Last Man Standing

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I really do love the nature we have around here in Ohio.  Truthfully, it sure does make my life a lot easier when it comes to capturing a unique photo like this one.

I realize I have a style, and to some this may look similar to works I have produced in the past, but to me each one says something just a little different.  For instance not pictured in this photo is the entire field behind and around this plant.  It was flat, dead, swampy, and generally unappealing.  However, right in front of me was the last standing flora in the field.  Winters are tough around here, really tough, but even that won’t break the stride of everything.

We can have a lot of ups and downs, especially now.  However if you stand tall enough, and just be patient, you’ll be just fine.

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Lost Cabin In The Winter Woods

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Ohio has tons of beauty, you just have to go looking for it in the winter woods.

We’re very thankful here in Ohio to have one of the greatest National Parks right in our backyards, and we sure do love to take advantage of it. With just a little hike, you can stumble upon some great scenery, and peaceful tranquility.  It’s great for the mind and body, and something I will always cherish about home.

The best part is that it’s never static.  With the dramatic seasons in Ohio, that means you also get dramatic shifts in the land, trees, shrubs, and everything else nature has to offer.  Sometimes the sky can be dreary, leaving a sense of mystery over the woods.  Sometimes it can be as hot as the desert, and warm you to your core.  Every time you enter the parks in Ohio, it’s a different story.

I almost moved from Ohio once, and I think about that a lot, and what I would miss.  Sure, it’s not sunny and beautiful California.  It’s Ohio – and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Sunrise on 2020

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January is an odd time.  It signals new beginnings while also ending eras, decades, and periods.  It’s a time of being excited about what is to come, but also can be saddening to think of all the things that have passed.  Ironically, photographs are all things of the past, since you really have no clue what is coming next, not even the next hour.  It can be a time of anxiety, but thankfully not for long.

All long nights end, sunsets always come again, and the fun part is that you really have no clue what to expect – no matter what you may think.

When this photo above was taken somewhere in South Carolina, I had no idea I was even going to go out and see the sunrise that morning.  It was only a sudden decision after waking up in the middle of the night for some water.  Maybe this is what 2020 will be like.  Surprises, but good surprises.  Only time will tell.

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Symmetry Above All

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Over the years of working on this website and updating my galleries, it has quickly become apparent to me that I love symmetry.

It can be found anywhere.  In nature, architecture, or even on a pier above a swamp.  Why I have been so fascinated with it makes no sense to me other that the possibility that I love order so much.

Maybe this says something about me, maybe it doesn’t.  Either way, you can’t deny the total relaxation symmetry gives you.

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Skies Over The South

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Almost like something out of a movie, the South really was a beautiful place to be.  Until this trip to South Carolina, I had never even touched this part of the country in an airport.

Much to my surprise, I was greeted with beautiful sights, history, and a sense of relaxation I have never really experiences before.  Forgetting the brutal humidity, and it was brutal, this is a trip I will never forget.

There is so much more to offer here, and I will for sure be back.

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The Quietest Place In The World

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There really is something to be said about solitude – especially with how much it can relax you.

Unbelievably, this was a spot on the Great Salt Lake that we almost skipped on our adventure. We were incredibly jet-lagged, and honestly quite sick.  However, we stuck to the plan, and ended up in the quietest place I have ever been.

Even with the staggering mountains above, the the waves of the lake, there wasn’t a sound in the world.  Which actually DID make it easier to spot any bison that were getting JUST a little too close.

Easily one of the best spots on the trip itself, the unbelievable beauty from this lake is something I will never forget.  Maybe next time we won’t be there at low tide…

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Architecture Of God

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Going to Salt Lake City, it is almost mandatory that you check out some of the beautiful churches that rise up in the, actually quite small, downtown.

No matter what religion you fall into, it’s hard to believe that such a beautiful building would exist without a creator.

As for the image itself, I have always wanted to try my hand at a reverse photo, with the main subject being a reflection.  Finally, I was able to give it my all with this photo.  The church stood high above a refection pool.  Thankfully, I was also blessed with an picturesque day with plenty of sunshine.

Oddly enough, shortly after this photo, I got suck in a parade downtown.  Imagine that.

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Final Sunset

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Every once in a while, I will snap a few photos of what is right in front of me, and not really realize what I have captured until days – or weeks – later.  I loved going to this beach, “Lands End,” to be particular.  It had a sense of privacy even though it was only moments from downtown San Francisco and the bustle of the city.  This all is captured in this one photo.

Until I returned to Ohio two weeks later, I didn’t realize how magical the sunset was on this final leg of my West Coast trip.  It was an area of San Francisco that was perfect, it really captured Northern California in a nutshell.

To be totally honest, I thought San Francisco would be packed everywhere you went, but I had a delightful surprise.

It was a nice area to escape to, no matter who you are.

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Lonely Sands of The Great Salt Lake

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The Great Salt Lake.

To be totally honest, this site, along with Utah itself, has always been on my bucket list of places I wanted to see.  However, there was no real reason that I would ever go there.  That all changed though when the wife and I decided that for our yearly vacation, we would do something a little different – and so was planned the west coast road trip.

Salt Lake City was the first town that we went to, it was also where we flew into.  It was just going to be a swing by city, and it ended up that way.  Looking back though, I wish we had spent more time there, as this was one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to.  The quiet and calm were amazing.  Even the city itself seemed like a perfect little town nestled in picturesque mountains that were visible no matter which direction you were facing.

Truth be told, I had gotten off a long flight an hour before this was taken, and I was really feeling the jet-lag.  However once I got to this place, it all seemed to relax away with the calm water.

The beauty of Utah is something I never thought I would see, and honestly something that I wasn’t truly ready for.

I’ll have to go back.  There is no other choice.

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Falling Sands Of South Carolina

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Sometimes I forgot the fact that I actually went to South Carolina – because of this I actually forgot how beautiful the state can actually be.  I had never been to the South before, so this was a whole new experience to totally.

From the flowing water, to the falling sands of the beach, it truly was magnificent.

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