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Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.

Dear John

We had just begun a four-hour drive to a family reunion so it wasn’t exactly a good time to stop; my fiance’s father John was driving and we were on a schedule.  I really wanted to take a photograph of this red barn though.  I had been talking about it for days before finally having this opportunity and didn’t want to just cruise past only to spend the rest of the drive dwelling on what I missed.  I kindly asked if it might be okay for us to stop for just a few minutes so I could set up a quick photograph.  To my delighted surprise, John agreed and patiently pulled his truck to the side of the road.  It was in that moment I knew John had accepted me into the family.

On all our trips together since, he made a point to pull over whenever we saw a beautiful landscape.  He was an incredibly patient and loving man.  On May 4, John passed away from a cardiac pulmonary embolism.  He was 68.

I am incredibly grateful for the time I had with this charming, good-spirited, amusing and lovable man.  He will be deeply missed.

Split Open and Melt

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My friend Brian and I went to Trillium Lake two evenings ago to photograph this amazing landscape. Neither of us expected so much ice to be on the lake but even without perfect reflections all the way through the water, the view did not disappoint!  The melting ice is probably a somewhat unique sight as most people come here to either snowshoe in winter or camp in the summer.  Pretty neat.

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Pinnacle

Pinnacle

Hard to believe it’s been over two years since Kendra and I moved to Oregon. I remember our first few months like they were yesterday – the day captured above being no exception. It was a cold and windy day at Cannon Beach but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the remarkably beautiful scenery.

Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to come away with any great photographs when we rolled up on the beach. The sun was all but completely lost behind thick clouds and the light was pretty much as blah as it gets. We waited it out though and as sunset approached, everything changed. The clouds on the horizon dissipated, a bit of sunlight shone through and I had all the drama I needed for a spectacular photograph. The father and daughter walking along the beach near Haystack Rock makes it even better.

It was a great day.

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Flower Power

Flower Power

For being such a cloudy day, I sure got lucky with this burst of sunshine on the marigold field. Talk about a magical moment! Sometimes things just work out.

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Above the Dunes

Above the Dunes

Taken atop the sand dune cliffs along the Pacific Ocean in Montana de Oro State Park, this photograph recalls one of the most ridiculously beautiful sunsets I’ve seen.

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