The Untold Want

Eighteen miles on foot, backpack laden with gear, surrounded by granite and Jeffery pine, I walked on the rooftop of California.

There are times that define us, that seek us out and ask the deep questions of self that only you can answer. Along a small creek, deep in the heart of the John Muir Wilderness was such a time.

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Seaside Oregon, July 2016

I often struggle with the 35mm frame. An odd width, not quite panoramic, and not compressed enough to match the clean feel of a 4x5 dimensioned frame. For years I exclusively photographed square (long before Instagram), I loved the look of equal vertical and horizontal lines. A few years ago I started getting into panoramic images.

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Rialto Beach after Sunset, Olympic NP. 2005

... A sense of peace and a quality elicit of time spent in nature meditation. That place you must go alone where the wind, the sea air, the pebbles underfoot, the pine branches at the beach edge all grow their roots through your soul tugging at the primordial soup that we all still have deep inside. 

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Deep of the Mind. WA 2013

When I'm back home, my Mama often comes photographing with me in the early morning. We have ourselves the most beautiful adventures, scouring the countryside in Northwest Washington, looking for interesting subjects. We always find something: an unexplored back road, a different view, a hidden beach. This morning was no different.

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Sitting in Solitude by a Mountain Lake, John Muir Wilderness, 2014

...to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience; to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder upon it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of the moon and the colors of the dawn and dusk.

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