5 Lessons Learned From The Grace of Landscapes

Landscape photography at its finest is like being rocked gently in the cradle of creation. It’s spiritual for me. Some of my biggest, deepest, most defining moments have happened out there. I feel the best when I’m out there, resonating with eternal songs.

So I thought I’d share my top 5 of “lessons from landscapes”. Five is the number of Grace, which is at the end of the day, is what I experience every time I’m out there.

1. Radiate From The Center of Your Being 

Find your core truth, the one that lights you up on the inside. Discover the source of All That Is and where it lives inside of you. Open your inner ears and listen to it. Focus on it. Then radiate its light into your world. It’s how we were designed to operate.

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Climbing, Like a Girl

The Climb

I named this photo “The Climb”, ’cause well, how could I not? The hubs and I were out hiking and photographing along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, one lovely day on Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountains a couple of weeks ago – and we’d gotten separated. No biggie – we agreed to meet back at the car when we were done. As I clambered through a section of rocks, I stepped out onto a granite outcropping overlooking a small group of rock climbers. There were couple of spotters on the ground, a fella on some crazy section of rock – and this gal.

She was working on a move that was relatively new to her, though not being a climber I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was. I just know it looked pretty tough to me – and that she was getting coaching and encouragement from the guys on the ground. Whatever it was required several tries. In between them, she’d dangle in mid air like it was the most comfortable place to hang out; a hundred feet above the ground on a rope. She was huffing and puffing like a freight train too, which gives you an idea about how challenging it was. One thing I CAN tell you for sure: she was badass.

Like a Girl

And it made me think of this video I’d seen recently called Like A Girl . Standing there, watching her focus, determination and strength – I knew what it meant to climb like a girl.

I’m a climber too.
Just not on vertical granite rocks.
But I do it focused, determined and strong…  like a girl.
Hoping to help re-define just what that means for younger generations.

How ’bout you?

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My New Hero

Alice Herz-Sommer

Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. She died this year at 110 years old.
That’s notable all by itself, but is not why I felt moved to make a post about her. It’s her relationship with music, which moved me to tears when I watched this video.

Not tears of sadness… but the ones that happen when I hear or see something SO RIGHT that my soul practically leaps to the heavens. It’s like a visceral response to divinity. That’s Alice. The fact that I hear music in my head when I photograph, that I often feel like I’m scoring a musical piece when I process a photo… that I could replace everything she says about music with photography and its source within me (so woven in with music in ways I haven’t ever been able to explain)… makes her story a song of my own spirit and soul.


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Free eBook! (Free Stuff Is Awesome!)

Free Like An eBook

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Did I mention said awesomeness was an eBook? Oh yes, yes it is! It’s called “Visionary Impact: 10 Pro Tips to Instantly Raise The Emotional Impact Of Your Outdoor Photography (Without Spending A Cent)“. I love that last bit in particular. heehee. These compositional tips are the very ones I use in my storytelling style of composition all the time.

You know how I can preamble on and on… so if you want to skip all that, just click on the image below for a BRAND NEW (free) eBook!

For the rest of the story, read on… (then click. :D)

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