WC: Beauty in Decay

I’m always fascinated by seeing evidence of history long gone.  The ruins of an old building, a decommissioned road slowly being reclaimed by nature – embers of the past.

One of my highlights of our trip to Hawaii last year was the surprise discovery of a ruined restaurant.  It was even more beautiful in its dilapidation than images of the original in its heyday.  There’s just something about the process of the wilderness taking back what’s hers that I find intriguing.  There are a thousand things to photograph; every detail is mesmerizing.

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WC: Final Rest

I love the little unexpected surprises of life.

We recently took a trip to the Palouse with some photo friends (which I’ll cover in an upcoming post), and between the towns of Dayton and Colfax, just outside the tiny speck-on-the-map of Dusty, we came across this charming little cemetery.  It’s out in the middle of nowhere, and we only stumbled upon it because we were seeking a gas station and accidentally drove too far.

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This Week on Instagram: 3/17/17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I don’t really have any green photos for you this week, but I do have some local shots, as well as another from Yosemite, and my favorite from Landscape Arch.

As always, I welcome you to my Instagram, and you can now sign up for my monthly newsletter for exclusive content not published elsewhere!

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WC: My Wish

Anyone who spends any time with me knows right away: I’m very busy.  From conventions and concerts to hikes and traveling, we do a lot.  Our Christmas cards can attest.

But I’m a glutton for punishment, so I always want to do more!

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A few of you know what these images are all about.  For those who don’t, know there’s a cool story behind them that I will share really soon.

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Photo of the Week: Round and Round

I recently bought a new camera because I needed something high-quality and ultra-compact/lightweight.  Too many times, I found myself lamenting that I had only the dismal quality of my phone to capture a truly remarkable sight.  I’d occasionally grab my big camera when the clouds promised a colorful sunrise, but it was a heavy risk that didn’t always pay off.  This little camera can now live in my backpack – I won’t notice the negligible weight – and I’ll no longer have to pretend my phone is simply a DSLR that hasn’t grown up yet.

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