When they look at you, you know. It's the light in their eyes, the way your spirit calls out to theirs, the timbre of their laugh that floods your world with joy. It is in that moment that you know it is impossible to say no. When you finally find who you've been searching for your entire life, you understand what it is to be alive and to love
The first day of spring was yesterday, but clearly our calendar dates for the beginning of seasons don't mean a lot. We got snow yesterday! ❄
Even though I'm not looking forward to my allergies, I am hoping we will get warmer weather soon. I'm excited capture spring with my 50mm lens for the first time. I also am prepping for my first ever official session next month. What are you looking forward to doing this spring? 🍃🌻
There was a time where Yosemite was hidden in the High Sierras, away from the eyes of anyone except the Miwok who called it home, living off a diet mostly of acorns. A time before Frederick Olmsted, the man who designed Central Park, pitched to the government in California to turn the valley into a park. For anyone who went to Yosemite this March you know what a magical place it can be in the snow. The several thousand foot granite cathedrals surrounding the valley are socked in with an eerie fog. Fog so thick even El Capitan, the largest granite formation on earth, is invisible. As a linguist I am an fascinated by etymology. Yosemite, in the dialect of the Northern Miwok people means “those who kill” which is a testament to not only the warrior spirit of the tribe who called the Valley home but also to the peaks themselves which have claimed lives of many who attempt to conquer them. This valley demands respect. Ahwahnee was what the Miwok tribe called the valley - great gaping mouth. It wasn’t until the Mariposa Battalion, led by Major Savage in 1851 rode in to quell the natives who were raiding on gold miners that any outsiders saw the valley. Thomas Ayers is the man who drew the first sketches of the valley in 1855, to include all the spots we photograph today. If you want to see the park in a different way next time you are there, imagine you are a member of the Mariposa battalion riding horseback into a valley not yet explored by anyone outside the Miwok tribe. Valley View, reflections on the Merced, and wind whipping snow off the backside of Half Dome were all sights that were earned by arduous hikes and months long treks. Remember that next time you take the paved highway in. This valley is unlike anything on earth and we must treat it as such.
Pretty sure this is what my face looked like for the 2 weeks spent in japan, always smiling! We spent a few days traveling around Osaka on the busiest of subways and trains, covering up a tattooed arm with duct tape to sneak into an onsen, and trying new delicious foods! Then flew to Okinawa for the bulk of the trip! There we did 1-2 dives a day for about 2-3 hours each dive. The reef was the most beautiful,alive reef I’ve ever seen. The best way I can describe it was like swimming in Finding Nemo. That many fish and beautiful colors, we even saw Nemo! Clown fish are pretty common over there! We swam with rays, whale sharks, sharks, massive uhus and so many hidden caves. Each night concluded with the greatest gas station food you can think of and sake soaked card games! Arigato gozaimasu @sea.marshall@wildisaswilddoes@kimkertz for a trip of a lifetime!
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Stuck in the snow in DC but would rather be here...
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Sunset from North London. I was think of London as made up of lots of villages, I somehow seemed to spend a lot of my time in the north of London and the east of London. You can get some amazing views from north London overlooking the whole city. And lots of Londoners seem to have a preference for north or south of the river. What is your favourite part of London ?