Sunlit Valley

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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The First Step

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Beneath The Storm

Sorrows gather around great souls
as storms do around mountains;
but, like them, they break the storm
and purify the air of the plain beneath them.

– Jean Paul Richter
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

The Next Hill

Some of us are timid.
We think we have something to lose
So we don’t try for that next hill

– Maya Angelou
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Cloud Mountains

Squint a little and imagine your feet on other ground in other places west. Look off over the horizon with the mountains under your eye. Things grander, things greater lie in front of you. Sense them, know they are there, believe they are there.

Know they are there, believe they are there.
Know they are there, believe they are there.
Know they are there, believe they are there.

Know they are there, believe they are there as they turn to clouds and slowly disappear.
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This photo really took off today – it was featured on •portalwisconsin.org, had 1,500 views on the blog and last I checked, was still holding on to an Explore spot on Flickr. Out of all those people, I wonder how many look at clouds like this and imagine they are mountains…

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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Nothing to Lose

Some of us are timid.
We think we have something to lose
so we don’t try for that next hill

– Maya Angelou
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Merrimac Ice

You never really know
your friends from your enemies
until the ice breaks

– Eskimo proverb
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This was one of those times when the “yoga for photographers” would have come in handy. For those of you not familiar with Wisconsin’s Merrimac Ferry, imagine a loading platform that sits about 4 feet above the water surface. Between the platform and the water, there is a single line of rocks… that’s where I took this shot. Laying on my side across the rocks, I got as close to the water / ice surface as I could.

People in the cars waiting to board the ferry were looking at me weird and I knew if the rocks moved, or I lost my balance, I was going to get wet. Had that happened, I probably would have laid there on the rocks until the cars left, then ran to the car in my wet clothes.

Freezing is better than embarrassment – another viewfinder life lesson.

This photo is currently featured in the Isthmus Daily Page Madison Snaps section.

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Vantage Point

Life is like a landscape.
You live in the midst of it
but can describe it only
from the vantage point of distance.

– Charles Lindbergh
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM