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Till Tomorrow

Released March 2020

The setting sun ignites the horizon in central Texas as a small group of trees bears witness.

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Ephemeral / Permanence

Released March 2020

It's difficult to truly capture through a single image the immensity of the granite walls that embrace Yosemite Valley. At the same time, while trying to grasp their size, there is also a feeling of overpowering weight as you stop to reflect upon your surroundings; not in the literal sense but rather the magnitude of eons come and gone while the weathered walls continue to stand implacably against the onslaught of time.

Even if these trees survive for a few centuries, they'll come and go with the snap of fingers compared to the permanence of Half Dome, in front of which they stand. That ephemerality makes me appreciate my own time here all the more.

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Hiraeth

Released February 2020

As I struggled to title this image I focused on a feeling that the cottonwoods were huddled against encroaching darkness, gathering in every last bit of light before it was gone. Taken in Ahwahnee Meadow, I contemplated the plight of the natives that were ousted from the valley after its discovery by white miners in the mid-nineteenth century, and how the Ahwanechee repeatedly sought to return to their home until they were nearly wiped out by a neighboring tribe, with whom they had taken refuge but also stole horses from to make the journey back to the valley once again.

Per Wikipedia: "Hiraeth is a Welsh concept of longing for home. 'Hiraeth' is a word which cannot be completely translated, meaning more than solely "missing something" or "missing home." It implies the meaning of missing a time, an era, or a person - including homesickness for what may not exist any longer."

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Tribute

Released February 2020

It's said that fortune favors the bold but, sometimes, you just get plain lucky.... Driving from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, I had a vague idea of arriving in time for sunset but the skies weren't looking particularly interesting so I wasn't terribly fussed about my timing. As I got closer, however, some clouds began to appear on the horizon and, as I drove through the park to Tunnel View, I became more anxious that I was going to miss what was shaping up to be an incredible sunset. Literally arriving with perhaps 10-15 minutes to make an image, I had to scramble to dig my gear out of the back of my rental, find a spot that wasn't already occupied by the 20-30+ other photographers that had already set up, and quickly shift my mindset from staring mindlessly at a windshield for 4+ hours.

I got the shots I wanted of peak sunset, with brilliant color in the sky; this was taken as the light had largely faded. It seemed appropriate, however, to give it the honor of being the first image released from my inaugural visit to Yosemite.

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Saint Mary Falls

Released January 2020

Hardly an unknown location in Glacier National Park, and a pretty easy hike, but thankfully it wasn't very crowded while we shot around sunset. The late afternoon light streaming over the top of the falls was absolutely incredible, and had to be captured. Note: Preview of image is cropped; click to view full frame.

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