How do you like to travel? Do you pick a destination and then spend every spare minute researching what to do and where to go and what to eat? Sometimes that is the best way to make sure nothing important is missed. A lot of people have one opportunity to get to a location in their lifetime and no one wants to get home to find out they missed the Grand Canyon when they were in Arizona or Mount Rushmore when they drove through South Dakota. The internet has made trip researching and planning easier than ever with the advent of such sites as TripAdvisor and Google. Experiences by other travelers are openly shared on the internet helping to point the compass in the right direction.
I decided to approach my last trip more like a wandering nomad with only a general sense of driving west or east today, north or south tomorrow. It went against every grain of Type A personality planning that I have carried around since birth. This was not easy...at all. I find comfort and security in plans. I know what I'm doing. I don't have to worry about what might happen if... I decided to do it because someone I admire a lot used to travel that way. That person was Ernst Haas. He talked about it in his film documentary "To Dream With Eyes Wide Open":
I was always accused of not knowing where I am going and what I'm doing. This is really true because there is an element of surprise which for me is very, very important.
Could this really be true, I wondered? Had I been behaving like a banker my whole life and worse yet, on my photography trips? Taking out every ounce of creativity as I marched through my itineraries, checking off my to-do list one by one?
I decided to put my trust in Ernst Haas. Just once. I took comfort knowing that if it didn't work, I wouldn't do it again. I knew where I was sleeping at night and that was it. I let the car do the driving and if something piqued my curiosity I explored it, letting myself be available to any whim that arose. From the very first photo of my trip, it lead me to off the beaten track places like this:
to the very last photo of my trip:
Was it successful? I don't know, but I felt like this method of travel worked out very good for me and I will definitely try it again. On repeated occasions I remember thinking how lucky I was and being grateful for every moment I had and working like crazy before the clock ran out of time.
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I made a trip up north last week to focus on the fall colors and my landscape work. This is where my passion in photography truly resides and it is ironic how much time I spend doing everything but landscape photography. When I get around to it, it feels like coming home. Once I shake off the city armor that a lot of us urban types don, and it takes a good day or two, life becomes in sharper focus, the questions change and little concerns seem to melt away. Everything feels right.
I have lots of work to process and share, but while I was there, I made a point to make some videos for this blog. It occurred to me that while I can talk about how great a waterfall is, it is different to *HEAR* the waterfall too. I can talk about the roar but you will understand so much better if you hear it yourself. Can you feel the misty spray of water on your face and arms, so fine you can't see it but you feel it's presence?
[note: these are HD videos. Depending on internet speed, it may be best to let them load before pressing play.]
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Here is a video of the waves coming in and out of Lake Superior one morning. Please enjoy a 43 second power vacation.
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Originally published March 10, 2011
I have long admired the nature images found in the Sierra Club's calendars. They publish a large, monthly wall calendar and a spiral bound, notebook sized weekly engagement calendar. I decided quite a few years ago to make it a goal to become one of their photographers and I am ecstatic to say that goal is being realized very soon. I found out last summer that they had chosen one of my images to be included in the 2012 Engagement Calendar, but since it was subject to final proofing, I waited to make the announcement until it cleared all the necessary hurdles and became official.
The calendar will be on sale in July. Having sold over 8 million copies, it is easy to see why they are the most popular nature calendar published. That is a big audience!
I have always loved photographing nature. Here is one of my first landscape photos, taken when I was about 12 years old.
And here is a landscape photo I took a few years ago. Combining the skills of landscape photography with architectural work is a definite plus to creating exterior images of architecture.
The Sierra Club photo? You'll have to pick up the calendar in July. I'm pretty excited to see it myself.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.