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Lijah Hanley
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I checked the weather, got permission from my parents, and within an hour, Ben and I were on our way to Crater Lake. We arrived at the North Crater Trailhead at sunset, and started hiking down the 10 mile trail into the night. Each of us carrying very heavy packs full of camera gear and camping equipment, we struggled through the deep snow. About halfway into the hike, we were really tired, and the intensely orange rising moon legitimately scared us both half to death. I know it sounds crazy but it was SO orange, that through the trees we could not figure out what in the world it was-- forest fire, cabin window.... maybe we were just really tired, but as weird as it sounds, the moon legitimately confused us. At about 11:30 at night, and about 8 miles into the hike, we stopped and set up camp, but neither of us got any sleep in the freezing conditions. We got back up at 5am, and finished out the hike, making it to the lake minutes before sunrise. Completely exhausted and frozen, we explored a little around the lake, and then made our way back to camp. Once we arrived back at camp, both us us just slumped over in the snow and stared into the sky out of compete exhuastion.... the only problem was we were still 8 miles from our car. Long story short, it was a LONG day back to our car, but totally worth it!
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Absolutely fantastic image !
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Yesterday I think that I officially proved that crab fishing is no longer the most dangerous job in the world. I think that I get myself into more trouble through landscape photography than any crab fisherman could get into. So yesterday I decided to make the two and a half hour trip out to the Columbia hills to photograph the wildflowers. I finally made it to the entrance of the remote park, and started down a 5 mile dirt road that led into the park. Chug, chug chug… about 2 miles in on a remote dirt road steam starts to Pour out from underneath my hood. Being completely car illiterate, I jumped out of my car, ran across the street, and waited for the car to self-destruct at any moment. I soon realized that the car had just overheated and I just needed to let it cool down and then add water (I think my car has a leak ). I called my trusty Papa who walked me through it every step of the way. With a broken car I was unable to make it the rest of the way to the campground, so I decided to go exploring from where my car was parked and photograph whatever I could. I walked about 2 miles into an open field where I found a nice grouping of lupines and balsam root flowers that I thought might make a nice foreground. So, I waited in the field for a couple hours until sunset finally arrived. As soon as the sun started to set, amazing thunderclouds floated through making for an incredible sunset. I started rapidly shooting when I caught out of the corned of my eye a really bright flash, and then just a couple seconds later came the “BANG!” Excited and kinda freaked out I photographed this amazing display of light and weather that very rarely ever formulates. The lightning kept getting closer and closer until you saw and heard the lightning at the same time. I was having a blast until I realized that I was standing in the middle of an open field, with a large metal tripod sticking into the air with a large metal camera affixed to the end of it. What stupidity! Freaking out, I began to sprint back to the car. Lightning flashing everywhere, thunder rattling my ear drums, and the rain pouring . I finally made it back to my car, and was then able to review my LCD screen. I captured the lightning striking in the amazing sunset overhead of these incredible wildflowers. I was able to encourage my car back to life (with the help of my Papa (thank Papa!)) and take off down the dirt road like I was on the set of the Dukes of hazard. I finally made it out of the storm and arrived at the nearest McDonald’s where I discovered 4 large ticks stuck to my leg, but the picture is so worth the hassle!

-Lijah
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Breathtakingly beautiful!
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I was driving home from Idaho, when I saw this killer sunset forming. I started freaking out trying to find something to shoot. I stopped at a Chevron gas station, and asked the cashier if there was anything interesting to shoot in the area. He pointed me to this incredible schoolhouse/church. This old building was really cool, just a few pews and a pile of old books remained inside...
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I really like the perspective on this shot.  Nice light and color as well.
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Mossbrae Falls. We parked right next to all of the "DO NOT PARK" signs and my whole family hiked down the railroad tracks, past all of the "DO NOT WALK ON RAILROAD" signs. The falls at the end were totally worth it through, it was an incredible wall of water!
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beautiful!!
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Death Valley National Park. We got up at 4:00 AM and hiked out into the dunes. The dunes are an amazing sight in total darkness with no moon. We struggled through the darkness, and made it to the to of one of the highest dunes. Then we watched at the sun spectacularly rose over the distant mountains. Nothing quite like it...
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superb photo in an excellent album  Astonishing that you take such excellent photos with your quite young age - wish you all best and keep going ... Btw: Your “Beauty and the Beast” (flickr) is imho better than the inspired by Miles Morgans - esp I like the obviously shorter long exposure as you can see more details of the waterflow - oh no i midssed he had only 1/15 sec . strange (I favour less than 1 sec on moving water)
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Hi,
This is an image from my trip to death valley back in early march. I seemed to have overlooked this one, and ironically, it is now one of my favorite images from the trip. My mom and I got up at 4:30AM (after camping in our car in the parking lot) and hiked out into the desert. We stumbled across these amazing rock formations in the valley of one of the dunes. This shot was taken about 30-45 minutes before sunrise, but the glow of the sun is still very evident. I was also lucky enough to capture a few stars in the upper left hand corner. I want to thank my Mom again for being such a trooper in Death Valley, I do not think that too many moms would car camp in death valley for a week! :) Thanks Mom!

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I went out to the Dalles, OR at 1AM and took this hour and ten minute exposure at 1 AM. Let me know what you think,
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Lijah
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can you snap one with around 10 min exposure...would love to see that
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Cape Kiwanda, Oregon. Such a COOL place! I cannot wait to go back.
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You have accomplished so much to only be 16 years old. Your work is incredible and I look forward to seeing more. Would you mind putting up a photo of yourself in your profile photo? Many people won't add someone who doesn't have a profile pic. 
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Death Valley National Park. There is nothing quite like the moments where the "sand welcomes the sun from it's slumber". We hiked to the top of this huge dune, and waited half an hour as the sun slowly rose over the distant mountains.
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Hi,

I’m Lijah Hanley and I am 17 years old. Photography is my passion. My work was recognized by National Geographic in 2009 and they gave me the amazing opportunity to travel to Peru and the Amazon Jungle with National Geographic photographers Bruce Dale and Amy Toensing. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of opportunities in the world of photography and it’s been my obsession ever since. I hope you enjoy my photos from what I hope to be the beginning of a life-long adventure.

Blessings,         

-Lijah Hanley-

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Grand Prize - National Geographic Hands on Explorer Challenge Contest, 2nd Place - National Geographic Students Expedition Contest
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