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The Path   4 comments

The Grand Tetons, Wyoming.

The Grand Tetons, Wyoming.

A worthy theme for this week, Photo Challenge: Path, so here goes.  Paths can be literal or figurative.  Each time I find myself on nature’s path the figurative comes to mind.  It is easiest to be present on the path I’m on and not elsewhere, possibly on another’s path.  It’s easiest to stay in this time and place for long enough to appreciate it before charging off to another place.  The constant need to move forward is not something that is easily avoidable, being human after all.  But I tire of the race sooner than many others do.  I don’t relish it as some do.  What I do relish is the feeling of climbing upward and outward into the world, and the contrasts of the descent off the mountain, and of the path home.

Have a happy New Year!

A path through the tall trees: Humboldt Redwoods, California.

A path through the tall trees: Humboldt Redwoods, California.

 

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The path down to Gokyo Ri, Nepal.

The path home:  Gokyo Ri, Nepal.

Two for Tuesday: Humbled   13 comments

I think the power of images to tell stories is one of the biggest reasons so many of us enjoy both making and viewing them.  It’s very hard to make a single picture tell a story, at least a story that a wide variety of people will connect with.  While that’s no reason to avoid trying, it also means you’re likely setting yourself up for failure if you expect images like that to come along frequently.

Certainly easier than a single-image story is putting together a group or collection of pictures that together tell a story.  But that may be too easy.  Which brings me to the idea behind Two for Tuesdays.  A pair of pictures is the perfect compromise!  And heck, Tuesdays didn’t really have a good (that is, unforced) theme.  So on occasion I’ll use this day of the week to post a pair of images that will tell a story or make an important point.

Like Wordless Wednesdays, I’ll let the images do the talking, and thus (from here on out) provide words only in the posts’ titles.  By the way, one of these images I already included in a post not long ago.  The second one begged to be posted as well, but I resisted for some reason.  Turns out this was the reason!

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Posted January 27, 2015 by MJF Images in People, Photography

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Travel Theme: Sweet   16 comments

Wow, look at me posting one a day – sort of.  Since I normally don’t post on Monday, I thought I’d participate in one of Ailsa’s Travel Themes, this time Sweet.  Check out her blog post on the subject for interpretations from many more folks.

Guatemalan Sweets

These images were taken in a little town up in the Guatemalan Highlands.  Even in today’s modern world, some of these towns really seem to have been frozen in time (at least partly).  Since my little room was just a block away, I strolled the main square at night, coming upon these unusual-looking sweets.  They stuff limes with sweet rice?  Wow!  I love limes, I love sweet rice!

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Next day I came upon this little sweetie playing with her friends just outside a village I walked to (no road access).   There were no adults in sight.  They were wild and free!  It’s sad that in this country nowadays the kids are kept under supervision all the time, the parents being scared of dangers exaggerated by the media. Why in my day…nevermind.

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The Theme is Simplicity!   15 comments

Standing camel thorn snags mark a former watercourse in the Namib Desert.

Standing camel thorn snags mark a former watercourse in the Namib Desert.

This is another themed post.  It’s not that I don’t have ideas of my own to post, it’s just that Ailsa seems to come up with awfully good ideas for travel themes.  Check out the other entries at Where’s My Backpack.

Enjoy the pictures.  If you’re interested in any of the images just click on it to be taken to purchase options for the high-res. version.  These are copyrighted and not available for free download without my permission, sorry.  Go ahead and contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Droplets of dew decorate a branch.

Droplets of dew decorate a branch.

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Chilies dry on the Windowsill in Khumjung, Nepal.

Chilies dry on the Windowsill in Khumjung, Nepal.

Ice Drops along the ski trail in the forest of Oregon.

Ice Drops along the ski trail in the forest of Oregon.

a strange desert ornament, Baja Peninsula, Mexico.

a strange desert ornament, Baja Peninsula, Mexico.

Tiny fairy bells, coastal forest of Oregon.

Tiny fairy bells, coastal forest of Oregon.

Spring-fed sandy wash in the desert, southern Utah.

Spring-fed sandy wash in the desert, southern Utah.

The iconic bloom of the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Mountains is bear grass.  Here it is spotlighted by a beam of light in the forests of Mount Hood, Oregon.

Bear Grass is blooming now in the forests and subalpine meadows of the Cascade Mountains.

Macro and close-up subjects are probably easiest to create simple compositions from, but in nature’s bounty it’s not as easy as it seems even among the small.  In larger views, deserts and seascapes can offer simple compositions, and so can the great plains and steppes of the world.  But here again, simplicity must be sought out.  Happy shooting!

Cape Mendocino, California: A lighthouse designed for a cliff that is already tall can be stubby and simple.

Cape Mendocino, California: A lighthouse designed for a cliff that is already tall can be stubby and simple.

Travel Theme: Motion   17 comments

Occasionally I like to take part in these themed postathons, and Ailsa’s are always great.  This time the theme is motion, and you can find many more over at her blog post on Where’s My Backpack.

Enjoy the photos.  If you’re interested in any, just click on them to be taken to pricing options on the high-res. versions.  They’re copyrighted and not available for free download without my permission, sorry.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Big waves pound the tilted layers of an ancient delta at Cape Arago on the central Oregon Coast.

Big waves pound the tilted layers of an ancient delta at Cape Arago on the central Oregon Coast.

 

The spring melt-off at Bryce National Park in Utah brings a slow-moving but inexorable slurry plowing through the snow.

The spring melt-off at Bryce National Park in Utah brings a slow-moving but inexorable slurry plowing through the snow.

 

Cambodians and their bicycles!  Here they commute through one of Angkor Wat's more out-of-the-way gates.

Cambodians and their bicycles! Commuting through one of Angkor Wat’s more out-of-the-way gates.

 

I think you can feel this stream in Oregon rolling through the mossy forest.

I think you can feel this stream in Oregon rolling through the mossy forest.

 

This was a very windy day in the dunes at Death Valley.  You can see the sand moving over the foreground.  Lens changes were not a good idea!

This was a very windy day in the dunes at Death Valley. You can see the sand moving over the foreground. Lens changes were not a good idea!

 

This American dipper is constantly on the move up and down streams, on the hunt for food.  Here one dips for lunch on the Snake River in Grand Teton N.P.

This American dipper is constantly on the move up and down streams, on the hunt for food. Here one dips for lunch on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

 

This was her first ride on my horse, believe it or not.  And boy did she get a ride!

This was her first ride on my horse, believe it or not. And boy did she get a ride!

 

A swirling eddy on a creek in Utah.

A swirling eddy on a creek in Utah.

 

You can see the water spraying up as this young bull in the Okavango Delta begins his charge - a false one lucky for us.

You can see the water spraying up as this young bull in the Okavango Delta begins his charge – a false one lucky for us.

 

The Gallatin River flows from Yellowstone north into a beautiful valley in Montana.

The Gallatin River flows from Yellowstone north into a beautiful valley in Montana.

 

Gold Dancer feeling frisky.

Gold Dancer feeling frisky.

 

Fast-moving clouds streak the sky over moonlit Little Ruin Canyon at Hovenweep, Utah.

Fast-moving clouds streak the sky over moonlit Little Ruin Canyon at Hovenweep, Utah.

 

A body in motion stays in motion - the creed for a group of exercise enthusiasts from a nearby fitness spa in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah.

A body in motion stays in motion – the creed for a group of exercise enthusiasts from a nearby fitness spa in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah.

Getting very close to a full Panther Creek Falls in southwest Washington was a wet experience!

Getting very close to a full Panther Creek Falls in southwest Washington was a wet experience!

 

Horses in motion are my favorite.  Here my girl Khallie is faster than her mom!

Horses in motion are my favorite. Here my girl Khallie is faster than her mom!

 

A lone wildebeast stands against an oncoming storm in the Mbabe Depression of Botswana.  You can see the wind in the tree  he's standing under.

A lone wildebeast stands against an oncoming storm in the Mbabe Depression of Botswana. You can see the wind in the tree he’s standing under.

 

Sometimes I don't blur waterfalls because I think stopping the motion gives a better sense of the power.  That was the case here at Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

Sometimes I don’t blur waterfalls because I think stopping the motion gives a better sense of the power. That was the case here at Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.

 

Surf in motion at Cape Kiwanda in Oregon.

Surf in motion at Cape Kiwanda in Oregon.

 

A boat motors down the Willamette in Portland, Oregon at sunset.

A boat motors down the Willamette in Portland, Oregon at sunset.

 

A small peaceful cove on the northern California coast features an active little stream plus abalone shells!

A small peaceful cove on the northern California coast features an active little stream plus abalone shells!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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