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Spring arrives on Table Mountain

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Succulent & Sunlight http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/succulent-sunlight Succulent & SunlightSucculent & Sunlight

Afternoon light on a succulent rosette

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Shed & Bloom http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/shed-bloom Shed & BloomShed & Bloom


Shed antler and new blooms on California's Table Mountain.


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Falls, Rocks & Storm http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/falls-rocks-storm Falls, Rocks & StormFalls, Rocks & Storm

Phantom Falls flowing well after recent storms.

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Opportunity http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/opportunity OpportunityOpportunity

All nature needs is an opportunity to grow

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Double Rainbow Drama http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/double-rainbow-drama Double Rainbow DramaDouble Rainbow Drama

Post storm double rainbow with some impressive clouds in the background.

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Deer Creek Autumn http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/deer-creek-autumn Deer Creek AutumnDeer Creek Autumn

Deer Creek just above the falls.

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Kings Creek Meander http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/kings-creek-meander Kings Creek MeanderKings Creek Meander

King's Creek meanders through King's Meadow while Lassen Peak towers above.

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Rainbow in Rock, Tree & Sky http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/rainbow-in-rock-tree-sky Rainbow in Rock, Tree & SkyRainbow in Rock, Tree & Sky

Bumpass Hell showing off a multitude of fantastic color.

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Rock & Reflection http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/rock-reflection Rock & ReflectionRock & Reflection

Dynamic lines and Vibrant colors all come together at Tangle Blue Lake. Trinity Alps, California.

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Clustered Lady Slipper http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/clustered-lady-slipper Clustered Lady SlipperClustered Lady Slipper


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Bloom Fields http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/bloom-fields Bloom FieldsBloom Fields

Brodiaea blooming on the hillside in Bidwell Park. Chico, California.

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Meadowfoam Mirror http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/meadowfoam-mirror Meadowfoam MirrorMeadowfoam Mirror

The subject of an upcoming photo workshop. CSU Chico Herbarium 4/16/2016.

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Warrior Detail http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/warrior-detail Warrior DetailWarrior Detail

A lone Indian Warrior growing in the pine forest by the Feather River.

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Elemental Falls http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/elemental-falls Elemental FallsElemental Falls

The juxtaposition of basalt fall and waterfall. Sudden and intense vs ethereal and delicate.

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Sun & Storm http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/sun-storm Sun & StormSun & Storm

Morning light on the plain leading to the flanks of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Subject Subjective http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/subject-subjective January 23, 2016




Photography is about conveying a message from the creator to the viewer. In my work, I generally attempt to convey my feeling about the subject I am photographing. For example; I love native flowers, so as a result of this love, I seek to display the best possible presentation of said flower such that others may share my enthusiasm.


Rare GraceRare GraceGraceful curves, delicate colors and textures display the natural beauty of this lily.


The subject in this case is without a doubt the color, texture and natural beauty of this rare lily. The subject is not subtle in any way. This is a very common way to convey a message. This image is in your face and shouting. I love this kind of image, because it allows me to know exactly what the creator was thinking and feeling about the subject. However there is another type of image that is much less overt. A subjective image, one in which requires contemplation and discussion. It challenges the viewer to have a conversation about what the image means, what the subject is, and why was it created. As an artist these types of images are the most satisfying, but carry the most risk.


Winter ColorWinter ColorThe delicate colors of winter at Mono Lake.


In the example above, the subject is not immediately available. Is it the Tufa? Or maybe it is the lake... It could even be about the contrast between basin and range. One needs guidance in situations like these, which is where the conversation, either internally or with others, about the meaning of the image plays a key role. A hint is available in the form of the image title. This image is titled  "Winter Color" and that points the viewer to the subject. This image is about the play of colors across the frame.

I took a risk creating this image, and I am unsure as to the success of my work. Images like these reveal my personal bias; I love this image because I know what it means. I can only hope that any viewer will understand and appreciate the scene as well.

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Mono Basin http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/mono-basin Mono BasinMono Basin

Winter colors from the Panum Crater. Mono Basin, Eastern Sierra, California.

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Feather Falls Autumn http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/feather-falls-autumn November 15, 2015


Late Morning


Just finished editing images from yesterdays hike to Feather Falls outside of Oroville, California. The Fall color was fantastic, the air was cool, and the day was perfect.


Sky PoolSky PoolAbove the Falls


Fall River EddyFall River EddyFall River cascade


Autumn MapleAutumn MapleBright yellows define the season.


CyclesCyclesDogwood and cedar survived a recent fire.


Young & OldYoung & OldContrast of a young and old oak tree.

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Oaks & Peaks http://spencerdykstraphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/oaks-peaks Oaks & PeaksOaks & Peaks

Oaks in afternoon light.

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