My Travels

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  • Life and Death

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    Pennsylvania's mountainous regions hide many beautiful little secrets, such as this one I saw before me, as we explored the wooded countryside. Near the town of Ashland, PA, there is a miniscule but wonderful little place called Fountain Springs. Hugging the small town is a graveyard nearly as large as the town itself; hundreds of graves dating from long ago dotted the landscape, with one of Pennsylvania's many rolling mountainous hills looming in the background. The striking thing I noted as I passed by, however, were the large patches of daylillies growing all around the cemetery. They were beautiful, and begged a photograph or two. Thankfully, I was able to come away from there with this wonderful, selective color photo. An interesting fact, by the way? This photo was taken very close to the historic coal mining town of Centralia; where a coal fire has been burning out of control beneath the city since 1961, forcing its residents to evacuate, leaving the area itself a ghost town of trees and deteriorated roads, pockmarked by gas and fume vents. While I did get to travel to Centralia itself, it's amazing how little there really was to take photographs of there; the town is little more now than barren roads criss-crossing through overgrown fields and brush.

  • Metrosphere

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    This photo was taken beside Cloud Gate, at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. I love the way the mirrored curve of Cloud Gate reflected off of the city around it, curving it and distorting it. I then took that idea that the mirror curved the world around it, and wondered what it'd be like if all the color existed only inside of that mirror, leaving the rest of the world colorless. This photograph was featured (In full black and white) in the 2010 issue of Penn State Greater Allegheny's "Absence" art magazine.

  • Mountain's Majesty

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    They might not be purple...but they are majestic, aren't they? I am not quite sure what mountains these are, since there are so many mountains in Oregon, but my money is on Mt. Jefferson for the big mountain in the foreground. As for the ones in the background? ...I'm not sure. This sight, however, was the first part of Oregon that greeted me on the flight in, and it was just the most amazing sight; I have seen plenty of neat things from out the window of an airplane, but this was simply *breathtaking*. It was a prelude of what was to come, really!

  • Myrtle Beach Sunrise

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    One of my favorite places in the world is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's truly one of the most chilled-out, relaxed places to be, and my family has a long history of visiting the place for the perfect way to close out the summer. As is tradition, on the final day of our stay, I will get up early in the morning to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic, and every time I am humbled by the experience; it makes the groggy, difficult morning worth it, every time! This right here is exactly why.

  • Newport Sunset

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    The bridge defines Newport; it is perhaps the city's biggest landmark. Here is sits, basked in the glow of a late evening's sunset. Across the bridge, employees of the Rogue Beer factory at the far end of the bridge hang their hard hats and clock out, heading home for the evening. The city winds down, the busy fishing port readying itself for the evening. The clouds roll away from the city, pushed by the winds brought in from the Pacific, and all I could do was gaze upon it in wonder. Yet another reason Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and yet another photograph I'm proud to have been there to take.

  • Nuclear Phonebooth

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    It seems to be a kind of recurring theme here, that I'm finding London phone booths in places they *shouldn't* be. Well, it's also odd to be finding one that is a very different color from what it should be too! This one isn't in the middle of Oregon, but instead it is near a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, along the South Carolinian coast...and covered in graffiti. The graffiti is actually somehow tasteful though, messages scrawled all over it by tourists and regulars, the messages extending from the phone booth and onto every surface of the restaurant itself. Somehow, it all blends into this relaxed, beach atmosphere spiked with a touch of the odd, and it all just *works*. On top of that, it was all awfully photogenic, too! Ahh, Myrtle Beach. Love it!

  • Oregonian Dream

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    There are truly wonderful things that one can find during a drive down Oregon's Highway 101. Take this photograph for instance; a dream willed into solid reality, thanks to the wildly varied, utterly remarkable diversity found all over the state. This scene could be found literally off to the side of Highway 101, where a scenic overlook treats passers-by to this view; a steep cliff leading down toward the seasonably cold waters of the north Pacific, gulls flying off into the distance, waves crashing hundreds of feet below.

  • Presque Autumn

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    I have wanted to do two things for quite a long time now; one of them is to take an excursion during the autumn to take photographs, and another is to make it up to Lake Erie, to visit Presque Isle and take photographs. This year, I was able to do both things...and combine them into one image. Now, I had never been near any lake so enormous as this; it may as well have been an ocean from what I could tell, and oceans are where I am most familiar. The sight of this beautiful tree, in full autumn colors, starkly juxtaposed beside this oceanic scenery was too much for me though. I absolutely had to capture it, and place it here. Here's hoping you enjoy!

  • Progression

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    This is totality. For two brief minutes, after having spent years of planning, and hours huddled beneath a $4 beach umbrella in the blazing South Carolina sun, the skies finally went dark at 2:39 pm, and I was able to behold the utter majesty of a total solar eclipse. It is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most amazing thing I have ever seen. What you see here is a close-up view of the sun's corona, a 15,000,000 F superheated blanket of magnetized plasma that trails into space in long, curved trails; this is the sun's 'atmosphere', and it can only be seen during a total solar eclipse. Also visible on the righthand side of the sun is a prominence, an enormous loop of superheated plasma arcing from the surface of the sun that could envelop the entirety of our planet Earth; these are also only visible during a total solar eclipse. This may very well have been the most challenging thing I have attempted shooting a photograph of, from the travel and planning required to the expenses paid in acquiring equipment, but it was without a doubt worth it. This is a composite photograph showing the various stages of the total solar eclipse; it represents about two hours of time from the first photograph (on the left) to the last photograph (on the right), and is the product of nearly a thousand photographs taken while sitting in the hot Carolina sun.

  • Red Woods

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    Bushkill Falls, located within the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, is not just about the falls themselves, but also the large creek that runs through the whole area, Bushkill Creek. This is a scene along the tranquil creek, drained of all color except the deep, earthy red that seemed to radiate from so many of the trees in the area. The result is...actually somewhat haunting, and yet utterly peaceful at the same time.

  • Sunset on the New River Gorge

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    Ah, the New River Gorge Bridge...one of my favorite places on Earth. This beauty is an HDR photograph taken from the observation deck of the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. For many years, this was the world's longest single-arch steel bridge, spanning 3,030 feet over the New River, 876 feet below the bridge. Truly an amazing sight to behold. This photo was taken at sunset, on our way home from Myrtle Beach, SC. The observation deck this was taken on, actually sits beneath the bridge deck, down a long, long, winding series of stairs through the West Virginian woods. I don't recommend you try and run back up those stairs if you're carrying a bunch of camera equipment; it's a WORKOUT!

  • The Approach

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    This is another view of the long, impressive approach toward Mt. Hood, in northern Oregon. Seeing this mountain was the first time I had truly understood just how enormous mountains really are; nothing we have here in Pennsylvania quite compares. The thing with mountains like this, is that you can see them more or less anywhere you are in the state. In Pennsylvania, there isn't anything at all that can be seen from such a distance. That was why, the first time I saw Mt. Hood, upon landing in Portland, I thought to myself "Gee, that isn't so far away". How wrong I was! Even this view here, the mountain is still roughly half hour to an hour's drive away, along some of the most awe-inspiring terrain I've ever had the privilege to explore.

  • The Day is Done

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    The day came to a close at the fishing docks in Newport, Oregon. The ships were coming to port, the activity came to a crawl as workers turned in their shifts, the sun drooping steadily below the horizon. And yet, through the approach of nightfall, the sea lions continued to bellow. Their cries mingled with the ever present caws of the nearby seagulls, all of them opportunistically plucking at the waters for that next tasty fish. As for the workers of the dock, their day was done. Beautiful scene, isn't it? I thought so, too.

  • The Girl at Smith Rock

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    This is Smith Rock, a natural wonder and climbing hot spot located to the north of the city of Bend, in Oregon. This place does a pretty wondrous job of showcasing just how geographically diverse a place Oregon can be, since this area is truly an arid, bone dry "high desert"; the first of its kind I've ever been to, actually! Smith Rock itself though, is a beauty; albeit a terrifyingly huge one. See that spike of rock off in the distance? It is deceptively HUGE; a person at this scale would appear as a small collection of pixels. Just above the girl's head is a bridge wide enough that you could fit a small car on it. The girl, however, was what caught my eye most about this photo. She went out there, feet dangling off the ledge...and I applaud her for her bravery, considering how steep the drop there was. Still..what a sight. Not a thing I'm about to climb, however!

  • The Oregon Coast

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    This is one of the many gorgeous sights to be had along Oregon's Highway 101, what is possibly one of the most scenic and beautiful drives to be had anywhere in America. This view seemed to stretch out forever, an overlook of the Pacific ocean with mists rolling over the coast in the distance, the skies bright and clear, and people of all ages frolicking in the cold waters below. You can see them down there, some with surfboards, some with nothing but their swim suits, but all of them having a good time.

  • The Slopes of Crater Lake

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    Here is yet another view of the gorgeous Crater Lake, in Oregon, with Wizard Island visible right over there on the right hand side! I cannot stress just how incredible this place is, and how amazingly, breathtakingly blue that water is. Still gets me every time! What struck me about this view, however, was those steep hills in the background; it's like that the whole way around the crater. Ahh, I wish I could go back!

  • The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

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    Six thousand feet above sea level, and another six thousand feet from the summit of the majestic Mt. Hood, at the altitude that trees can no longer grow, there is Timberline Lodge; a stunning, old beauty of a ski resort and lodge. Within this wooden mountain palace, there is a restaurant...and in that restaurant is served the most incredible hot chocolate you will ever drink in your life, bar NONE. This here is that hot chocolate, served piping hot with a stick of cinnamon, garnished with chocolate shavings, whipped cream, and chopped nuts with caramel and spices. This is the definitive hot chocolate! And doesn't it just make you cozy as the colder months of the year approach?

  • Tranquility

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    A cliche thing to call a photograph, isn't it? Tranquility. And yet, that's about the only feeling I get when I look at this photograph, and remember how relieved and relaxed I felt after the great deal of walking I had just done in an effort to find such a beautiful place. We traveled up and down the spit of land that Presque Isle inescapably is, on foot, following a path through the woods that meandered by the sight you find here. I was struck by how still the waters were, how blue the sky is, and how the sunlight behind me cast a brilliant glow on the autumn foliage across the marshes; it all came together in a perfect moment, captured by my camera.

  • Trillium Lake

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    Ah, Trillium Lake. This was possibly one of the most peaceful spots I have ever been to in my life, gentle waters lapping at the stony shore with the majesty of Mt. Hood looming in the background, wild hawks, eagles, and ospreys gliding in the breeze above. Oregon is, if nothing else, a tour de force of all the beautiful things nature can create, somehow jam packed into such a relatively small place. The geographical diversity, truly, is a thing to behold. If you ever get the chance to go to Oregon, please, I beg of you, GO. Sights like this are a dime a dozen there; a photographer's wonderland, really.

  • Up

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    My photograph, "Wooden Warmth" is one of the more popular photographs that I've offered here at Nulion Photography, but it of course wasn't the only photo I'd taken there! While visiting those gorgeous woods along the slopes of Mt. Hood, in Oregon, after taking the shot that would become "Wooden Warmth", I aimed my camera skyward. What I saw was this; the day's final sunlight as it filtered through the treetops, trunks casting stark shadows against the leafy canopy. As I recall, that was my last photograph for the day; not five minutes later, the sun had dipped far enough beneath the horizon that the warm, golden color seen here had faded into memory.

  • Vacant Web

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    Just in time for Halloween, we have this! All alone, strung up between a set of branches along the Zig Zag trail, along the slopes of Mt. Hood, was this spider's web. Taken literally steps away from my other photo, "Wooden Warmth", this spider web, while vacant, was still beautifully constructed. I may be squeamish of spiders, but I cannot help but respect them for what they do, and how meticulously they do it. How long did it take for the spider to create this web? Furthermore, I wonder what the spider was off doing while I was taking photos of its silken home. Probably off doing spider-stuff. Ah well! Hats off to you, Mr. Spider; you built yourself a fine web!

  • Verdant Countryside

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    This is an HDR photograph taken in Amish Country, outside of New Philadelphia, OH. Taken in late October, 2011. We had been driving along in a friend's pickup truck through the beautiful fields, along these fine gravel roads, bumpy and rocky...and there, right out the front window, was this scene. I told the driver to stop, since we were the only car on the road, and through the windshield, without even stepping outside, I took this amazing photo. To date, this is one of my favorite shots that I've ever taken!

  • West Virginia Sunrise

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    This was a photograph taken while riding down through the heart of West Virginia, gazing out upon a beautiful sunrise. What a gorgeous state! We were driving toward Myrtle Beach, passing through all these wonderful mountains, and I just so happened to have my camera on me. I took this shot right out the side window, while in the back of the car, and until recently, I hadn't even noticed how good-looking a picture it was!

  • What A View

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    This is a panoramic view of one of my favorite places on Earth (That I have visited so far, anyway!), Crater Lake. This place is unreal in its sheer beauty, and it seems like no matter where you stand along the rim of the caldera, there are amazing views unlike anything else on the planet. To give a sense of the raw scale we are talking about here, with how enormous this view really is, look very carefully in the water, and you will see a rather large boat; the sole manmade object floating on the surface of the lake, reduced to a mere dot. From where I stood when taking this photograph to the other shore is about five miles, or eight kilometers. The lake itself is 1,946 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the United States. This is why the lake is so crisp and BLUE; that is not a photographic trick at work there, that is honest-to-goodness how blue this lake actually is. Beautiful, isn't it?

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