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Opening Day 2014 - Weekly Photo

Opening Day 2014 Angel Stadium

I got the opportunity to go to Opening Day at Angel Stadium, first time in at least 10 years. It ended up being a not-so-pleasant night if you were an Angel fan, but it was still fun to welcome back the baseball season. This shot is a 5-shot hand-held panoramic.

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Golden Canyon - Weekly Photo

If you have followed my work at all or my travel updates via social media you probably know that one of my all-time favorite places to go is Death Valley National Park, especially during the late to early spring season. Nearly all my childhood camping memories have some tie to Death Valley.

The other day I was starting to feel the itch to go after seeing another photographer's pictures from Death Valley, and I realized it has been over two years since I have visited the park and four years since I have been in the main valley itself. Unfortunately there will be no plans to go in the foreseeable future, but it won't stop me from reminiscing on past trips.

The picture above was taken in Golden Canyon near the iconic Zabriske Point.

Click here to see the full collection of my pictures taken in Death Valley.

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Wall Remnant, Uptown Whittier - Weekly Photo

This particular season in life my opportunities to wander with a camera are not as frequent as I would like, so when I do get a chance I appreciate them more than ever before. Last weekend I got one of those moments so, I wandered up to nearby Uptown Whittier.

In an area like Southern California that reveres the latest-and-greatest as the ideal I find myself drawn visually to cities and towns that had still have some kind of footprint from the early 20th century, like Whittier, still visible.  Below are some alternate images.

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Morning Light Through the Branches - Weekly Photo

This past weekend I was able to spend with dear friends of mine from college. We all congregated up in Portland for great conversation and quality time digesting our past year.

I took this photo one morning wandering the streets of Portland seeking a good view of Mount St. Helens.

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Liberia 2009 Added to the Site

Locomotive Control Panel

Five years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Liberia to help my wife's grandfather rebuild the library for ABC University (formerly African Bible College) near the Guinea border. It was a life changing trip getting a chance to share God's love with people who had seen nothing but civil war and anarchy for over 15 years. A trip that helps you a get true perspective of genuine need.

I spent the bulk of the two weeks of our trip running ethernet cables and setting up computers, but I did get some time behind the camera as well. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Ranfel and Rueben
Piano in the Chapel, ABC University

Click here to see the full collection.

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Retrospective of 2013

This year, though I took fewer trips, and therefore fewer pictures, it was still a momentous year. It marked a revamped website for Dubland and several life-changing personal events, including the addition of Baby number 3, and my wife, Heidi's, stage II breast cancer diagnosis. (Her prognosis is very good, but we still have to go through all the traditional treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy.)

And so, though a smaller quantity of pictures may have been taken, it was still difficult choosing my top ten. Here they are, in no particular order.

Bristlecone Log DetailThe delicate remnant of a bristlecone trunk now fallen and being worn down by the weather. One of the things I find so facinating is the contrast of colors you find in them. The reds and oranges juxtaposed by the blues make these trees really pop out and make you take notice.
After the Springs Fire - Sycamore CanyonNew growth amidst some burnt out sycamore trees. We saw several of these sycamore trees that looked like they had their innards scooped out like this one.
Orange at DuskTaken near the Orange Circle just before sunset.
Darwin's Table PanoramicSprawling Granite roughly 2,000 feet above Evolution Valley.
Sierra Sunrise Near Piute PassThis unnamed lake in between Piute Pass and Upper Golden Trout Lake had a magnificent pre-dawn view of the Eastern Sierras. While I was shooting this shot I had a short-tailed weasel come up and and start chirping at me.
Starry Night in the Ancient Bristlecone ForestMy first attempt at a night shoot I picked an iconic tree to shoot.
Colby Meadow - Evolution ValleyA spectacular view of The Hermit and the pass that leads to Evolution Lake.
Sunset at Darwin LakesThe fast moving clouds made for a very dramtic ever-changing sunset at Darwin Lakes/Darwin Peaks Region
Conejo Valley PanoramicAn evening hike after our Thanksgiving feast gave us this spectacular view in Thousand Oaks, CA
Mt. Darwin PanoramicClimbing up to Lamarck Col around 13,000 feet we were treated with this wonderful view of Mt. Darwin and Mt. Mendel. This was the highest point of our Evolution Valley trek.
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What was Lost Is Found - 2013 in Review

I love going back into all my old photos and discovering gems I might have overlooked in the past. This year was a watershed year for discovering lost treasures as I was revamping the website and revisiting my library of photos. Here's some of the notable ones I rediscovered this year, in no particular order. Next week my top images taken in 2013.

Clouds Over Bristlecone TreeTaken during a break of a summer thundershower in the White Mountains in the Schulman Grove.
Dry Lakebed Detail
Dante's View Panoramic, Death ValleyOverlooking Badwater the lowest elevation in North America.
Eastern Sierras at DuskOn our way home from Death Valley, three weeks ago, we made a dinner stop at Lone Pine and caught a magnificent sunset in the Alabama Hills with Mt Whitney et al towering ominously over us.
Highway 25 at Dusk
Astronomical Clock, PragueComposite image of the famous clock in Prague.
Mule Deer Close-upTaken in San Gorgonio.
Eastern Sierras on the Road to Horseshoe MeadowsThe weekend I was up here happened to be when the remnants of a hurricane that hit Texas and Mexico was breaking up over the Sierras which made for some phenomenal skies.
Sequoias in the FogTaken in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park
Stirling Castle SentryI am not certain but I think this is a Jackdaw on the Stirling Castle Walls. Taken in 2003.
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