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Happy New Year from all of us here at Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery, we're taking it to new heights in 2016 - Strap in for the Ride of Your Life! 
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Emerging from the thick of 7,000 professional entries, Swan Lake was selected as the GRAND PRIZE winning image in the Wilderness Forever contest, hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is Rodney’s second image to have entered into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection!

Only 5 of these images remain before it moves to Appreciation Level II. If you have been longing for this image, wait no longer, contact our Las Vegas Gallery or Studio today!

Las Vegas 877.8483430 
citycenter@rodneyloughjr.com

Studio 866.456.7623
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Okay, so it looks like I've had a few more awards come in from last week! Sheesh! Today's good news is surrounding my first image release from this year, Fire & Ice. Looks like it melted some hearts at the 2014 PPA and took home another Merit Award!

I'll post the other award-winners later this week. For today, enjoy the hot and cold (but trust me, it was all very, very cold that morning) colors of Fire & Ice! Thanks to everyone for supporting this image this year; I couldn't be more grateful!
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As promised, more from last year's Alaska trip! Today I'm premiering Sunrise Serenity, one of my favorites from the trek. There's something so... quieting about seeing the first light on a massive, rising mountain range in the morning. It's one of the most peace-invoking moments I can think of.

I guess the thing for me is that you have so much visual drama - so much incredible happening before your eyes - and in the same moment, utter silence in your ears. It's breathtaking.

Here it is, exclusively for you first, my friends: Sunrise Serenity.
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Late last summer, Rodney devoted two months to exploring the majestic wilderness of our northernmost and largest state: Alaska. Along the way he captured some of the most beautiful shots of his career, and now, a year after the trip, the time has come to share. 

Keep an eye on our page as we'll have these trickling out every few days in the coming two weeks, along with excerpts from Rodney's field diary during the trip.

Today, rest your eyes on the stunning McKinley Alpenglow - a rare, clear shot of Denali at the first light of day, glowing softly and majestically.
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"Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium." - Sigurd Olson 

How about a piece of tranquility for your Monday? It's easy to slip away into this one: hear the trickle and the calming gurgling of the water, gently cascading through a brilliance of soothing color. Today's photo is straight from Rodney's stomping grounds in Portland, OR: Waterfall in the Gardens. Enjoy!
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I hope you're living The Good Life this Labor Day weekend!

Your life will definitely be better if you visit this Viewpoint with Stand Here! http://www.standhere.net/datapoints/viewpoint/124

"People make toasts to “The Good Life” everyday; either at the dinner table surrounded by loved ones or at the sides of their beds as they lay down at the end of a long day.

There’s a memory tucked far back in my mind of a time, not so long ago, when children were allowed to be out after dark without supervision, we had no need of fear. Neighbors knew each other well, and block parties & Saturday afternoon BBQ’s (let’s get together and do it again next week!”) were common activities. It was a true community. I miss that and I want that back.

Sometimes I feel like something is gone, that we’re missing an important element we once embraced, and in that, something has gone horribly wrong, that we’ve lost what we had. That most of us don’t ‘belong’ anymore.

Thank goodness we still have the mountains! So here’s to “The Good Life”, or so they say!"
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For Saturday, behold Thor's Hammer!
To see it yourself, use Stand Here! http://www.standhere.net/datapoints/viewpoint/37

"Nature’s glorious light unfolds on a crisp early spring dawn. Thor’s Hammer looks like it’s burning out of control as the amphitheater of rock is illuminated by the first rays of the new day.

Every breath & every step I took was with clarity of purpose and purity of a goal to be fulfilled. After nine years of trying to be here, at this place, at the right time, during the right season, it all came together for a few perfect moments.

I watched in amazement as the sun rose behind the head of the hammer to create an aura around the edges of the rock, a halo of light that for a brief glimpsed moment peaked into eternity. I know I’m home. I’ve got to go back to see it again, even if it takes another nine years."
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Your Friday Photo is On Nature's High! Who's going to visit a beautiful place like this over Labor Day Weekend?

To get this Nature's High yourself, plan your trip with Stand Here: http://www.standhere.net/datapoints/viewpoint/141

"Some time ago I heard someone say something like, “if it’s not within easy walking distance from the parking lot, it’s just not pretty enough to see.” Thankfully, for me, that’s not really how I see it. For those who refuse to take the journey, they don’t know what they are missing.

It took two days ‘walking’ to make it up to this place, from where I was parked. I had to go up over a 12,000 foot mountain pass, then down into this basin area. The “hike” was a true backcountry experience.

You know, I’m doing what I love and whether or not I’m making a killing at it is immaterial. I’m living on the love that I have for this work. I am living because of a dream. And I am alive because of it.

I truly am On Nature’s High!"
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Today, it's Death Valley Dunes! See this stunning sand with Stand Here: http://www.standhere.net/datapoints/viewpoint/65

"My left hand was pressed up against my cheek to the top of my hat forming a break against the wind; my head was tilted down and cocked sideways against the torrent and I kept my left eye closed to keep sand out of it. I’d look up during moments of reprieve just to get my bearings. Then, after the brief second view, I would make an adjustment to my direction, tilt my head back to the ground and press forward again.

Luckily very few body parts were exposed, only my hands & face. Sand went into everything, even my ears. Why I’d bet I could get sand out of my hat, even today.

It hadn’t started out that way, but before I’d gotten back the weather had turned ugly. By the time I’d returned the wind and sand had punished my hands and face. It took a week for the backside of my left hand to heal and more than a week to get the sand out of my ears.

That ordeal is over. The bounty of the reward won. The scars healed. And, the next trip is already planned."
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