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Gold to the Horizon

March 25, 2017 - Spring arrives on Table Mountain
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Succulent & Sunlight

February 27, 2017 - Afternoon light on a succulent rosette
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Shed & Bloom

February 05, 2017 - Shed antler and new blooms on California's Table Mountain.
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Double Rainbow Drama

October 09, 2016 - Post storm double rainbow with some impressive clouds in the background.
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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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Meadowfoam Mirror

March 27, 2016 - The subject of an upcoming photo workshop. CSU Chico Herbarium 4/16/2016.
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Warrior Detail

February 28, 2016 - A lone Indian Warrior growing in the pine forest by the Feather River.
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Elemental Falls

February 21, 2016 - The juxtaposition of basalt fall and waterfall. Sudden and intense vs ethereal and delicate.
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Sun & Storm

February 19, 2016 - Morning light on the plain leading to the flanks of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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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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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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Hat Lake Summer

August 08, 2015 - Light streaming through storm clouds over Lassen Peak.
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Summer Storm

August 04, 2015 - Storm clouds over Lassen Peak. August 2015. Taken from Kings Creek Meadow.
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Light & Shadow

July 20, 2015 - Light playing on the sub peaks around Mount Lassen.
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East Shore Sunset

July 17, 2015 - Lupine, Lake Tahoe and Sunlit Clouds
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Lupine & Tahoe

July 12, 2015 - A field of Lupine blooming along the shores of Lake Tahoe.
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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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Storm Edge

April 26, 2015 - Dual edges of similar shape.
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Bowman Lake Spring

April 12, 2015 - Afternoon at Bowman Lake
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Light of the Foothills

March 28, 2015 - Afternoon light on Ithuriels Spear and Grass
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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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Fawn Lily Light

March 05, 2015 - A multitude of Fawn Lilies blooming in a secluded seam of serpentine.
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Bloom Stages

March 04, 2015 - I love the color variation this species exhibits
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Bell Curve Squared

March 03, 2015 - Butte County Fritillary in a Square aspect.
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Bell Dance

March 01, 2015 - Butte County Fritillary blooming among the serpentine slopes.
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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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Sphere Infinity

January 26, 2015 - An incredible and fleeting bubble assembly.
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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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F-Stop Effects

November 22, 2014 - November 22, 2014 Morning Just thought I would share a technique that creates an interesting effect. Point Source...
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In the Clouds

November 16, 2014 - Snow covered conifers near the Brokeoff Mountain summit.
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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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October Grass

October 14, 2014 - Changing weather and evening light combine for a fine Autumn landscape.
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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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Forest Light

September 07, 2014 - I do so love the Redwoods!
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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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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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Scarlet Fritillary Trio

May 12, 2014 - Three bright red bells of the Scarlet Fritillary shining in the verdant green forest.
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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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Sword Symphonic

April 29, 2014 - A sword fern slowly unrolling it's leaves in the redwoods.
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Final Light

April 25, 2014 - The last rays of sunshine filtered through the redwoods.
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Woodland Star

April 21, 2014 - Small blooms of the woodland star found on a shady hillside on Table Mountain.
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Keeper of the Flowers

April 17, 2014 - A solitary oak tree on a hill among the wildflowers of Table Mountain. This tree has been the subject of many photograph...
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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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Spring Defined

April 13, 2014 - A massive oak tree surrounded by Sky Lupine on Table Mountain.
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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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Fiddlenecks & Former Giant

April 06, 2014 - Fiddleneck flowers blooming against an old downed pine tree in Upper Bidwell Park.
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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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Moonrise & Earth Shadow

March 24, 2014 - A near full moon rises over the Panamint Mountains. Taken from Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine, CA.
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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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Mono Lake Masterpiece

March 19, 2014 - Vibrant colors at California's Mono Lake.
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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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Spines & Spires

March 16, 2014 - A well armed cactus standing firm in front of Mount Whitney in the Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, CA.
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Storm Break

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

March 04, 2014 - The sharp points of a succulent in Redding's Turtle Bay Gardens.
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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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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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Afternoon Grass

February 22, 2014 - Warm afternoon light creates a golden glow on last years grass.
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Fungus Family

February 16, 2014 - A colony of mushrooms found in some wood duff in Bidwell Park.
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Winter Witness

February 12, 2014 - Winter is still here! This lone oak was a lone witness to the rainstorm that pummeled the foothills and valley.
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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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Checker Lily

February 05, 2014 - The first lily of the year!
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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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The Blog Returns

January 21, 2014 - So here is a sunset in California's Great Valley!
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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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High Desert Highlights

December 12, 2013 - Rabbit Brush blooming in the high desert autumn.
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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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Buckwheat Bends

November 12, 2013 - A mass of buckwheat blooms, twisted stalks and autumn light combine to make an interesting and compelling photograph....
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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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Heart of Autumn

October 02, 2013 - The seeds of California's Redbud showing some fantastic autumn color.
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The Fog of Fall

September 30, 2013 - September 30, 2013 Night Autumn seems to be here to stay. Nature is showing all of the signs. Cooler days, the mix...
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The Wraiths

September 29, 2013 - Three trees long gone, contrasting the green ranks just behind.
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Last Day of Summer

September 22, 2013 - September 22, 2013 Morning Of course today is the first day of Autumn! Yesterday Dalynn and I went to enjoy the ra...
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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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Coil & Leaves

September 08, 2013 - The bloom of a Datura displaying multiple spirals. How many do you count?
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Golden Glow

August 22, 2013 - Late summer blooms on Table Mountain; lit by the afternoon sunshine.
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Vast Expanse

August 17, 2013 - Table Mountain in the summer. A vast expanse of grass, sky and solitude.
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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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What Flowers Leave Behind

August 07, 2013 - August 7, 2013 Evening Anyone who frequents my blog knows that flowers take center stage. Flowers are by far the m...
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Icon of the West

August 04, 2013 - Sunset over the Coast Range. A West Coast icon.
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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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Deer Creek Falls

August 02, 2013 - Made a quick trip up Highway 32 to Deer Creek Falls. Check back for more images tomorrow!
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Cedar & Sky

July 27, 2013 - A curious cloud contrasting with a terrestrial tree.
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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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Last Light in the Cave

July 05, 2013 - One of the best ways to beat the 105+ heat. Subway Cave near Lassen Volcanic National Park is a cool 55 degrees.
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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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And Now For Something Completely Different...

June 10, 2013 - June 10, 2013 Night Got through some editing from the weekend trip to Quincy, but didn't finish. Here are a couple...
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Mule's Ears

June 02, 2013 - Another photo from yesterday's quick trip to Sierra Valley.
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Child's Meadow

May 27, 2013 - Spring at Child's Meadow. A high elevation meadow outside of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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Orchid Light

May 26, 2013 - A cluster of Mountain Lady Slippers found outside of Quincy, CA.
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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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April Grass

April 21, 2013 - The verdant grass, blowing in the breeze; a sine wave of motion and color.
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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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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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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 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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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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Along Highway 1

January 12, 2013 - First image of the day, just so happened to be the best of the day. This one speaks for its self.
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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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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 #2

December 10, 2012 - December 10, 2012 Night So I am finally getting around to the next remixed image. I took some stylistic cues from...
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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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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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Change Has Arrived

October 27, 2012 - October 27, 2012 Evening The ground was different this time. So was the air. There was a certain clarity, a freshn...
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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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What A Difference A Few Minutes Makes

October 09, 2012 - October 9, 2012 Night Sunday night I went to Lookout Point to see if the sunset was going to do something photogen...
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Time Goes By

September 08, 2012 - September 8, 2012 Morning It is amazing to me that it has been a week since I went to the cabin, and almost a week...
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Creating the Image

August 12, 2012 - August 12, 2012 Afternoon Some images start off terrible. The shot is taken with high hopes of a scene that the ph...
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Man Made Havoc

August 10, 2012 - August 10, 2012 Night On my way home today, I had a perfect view of the part man has to play in the shaping of the...
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Change

August 08, 2012 - August 8, 2012 Evening Change is coming, friends. I am moving on from my 5.5 years of employment at Mary's Gone Cr...
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Dog Days of Summer

July 29, 2012 - July 29, 2012 Evening The dog days of summer are here. This is always a time for me to look forward, think about t...
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Warning! Sunset Ahead!

July 28, 2012 - July 28, 2012 Evening Usually I try to stay away from the cliche image, trying to focus more on the unique side. B...
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A Convergence of Elements

July 27, 2012 - July 27, 2012 Evening Sometimes the image is a struggle. Sometimes getting "the shot" doesn't happen. Sometimes th...
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Smoke in the Hills

July 12, 2012 - July 12, 2012 Evening Paradise is not on fire, but the Mendocino National Forest is. This means hazy skies for the...
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On Nature and Composition

June 08, 2012 - June 8, 2012 Late Afternoon It would seem that nature, at first glance, would be a mass of chaotic lines, forms, s...
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More From the Redwoods

May 07, 2012 - May 7, 2012 Night Nothing heavy today, just a couple from my recent venture into the mighty redwoods! Enjoy!...
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Universal Relations

March 16, 2012 - March 16, 2012 Afternoon I have been thinking a lot about the theory behind photography. It's really only about li...
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