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Deer Creek Autumn

September 25, 2016 - Deer Creek just above the falls.
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Rainbow in Rock, Tree & Sky

August 01, 2016 - Bumpass Hell showing off a multitude of fantastic color.
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Rock & Reflection

July 16, 2016 - Dynamic lines and Vibrant colors all come together at Tangle Blue Lake. Trinity Alps, California.
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Subject Subjective

January 23, 2016 - January 23, 2016 Afternoon Photography is about conveying a message from the creator to the viewer. In my work, I...
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Mono Basin

January 01, 2016 - Winter colors from the Panum Crater. Mono Basin, Eastern Sierra, California.
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Feather Falls Autumn

November 15, 2015 - November 15, 2015 Late Morning Just finished editing images from yesterdays hike to Feather Falls outside of Orovi...
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Blood Moon Rising

October 04, 2015 - October 4, 2015 Late Morning Perhaps I am a little late on the posting of this phenomena, but here is my interpret...
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Time and Progress

August 14, 2015 - August 14, 2015 Afternoon It is amazing how fast time rolls by. Recently I have not had the energy to craft a well...
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In the Wake of a Volcano

July 29, 2015 - Steam rising from the interior of an ancient volcano.
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Rare Grace

June 29, 2015 - Kellogg's lily, a graceful rare bloom.
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An Orchid Adventure

May 31, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Afternoon It has been a while since I have posted a long from blog post, I have been trying to promot...
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Stream Orchid Chime

May 25, 2015 - Stream Orchid chime growing along Big Chico Creek
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Bowman Lake Spring

April 12, 2015 - Afternoon at Bowman Lake
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Chico Creek Spring

March 24, 2015 - Big Chico Creek in the first official days of spring.
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Flowers and the Groove

March 17, 2015 - March 17, 2015 Afternoon Spring is right around the corner! That is really only based on actual calendar dates, sp...
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Bloom Stages

March 04, 2015 - I love the color variation this species exhibits
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Strength in Motion

February 20, 2015 - Water flows and granite resists.
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Nature Abstraction

February 15, 2015 - February 15, 2015 Afternoon A new project! One that I have been toying with for many years, and finally found the...
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Sierra Stone Abstract

February 03, 2015 - Solid rainbows of color in the stones of the Northern Sierra
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The Best of 2014

December 31, 2014 - December 31, 2014 Here are the 10 photographs from 2014 that I consider to be the best of the year. Each one will hav...
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Winter Fern

December 20, 2014 - Fern fronds in a dark, damp canyon on California's Table Mountain.
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Redbud in Autumn

December 07, 2014 - Farewell Autumn, it was grand while it lasted!
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Trees & Rocks

November 26, 2014 - Conifers and rocks covered in a veil of Autumn snow.
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Inspiration from the Unexpected

November 09, 2014 - November 9, 2014 Night I have been contemplating a lot about the nature of photography, mostly topics about drive,...
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Calligraphy

November 09, 2014 - Fall color and cool water.
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Redbud Autumn

October 22, 2014 - F/2 is a glorious option to have. The thin depth of field really emphasizes the foreground leaves.
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New Camera Tests

October 13, 2014 - October 13, 2014 Night Got a back up camera to the venerable 7D, a tiny Canon EOS-M mirrorless, with a 22mm (35mm...
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Prints

September 23, 2014 - September 23, 2014 I just printed this image at 20x30 for a show at the Southwest Visitor Center in Lassen Volcanic N...
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From th Archives XIII

September 20, 2014 - September 20, 2014 Afternoon Here are some old images that I revisited today with some new editing ideas. I was pl...
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Succession

September 14, 2014 - Tree decomposition among the grasses around Ridge Lake.
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Breaking Out?

August 24, 2014 - August 24, 2014 Afternoon Perhaps this block I have been is is starting to lift. Made a quick afternoon trip to Bi...
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Artists Block

August 17, 2014 - August 17, 2014 Night Been experiencing some serious artists block, both photographically and lyrically... Here is...
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From the Archives XII

July 27, 2014 - July 27, 2014 Evening I spent a great amount of time today weeding my archived and unedited folders. I love doing...
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More from the Petrifed Forest

July 15, 2014 - July 15, 2014 Evening Three images from the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. No post capture editing was d...
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Repetiton is the Key

June 20, 2014 - June 20, 2014 Afternoon For a couple of years now I have been visiting the same location searching for an image th...
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National Contest - Share the Experience

May 31, 2014 - May 31, 2014 Morning I have three images entered into the National Share the Experience contest. Check them out an...
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Random Bits

May 25, 2014 - May 25, 2014 Afternoon Here are some random images I just finished editing, they are from the last couple of month...
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From the Archives XI

May 23, 2014 - May 23, 2014 Afternoon Here is an image I took earlier this year of a particularly photogenic trio of Indian Warri...
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The Iconic Spots

May 21, 2014 - May 21, 2014 Night Yesterday I wrote about seeing Lassen Volcanic National Park with new eyes. I wrote about knowi...
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Transitions

May 20, 2014 - May 20, 2014 Evening There are some places in this world that just move a person; maybe it was due to childhood me...
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Forest Floor

May 09, 2014 - This is what I imagine when the redwoods are mentioned.
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Survival

May 04, 2014 - May 4, 2014 Afternoon While hiking around Bidwell Park, I see things that make me wonder about life. For example w...
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Coffeeberry Bloom

May 01, 2014 - The tiny blooms of California Coffeeberry found in Bidwell Park.
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Final Light

April 25, 2014 - The last rays of sunshine filtered through the redwoods.
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The Images of Imagination

April 15, 2014 - April 15, 2014 Evening There are certain images that are conjured up when general ideas are brought up, one of whi...
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Boundaries...

April 09, 2014 - April 9, 2014 Night A couple of images not of my general style. Boundaries pushed: Editing... Physical..
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The Flowers Return

March 26, 2014 - March 26, 2013 Evening Spring must be here! Today there was a downpour, a tornado, lightning and rainbows. All of...
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Spires that Inspire

March 21, 2014 - March 21, 2014 Afternoon While on last weekends trip to Lone Pine, many beautiful landscapes were experienced. Whi...
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On Cliches...

March 18, 2014 - March 18, 2014 Night It was Isaac Newton who said " If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of...
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Storm Break

March 08, 2014 - Storm Clouds off of I5 North of Mount Shasta
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Pushing Boundaries

March 03, 2014 - March 3, 2014 Night Recently I have been taking images that fall outside my normal nature photography. I decided t...
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Petal & Bark

February 27, 2014 - A Checker Lily blooming beneath an oak tree in Bidwell Park. The colors and textures mimic each other. Coincidence?
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After 5 Years...

February 25, 2014 - February 25, 2014 The hunt is finally successful. The Fetid Adders Tongue that has eluded me for 5 years has been ima...
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Bells of Light & Color

February 08, 2014 - The colors of the Checker Lily imitate the transition from winter to spring.
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Of Silence and Footfalls...

January 27, 2014 - January 27, 2014 Evening I stopped by a National Wildlife Area today, while on my way home for the evening. I have...
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Winter Light

January 22, 2014 - January 22, 2013 Night Winter is seems to be a time for nature photographers to look within, and catch up. The lon...
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Wired World

January 18, 2014 - The human strangle hold on nature? Just a idyllic ranch scene? Metaphorical Mysteries!
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Snow on the Peaks

November 27, 2013 - November 27, 2013 Morning To every person there is a special place; it may be physical or imagined, urban or natur...
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Different Takes

November 19, 2013 - November 19, 2013 Evening Perhaps the most interesting aspect of nature photography, as opposed to studio photogra...
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Last of Lassen

November 17, 2013 - November 17, 2013 Night Took a quick jaunt to Lassen National Park this afternoon to make one last pass along the...
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Path Through Fallen Leaves

November 05, 2013 - A tiny section of the PCT within the Castle Crags State Park.
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Butterfly Valley Autumn

October 27, 2013 - October 27, 2013 Night Dalynn and I went on an Autumn adventure today. We traveled to Quincy to meet our good frie...
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Grass Aflame

October 22, 2013 - I am curious to know what people think of this image. I took this image using a unique process. Does anybody know how I...
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Degrees of Oxidation

October 16, 2013 - Ridges of minerals and soil show different oxidation levels and soil constituents.
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The Wraiths

September 29, 2013 - Three trees long gone, contrasting the green ranks just behind.
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Autumnal Color Flux

September 26, 2013 - The annual change from verdancy to dormancy.
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From the Archives X

September 16, 2013 - September 16, 2013 Noon Here we are with another installment of from the archives. This time it is of an image I t...
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Edge of Chaos

August 14, 2013 - Still water reflecting the golden hillside, giving way to the chaos of the rapids below.
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The Allure of Water

August 10, 2013 - August 10, 2013 Afternoon Sometimes I get trapped in photographic ruts. It happens in every aspect of life I suppo...
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Water Study

August 03, 2013 - August 3, 2013 Morning My trip up Highway 32 to Deer Creek Falls yesterday was unplanned. I just decided while dri...
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More from Devil's Kitchen

July 31, 2013 - July 31, 2013 Evening Just a couple of landscape images I finished this week. Both from Devil's Kitchen trail, the...
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Devil's Kitchen - LVNP

July 28, 2013 - July 28, 2013 Morning Yesterday Dalynn and I hiked a trail that we hadn't been on for a number of years. It's a sh...
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From the Archives IX

July 20, 2013 - July 20, 2013 Afternoon The July heat is oppressive. It is good at killing the desire to shoot shoot shoot. Conseq...
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From the Archives VIII

July 15, 2013 - July 15, 2013 Evening Tonight, while catching up on my friends wonderful blog, I read a statement about all poppy...
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From the Archives VII

July 10, 2013 - July 10, 2013 Night Here is an image from a few months ago I finally finished editing yesterday. I came across it...
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Product Photography... Is Fun!

July 06, 2013 - July 6, 2013 Evening My wife has been in the process of building an online store for the wildcrafted items she mak...
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Mendocino Coast

June 29, 2013 - June 29, 2013 Noon Took a mid-week trip to the coast this week. Dalynn had a seaweed harvesting class in Forestvil...
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More Odds and Ends

June 22, 2013 - June 22, 2013 Afternoon Finally have some time for blogging. Between work, travel and being sick, I have not had a...
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What a Difference a Month Makes...

May 12, 2013 - May 12, 2013 It is really amazing what a difference of about 30 days makes in California's Sacramento Valley. The ima...
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Table Mountain - Across Seasons Part 1 - Spring

May 11, 2013 - May 11, 2013 Noon This is a multi-part series, with the intent of building a body of work on Table Mountain culmin...
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Walking with the Ghosts

May 10, 2013 - May 10, 2013 Night Change has come again. Table Mountain had a different feel. The air was warm, almost hot, my bo...
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Fritillary Success

May 07, 2013 - May 7, 2012 Evening Today I solved a puzzle; one that has haunted me for about a year. During the Lassen trip I re...
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Feather Falls

May 05, 2013 - May 5, 2013 Afternoon, Yesterday my father and I went for a hike to Feather Falls. It was a perfect day for this h...
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Odds and Ends

April 28, 2013 - April 28, 2013 Night A couple of photos from the weekends adventures. More barrens, and a quick trip to the Sulfur...
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Barrens Update

April 25, 2013 - April 25, 2013 Night Yesterday I made a quick trip to the upper regions of the Serpentine Barrens, lots of action...
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Epic Drive

April 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013 Afternoon Yesterday we went for an epic drive. It wasn't supposed to be, but it was the end result.
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On Landscape Photography

April 09, 2013 - April 9, 2013 Evening I reached a turning point in my photography recently. It came subtly, over time, and with gr...
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Spring Palette

April 07, 2013 - The colors of the rainbow with Coal Canyon in the background. This is why people flock to Table Mountain in March and Ap...
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Fritillary Duel

April 02, 2013 - April 2, 2013 Night I often go through my galleries and review my own work. I like to see how my critique of them...
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It must be...

March 19, 2013 - Flower Season! Here are some misc images from the last week...
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Serpentine Barrens

March 17, 2013 - March 17, 2013 Evening The name serpentine barrens leaves both a lot to the imagination and describes desolation a...
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Musings on Luck

March 14, 2013 - March 14, 2013 Night Where does one draw the line between luck, skill, and experience? As a photographer of the na...
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Basalt Bifurcation

March 13, 2013 - A lupine between to basalt stones on Table Mountain.
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Finally!

March 12, 2013 - March 12, 2013 Night My computer is finally at full capacity. Some images I processed tonight. Hope you enjoy,...
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The Arrival of Spring

March 03, 2013 - March 3, 2013 Afternoon Yesterday I went on an adventure to Table Mountain with a friend and former co-worker to i...
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From the Archives VI

February 20, 2013 - February 20, 2013 Night One thing that I love to do while waiting for more image opportunities is to review old wo...
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The Fever

February 17, 2013 - February 17, 2013 Evening Table Mountain is a bellwether, when the blooms start there, spring is well on its way....
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The Photographer Pt. 7

February 11, 2013 - February 11, 2013 Night There are always struggles with every endeavor we partake. Photography is no exception; 20...
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Scoliopus Search

February 10, 2013 - February 10, 2013 Morning Took a day trip yesterday to Jughandle State Reserve in search of a flower that has elud...
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Books of Influence

February 04, 2013 - February 4, 2013 Afternoon There are times as an artist, when thinking about what the next step, phase or project...
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From the Archives V

January 16, 2013 - January 16, 2013 Night Yesterday, while browsing my friend Joe Willis's blog, I saw an image that very much remind...
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Road Trip Part 2

January 10, 2013 - January 10, 2013 Night We carried on our trip by venturing into Arcata where we had arrange to stay for the night.
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Road Trip Part 1

January 09, 2013 - January 9, 2013 Evening So we took a road trip! We started by heading to Ashland, OR via I-5. To be honest, after...
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Fungus in the Moss

January 08, 2013 - Little mushrooms found in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Del Norte County. A full write up of the trip to fol...
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Last Light

December 31, 2012 - December 31, 2012 Night Happy new year to all! Last light shot by Spencer Dykstra Photography for 2012. Hope you l...
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New Tool Inspiration

December 27, 2012 - December 27, 2012 Night Bought a new photography tool last week. A lens to be precise. I have had it for about a w...
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The 10 of 2012

December 23, 2012 - December 23, 2012 Noon Well, it is about that time, the culmination of another year. Many adventures, many images.
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Something Different...

December 20, 2012 - Two large water towers in downtown Chico reflecting the afternoon sunlight. I can't decide if this fits into Human Shado...
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Winter View

December 19, 2012 - The view out of my office door on a cold winter evening. The trees give a stark and austere mood to the bright sunset....
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Failures... Re-imagined #1

November 29, 2012 - November 29, 2012 Night Well, after much discussion with family and friends about 3 images I posted, I have come u...
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Failures...

November 20, 2012 - November 20, 2012 Night Well I have officially been called out; Joe, you have done it again. You have given me a c...
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Categories

November 17, 2012 - November 17, 2012 Afternoon It is raining. And it will continue to do so for the better part of two weeks. Or so t...
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The Photographer Pt. 6

November 13, 2012 - November 13, 2012 Night I am a photographer. I remember the first time I said those words to a person that was not...
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Chambers Creek

November 11, 2012 - November 11, 2012 Night The air was cold, very cold. I had a baselayer, midlayer and outerlayer. I had gloves, bea...
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Re-Touching

November 10, 2012 - November 10, 2012 Night I have been going through all of my older images, weeding, deleting, and finishing images...
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From The Archives IV

November 04, 2012 - November 4, 2012 Evening Time changes, months pass, seasons turn from spring to summer to fall. Winter is almost h...
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Shasta Cascade Autumn

October 21, 2012 - October 21, 2012 Evening Dalynn and I just got back from our 5 year anniversary. We spent the weekend enjoying the...
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One for the Road

October 17, 2012 - October 17, 2012 Morning Here's one for the road... Smithneck Road, outside of Loyalton California. Always...
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Creating the Image

August 14, 2012 - August 14, 2012 Afternoon Flower images are not as easy as one would think. In talking to people, it seems that...
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Summer Rambling

August 05, 2012 - August 5, 2012 Night Did a short jaunt down the Forks of the Butte BLM trail to work on my upcoming project, lovin...
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From the Archives II

May 26, 2012 - May 26, 2012 Morning Yesterday I posted one from way back in 2009, a reflection of brightly colored trees in the s...
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From the Archives

May 25, 2012 - May 25, 2012 Evening It is always interesting to go back into old image files and see how much progress has been m...
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Emergency Trip

May 20, 2012 - May 20, 2012 Afternoon There are certain events that require quick and decisive action. One such even took place y...
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Forks of the Butte

May 19, 2012 - May 19, 2012 Evening It was quite a productive photography day today, much to my surprise. Took a short stroll on...
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Spring Color

March 25, 2012 - March 25, 2012 Mid-Day Everybody always goes crazy for fall color. This is understandable, the colors are fantasti...
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