Have you ever gone to see a movie without watching the trailer, and been unexpectedly blown away? Sometimes the most beautiful moments in travel happen like that. They aren't on a bucket list, and you don't have screenshots queued up. They're new, and thrilling, because what's around the corner isn't a given. You may have to work a little harder or fail in the search more frequently, but the reward is that much greater. One of the most powerful luxuries, is security in lack of certainty.
Jun 23, 2017
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above. Let me ride through the wide open country that I love. . Don't fence me in. . I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences, and gaze at the moon till I lose my senses. . Don't fence me in. . - Cole Porter / With a tip of the hat to Willie.
Jun 13, 2017
Sometimes I think of art as an incredible conversation. We get to engage the minds of human history. We stack our small contributions upon each other, an incremental ascension, building with epiphanies and visions. . Finding myself under clear skies and a full moon on the Oregon coast, I couldn't help but make an image to engage with the work of Darren Almond. His brilliant Full Moon series, and the ideas behind them, continue to inspire. All we can do is hope our own work contributes to the conversation.
Jun 11, 2017
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Jun 5, 2017
Whenever possible, I try and take the long view, or really long geologic view. From that perspective, destructive individuals and their outcomes, are just a small part of natures mechanisms. A blip on the radar, a thin line of plastic in the earths sediment. In geologic time, our planet is always in flux. Asteroids, solar flares, volcanoes, ice ages, polar shifts. Alaska's mountains (pictured here) exist because one continental plate slammed into another and forced them upwards. It's still frustrating to see the loss of their beautiful adornment in ice, and good to fight for conservation efforts in general, but Momma Earth is gonna be fine in the long run, with or without us. . What I do allow myself to get emotional over, is the beauty in our consciousness to care at all. In this wild tumultuous universe, the fact that self reflective awareness exists and is capable of looking beyond its primal desires, is capable of feeling empathetic to our world and its shared inhabitants, is miraculous. Often heart achingly beautiful. . This theme repeats itself through the history of great Art. From Greek tragedy to Shakespeare, stories reflect our most human capacities. To be sparks looking back at the flames of life, glowing in a flight of awakening, to see the flames know not what they burn.
Jun 3, 2017