Fight of the Forest by Pcoskun

his is an image I photographed back in May while making a brief visit to Northern California’s redwood forests. I had stared at this image too many times to count, opened it up and closed it feeling like it wasn’t worth my time. I decided to finally give it one more go and slowly but surely I liked the direction I was headed with it. This was one of the most chaotic scenes I have come across, but for some reason I was so attracted to it. Maybe it was the stunning morning light backlighting the mossy branches and ferns. I had to remove a ton of flare which was one of the main reasons I never decided to go ahead and process this image. I will probably keep working on that to the point where I will never want to look at this again! I wanted this to capture the wildness of the forests in the region with the early golden light of sunrise. The redwoods are one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and I am sure to return again in the near future. I definitely would like to spend some quality time wandering around the towering trees and finding more scenes like this. Anyways, this will probably close out my posts for 2015, so I just want to say once again thank you to all of you for your continued support. I have plenty of plans already for 2016 that I can’t wait to get into. Happy new year!

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Liffey Cave by intrepidphotos

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Its been a record hot day down here in Hobart so here is a refreshing shot of a cool cave at Liffey Falls. Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tasmania, Australia
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Ferned Up by JeremyDuncan

Something a bit different from the False Hellebore images that are quite popular to shoot in the spring/early summer. Shot while backpacking through the Mount Baker Wilderness earlier in the year.

Thanks for looking!

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Autumn Gold by LisaHolloway



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A lost past by intrepidphotos

Memories from a lost past haunt this abandoned homestead in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Houses like this are scattered all over Ireland due to the incredible historical population collapse. In 1841 the population of the area now covering the Republic of Ireland was over 6.5 million however the Great Famine (Gorta Mór) of 1845 to 1852 or Irish Potato Famine as it is known outside of Ireland, directly caused the deaths of over one million people and a further million more emigrating from Ireland. By 1871 the population had dropped by over a third to four million, and by 1926 the subsequent economic, social, and political turmoil had further reduced the population down to three million, less than half of the 1841 population.
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Trust and Love by TjThorne

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On September 24, 2015 I celebrated five years of sobriety.

Five years is a lot of days strung together. 1,826 in fact. For someone who couldn’t go more than 12 hours without a drink, 43,829 hours is one hell of a long time. And wouldn’t you know it, after all of those hours it has just become routine. I don’t mean that being sober has become routine, I mean that everything that I need to do daily has become routine: The thoughts and feelings I go through, the way I deal with emotions, the things I have to believe, and the things I have to trust.

Trust is a tough one. I had to trust people I didn’t know. I had to do the things that they told me to do and I had to just believe them that it would work for me as well. And even to this day I still have to just trust that everything will work out and that somehow it will be ok as long as I work hard and stay straight.

I also had to rebuild trust in many of the damaged relationships. Coworkers, friends, and family bonds were all compromised in one way or another. There are a lot of things that I did wrong back then and I have accepted that. Hell I do a lot of things wrong now. But I know that I am rebuilding those relationships with the people I love, as well as with myself. “What doesn’t kill us…” right?

I know that I don’t have to be scared of my emotions and go through life numb. I feel love more strongly. Sure there can be a lot of bad feelings in life, but they need to be felt. Tom Waits sings “If I exorcise my devils, well my angels may leave too. And when they leave they’re so hard to find.” The bad is needed to feel the good. And I feel both more deeply now. I cherish that love more knowing that I put it on the line and with how important that love is to me now, I don’t want to risk it.

And so I continue these daily routines. They’re not perfect but they’re working for me. I just have hold the trust and love dear, be the best person I can be at any given moment, and just know that it’ll all be ok.

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