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The Qaulities of Ice by tourofnature
The Qaulities of Ice

Glacial ice is not like other ice. Glacial ice in the right light and with the right imagination can take on a life of it's own. Seeing the variety of very old ice on our recent trip to Iceland completely changed my perspective on what frozen water can represent. This photo was taken in very unique place in the world, a volcanic black sand beach where large pieces of recently calved glacial ice float through a substantial 1/4 mile stretch of river before being ejected into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The powerful force of the ocean then pushes the ice back onto the beach where it is battered by the waves and subject to the whims of the rising and falling tide. It's an otherworldly scene and I was photographing it during a steady but light right.

The ice has this reflecting, glowing blue quality due to the immense weight of the glacier and an immense amount of time. This ice began it's journey to the ocean somewhere around 1000 years ago as a wet snowfall near the top of Iceland's Vantnajokull glacier. A force of nature in itself, the glacier is the largest outside of the poles and it makes up a staggering 8% of Iceland's substantial landmass. Glacial Ice has this blue hue by having all of the air pockets compressed after the unimaginable weight of the ice above presses down on it's long journey to being calved and sent to sea here. A cool element to this particular scene was a seal bobbing in and out of the crashing surf among the beached icebergs. A truly unique and humbling scene presented in Iceland!

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The Witness by tourofnature
The Witness
Geology, time, and the cosmos in plain view. Utah's San Rafael Swell.


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Kauai Sunrise by tourofnature
Kauai Sunrise
Happy New Year. Great day today, a day that lends itself well to setting specific actions to improve this experience of life. I have quite a few items on my resolution list, the most pressing in my mind is the intention to be more present and learn to experience the individual moments that add up to a day, a week, a month and eventually a year.

This was one of the last images I took in 2014 and it seems to represent this concept of being present well. We were on the island of Kauai for a week in December, a trip we had planned about a year in advance. There was a large group of us all sharing one rental van (mini-vans are under-rated btw) so I knew I may only have a couple chances at photography. This was the only sunrise I had borrowed the van for. I drove to the end of a road I saw on my phone's GPS in the dark, not sure at all what I'd see when the sun rose over the horizon. I walked in the dark towards the unmistakable sound of the ocean meeting shoreline. Finally, in the dusk of morning, the peaks and coastline started to become visible.

For a land-locked year round resident of Utah, the scene was almost too good to be true, large rolling waves striking the rocky volcanic shoreline in the relentless rhythms of the ocean, an exotic landscape with knife ridge peaks covered in dense jungle. I looked out into the waters and saw a pod of dolphins cruising through the surf. At this point, some anxiety started to creep into my thoughts, mostly caused by the concern of missing the ideal image during this rare sunrise opportunity in the Pacific. I made up my mind instead to fully experience the individual moments of the sunrise and centered all my focus on the experience. I feel confident that I took away the best image I could have from the scene because of the conscious effort to experience the sunrise in the individual moments.

A long story short, I hope to carry over this concept into day to day life much more in 2015, and this is a direct example on how I feel spending time in nature and photography can improve the way one sees the world.

As always, I really appreciate the support and I wish great things for you in 2015.

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North Shore by tourofnature
North Shore
The south shores of Kauai, the 4th largest of the Hawaiian Islands during sunrise. Later in this day, we watched a pod of humpback whales migrating down the coast a ways off shore. Snorkeling during the week, there were pacific green sea turtles grazing the algae growing on the volcanic rocks along this beach. Kauai is the closest thing I've visited to paradise yet. It's been awhile since I've been able to get the camera out so thanks for hanging in there with me.

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Wayson Wight
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States

As you may have noticed I enjoy the outdoors. My camera gives me a hell of an excuse to escape the city to wide open spaces. I recently opened up my business front at [ ] and so far we've had steady growth.

I'm here to learn and share my work so feel free to comment and critique if you've got something to say. Thank you in advance for the support and feedback.

Wayson Wight

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Current Residence: Utah, USA
Favourite photographer: Thomas Mangelsen
Personal Quote: Whether you think you can or cannot, either way you are right
  • Listening to: Audioslave
  • Reading: War of Art
  • Drinking: H2O

I recently wrote some thoughts about last year, I also put together 12 of my favorite images from last year...

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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!  :peace:

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ColonelKR Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
All I can say, dude, is HOLY CRAP, THIS ART IS INCREDIBLE!!!

Have a llama.
tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the kind words! Much appreciated!
ColonelKR Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
You're welcome! :hug:
MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
BlueButterflies by KmyGraphic

Your photography is awesome!
tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the kind words! Much appreciated!
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