spend some quality time together, and ran a marathon from start to finish. It opens my eyes to people from my past that I can rekindle the relationship and encourage them in some way. 

This entire experience will encourage me for a very long time and a memory I’ll never forget. This marathon will deffinately not be the last!

Here are a few shots from the day:


US Pro Cycling Challenge – Stage 7 – Denver, Co

After a week of tough racing over the Rocky Mountains, the tour finished in Denver with an individual test of speed. With more than a few turns the course will provided a challenge for the riders and fantastic viewing opportunity for race fans.  The athletes started at one minute intervals in the middle of Civic Center Park near the State Capitol Building, down some of the cities most iconic streets – Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue with a finish along Broadway St. Here are a few of my shots from the last Stage of the 2012 US Pro Cycling Challenge!

RadioShack/Nissan/Trek team racer Ben King pushes out of the gate in Denver’s Civic Center Park

Colombian Andrés Díaz get a view of everyone in the waiting area before his time trail for team Exergy


US Pro Cycling Challenge – Stage 6 – Boulder, Co

Another warm sunny day in Boulder as the crowds gathered around Pearl St. The rout for the day (from Golden to Boulder) passed by the sponsorship area a few times before racing up to Flagstaff for the finish. Watching the finish on T.V. instead of live was a different experience and I wish I could have been in the party up on Flagstaff! Here are a few shot from Stage 6 in Boulder…

Radioshack/Nissan/Trek team rider rides ahead of the Peloton pack through downtown Boulder with fans showing their support.


15 Questions Answered with ENM CREATIVE

Recently I was asked to do an online interview for the ‘Ask the Artist’ series on ENMCreative‘s website. With questions completely from facebook, twitter and the enmcreave.com blog, they ranged mostly about photography and travel. I got to do a fun little into from Dublin as I was hanging out with an old friend in the Bleeding Horse Pub (love that name)

This was my first interview and I’m not really used to writing so much, but it was really great to reminisce about some of my favorite moments in my short photography career. One that has always been closly tied to my other passion as a traveler. I hope that relationship will continue far into the future with countless more memories to come!

Check out the interview here – http://enmcreative.com/ask-the-artist-answered-photographer-michael-nyffeler/ Thanks for reading!

Photo Essay – Greece in Gridlock: Re-Elections in Athens

Find more of my images from the weekend elections here.

Which direction will Greece step? One of the most important elections in modern history for Greece and the EU June 16, 2012

The night before the election, fans watch Greece play (and win) a football match against Russia in the New Democratic parties kiosk in Athens’ Syntagma square June 16, 2012.

Silence falls on Athens’ Syntagma square as all parties have finished campaigning June 16, 2012.


All in the details – Wallpaper download for 5/28/12

Yes I know its Monday – sheesh give me a break I’ve been on the move! Actually, this is on purpose as I’m moving the weekly subscription to my wallpaper updates to Mondays! So from now until the end of time, my wallpapers will be uploaded and ready for your imaginative and downloading pleasure by the weekend’s end. Starting your week off with something fresh to keep you motivated and inspired…. (more…)

Trickin’ Out in BCN

After a sunny afternoon walking along the beach in Barcelona I came across some talented teens tricking. How does one trick you ask? Pretty simple. Step 1: buy a nautical bouy at any nautical shop. Step 2: bury it halfway under the sand Step 3: test it out to get the alignment right. Step 4: get some speed, tuck in the legs in, and you’re trickin! These guys could literally fly across the sand…and it was amazing to see. So amazing in fact, that I had to try it out for myself haha. (scroll down to the bottom) Here are some images I have put together….