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Down the Road

Success

All you have to do is commit your entire life to something, which will result in one of two outcomes. Either you will succeed, or you will die trying, which is in and of itself it’s own form of success. ~ Caset Neistat

*Down the Road – Northern Illinois // Cherry Valley *

Why does wandering off into the sunset have to have such an allure?…

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The Waves Came In

Puffins

Last weekend Britta Emily and I went to Cannon Beach again, in search of Puffins. We managed a sighting, but I definitely realized that we’re going to need to go a little further for closer contact. Alaska or Iceland? Don’t mind if I do.

*The Waves Came In – Haystack Rock // Cannon Beach, Oregon*

It’s amazing the number of ways to try and display this beautiful place. It’s also pretty nice to be an hour drive away.

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Tangled

Gorge-in

Britta and I have a trip planned out to the gorge this Thursday and Friday, sounds like the perfect time to find a few more adventures!

*Tangled – Rowena Crest // Mosier, Oregon*

The beauty of natural things still gets me. While I definitely am still a novice to this whole wildflowers thing, I can quickly see how it can entrance someone.

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Lost in the Night

Alone

It’s very interesting being truly alone.  Not very many places can you be in such a vast area with no one near by.

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*Lost in the Night – Alvord Desert // Princeton, Oregon*

While I’ve been to many remote places, the Alvord desert either was, or at least felt like it was, one of the remotest. We set up camp somewhere in the middle of the 7×12 mile wide playa, a remnant of the alkali Alvord Lake which once covered the area.

One thing you’ll notice right away is how big the sky is, and at night it fills with stars beyond belief. Not a light on the horizon to be found.

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In the Distance

Alaska Exploration

Next month, I’ll be joining Dave Taylor (David Ryan Taylor Photography) for another adventure, full of mosquitoes and Lupines!  We had a great couple of days shooting together in Anchorage, and it’s been great getting to know him and his wife.

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*In the Distance – Denali National Park // Alaska Range*

Words find no way to express the magnitude of a mountain range like the Alaska Range.  It’s beyond anything I’ve seen before, and last night I was lucky enough to have had the pleasure to take a flight loop around Mount McKinley (also known as Denali).  Seeing a 20,000 foot high mountain from 23,000 feet brought even another perspective to the extreme challenge that it would be to climb.  Maybe one day… 😛

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In Bloom

Wildflowers

This is a whole new ballgame for me.  They are surprisingly challenging and interesting to try to capture in an image.  I’ll keep practicing though, don’t worry 🙂

*In Bloom – Horsethief Butte // Washington*

Just getting in to the swing of this wildflower thing, but it’s been pretty fun getting to know all the different finds you’ll come across in the gorge, from raging waterfalls to delicate flowers, all with the Columbia River and majestic Mt. Hood in the distance.

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