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Chris Barnes  Ohio|Professional Photographer|World Class Traveler|Nikon 🌎

"She stood at the top of the path.  Cold but the ice was finally melting. She pondered, admiring the verdant green of the moss. Which way to go. Down over the roots and rocks into the darkness. Or up. Over the cavern toward the sunlight.  One mysterious. One sure." -----------------------------------------
I've been thinking a lot about the paths I take. I find myself second guessing myself less and my thoughts are more clear. Metaphorically I feel my path is always marked the right way, but physically I always have two options. Either up or down the both take me to the same place with different (but similar) circumstances. That's about all the thought my Monday mind can handle... The writing above was gifted to me by the lovely @hails_yeah33 This beautiful spot can be found at the nelson ledges state park. ------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #rocks #nelsonsledges #grow #roots #depthoffield

"Change your opinions, keep to your principals; change your leaves, keep intact your roots"
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Change is something I welcome into my life, it hasn't always been that way. I find it way to easy to hang on to the things I believe and the morals I live by. But, Sometimes it's okay for me let Loose and step out of myself. For better or worse my leaves are changing and that's all the more reason to remember how far I've come. Just like this tree...I was a seed once, and just like this tree I had no idea how much I could grow and how beautiful my leaves could become. There's a lesson in there somewhere. I hope you guys/girls had a wonderful Monday. ----------------------------------------
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"Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition." ------------------------------------------ I don't know where I belong but I'll always know that no matter where I end up this will be home. I love Ohio and everything it has to offer. When Matt and I set out for a hike/photo adventure I didn't expect to find what we did. I loved every minute of Nelsons ledges state park but this was one of my favorites. Even though we all know trees don't belong on cliffs...this little guy is showing us that "home is where you make it". Happy Sunday folks, I hope all you beautiful people have a wonderful day. ------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #rocks #nelsonsledges #bigrocks #home #knowyourroots

Afraid of nothing but the shadow he casts he moves forward with little grace and hardly any direction...but sure he was. Despite the unknown path ahead he moved with confidence knowing that he himself was the only one holding him back. Camera in hand, he moved surely step by step in one direction. ready to show the world the only thing he had to offer. ---------I love this picture, I've put off posting it for a long because I was having issues making it look right. I ended having to crop out the bottom because of some logs in water just looked out of place. but, for the real reason why I posted this...I think today will be my last day as a "on paper" professional photographer. It's a bitter sweet goodbye to a profession I was born to pursue. Fear not my friends, this will only open my time for personal shoots which in return will bring you more content! Happy Sunday friends, here's to a brighter future! ------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #fog #ltownerswoods #reflections #betteryourself #island

"We are nothing but space dust, trying to find its way back to the stars."- Love and space dust -----------------------------------------
It's Saturday, I have a lot to accomplish on my short day off. But first I'm going into the woods to take some pictures of a super cool product. I feel most at home in the woods and I miss spending most of my time there so going back today should be awesome...add a camera and It becomes euphoric. I can't wait. Do you ever think about how atoms and molecules get pushed and passed around? The way I see it, the star dust I'm made out of could
Have totally been the same star dust that a dinosaur or some other ancient species was made out of as well. If you don't think that's cool then you're uncool yourself😝 have a great day everyone,enjoy the sunshine and take some cool pictures. ------------------------------------------
-#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #winter #deerlickcave #righgsideup #cuyahogavalley #spidersandwater

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment" my good friend Buddha sticks this in my head almost daily as of recently. But tonight I want to reminisce on the past and put my self at the lakes edge on a beautiful, warm Ohio day day dreaming of future endeavors... As im getting older (still a young gun👉) I see most of my good friends leaving Ohio to pursue something important to them. It's great to see. but I wonder when my name will be called and I can escape the Ohio bubble. I'm open to opportunity but I feel like I'm not putting enough into the pot to get a taste of life. I need motivation and the motivation I had was directed by old friends...the ones that are all disappearing. Bottom line though, I'm thankful for all the support and friends I have and I love all of your beautiful faces!With that being said can we all agree that sometimes looking back at the past isn't that bad?--------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #winter #townerswoods #hikeoffthebeatenpath #dontforgetwhereyouhavebeen #3rdperson

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" ~Picasso in all my time as a photographer I've never had such a hard time finding things to bring to the table of the art world. Between the people that view my work disagreeing with the subject to people who judge me based off what I shoot, it been a roller coaster of experiences. ----Here you see a beautiful piece of glass done by @dto_glass and @localhoneyglass locally in Kent Ohio. this glass is more then just a pipe...it's art. Every form of art should be given the recognition it deserves. Even if it promotes something you disagree with.We all have our own creative outlets, quit bashing other people art. If you don't like, move on. Sorry again folks for not posting more. Between "writers block" and a new job making adjustments has been a time consuming process. I love you all and have a wonderful Saturday ❤️---------------------------------------------#honeyglass #honeygun #nectorcollector #glassporn #artglass #dabstagram #dabs #glassguns #710life #710society #glasscollectors #glasslife #bestofglass #420 #asseeninkent #glassofig #glassart #glassporn #hightimes #headyart #nikon #kent #ohio #iwillshootyourglass #lightbox #letmeshootyourproduct

"A man is not rightly conditioned until he is happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings." Take the steps necessary to make yourself the the person you want to be. Everyday I'm learning and everyday I realize that I'm the only holding my self back from happiness, a healthy lifestyle, and prosperity. That's going to change...Surround yourself with the people and the things that mean the most to you and you'll start to find life a little more enjoyable. I really feel that I truely won't be content with where I am and what I'm doing until all three of Those voids are filled...it's not to late to make 2017 my bitch.so, here's to a brighter future and self made success. Side note: Lila is my favorite dog on this planet, as always major thanks to @lcqu1nn and @redfox5ive for bringing their four legged daughter on every hike. --------------------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #winter #thegorge #hikingwithdogs #germanshepherd #thisisnotmycouch

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection" Today is Valentine's Day, a day designed to bring joy and happiness to every loving member of society. I don't think anyone should be excluded from a Hallmark holiday like this, even When people without significant others like myself have nothing to grasp. I think above all things it's important to love yourself and accept your flaws as features of the unique self you are. No one is excluded if you feel you can muster up the energy to accept that things don't always have to be the way you want them to be. sometimes in times of singularity it's not only the easiest but healthiest idea to focus on you...inside and out. You're you and you can't fix what you are. Love yourself ❤️ happy Valentine's Day to all of you lovely humans. PC:Vince Bruno --------------------------------------------------#ohio #ohiogram #hiking #hike #nature #naturalohio #ohioexplored #myohioadventures #natureshots #ohiophotographer #outdoors #outdoorsadventures #hikeohio #naturephotography #nature_perfection #naturegram #naturelovers #natureaddicts #naturesbeauty #scenic #roamohio #discoverohio #explore #letsroamohio #discover #winter #cuyahogavalley #hikeoffthebeatenpath #loveyourselfforyourself #love

"Joy in looking and comprehending is natures most beautiful gift" Albert Einstein. Sometimes there are places that you find that are beyond beautiful and so unique that a picture wouldn't even do it justice...this isn't one of them. Although this place both beautiful and unique...I wouldn't have found it if didn't take the time to stop and look for it and there's something to be said about that... I find it pretty important to stop and take it in what's around you. To the point, I seriously need to retake English courses.-----------------------------------
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"If you do not change direction, then you might end up where you're going" what does that really mean? Personally I think it means that if you settle for something or full hearted believe in it, then that's the direction you go and that's where you end up. How do you interpret this? I'm still committed to taking better photos and that's the only direction I want to head in. In my opinion this picture shows a trail but you cannot see the ending. Like, clearly that's the way you need to go but you don't actually see where it's going. Metaphorically, the picture fits the description. Seriously though, how do you see this quote...from what perspective?--------------------------------------
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Do you ever look around and tell yourself "I don't belong here"? Too many days, too many weeks, and too many years have I said this to myself. As I was Looking up at these cliffs with the sun peeking through, i couldn't help but think that this is as good as gets in Ohio,maybe I was right.Hardly any true geographical features and surely no Mountains, why do I belong here without these things? Aside from the family(yes,that includes friends) I have here I feel like there isn't anything else to build me into a the person I believe I should be. It's been said to me over and over again "Chris, you've outgrown your surroundings" maybe that's true too. True or not, it's my decision and I'm the only one that can make it. ButAs always, I'm feeling that little flame inside of me turning blue...starving for more oxygen and waiting for that next big breath. I won't let it die, I want to build it bigger and I don't want anyone or anything to stand in the way...because even when standing in front of everything that means everything to me I still know I can do better. I was so unprepared for the real world, i just want to be somewhere I feel I belong. #ineedtoretakeenglish #everyoneneedsahug --------------------------------------------------
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