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kristy mcmorlan
Fear can conquer you or you can conquer fear.
Fear can conquer you or you can conquer fear.
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I use my nature photography in my book trailers.
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Elk Lake, Cascade Highway, Bend, Oregon. The first time we camped here I was awestruck that such a beautiful place existed! We've been back several times since, and while I still love it I'm finding I photographed it too much and unless Mother Nature changes herself it's time to investigate new places. It will always remain one of my all time favorites. But, with Social Media I've noticed there has been a huge increase of tourists and that has also led me to rethink my vacation destination.
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I spent time preparing for my out of state family members visit; had a wonderful, but draining, time with our family vacation. Now, I need time to recover. Those family memories will always be kept close to my heart. The highlight was the white water rafting trip. The boat flipped and I found myself under the raft, and I hate being submerged! .We're all okay and laugh about the adventure, now. One day we hiked to Drift Creek Falls and the suspension bridge. It's a three mile round trip along the Oregon Coast. I greatly dislike heights but have done this hike repeatedly because it's short and a great place to take visitors. Although, I have found it's really hard to photograph, because of the lighting.
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Mt Washington, Sisters, Oregon. This mountain doesn't have a lot of exposure for tourists. We had to drive back roads to get any good view of it. I found a few places which were good but not much for a sunset photo. My husband likes driving the back roads over hiking. I prefer to hike, because I like exercise; hiking in nature replenishes me. This Summer has proven difficult to find the time to carve out for my hiking and photography.
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Late last Summer my husband and I camped, for the first time, at Timothy Lake, Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon. I was disappointed at how far away Mt Hood was from the lake; there was only one angle I liked, and most of the time there was far too much haze in the air. The haze was from all the wildfires, which is why this sunrise photo was a little red. I wasn't overly impressed with the overall experience, but had a nice time tent camping anyway. The hike around the lake was far too long so we didn't do it. I woke up early one morning to hike the short distance to this spot, and am glad I did. I'm doubtful we will return, because as a photographer there was limited opportunities.
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Opal Creek Wilderness, Oregon. My husband was driving, on a gravel road, while we sat in silence. I was anticipating the six-mile hike and looking out the window. When I spotted a dark shadowy weirdly shaped clump way off the road. I'm unsure why I said, "Stop!' Which he did in sliding halt, and a cloud of dust. I requested he back up, which he did. Until I spotted the clump, which moved it's head. The owl was 100 feet off the road. I whisked out my camera and rolled down the window and snapped a few photos. Before my husband climbed out of the pickup and snuck up on my side of the pickup. Then he failed! He said, "I don't know how you saw that owl? I can't see it!" I no longer saw it either, as it few off the instant my husband opened his mouth. #OpalCreek #Oregon #Wildlife
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Ceder Creek Grist Mill, Woodland Washington. We went during the Wintertime, and it wasn't open. But, that made it better from a photographer perspective. The wheel was removed long ago, which disappointed me. Although it still is a great building to shoot. My husband loves building and old things, while I love reflections and waterfalls. We attempt to balance each others preferences. #buildings #prettyphotography
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Burney Falls late Summer. It's more impressive in person! Located in Northern California we've drove by McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park numerous times without stopping. Our son saw a photo online and insisted we stop, and I'm very glad he did! #waterfall #prettyphotography #Burneyfalls
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