As you can probably tell, I'm exploring a little bit. I've actually always been drawn to black and white photography, specifically the wonderful wilderness photography of Ansel Adams, but for whatever reason never utilized the approach myself, until now. I guess you could say that I was curious, and decided to do something about it.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
I think we can all learn a thing or two from bees. Even though they extract the sweetest nectar, they do not destroy the entire flower to attain it. They even provide pollination in return - a mutually beneficial arrangement, a respectful give and take, allowing both parties to thrive.
"The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them."
-Saint Francis de Sales
You didn't think I was done photographing hawks, did you?! This felt like a special one. What excited me most is that most hawks that I see are either perched on a telephone pole or power line. It's pretty rare to see them on something natural, from my experience. When I spotted this one I was practically holding my breath while getting my camera ready, fully expecting the hawk to fly away before I was able to snap a shot. To my good fortune, it stayed perched long enough for me to capture its beauty.
“In many traditions, hawks are sacred: Apollo’s messengers for the Greeks, sun symbols for the ancient Egyptians and, in the case of the Lakota Sioux, embodiments of clear vision, speed and single-minded dedication.”
One of my favorite things (sunsets) in one of my favorite places (Tahoe). Whenever I stay overnight in Tahoe, I always head to the lake around sunset with hopes of capturing something epic. This one did not disappoint. I am often in awe by the vibrancy and color found in nature, especially sunsets. And as cliche as this may sound, with each incredible sunset, I feel a little more connected to the world, and more clarity in life.
"If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord."