Oregon · USA
Sunlight pierces the western hemlock and Douglas-fir canopy and turns Ramona Falls into a scintillating display of molten highlights and angular shadows. Perhaps this is what they mean when they say Oregon is the land of liquid sun?
Dazzling visuals aside, the hike on this day was all the more memorable for the awesome company I was keeping. It was my first time hiking with all-around good guy and first-time father-to-be (as of this writing) Jeff Hobson, whose under-the-radar talents should lose that qualification in short order once his photography website goes live. Jeff showed me a preview of some of it on a later occasion, and let me tell you, the delights there are so sweet your eyes are going to need insulin shots. And as is often the case (though not nearly often enough in my book) there was TJ Thorne, who, as any of you who have followed my work closely the past couple years knows, is a stand-up dude and passionate photographer who experiences--really, truly experiences--his art and craft in a way that few others do.
Blessed I am, then, not only to be able to call such a beautiful part of this little blue marble my home but also to have had so many opportunities to share time and place with folks whose immense talents are exceeded only by their magnanimity of spirit. It's in the presence of such company that great memories are cast and friendships forged, all impervious, one always hopes, to the onslaught of time.
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Jeff Hobson: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26533096@N07/
TJ Thorne: http://www.tjthornephotography.com/