TWOI: 2/26/18

Happy Monday!

As I mentioned before, I’m switching up my schedule, moving these previously-Friday posts to Mondays.  Some wistful scenery from distant locations should start your week off well 🙂

With the move, this also means I have a couple of extra pictures this week; I’m sure you won’t mind.

Boy, this week was really tough to sort!

This first one was from the train in Alaska.  I passed almost the entire ride standing between the cars, braving the rushing wind to capture as much of the passing landscape into pixels as I could.

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Backpacking Alaska – Returning Home

As we were turning around at the Johnson River to head back to the lodge and our pick-up spot, our early pilot spotted us and touched down in the soft sand.

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Good news: we didn’t have to hike anymore.  Bad news: that sand was really soft.  So much so that the plane got stuck.  Continue reading

TWOI: 1/5/18

Welcome to the new year!  I’m excited to see what it brings.

For this first week of 2018, I have some fun scenes.  First, a few from Alaska.

The mist and fog in Denali National Park was breathtaking.  Photos simply can’t do it justice.  It was too much to see the Great One, itself, but it sure made the scenery beautiful.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 5: Bears

Ordinarily, this post would be for my monthly photo challenge, but that didn’t seem too popular, so I’m tabling that for now.  Perhaps I’ll revive that sometime later.  In the meantime, you get more bears!

In fact, this is the last daily installment of my grand backpacking adventure through the Alaskan bush.

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TWOI: 12/29/17

Happy Friday, and welcome to almost the last post of the year!  I still have one more weekly challenge for this year, but this is the last full week.  Do you like these Instagram reviews?

This first image was from our cliffside discovery on the Oregon coast.  We were so awed by this day, and I can’t wait to discover similar secrets of the Oregon shoreline.

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TWOI: 12/22/18

Happy holidays, everyone!  We’re so close to my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas.  For us, it’s a time of coming together with family I only see once a year, eating far too much of my mother’s amazing cooking, boisterous laughter over drinks and games, and the excitement of seeing someone unwrap a lovingly-prepared gift.  I wish you all a very happy Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate it.  I hope the holidays bring much joy, fun, and relaxation 🙂

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: Wind

The second night came and went in a blink of exhaustion.  Crawling out of my tent, I found some of our crew were already down on the beach.  They’d spotted a bear out clamming in the receding morning tide.

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This was my first real opportunity for shooting the bears we had come out here to find, and I was stoked, my aching muscles quickly forgotten.

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WC: Shrinking Your World

We’re all quite small in this vast world.  We fill our lives up with work and projects and social lives and activities.  With everything we add, we discover how much the earth has to offer, and we realize we could never experience it all, given a hundred lifetimes.  The world feels bigger and bigger, with each new interest requiring thousands of hours to master, though each never reaches the state of “done.”

What drives us to be so insanely busy all the time?

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