I recently spent a few days at my beloved Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park was still mostly closed due to snow, but my mom and I still drove that direction to explore and observe the insane fire damage from last year. In an uncomfortable twist of poetic justice, because so many trees burned in the fire, we were actually able to see views that were previously obscured by the forest. So, in a very sad way, that was nice. Once we exited the park boundaries, I sent my drone up to look around. And this is what I saw. A beautiful panoramic view of Mt. Lassen on the right, Mt. Brokeoff in the middle, and Mt. Conard on the left. The fire damage is pretty extensive, especially on the lower half of the photo, but it's still a beautiful scene, and continues to be one of my favorite places.
Advice from a Volcano: "Stay active; keep your inner fire burning; it’s ok to let off steam; go with the flow; be uplifting; it’s all a matter of time; have a blast!"
This is the same mountain as I shared recently. This photo is a much wider angle than you saw before, whereas the previous photo was cropped in quite a bit more. While it's the same mountain, to me this version feels very different. More expansive and more profound. And to me that acts as a great reminder; to not only zoom in and analyze the little stuff, which is all too easy to do, but to also zoom out and take in the big picture.
"Learn to see the big picture. Often times we get tunnel vision and lose sight of the big picture and what we're really trying to accomplish."
I feel joy every time I'm able to explore nature with my camera. But some days are more joyful than others. There are definitely places that I've photographed that I've likely already forgotten, or will someday forget. Not necessarily because they weren't pretty, but because they didn't make me feel extraordinary. However, I can't imagine I'll ever forget this place, on this particular morning. Not just because it was stunning, but because I felt overwhelming joy to be able to photograph it.
"Being in the outdoors enhances every area of my life and the creative pursuit of photography brings meaning and joy to every day."
I'm trying to get all of my wintery photos edited before we get too much closer to summer. While I am looking forward to warm weather, and all the fun it brings, I'm already missing the dark, moody skies of winter.
"Winter is a glorious spectacle of glittering fractals complete with a soundscape and atmosphere entirely its own."