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Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
Native Americans witnessed this beautiful lake form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth.
Today is World Photo Day. For 177 years, the camera has documented our lives, accomplishments, struggles, and the world around us.
With that, I'd like to share this image of a collapsed barn in Port Ludlow, WA.
In the 1950's it was a beautiful dairy farm, run by the McConaghy family. It was sold to the Nicoli's in 1973, and hasn't been used since - aside from land rental for dairy cattle to a neighbour, Gerald Bishop, for thirty years. Over time, the barn was left without maintenance. This barn could have been still standing strong, with it's old-growth Douglas Fir structure, but the Nicoli's had no interest in restoring the barn. Eventually Gerald Bishop bought the farm with other partners, with hopes of opening a dairy museum, but the structure collapsed. It is amazing it is still partially standing. The Bishops have installed fences, electric wire and “keep out” signs to deter people from investigating - or injuring themselves - but have no plans to tear down or burn the barn. For now, they're happy to let the public enjoy it before it's gone.
Congratulations Mandy & Chris!
This lovely couple are having their wedding next week! They wanted to get some portraits to have on display at the venue and for their personal collection. This session was also extra special because Mandy is one of my best friends, who I've known since I was a little girl.
Recently, I had an afternoon photo session with some amazing students, and their families, before they left for their high school's grad dinner and dance.
Congratulations to you all on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!
"We build too many walls, and not enough bridges." — Sir Isaac Newton
Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led 11 miles (18 km) inland. At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 (equivalent to $3.5 million in 2015) and was the longest concrete arch span at 320 feet (98 m) on the California State Highway System. It is also one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed bridges along the Pacific Coast due to its aesthetic design and location.
Happy 79th birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge!
Beautiful, intoxicating and instantly iconic, the Golden Gate Bridge is easily San Francisco's most photographed landmark.
This famous bridge cost $35 million (1937 dollars) to build and was finished ahead of schedule and under budget. Good luck making that happen today, heh.
One of the most persistent urban legends about the bridge is actually true: The U.S. Navy did try to get it painted black with yellow stripes. They were concerned ships would hit the bridge and block the crucial shipping lane. Luckily, the bridge planners went with a high-visibility orange color, now known the world-over as International Orange.
The bridge officially opened to the public on May 27, 1937.
Sunset Cliffs is a neighborhood in the Point Loma community of San Diego, California. The area is named for the sheer cliffs which border the ocean. There are surfing spots below the cliffs. The cliffside trails are popular for walking and for watching the sunset, but are undeveloped and can be dangerous.
When driving along the Pacific Coastal Highway, be sure to stop here. McWay Falls is an 80-foot waterfall that flows year-round in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, about 37 miles south of Carmel, California. The waterfall is one of two in the region that fall directly into the ocean, the other being Alamere Falls.
Yosemite Series #7
Earlier in the Yosemite series, I shared a view of Half Dome. This photo shows a reflection of the same view, but from Mirror Lake. Usually the lake is very still and you can see a mirror-like reflection (hence the name), but the slight breeze that moment gave an impressionistic look to it.
Yosemite National Park, California
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