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Christopher Michel

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Occupation: Photographer, Entrepreneur & Investor. (Dale Carnegie)

Location: San Francisco, CA

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2016-04-13 23:25:40 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Sunrise at Borobudur

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2015-11-14 19:14:33 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

"We'll always have Paris." - Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca).

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2015-12-29 06:01:58 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 225 +1s)Open 

Penguin ¯\(ツ)/¯

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2016-04-22 14:51:45 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

We're on spaceship earth. #earthday

We're on spaceship earth. #earthday___

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2016-04-21 17:17:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

“Portrait of John Jay Osborn, Jr.” Leica Monochrom M.

The man in this photo changed my life. And I had never met him.

He did it by penning this line in his 1971 bestselling book, The Paper Chase: “You come in here with a skull full of mush, and you leave thinking like a lawyer.” I loved the idea of rewiring my brain to think with speed and precision – and I loved the idea of attending Harvard Law School (HLS).

I was up in Maine at a Navy squadron at the time and hopped in my car and drove to Harvard to walk the grounds and visit the Law School. As a state college graduate, getting into HLS would be no easy feat but I bought the LSAT prep books and committed myself to trying. Long story short, I ended up applying to HBS instead. Turned out it was a good decision for me, but I would never have even considered applying if it hadn’t had been for theinspiration... more »

“Portrait of John Jay Osborn, Jr.” Leica Monochrom M.

The man in this photo changed my life. And I had never met him.

He did it by penning this line in his 1971 bestselling book, The Paper Chase: “You come in here with a skull full of mush, and you leave thinking like a lawyer.” I loved the idea of rewiring my brain to think with speed and precision – and I loved the idea of attending Harvard Law School (HLS).

I was up in Maine at a Navy squadron at the time and hopped in my car and drove to Harvard to walk the grounds and visit the Law School. As a state college graduate, getting into HLS would be no easy feat but I bought the LSAT prep books and committed myself to trying. Long story short, I ended up applying to HBS instead. Turned out it was a good decision for me, but I would never have even considered applying if it hadn’t had been for the inspiration of The Paper Chase. And it did “rewire” my brain (mostly for the better).

Many years later (and over a decade ago), I would tell the story of that book and the role of serendipity in our lives at new hire orientation at my first start-up (Military.com). And one day, a new hire named Sam raised his hand and said that he had something to say. It was kind of unusual for people to have questions during my “Paper Chase” story. Anyway, Sam said, “My father wrote that book!” I couldn’t believe it. Such a coincidence. But it gets better.

A few months later, I’m out in SF and am introduced to a young lady named Meredith. For some reason, I relate this story to her and she says, “Sam is my brother!” Two Osborn’s in the same year. It turns out that their father lives and teaches in San Francisco, and I got the chance to spend time with him. He’s an incredibly gracious, brilliant and funny man.

Well, it had been many years since I had last seen John. But that changed today over a wonderful catch-up lunch at The Cavalier. He’s as wonderful and interesting as ever – and is about to publish a great new book.

Well, you might wonder, why we decided to meet again after so many years? I was just in Santa Fe taking a photographic workshop and one of the women in class asked if “Sam Osborn” had worked at my company. Yes, the Osborn’s strike again!

Did you ever feel like the universe was trying to tell you something?

If you haven’t read or seen The Paper Chase, you should. It might just change your life.
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2016-04-21 17:15:22 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

“The Regular” Leica Monochrom M. Blue Bottle Coffee, Mint Plaza.

If you’re an early riser and love Blue Bottle Coffee, you’ve probably seen Bob. He’s almost always the first person in line at 7am.

For Bob, it’s all about the rituals. He always orders an “extra-chocolate, extra-hot, hot-chocolate”. He sits in the front left seat at the picture window. He hangs his white Panama hat on a portable-peg that he brings with him. He always has a book, headphones, and a collection of highlighters. He sits quietly in that corner for two hours a day – going through two chapters and two drinks. He never has to explain his order – everyone knows.

Seeing Bob is important. His routines are like a calming metronome in an otherwise chaotic city.

He’s the Regular.

“The Regular” Leica Monochrom M. Blue Bottle Coffee, Mint Plaza.

If you’re an early riser and love Blue Bottle Coffee, you’ve probably seen Bob. He’s almost always the first person in line at 7am.

For Bob, it’s all about the rituals. He always orders an “extra-chocolate, extra-hot, hot-chocolate”. He sits in the front left seat at the picture window. He hangs his white Panama hat on a portable-peg that he brings with him. He always has a book, headphones, and a collection of highlighters. He sits quietly in that corner for two hours a day – going through two chapters and two drinks. He never has to explain his order – everyone knows.

Seeing Bob is important. His routines are like a calming metronome in an otherwise chaotic city.

He’s the Regular.___

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2016-04-19 16:55:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

“Sky Lantern”  Bali, Indonesia.
The idea of writing a wish, a hope, a worry, or a remembrance and letting it float beyond sight is such a compelling metaphor. It’s a ritual of letting go. A ritual of sharing the burden of life’s inevitable complexity with the universe. And whether you are an atheist or a monk, letting go just feels good.


“Sky Lantern”  Bali, Indonesia.
The idea of writing a wish, a hope, a worry, or a remembrance and letting it float beyond sight is such a compelling metaphor. It’s a ritual of letting go. A ritual of sharing the burden of life’s inevitable complexity with the universe. And whether you are an atheist or a monk, letting go just feels good.
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2016-04-13 23:25:40 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Sunrise at Borobudur

Sunrise at Borobudur___

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2016-04-11 16:29:47 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/on-the-scene-amid-the-fighter-jets-of-the-uss-enterprise

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/on-the-scene-amid-the-fighter-jets-of-the-uss-enterprise___

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2016-04-09 18:39:32 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 142 +1s)Open 

Glimpses of Heaven

Glimpses of Heaven___

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2016-04-03 20:33:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Mysterious Bali & Borobudur.  125 free high-res downloads (cc by 2.0)

Mysterious Bali & Borobudur.  125 free high-res downloads (cc by 2.0)___

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2016-03-24 13:29:34 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

Fire at the Ubud Market. Bali. March 24, 2016.

Fire at the Ubud Market. Bali. March 24, 2016.___

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2016-03-06 21:24:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

20 years of my best portraits

20 years of my best portraits___

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2016-02-29 14:09:58 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 120 +1s)Open 

NatGeo's Daily Dozen! http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/

NatGeo's Daily Dozen! http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/___

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2016-02-24 01:23:11 (10 comments; 20 reshares; 213 +1s)Open 

Incredible San Francisco.

Incredible San Francisco.___

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2016-02-20 05:24:29 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

🚀 How epic is this selfie by Christopher Michel shot at the edge of space? https://goo.gl/Z6Uv4f #travel

🚀 How epic is this selfie by Christopher Michel shot at the edge of space? https://goo.gl/Z6Uv4f #travel___

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2016-02-10 22:52:13 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

A curated set of my favorite photographs. http://www.christophermichel.com/Art/Favorite-Photographs/

A curated set of my favorite photographs. http://www.christophermichel.com/Art/Favorite-Photographs/___

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2016-02-09 19:38:08 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

The magic & mystery of Antarctica. http://www.christophermichel.com/Travel/Antarctic-Majesty-/

The magic & mystery of Antarctica. http://www.christophermichel.com/Travel/Antarctic-Majesty-/___

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2016-01-09 00:25:28 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 116 +1s)Open 

anglophile

anglophile___

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2016-01-06 22:18:51 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -Anais Nin___

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2016-01-04 20:03:48 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Heaven on Earth. http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7348-the-ever-inspirational-big-sur

Heaven on Earth. http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7348-the-ever-inspirational-big-sur___

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2016-01-04 07:19:10 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Pole to Pole: 90S to 90N. My presentation for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Arctic Matters Conference. https://youtu.be/RaslkK-zrbI

Pole to Pole: 90S to 90N. My presentation for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Arctic Matters Conference. https://youtu.be/RaslkK-zrbI___

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2015-12-31 07:43:27 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

Perhaps not golden, but still brilliant.

Perhaps not golden, but still brilliant.___

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2015-12-31 06:55:08 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Sadly, San Francisco wasn't that much warmer than the North Pole today.

Sadly, San Francisco wasn't that much warmer than the North Pole today.___

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2015-12-29 07:32:49 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 121 +1s)Open 

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion...

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion...___

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2015-12-29 06:01:58 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 225 +1s)Open 

Penguin ¯\(ツ)/¯

Penguin ¯\(ツ)/¯___

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2015-12-28 20:50:05 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7344-who-needs-the-hamptons-when-you-have-mendocino

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7344-who-needs-the-hamptons-when-you-have-mendocino___

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2015-12-27 00:30:59 (11 comments; 14 reshares; 218 +1s)Open 

Last moments of Antarctic Sun.

Last moments of Antarctic Sun.___

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2015-12-25 05:30:05 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas, San Francisco.

Merry Christmas, San Francisco.___

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2015-12-25 04:56:54 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 165 +1s)Open 

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge___

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2015-12-22 00:56:10 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7335-ode-to-front-cafe

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7335-ode-to-front-cafe___

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2015-12-20 20:49:47 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.” ― Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.” ― Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea___

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2015-12-19 23:36:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again…” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again…” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby___

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2015-12-19 19:47:43 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 185 +1s)Open 

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean. -H. P. Lovecraft

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean. -H. P. Lovecraft___

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2015-12-17 15:45:17 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 96 +1s)Open 

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”― Pablo Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”― Pablo Picasso___

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2015-12-13 17:15:49 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 155 +1s)Open 

Unforgettable colors of nature.

Unforgettable colors of nature.___

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2015-12-09 18:59:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

"I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy." -Charles Baudelaire

"I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy." -Charles Baudelaire___

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2015-12-08 23:02:00 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

Polar Bear Haiku:

Arctic wanderer

commuters beat the traffic

ice becomes water. 

Polar Bear Haiku:

Arctic wanderer

commuters beat the traffic

ice becomes water. ___

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2015-12-07 21:07:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7331-paxton-gate-san-franciscos-cabinet-of-curiosities

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7331-paxton-gate-san-franciscos-cabinet-of-curiosities___

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2015-12-07 21:07:26 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Radicals, romantics, and regulars,
seek solace,
against the rising tide of progress.

In a small, well-worn room in the heart of North Beach,
the soul of San Francisco makes its last stand.

Worn tables and chairs fill the room;
while fifty years of photos,
hint at great, untold stories.

Poets, poseurs, and politicians
play their parts.
Talking, typing, writing, reading-
Channeling the beats, wishing to belong.

A thick patina of history covers every surface;
transforming a simple coffee shop
into a shrine that makes the heart sing.

Caffe Trieste
By
Christopher Michel

Radicals, romantics, and regulars,
seek solace,
against the rising tide of progress.

In a small, well-worn room in the heart of North Beach,
the soul of San Francisco makes its last stand.

Worn tables and chairs fill the room;
while fifty years of photos,
hint at great, untold stories.

Poets, poseurs, and politicians
play their parts.
Talking, typing, writing, reading-
Channeling the beats, wishing to belong.

A thick patina of history covers every surface;
transforming a simple coffee shop
into a shrine that makes the heart sing.

Caffe Trieste
By
Christopher Michel___

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2015-12-07 20:45:01 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Occasionally, the dream is real.

Occasionally, the dream is real.___

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2015-12-05 19:31:25 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Esalen Arabesque
By Christopher Michel

For the final act,
the cast pulls out all the stops.

Water and light dance with fury.
Leaping, reaching, tumbling, falling.

A silent ballet performed only once;
In the last moments of the Ocean's Light.

Esalen Arabesque
By Christopher Michel

For the final act,
the cast pulls out all the stops.

Water and light dance with fury.
Leaping, reaching, tumbling, falling.

A silent ballet performed only once;
In the last moments of the Ocean's Light.___

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2015-11-18 04:58:55 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

Far Away Places: Ladakh, India. The people of the high-Himalayas.

Far Away Places: Ladakh, India. The people of the high-Himalayas.___

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2015-11-16 19:13:14 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7313-the-irresistible-allure-of-chinatown

http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7313-the-irresistible-allure-of-chinatown___

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2015-11-15 22:46:59 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 77 +1s)Open 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” - Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities.  Photograph by me of The Intervention of the Sabine Women, 1799 (Louvre), by Jacques-Louis David.

http://www.explorers.com/post/133296091850/it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” - Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities.  Photograph by me of The Intervention of the Sabine Women, 1799 (Louvre), by Jacques-Louis David.

http://www.explorers.com/post/133296091850/it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of___

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2015-11-15 17:40:12 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 100 +1s)Open 

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -Anais Nin___

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2015-11-15 15:24:30 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

Our cool, gray city of love.   #sanfrancisco  

Our cool, gray city of love.   #sanfrancisco  ___

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2015-11-14 19:14:33 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

"We'll always have Paris." - Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca).

"We'll always have Paris." - Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca).___

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2015-11-09 21:19:54 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

My latest Love SF column:

My latest Love SF column:___

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2015-11-08 21:23:24 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 113 +1s)Open 

Some say photography can detract from the moment. But done right, photographers can experience the deepest connection.

Some say photography can detract from the moment. But done right, photographers can experience the deepest connection.___

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2015-11-04 02:20:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

The Road Not Taken:
Met this Kapuna in Paia.  Went up to him and asked if I could take his portrait.  He looked up at me slowly and said, "ok."  After a few pictures, I offered to share his portrait and handed him one of my cards (each one has a different image).  This one was of a sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.  He looked at the card for a long while and just said, "Beautiful."  That was it.  I wonder about his life story.  My bet - he chose the less traveled, but damn interesting, road.

The Road Not Taken:
Met this Kapuna in Paia.  Went up to him and asked if I could take his portrait.  He looked up at me slowly and said, "ok."  After a few pictures, I offered to share his portrait and handed him one of my cards (each one has a different image).  This one was of a sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.  He looked at the card for a long while and just said, "Beautiful."  That was it.  I wonder about his life story.  My bet - he chose the less traveled, but damn interesting, road.___

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2015-11-03 16:46:45 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Colors of our Lives

Colors of our Lives___

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2015-11-03 06:32:09 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

"The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset." - Catherine Opie. Thanks for the advice, Catherine. I'll keep on shooting them anyway.

"The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset." - Catherine Opie. Thanks for the advice, Catherine. I'll keep on shooting them anyway.___

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