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Wai'ale'ale's Sorrow

During my visit last year to Kauai, I had my eyes set on getting to a special area of the island that is sometimes referred to as the 'Blue Hole'. Well, I never made it. The blue hole is the base of Wai'ale'ale mountain, which you see in the distance in this image, with the water pouring down the craters sides, also known as the Wall of Tears. After a several miles of off-roading down a road my rental jeep had no business being on(don't tell on me!), I found myself at a water diversion(actually seen in the movie Jurassic Park), and a stream leading up towards the crater walls. It was several miles to the actual back of the wall, So I started a journey up the stream to see what I could find. The 'trail' was a bit of a joke, as I continually lost it and got dumped back out into the stream. Eventually I gave up and spent most of the time walking up the stream itself, trying my best to keep my footing and not slip, fall, and put myself in a bad situation. At this point, I was miles from anyone, and highly doubtful that anyone would come by if something were to happen. Mix that with all of the continuous warnings of flash flooding on the island, and I was left with a sense of urgency to get in, get a shot, and get out. As the tour helicopters buzzed in and out of the hole, rotating the paying customers through like a conveyer belt, I trudged up the stream. It's a jaw dropping place. Even on the drive in there are several spots where you turn a bend, and the view opens up to the wall. Breathtaking for sure, and that continued as I made my way up, getting closer, and seeing the falls clearer. I found myself whispering 'wow' plenty. Eventually I came upon this scene and tried to capture the sense of being there as best I could. The clouds moved through above, but luckily there were some breaks from time to time, causing dappled light on the wall. That, the falls, some african tulips, and the gurgle of the stream flowing out of the crater made for special moment for me. Going much further than this proved to be a pretty monumental task, as you have to scale some waterfalls, and maneuver even more difficult terrain. I checked my ego 'at the door', and retreated to my waiting car. Maybe during another trip!
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"Icepearl"
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A nice wintermorning with a view towards the peaks of Flakstadoy, one of the pearls of the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway (Nordland)

I reworked this one a little bit, because i felt it was lacking a bit of contrast for my actual likes...

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One of my absolute favorite waterfalls! Such a gorgeous area and wonderful turquoise colored water.
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Light swirls off highway 101 taken from the Marin Headlands. The low fog moving over the ocean was an amazing sight this early morning. I took several images of the car trails and combined them in PS to cover all the roads. Lightroom was also used for some adjustments.  #sanfrancisco   #marin   #nightphotography  +Landscape Photography Community  #fineartphotography   #goldengatebridge   #bayarea   #landscapephotography  
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McWay Falls in Big Sur

McWay Falls in Big Sur is easy to miss if you don’t know to stop at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Yes, it’s a popular place, but for good reason. This is also one of only two tidefalls in California - waterfalls that end in the ocean.

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Havasu Falls 

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A couple weeks back I visited a huge amount of Southwestern US icons, including what I feel is the most beautiful location I've ever seen: the Havasupai region at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Never have I seen colors like this. The water is truly turquoise and the sheer cliffs glow a vibrant reddish orange. Perfect for swimming on a warm day these falls create an almost tropical oasis in an otherwise arid landscape. 

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The Afterlight

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Took this image when the fog rolled into the city. Fortunately, the fog remained low till before dawn but once the sun rose, the fog started to lift up. 

I am glad I finally got a great image from this perspective during the blue hour. The real challenge I faced in this image was to create a balance in the colour so I had to reduce the blues and orange from the street light in order to create some harmony. 

I am content with the way it has turned out and I hope you all enjoy it too! 
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•One Day at a Time•

I am releasing this image on a bittersweet day. And I'm about to pour a little bit of my heart out here.

Four years ago to this day, September 24th, I celebrated my first day of freedom from alcohol. This fact isn't something that I advertise about my life, but it's not something I'm ashamed of either. 
It's a part of me and it's something that I deal with every single day.

These anniversaries are hard. It's not just the celebration of a new direction in life, but also a distinct remembrance of the events that led me to where I am. I hurt my friends and family, I compromised the lives of those around me, I let people down, I jeopardize the safety of my son, and I felt the guilt about it all every.. single.. day. The guilt made me drink more. Even when I wanted nothing more in the world than to NOT drink.. I still did. It was a never ending cycle. The deeper I dug my hole, the colder and darker it got, the lonelier I became, and the farther a hope of escape seemed... and so.. the more I drank.

I tried everything in my power to stop.. or to at least lessen the damage I was causing: I tried drinking only beer, I tried to drink only when I wasn't caring for my son, I tried to drink only socially, I tried to drink only on weekends, only on even days.. then only on odd days, I tried to not buy alcohol on my way home from work, I tried to put the money I would spend on alcohol into a savings account for my son whenever I felt the urge, and I tried to quit FOR my son. Afterall.. I thought my love for him was the strongest thing in my life. I was wrong. 

Alcohol was the strongest thing in my life.

I wasn't able to get sober until I realized that I had to stop fighting. I had to surrender. I had to be willing to do whatever it took to get clean. That meant that I had to find something bigger than myself that I could believe in. For me... it's Mother Earth. It's nature.

This is a major reason why I am so profoundly connected to the beauty around me. It's where I got sober. In my early days I needed to find something to occupy my mind.. to distract. I hiked 5-6 days a week.. as often as I could. I hiked long, steep, ass-kicking trails. I dunked my feet in the waters, I drenched myself in the rains, and I threw my arms up at the vistas. I released.. I absorbed. I lived. 

Life hasn't gotten 'better' in the past four years. In fact it's been the hardest four years of my life. But now I get to wake up every single day and try to be the best person I can be. I surround myself with people and things that build me up instead of tear me down and I try to do that for others. I get to hold my girlfriend's hand. I get to run my fingers through my son's hair. I get to wake up for sunrise and stay up for sunset. 

I get to live.

One day.. one minute.. at a time.

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Want some refreshment?
Here it is: Stay in front of Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall at Arthur's Pass in New Zealand and enjoy this sprinkling of rain...

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Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Pretty dull morning turned out into a spectacular performance of light after a hole in the clouds appeared on east. I have not had such weather conditions for a very long time.

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"Glacial Crystals" Ice Beach, Iceland

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One of those sweet-sweet morning in Jökulsárlón's Ice Beach, Iceland. These ice crystals are formed when huge chunks of glaciers are washed out from the lagoon and bombarded by the roaring sea. During low tides, these glacial ice sit calmly along the shore where one can appreciate their complexities. Truly a sight to behold. It's the one place that you must not miss when visiting Iceland.

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