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Hanalei, Hawaii, USA
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Psalm
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number four in the Hanalei Pier Study...and my personal favorite.
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Resolution
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number two in the Hanalei Pier study.
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I'll state the obvious first: There's nothing inherently special about this picture. In fact, it's just a snap from my phone, shot while hiking one of my favorite trails at Point Reyes National Seashore. The location on the other hand is as spectacular as they come. Miles of unspoiled Pacific coastline where cliffs rise up from the ocean and sandy beaches invite animals of all sorts to rest, play and appreciate all that nature shares with us.

But there are often limits to that sharing, which brings me to what is special about this random snapshot: The cliff on which I stood as I lifted my phone to click the shutter button no longer exists. Yesterday it collapsed into a pile of rocks and claimed the life of one hiker and seriously injured another. Two souls out for a hike who happened to be at what always seemed to me the right place, but definitely at the wrong time. In a matter of seconds, Arch Rock was no more.

The last time I was there it didn't occur to me that the spot where I often found myself sitting 60 feet above the Pacific Ocean contemplating life, freeing my mind of troubles or simply enjoying the view while spending a day on the trail would disappear someday. And that is why I'm writing this today.

Most of us have our lists of places we want to see during this lifetime - places that we've heard about, seen in pictures or movies, or just want to see with our own eyes.If we're fortunate with time, finances, planning and schedules, and all of the other factors that go into getting our butts out the door to someplace new, we get slowly cross them off the list. We rarely consider that by the time we're ready to go, they may be gone.

So that place you've always been wanting to go? Get going. Nature isn't waiting for you. Neither are the developers, miners and other opportunists who see nature as a resource to exploit for their own profit. Delicate Arch, Half Dome, The Great Barrier Reef...they've all been around as long as we've been alive, but there's a good chance that some of us may outlive one or more of these icons. It may seem hard to fathom, but that's just the way it is. Arch Rock was still standing above the Pacific Ocean when I woke up yesterday. It was gone by the time I went to sleep last night. 
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Now, nobody lives forever
Nothin' stands the test of time
Oh, you heard 'em say "never say never"
But it's always best to keep it in mind
That every tower ever built tumbles
No matter how strong, no matter how tall
Someday even great walls will crumble
And every idol ever raised falls
And someday even man's best laid plans
Will lie twisted and covered in rust
When we've done all that we can but it slipped through our hands
And it's ashes to ashes and dust to dust
-Steve Earle
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Indeed it can be. Thanks +Steve Hambley. 
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North
Inyo National Forest, California, USA

Just another perfect morning in the Sierras. 
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Thanks +Nel K!
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California, USA

Last month I had the privilege of spending a day on the Sonoma coast with +Michael Ryan and +Bob Bowman. We headed out as a storm was ending with hopes for some dramatic light, but instead encountered heavy cloud cover and intermittent fog. We did get some drama in the form of heavy surf crashing against the rocks and cliffs, with sprays upwards of 25 feet. 

Mike and I stayed on the cliffs while the more adventurous Bob scrambled down to the base of the falls to shoot. Had I been a little more sensible I might have cautioned Bob against going down there, but I was so taken by the beauty of the location I didn't think to say anything...at least that's my excuse for now. You can find his account of the experience and his unique image of the falls at https://plus.google.com/+BobBowmanRMBImages/posts/J1rUhbjKpih.

Bob's image also shows a much more accurate portrayal of the scene since it contains a glimpse of the crashing waves. I opted for the longer exposure to smooth out the water and make the waves appear more like mist and then converted it to black and white. It was a memorable day in the wonderful company of two great photographers who were kind enough to show me around their stomping grounds and provide a real time dramatic escape story as well. Can't wait for the next time!
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Thx Rob I will learn this I am in LightRoom now atm learning so I guess it's a step at a time to get such masterpieces as you have photographed :)
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Fertility
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

I spent over an hour at this spot watching the clouds move in and the light change as I experimented with different filters and settings on the camera. Most of the shots were "perfectly" exposed, but it was this seriously underexposed shot using the 16 stop graduated ND filter that stood out to me. With the dark shadows and cloud movement over 350 seconds, the moodiness in this one appealed to me far more than the "properly" exposed images.
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+Marc Briggs That's way too much work. I just put the camera dial on P and hope for the best. ;)
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Pursuance
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number three in the Hanalei Pier study.
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Thank you +Leyla A. Roberson and +Steve Hambley!
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Acknowledgement
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

I was fortunate to spend some time last month in one of my favorite places on earth, the north shore of Kauai. Every time I cross the first of the one lane bridges on the road from Hanalei to Haena I seem to fall under a spell that melts my troubles away and fills my soul with peace and contentment.

Near where the Hanalei River empties into Hanalei Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this pier is like a magnet that attracts surfers, swimmers, photographers and beach goers of all types. Even though the beach is two miles long, the crowds converge here at all times of day and night.

I spent several mornings and evenings photographing the pier under different weather conditions and came away with four images that I liked and will share in the coming weeks.
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Thank you  +Leyla A. Roberson!
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Those of us who live in or have visited the San Francisco Bay Area know how fortunate we are to have so much open space in and around a major U.S. city. However, San Francisco and it's surrounding areas could have just as easily become another overdeveloped (some say that is already the case) over-polluted metropolis, densely populated and crisscrossed with congested freeways, much like Los Angeles.

Take a little time to read the short stories at http://www.whatmighthavebeen.org (click on the stories link) to see and read about what the bay area might have looked like if it weren't for the foresight of some dedicated activists who fought the developers who saw the bay area as place to bulldoze for high-rises and freeways. 

Some people call the long time locals NIMBYs, as if it were an insult. There may be plenty of cases of "NIMBYism" taken too far, but those committed to preserving the rural and wild nature of the open space surrounding San Francisco knew what they were doing and they serve as a brilliant example of how a handful of committed citizens can go up against powerful and wealthy corporate interests and prevail. They stood up and said This Will Not Happen In My Backyard and deserve to proudly wear the NIMBY title as a badge of honor.
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+Chris Korman  I agree that a private concession is not in the public interest. I think the reality is that the NPS doesn't want spend cash, just collect it, so for them the easiest way is through private concession. It also gives them a scapegoat if there's problem down the road (no pun intended). They can place the blame on the concessionaire and deny any responsibility. As you said, there's nothing altruistic in their MO. They just want to do whatever will result in the fewest headaches for them and has the smallest impact on the bottom line. 
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Dragon Teeth II
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Strange how time changes perspective. When I arrived home from Vietnam a little over a year ago, I started sorting through my 1000+ photos and didn't find a single keeper in the bunch. The snaps from my iPhone were better than the shots from my big boy camera. I deleted the real clunkers, but kept the rest and a year later looked through them again. I found one keeper and one potential keeper.

 I shared the keeper a couple of months ago and recently upgraded the potential keeper to keeper status. Maybe in another year I'll find a third? We'll see, but if there's one suggestion I would make to any photographer it's to keep your fingers off of the delete key. Even if you're not sure if you like an image after you download it, give it some time. As time passes we see differently and what once seemed ordinary, may appear extraordinary. Likewise, things that used to seem special can become mundane.
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Never Too Late
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA

If you’ve ever driven, hiked, biked or wandered through the thousands of acres of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Southern Marin county that stretches from the Marin Headlands to Muir Beach, you know how fortunate we are to have this beautiful expanse of open space in the Bay Area. What you may not know is that this land nearly became a city, and construction had already started when some local activists succeeded in stopping the development. Along with the Nature Conservancy, they were able to purchase the property and turn it over to the National Park Service where it is now protected. (You can get the whole story in the very worthwhile documentary Rebels With a Cause at http://rebelsdocumentary.org.)

I’m reminded of this almost every time I go out to hike or photograph here, and also because as 2014 comes to a close their spirit and determination is very much on my mind. Despite the powerful interests they were up against and the major uphill battles they faced in preserving this land, they accomplished their goals and left a legacy that will be enjoyed for generations. 

Looking back on the last year, there is so much to be thankful for and so much more to accomplish both personally and collectively. I hope that the New Year finds you healthy, energized and inspired to face the greatest of challenges and live joyfully. I leave you with the words of John Robbins in hopes that you accomplish all of your goals and dreams for 2015. See you next year!

It is never too late to love
It is never too late to make a difference
It is never too late to choose health
It is never too late to choose a positive attitude
It is never too late to care about people
It is never too late to dream and dare to let those dreams materialize in your life, translate into actions, define the way you exist with other people
It is not too late to do the things that matter to your spirit and your heart and to all of our common collective longing to be part of something beautiful, healing, truthful and wise
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Thank you +Allen Cutler and +Dominique Dubied!
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My passion for photography grew from my love of nature and hiking. I find peace and beauty in the natural world and I attempt to bring some of that back into the everyday world through photography.
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