One Man's Paradise

Blue ice

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“The measure of a man is
what he does with power.”

Plato


Freezing temperatures, water drips, sunshine, and shade have created beautiful icicles dangling from the hillsides. They form, grow, melt, and break off, a constant metamorphosis, never finished.

The powers of nature at work.

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Life

Comfort zone

“Your perspective on life
comes from the cage
you were held captive in.”

Shannon L. Alder


I have been cruising comfortably for quite a while. Time to change it up.

Where to start? Let me make a small step today. So far I have resisted to manipulate my images in a way to give them a vintage look. What’s the point, I thought. I have this high-tech camera equipment and now I make my images look like they were taken with yesteryears technology?

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Waterfall, 2016

Well, here it is. Waterfall in Alaska, pinhole style. What do you think?

Next step: bike ride through South America. My legs are already hurting. I am not getting younger, so better get going.

Or as an alternative, I could volunteer. Do something for other folks instead of me. Working in an orphanage would certainly get me out of my comfort zone.

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Conservation

Waterfall – № 4

“Here is your country.

Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.

Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

Theodore Roosevelt


I am bit puzzled by President Roosevelt, who was an avid hunter and an early supporter of the National Park System. On one of his safaris to Africa his expedition killed about 11,000 specimens, hundreds of big game, including 6 white rhinos. He must have been aware of the anachronistic nature of this hunt. He asked not to be condemned, as he collected the specimens for the Smithsonian and other museums in the name of science. I guess times have changed and we have enough dead animals in collections and dangling form walls. I hope President Roosevelt would look at big game hunting with different eyes if he were alive today.

On other news, Shell got the go ahead to drill in the Arctic with the EPA watching over every step. Right. Since they just did such a great job with the Animas river in Colorado I have full confidence, not. There are 500,000 old mines in the US, many of them environmental hazards. I guess it is fair to say that the mining companies in the past were not good stewards of the land. What about the oil companies of today?

I wish men and women in power do remember what Roosevelt had to say more than hundred years ago.

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Inside Out

Waterfall ~ № 3

“The work of the eyes is done.

Go now and do the heart work on the images imprisoned within you.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


Excerpt from “Wendungen”.

Turning points.

Does it mean, once you have seen things from the outside it is time to look inside? You scare me René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke.


I am sticking with this week’s theme: Waterfalls. Today it’s an alder branch reaching into a gushing creek along the Chilkoot trail.

I like to explore the possibilities to see the world through the lens. Not aiming for an exact representation of what I see, but what the camera captures.

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Life

Waterfall ~ № 2

“The only way to make sense out of change
is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan W. Watts


I keep finding interesting quotes by Mr Watts. He was experimenting with drugs, religion, and marriage?

Oh well, I was experimenting with photography, long shutter speed photography to be exact. I had seen images by landscape photographers using long shutter speeds to blur the motion of water (and clouds and other objects). So I purchased a neutral density filter and carried a tripod with me on my daily excursion. And here are the results…

For the next few days I’ll post images that show water in motion. If you have a fitting quote going with that theme, let me know.

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Note to self

Waterfall ~ № 1

There is a waterfall in every dream.

Cool and crystal clear,
it falls gently on the sleeper,
cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.”

Virginia Alison


Time to cleanse the mind and to soothe the soul.

I have spent my days chasing cold hard cash, following the never-ending stream of news, even writing about it (things I cannot change, although still hoping for the butterfly effect).

The days were blending into each other. I settled into a daily routine.

Time for a change.

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One Man's Paradise

Inspiration

In the last 2 weeks I have been surrounded by photographers and guests that want to learn about photography. Cruising the Inside Passage, taking pictures during the day, and talking about art, nature and history in the evening was an inspiration.

I thought inspiration, the drive to create something, comes from within. Maybe some people have it, some don’t? To be an artist you need inspiration, from within, at least that’s what I thought until today.

Now, I am wondering. There were many external stimuli in my life lately that led me to look at things in a different way. I will share some of the images that came from this in the coming weeks.

Apparently, Pablo Picasso said “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. This would support the idea that external stimuli are part of the creative process. This is good to know. Study the works of others and walk the world with open eyes, that’s what I will do in the coming weeks.

For today, it’s a shot of a piece of wood trapped between rocks in a waterfall. Can you feel the cool air? Hear the gushing water? The subject and the concept were copied from Joe Ordonez.

Sorry Joe, you are a great inspiration.

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Southeast Alaska has presented itself in a beautiful light. There were misty, rainy days. Spring is in full swing in the valleys, whereas the mountains are still hanging on to their snow and ice fields. Tender green leaves, a few wild flowers make their first appearances. Cottonwoods leave a sweet smell in the air and the birds are going crazy in the morning.

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