Heart for Wahclella by ErwinBuske

One thing I always remember to do when photographing a scene is to occasionally look behind me, Often there is more of a show in the opposite direction of the primary attraction, in this case Wahclella Falls (Columbia Gorge, Oregon). To me moving with the moment and staying fluid is as important as previsualization of a scene. I am not sure what the small Falls on the left is called, but I thought these falls along with the heart shaped sky contributed strongly to the feel of this composition. I am very happy the way this turned out and from this evening at the Falls, this is the image that lingers most in my memory-not the falls at all! Thanks for viewing my image.

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On the Road Again…(1937-2015) by KristinaWilson

Some of my best memories as a kid were when my Grandpa would say, “who wants to go to work with me tomorrow?” (On a Saturday) My brother and I always jumped at the chance to run wild at his offices. “Can you guys get up at 4:30 in the morning?” We didn’t even blink an eye. “Yes Pops!!” Of course, he always had pity on us and never got us up that early. It was such a treat to go to work with him, even before the sun came up. We ran around the empty warehouse and played on the intercoms and forklifts while he was running his company like a boss. And when I got tired I’d grab a legal pad, a pen, his calculator, a pair of his glasses and sit myself down and pretend to be working away just like him. I’ve never met a more dedicated, hard working man. He taught me to be kind, to not be frivolous, to have a straight face when playing cards, to always eat ice cream (“who wants some poison??!” “Me Pops!!”), to listen to good music, to work hard and to always, always laugh. It always took forever to say goodbye when our parents picked us up when we were kids. Even when living only 10 minutes away. Saying goodbye this time was no different. I’m glad I got to hold your hand and sing you one last song. I’ll miss our talks, your laughter and your outrageous sneezing Pops. Thank you for having done your best to help shape me into the person I am today. Until we meet again.

“All the Federales say, they could’ve had him any day
They only let him slip away, out of kindness I suppose…”

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The Story by KristinaWilson

“All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true… I was made for you
I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But baby I broke them all for you
Because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do and I was made for you…”
– Brandi Carlile

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Minutes Later by gregityrx1

This is my second shot that I took about a month ago when I dragged my wife and our little dog Canon down to stream level. We arrived just minutes before the picture I posted a month ago was taken. This was taken minutes later. I have been here many times and came here this day to try and duplicate a shot that I took last August. The sky was clear and the conditions were perfect except I was late. The shot that I took last year was a single shot that I had plenty of time to set up for ( but I didn’t expect what we saw). Tweak a little this way and a little that way to cut down on the sun glares that was going to happen, shooting into a full blown sun. This shot and the one like it last year I used a polarizer and a 10 stop. Last year with ample time I was able to cut out the sun spots by tweaking. This year I wasn’t. So I had to combine two exposures to come up with this. This isn’t as strong of a shot to work with but definitely worth working on. After all, how often do get to see a location where the sun bounces of the walls and lights up like this. Last year when I first witnessed this, it was a “Visa” moment for me. And on this day when I witnessed it a second time it made me smile from ear to ear. How lucky are we to live in a part of the world where we get to see Mother Nature at her best. Hope you enjoy.
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