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Sometimes I'll just lay on the bottom and trip out. It's only because of direct emotional experiences like this, without a camera, that I have some idea what to search for with one. We often receive the most from Nature, when seeking the least.

I have to frequently remind myself that experiencing potentiality can be equally thrilling to actuality. Enjoy every step.

I've been drawn to minimalism lately, and not just visually. Fewer things, fewer thoughts, more space to breathe and be. When life is elemental, there's a lot more room for appreciation.

"Hey, would you guys mind if I took a photo of your camp?" Sure thing - we chatted while I set up a few shots, never quite seeing each other in the flickering light. Perhaps they were just an apparition, and to them, I might be too.

Passing shapes in the desert... Inspiration is an important part of the creative process. We build on each other's work, we add our uniqueness to the conversation, and attempt to move it forward. This week on @imaginarymagnitude, I'm sharing a few photos that cause me to pause, listen, think, and hopefully create in ways that are not derivative, but cumulative.
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In the heart of the Pacific you can still find gateways to enchanted worlds.

This boat, this tippy sailing tender that once hung from the stern of my grandparents cruser. We first met when I was 12, and it didn't go well. Having raced about, frequently capsizing other, higher performance boats, I was convinced this girl would kill me. With her open waterline and round chine, she was sensitive. An unexpected gust, an ill handled maneuver, and 48 degree water would come flooding over the rail. After one terrifying trip, I said no thanks, not the boat for me.
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Perhaps I myself have become less tippy in time. Perhaps with a few more years, and slightly more wisdom, I've learned to appreciate nuanced temperaments.
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Whatever the case, when this little boat and I were recently reunited, I fell in love. The delicate style I failed to appreciate in the past, has now become endearing. What she lacks in stability, I make up for with assuredness. What I lack in grace, she has in spades. There is tension and excitement in the subtleties.
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On the night pictured, we spent about 2 hours floating in quiet conversation, listening for whispers of the wind. Ahh… those smooth beginnings, curious to see how we weather the first storm : )

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.

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above. Let me ride through the wide open country that I love.
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Don't fence me in.
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I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences, and gaze at the moon till I lose my senses.
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Don't fence me in.
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- Cole Porter / With a tip of the hat to Willie.

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.
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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.

#advertisement For the outdoors, that great place where the floor is fertile, the walls are meant to be climbed, and the ceiling is infinite. For as long as I can remember, it's where all the best magic of life has happened.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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