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Justin Lowery
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I find amazingly beautiful places to photograph and share with you.
I find amazingly beautiful places to photograph and share with you.

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"Emerald"

On our 24 day trip we explored a ton of waterfalls. This one is a smaller waterfall just a bit downstream from Gorton Creek Falls. Emerald Falls has been messed up a bit by the diversion of water in the past, and there is as usual still destructive evidence of the apparatus of man's shortsighted toiling with nature in the form of rusted pipes and water diversion apparatus in the area. However, the waterfall itself is still immensely beautiful and elegant, and I had the whole place to myself the entire time I was there.

I put a lot of work into this image, to ensure it holds an immense amount of rich detail and well balanced tones. If you are looking at this on your phone or other small screen, please realize that you are seeing a tiny, dim, dramatically under-represented version of the image. I created it to be printed large, and at 40x60" on metal, the leaf in the foreground would be the size of your outstretched hand, and you'd be able to count the blades of grass and the leaflets of the ferns. The waterfall would glow and practically gush out of the image, giving it an almost 3D appearance. The images I create I make to be heirloom art pieces, not Instagram posts that are forgotten in minutes. I just post them on social media to get them out there and in front of you in the hope that you'll be curious to see them at their best.

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#landscape #landscapephotography #hiking #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oregon #columbiarivergorge #gortoncreek #waterfall #nature #outdoors
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"Tapestry of Grace"

The sandstone in this narrow slot canyon in California is painted in varying hues of orange and purple like a royal tapestry curtain hanging from a large, timeless window.

The soft focus on the sides guides the eye forwards and inwards, giving you the feeling of walking through the narrow, sinuous halls of the canyon, enveloped in warm and colorful hues of richly textured sandstone.

The slot canyons here in California are numerous, diverse, unique and gorgeous. Yet they are virtually unknown to most people who focus almost entirely on those found in Utah and Arizona. I have had the incredibly great blessing of being able to live relatively close to the desert, so I've spent the better part of the last 4 years' worth of weekend trips during the cooler months out exploring the Colorado & Mojave Desert regions and finding many new slot canyons to explore and photograph. They have become something of a passion and speciality for me, which is why you see so many of them on my feeds and website.

This image was named after the song of the same name, which sings of God's love as a "Tapestry of Grace" that we are wrapped up in. This Christmas, I like to remember what this incredibly joyous holiday is all about – God's immense and indescribable love in sending his son Jesus to redeem us from our sins and give us hope, love and a future home in Heaven. All we must do is use our faith to believe. We are saved only by His grace.

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"Endor"

With Star Wars The Force Awakens coming out this week, here's an appropriately themed image. Of course, I've been working on this one for a while, so no, it's not merely for the movie! But ironically, this very forest is where Endor was filmed for Return of the Jedi, and I hadn't processed any images of this scene. It is the same area where my "Tree of Souls" image was made, though that one was inside of a tree, so you couldn't really get a sense of the scene. And oh, what a scene it was! What an ethereal, surreal and moody place to visit. The trails wandered through the massive redwood trees, which were 10-15 feet in diameter and hundreds of feet tall, and truly made you feel utterly minute and insignificant in the face of this vast and powerful landscape.

This is another image from our 24-day west coast and pacific northwest road trip this summer. On days 2-3, we stayed near the Redwoods, and I was able to experience hiking through the Redwood forests for the first time. It was definitely one of the best hiking experiences of my life to date, and I've had quite a few epic ones!

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#endor #starwars #theforceawakens #returnofthejedi #landscape #landscapephotography #redwood #sequoia #california #westcoast #explore #outdoors #hiking #wildernessculture #alifeofadventure #roadtrip #camping
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"Abstraction in Sand #1"

Sunrise in Death Valley is one of my favorite experiences. This is one of many images I made during a particularly cinematic sunrise this past spring. The way the sun paints the fresh dunes in golden light after a windy night erases all the footprints from the day before is the quintessential symbol of the dawning of a new day, ripe with opportunities.

The night before, I'd arrived in the park just after sunset and set up camp alone in the desert beneath the banner of vivid stars overhead, as a warm spring breeze wafted scents of desert air through my campsite. I awoke early in the predawn light and was on my way to the dunes within 5 minutes. Arriving in plenty of time for sunrise, I hiked out across the sand and set up my tripod in the spot I'd scouted the the night before. Then I waited for the show to begin.

See the other images from this morning here:
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#landscapephotography #landscape #abstract #deathvalley #dunes #sand #waves #ripples #dawn #sunrise 
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"Tsunami"

I struggle to portray these places in a way that I'm satisfied with. This is the second try at this same spot, and I feel I did a somewhat better job the second time around, but still there is far more potential there than is realized here. The way the sandstone in this spot rolls over you like a massive barrel wave, frozen in time like a fossil is amazing to me. It envelopes you in the very fibers of the earth in a way only slot canyons can. 

I do realize that there are many who do not appreciate the desert the way I do, and there are others who appreciate it even more. I do wish I could open the eyes of those who do not see its beauty, but rather prefer to look at it as merely a desolate wasteland to be exploited by energy development and mining companies. 

These places are chocked to the brim with creatures specifically designed to their very core to dwell in it, creatures that could not live anywhere else. It is filled with life, and not only life, but life that tells story after story about resilience and fortitude, about harmony with one's environment, about seeing the light in the shadows. 

It never ceases to amaze me when I top out on the brim of a canyon after a hike of many miles up harsh and eroded washes, only to find a tiny lizard barely the size of my little finger has found a home for itself and is raising offspring and foraging for food and water up on the exposed and narrow spine of one of the canyon rims.

If life can not only survive in these hottest and driest of places, but vibrantly thrive, what excuse have we in our extreme convenience and abundance? 

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Spectral Flush

This is the first image from this year's Black Friday / Saturday desert exploration adventure and camping trip. I love the way the light reflects around this curve in this slot canyon near the bottom opening creating the color spectrum effect caused by the light progressively reflecting less and less of the color spectrum as it bounces from wall to wall going deeper into the canyon. The worlds created by the dark and cool yet vibrant light in these slot canyons is surreal. It gives you the feeling of walking through the inside of the earth, yet in a way that is distinctly different from entering a cave. When you emerge on the other side, the feeling is like stepping from one world into another.

What else is fascinating is that the lumps of texture in this deep canyon and the surrounding area resemble volcanic pumice, yet they are actually fossilized corals – remnants of an ancient sea ecosystem that once existed here. After the waters receded, the entire sea floor was exposed, leaving it open to erosion by the elements. As a new arid desert climate formed, seasonal rain storms would create flash floods, which would gush forcefully down any opening available in the earth's crust, very rapidly eroding the soft sandstone and mudstone in weak areas, and creating these cavernous slot canyons. Today, the floor of this canyon is littered with huge raven feathers and tumbleweeds, other icons of the present-day desert ecosystem. This one is about 75-100 feet deep and only a few feet wide. Near the opening of the canyon, 6-inch intact fossilized sand dollars can be seen sitting on and embedded in the surface of the sandstone sediment layers, like an entire beach frozen in time.

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I've seen an absolute ton of night sky images, but this one is one of the best I've seen yet. Truly remarkable work by +Mike Taylor!
International Dark Sky Week starts today - April 13-19, 2015

http://www.darksky.org/int-l-dark-sky-week-main 

Celebrate the stars! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future ... I want to help preserve its wonder." – Jennifer Barlow 

I couldn't agree more Jennifer! As a contributing member of the +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association, I want to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste. Please visit the link above to get involved!

This image of Corona Arch in Bootlegger Canyon, Utah is a great example of truly dark skies - it is a blend of a single 5 minute exposure for the foreground and 117 frames of a time lapse for the Milky Way and star trails - processed & blended via Lightroom & Photoshop CC. The opening of Corona Arch is 140 feet tall and 105 feet wide. During this photography workshop the arch was lit with an orange LED to match the surrounding landscape. 

Foreground EXIF data: 
Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 - 337 secs - ISO 1000 

Sky EXIF data: 
Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 - 117 x 30 secs - ISO 3200  

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"Golden Dawn"

This was one of those mornings that makes you realize why you do what you do. The night before this morning, I'd been sitting on the tailgate of my truck out in the desert, staring up into the stars and listening to the howl of the wind on the Creosote bushes. Believe it or not, even in that idyllic setting, I was sitting there alone, questioning my sanity in coming out there to Death Valley with the intention of living out of the back of my truck for nearly a week in April.

Temperatures were already starting to climb, reaching 95 during the heat of the day, and I was about 5 hours from home, and was unlikely to talk to anyone for the entire time I was out there. But of course, the wilderness has its own way of calming my nerves, and I went to sleep listening to the sounds of the desert, and feeling the warm gusts of sweet-smelling desert breeze whooshing over me throughout the night. The next morning, I awoke at 5 am sharp to the first faint glow of dawn on the eastern horizon. Wasting no time, I was behind the wheel and barreling down the dark and windy desert road towards the sand dunes within 5 minutes of waking up.

As with most wilderness hikes, as soon as my feet hit the sand, all my worries melted away and I felt at peace and at home out there. The atmosphere of the place was distinct and gripping – peaceful and quiet, vast and gorgeous. Plodding a mile or so out into the dune field, I reached the spot I'd marked on my GPS on a last-minute scouting trip under the final light of the previous evening, and awaited the sunrise. Another landscape photographer had set up his tripod on a nearby ridge, and we chatted a bit as we waited for the light to hit.

At exactly 6:18 am, the rising sun crested the peaks of the Amargosa Range to the East, instantly igniting miles of sand dunes in brilliant golden light, its edge moving visibly down them with stark and deep shadows falling away from each dune crest towards the west. What ensued was about an hour of intensely focused movement around the dunes, carefully traversing crest to crest, watching our routes to ensure each composition would not be destroyed by our footprints to reach the next. That experience set the tone for the rest of the week, and Death Valley never ceased to deliver awe and wonder in each new opportunity, each new place explored.

Oh, and that howling wind? It was my best friend. Without it, these dunes would have been marred by thousands of footprints of careless French and German tourists from the day before. That wind is the desert's own healing force. The same force that first shaped these dunes later washes them clean.

#deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #dunes   #sunrise   #dawn   #americansouthwest   #southwest   #landscapephotography  #desert #hiking 
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"Dawn's Palette"

A while before the usual hordes of tourists and photographers headed over to Zabriskie Point's paved walkway overlook for the sunrise, I decided to get an early start and drove up a nearby backcountry dirt road through this spectacular badlands area in Death Valley National Park. According to my research, this area would hold the best palette of hues and tones of anywhere in the park.

As I crested a rise in the badlands, I was greeted by this spectacular range of warm and soft pastel colors under the first glow of dawn's twilight.
Under the harsh sunlight of mid-day, these badlands formations in Death Valley take on a bleached and flat tone, almost as though the sun has sucked the life right out of them. But in the early hours of pre-dawn, the emergence of a new day paints them in an almost psychedelic array of gorgeous pinks, purples, magentas, yellows, tans, oranges, and even soft bluish hues. This show of color only lasts for less than an hour. As the sun crests the horizon, it blankets these hills in brilliant golden light, igniting them in one last flash of color before the colors go back to sleep to await the coming of the next twilight hour.

After drinking in the beauty of the scene for a while, I packed up and headed over to the Zabriskie Point Badlands in plenty of time for the sunrise. Stay tuned for that one!

#deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #badlands   #desert   #wilderness   #landscapephotography   #hiking
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