Welcome to my website where I display various photography projects and document my international travels and aspects of my life in 300 dpi.
I have always loved to be imaginative and artistic, and have found many outlets for that creativity. In addition to photography, I have done other work in drawing and painting, as well as dabbling in other crafts such as pottery and basket weaving. I also enjoy making jewelry. Although lately, photography has been my main focus.
Most of my photography is shot using Canon SLR equipment. My cameras include a Canon EOS 40D, EOS Rebel T6i EF-S with lenses:Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6, Canon EF-S 18-55mm, Canon EF-S 55-250mm, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8, Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8. The majority of my portfolio shows wildlife and nature photography as well as my numerous travels, and lately my time spent abroad in Spain (2013-2014) and South Korea (2015-2017).
Fulbright in South Korea
I have been living in South Korea for the past year on the Fulbright grant to be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in South Korea (grant year 2015-16 and 2016-17). The most recent posts of my blog cover my life as an ETA with Fulbright Korea. I am a Korean adoptee, but have spent my entire life growing up in Upstate New York. I will be living and working abroad, learning about my heritage and the culture I come from. It will be full of challenges and excitement; a new adventure which I will document here.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
This website is not an official Fulbright Program blog. The views expressed and information presented on this blog are solely those of the blogger’s and do not represent the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, the Korean-American Educational Commission, or any other partner organizations.
Study Abroad in Spain
You may have noticed that a large portion of recent blog posts have been devoted to my travels from my study abroad experience in Spain. In 2013-2014 I studied abroad for almost fourteen months on an intensive immersion program through my college, living with a host family and studying at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. You can follow that journey here. During that time, I was able to advance my fluency in the Spanish language, learn about the history, culture, and geography of Spain, visiting over 30 cities and towns during my stay. I also had the incredibly fascinating experience working and interning at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, as well as taking the time to travel to Belgium, France, Austria, Hungary, and Morocco.
Freelance Website & Graphic Design Business
I run my own freelance website and graphic design business: Cara Mooney Designs, which was launched in the summer of 2010. I have worked mostly with local companies and small business owners, to help them create or redesign their websites.
When I am not doing all this, I can be found hanging with my friends, reading, playing violin and guitar, procrastinating (I seem to do this often), running around, working on my many half-started novels, skiing, punching people in the dojo, and saving up money to jet-set to different places across the globe.