So many of my photos are from me just driving around and pulling over when I see something cool, and this is one of them. Another instance of nature doing the hard work, and me just taking the time to photograph it. Little moments that add up to great joy for me.
"Almost everything comes from almost nothing."
Nothing fancy. Just a duck, in a lake, surrounded by leaves and plants and stuff. I sometimes get caught up in trying to photograph as much extraordinary as possible, but often times I'm just as happy with the ordinary.
"A good life happens when you stop and are grateful for the ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll over to try to find those extraordinary moments."
I've been working with this photo for a while now and the hardest part has been giving justice to what this corridor actually looks like in real life; insane beauty. What made it extra special for me was that I had no idea how gorgeous this portion of highway was until I was on it; it was just a road I needed to take to get to my next destination. Before I knew it I was surrounded by unspeakable beauty, hoping it would never end. If you’ve never driven Route 395, do it - you won’t regret it.
"All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road."
At one of my favorite local hikes I came across this family of Canada Geese. The momma kept a close eye on me at first, but eventually got used to my presence and let me just hang out and watch her and her family for a while. I'm often envious of the simplicity I witness in nature. Survival is pretty much all that matters; anything else is just icing on the cake.
"Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up. That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying."
I stumbled upon this scene while on a hike recently. The dead tree branch caught my attention at first, but once I got closer to the lakeshore I realized that from certain angles the reflection off the water was super vibrant and interesting. Fortunately I was able to get a photo with both the dreamy reflection and the contrasting tree branch.
"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams."