I’m dedicating this one to someone I love dearly, her birthday is today. I have watched her body slowly betray her. I have felt the darkness slowly closing in. I’ve seen fleeting moments of fear and hopelessness.
But I’ve also been witness to an incredible display of bravery, tenacity and hardiness. The stubborn refusal to allow the hopelessness to take over. The light inside her has always stayed bright, despite adverse circumstances. This one is for her.
This is a scene that happened over Sparks Lake in Oregon. A long single lenticular cloud started to disperse right at sunset to create an array of stunning cloud structures. The side light from sunset brought incredible definition and depth to the sky. Had the sun set an hour earlier, this display wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
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It all started when I had this crazy-person idea to precariously lean over a large boulder in about a foot and a half of rapids. I continued the good ideas by setting up my tripod in a very questionably safe way. The tripod was basically submerged, so at that point it was more of a subpod. I had the camera a few inches from the water. Between each shot, it was necessary to wipe the lens front. I drenched all my microfiber cloths in a matter of minutes.
Ok, enough of my dramatics. I worked pretty hard to get a clean foreground composition here at the famous Proxy Falls.
Thanks for looking.
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I don’t have many chances to get out to nature currently. “Life gets in the way of living” kind of stuff. When my friend Tula invited me on a hike on one of the busiest trails in Oregon on the Fourth of July… I felt no hesitation about tagging along.
I think my favorite image from the day is this one right here. I was hanging out in a cave when I noticed the backlit ferns. Not thinking anything of it.. I just started shooting. I was lucky enough to catch the sun peeking through the space between the top of the cave and the opposing ridge line. Water dripping down the outside cliff face adds another pleasing element to the scene.
Yeah.. there was a line at the payment box in the parking lot. Yeah.. there was barely any parking. Yup… there was a highway of people walking up the trail and cooling off in the waters. Yes.. I shot Punchbowl Falls. But sometimes when you have those chances to get out and immerse yourself in natural beauty you just need to suck it up and let that opportunity shine.
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