My Travels

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  • 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?

  • Where It's Made

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    Deep within the heart of Pennsylvania, one can find the Pennsylvania Dutch region. It is here, nestled within this hilly, mostly rural area that you will find the town of Pottsville. Nestled within this small town is America's oldest brewery; that of Yuengling & Son's, founded in 1829. I had the recent opportunity to tour this beautiful, industrial revolution-era building from the inside out, and despite the high volume of tourists buzzing about on their tours and the genuinely oppressive heat permeating the building, I managed to get this shot of Yuengling's brewing facilities. This is the place where the beer itself is made, right around the enormous tanks used to bring the hops, barley, and other ingredients together into the Yuengling brew enjoyed by so many up and down the eastern coast, from New York to Florida!

  • Wind Turbines in Autumn

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    Road trip time! This time we were headed out across the gorgeous autumnal Pennsylvanian countryside on our way to Pottsville, and some delicious Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. On our way, my fears as a photographer had started to manifest themselves in the form of gloomy, overcast weather and torrential downpours. Cold, wet, and looking ahead to a day where I likely wouldn't be able to catch anything on my camera, I nearly gave up hope. Then, the clouds quite literally parted and out burst forth this gorgeous rainbow, spreading itself over the hills in the distance, as enormous modern wind turbines twirled about eternally in the distance. The sunlight spread across the valley, bringing light and color to the multicolored trees...and after leaning out the front window of a moving car, I managed to catch this shot.

  • Windy City

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    In April of 2018, I decided to go on a rare journey with my mother, to a convention she deeply wanted to attend, in Chicago. Considering I've been to Chicago several times in my life, but never with a camera as good as what I've got now, I had for the longest time been wanting to tackle some of the Windy City's fabulous sights...but here, on the 94th floor observation deck of the Hancock Tower, I finally got to see the city in all its sparkling glory at night. It's incredible what a sight something like this is. While walking through the city below, one is struck by how fast everything moves; life seems to sprint ahead as you are expected to move from point to point as expeditiously as possible, so as not to block traffic or miss a shop closing...but from above, everything feels slow and tranquil. The city glistens and twinkles with distant motion...and everything feels detached. This photo is the result of around 15 photographs stitched together, taken from two different sides of the Hancock Tower's observation deck. No tripods were allowed (so this was shot by stabilizing my camera directly against the glass!), and the glare on the windows was incredibly difficult to work around...but I think it turned out wonderfully.

  • Wizard Island

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    In southern Oregon, there was an enormous mountain of a volcano, Mount Mazama. However, thousands of years ago, this 12,000 foot tall stratovolcano collapsed in on itself in what must have been a chaotic maelstrom of nature's fury. What we are left with, however...is this. The deepest lake in the United States, at nearly 2,000 feet, with a lone island situated in the middle of what is truly the BLUEST water I have ever seen in my life. I have not doctored this photo, I have not edited it, I haven't even boosted the color vibrance of the photograph; it is ACTUALLY this blue. The reason for it is the sheer depth and purity of the water; these two factors ensure that all colors of light but blue are absorbed by the lake. The result is an incredible, surreal vista of cerulean and volcanic rock, thick with trees and growth all around the caldera. And right out there, that lone island I mentioned? That is "Wizard Island", which itself is a cinder cone volcano, sat WITHIN another volcano. Isn't nature a wonderful thing?

  • Wooden Warmth

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    Walking through the woods near Mt. Hood, in Oregon, we made our way to the Zig Zag falls along a nice little nature trail. The whole forest was beautiful, so different from the forests you'd find in Pennsylvania, and everything had a warmer, softer, mossier feel to it. Then, on the way out of the woods, I noticed the sunlight filtering through the trees and how it gave the woods such a warm look...and I knew I had to capture it on my camera. This here is the result, after combining the images together into a single, beautiful HDR!

  • Yaquina Spiral

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    On the Pacific coast, in Oregon, there is a beautiful old lighthouse, said to be haunted...sat atop a forlorn spit of land jutting into the turbulent waters below, as sand flies buzz outside and the bellowing barks of sea lions echo in the breeze. Walking inside, I could smell the musty history of this old thing; it had first been lighted in 1873, after all. Upon entering, my first instinct was to look directly up; 93 feet from the floor to the light itself, I peered upward through the iron spiral...and this is what I saw.

  • Yuengling's Cavern

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    In the small town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, visitors can find the oldest beer brewery in America; Yuengling & Son's, which had produced its first beer in 1829, and has since become iconic to beer enthusiasts up and down the eastern seaboard. The wonderful thing about this brewery, even though I don't actually drink beer myself, is that they give free tours year-round to those who make the pilgrimage. As a part of the tour, we were shuffled down flights of industrial revolution-era stairs, and into a huge, expansive cavern that stayed at a cool 50 degrees, year-round. With the temperature rising well above 85 outside, being in this dark, cool place was an absolute godsend. Fortunately for the founders of the Yuengling brewery, this natural cavern formation was also the perfect place, at the perfect temperature, to store beer. This hallway you see in this photo connects the Yuengling factory proper with the dark, stony walls of the cavern, where workers a hundred years ago rolled enormous barrels (Some of the smaller ones, you can clearly see!) of freshly-brewed ale from the pressure-injection room, down to be stored in the caverns below. Makes you thirsty, doesn't it?

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