In the Wilderness

Adventure, oregon, Personal, Photography

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Last week I spent seven days in the Malheur National Forest camping. Seven days. No cell reception. No wifi. Not even a landline. Camping.  That is the longest amount of time I have spent, 1. camping, and 2. without any outside communication since I can ever remember.

It was a time spent with family, chatting, hiking, eating and playing Old Mexico.

Since there wasn’t facebook or instagram to distract us we were able to focus our attention on one another, and head to bed earlier and wake up way earlier than usual. This meant I got to see seven sunrises, some I saw with Seth by my side, others on my own.

I always hear people talking about quiet time, but up until this trip, I had never truly realized the importance of being quiet. At rest with my thoughts. Disconnected. It’s amazing the things you can observe and hear (or not hear) once you shut everything else off.  I learnt to listen to and recognize the sounds of the wilderness, deer running, coyotes howling, and a black bear creeping – trying to go unnoticed.

How much time do we honestly take to do this? To have absolute quiet time and gather or expel our recurring thoughts. We don’t. I don’t. This trip showed me how I’m letting the noise clog up my life, leading me to feel disillusioned and ending in a game of constant comparison.

I’m not where I want to be.

Am I failing at my calling?

Is this even my calling?!

Pointless, and hindering little thoughts.

These are some of the things I struggle with as a result of the daily noise. & sometimes it takes a trip into the wilderness to separate the important stuff from the trivial, what really matters and bring things back to perspective.

So today I’m encouraging you to take a trip to the wilderness – whatever that means to you. & then tell me how it went.

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When Friends Fall in Love

Passion Project, Personal, Photography

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It’s a wonderful thing watching your friends fall in love.  I have known Kat for about 7 years now, and over the last 3.5 years (the time I’ve lived in the States) we’ve gotten to know each other even more, talking about life, work, marriage and everything in between.

Kat and Cameron have known each other since college, they’ve always been great friends. But after spending last summer in Europe together something changed, and all of a sudden a different conversation was taking place.  There were some logistics that needed to be dealt with, she was here in Bend, and he was in Hong Kong.  And a 13hr time difference that meant extra effort to make it work. But they did it. And when Cam moved back to the States this summer, he didn’t waste any time in asking her to be his bride… and so he put a ring on her finger and they set a date.

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I’m so excited for these two, and it was so much fun taking their pictures. Kat knows I’m not a pro, but like taking pictures so she asked me to do their engagement shoot since their wedding photographer is in Hawaii.  My skills have a long way to go, but it sure is a privilege and a hell of a lot of fun to be able to use them for things like this.

Eli + Jana: An Engagement Shoot

Passion Project, Personal, Photography

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I am not a professional photographer. Nor do I claim to be one. But I don’t think it’s a secret that I love taking pictures.  Over the last two years I’ve stopped taking so many because the idea of spending hours editing all of them just became overwhelming. But when my brother-in-law and his fiancee asked me to take theirs, I just couldn’t say no. And it was SO much fun! We got there a little late for the ‘golden hour’, but we got some pretty good shots.

I shared their story of how they got engaged last month and posted their wedding mood board, so it would be just rude to not share their engagement pics… how happy do they look?!

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Boxing Day 2013

Favourite Things, Photography, The Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Boxing Day has become more and more of a special day in my life, maybe it’s the fact that it isn’t celebrated in the States that makes me miss it the most.  This is my third Christmas Stateside and each year has been unique. And while Seth & I do not have traditions of our own yet, he has allowed me to continue the “let’s go for a walk on Boxing Day” Espinosa tradition in one way or another.  This year our ‘walking’ was more like ‘driving’ as  we drove home post Christmas celebrations, and a beautiful drive it was. Gorgeous blue skies and green forests, Oregon never disappoints.

Boxing day, being so close to the end of the year, also requests that we do some reflecting. And so we did.  Looking back over the past year, we have been extremely blessed with and amazing family, friends, health, great business and work opportunities….  However, as we talked about it more and more the word BUSY kept coming up, I couldn’t remember half of Summer, let alone late Winter because although this year was full of blessings it was BUSY.  And while being busy is great, it can also become an excuse; an excuse to not see friends, not visit grandparents or even call those close to you, or an excuse to stop going for walks and letting daily, unexpected adventures happen.

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So on our drive home, as we were talking about it we decided to not let busy get in the way of adventure and spontaneity.  On the way to Christmas we had noticed the Detroit Dam had been opened (is that the right expression?!) and the river was extremely, eerily low – which just made it even more beautiful. We couldn’t stop because we were running late (we were ‘busy’), so on the way back we just had no excuse, and Seth was able to capture these beautiful shots.

 

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Don’t let busy get in the way of life and adventure.

Photos take by Seth Thienes

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Twenty Twelve, Film

Adventure, Photography, Travel, Vacation

Photography, traveling and new adventures.  I can’t quite express how much I love these three things.  I love the excitement before a big (or small) trip, especially to somewhere new.  I get there and my eyes have a hard time focusing on one thing, I want to take it all in – so this where my camera comes in, and I can’t help but take thousands of pictures  of little details, different angles and faces, at different times of the day.  Then I get home, put them on my computer and then that’s it.  Or have a roll of film processed and then put it in my filing cabinet.

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I hate bombarding people with pictures on Facebook, and so one of the reasons I started this blog was so I could share more of them without feeling guilty of clogging up people’s newsfeed.

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I realise I have a lot of pictures to share, going way back when… so I thought it only appropriate to name and post these series on “Throwback Thursday”.  Starting small with a just 5 pics from a trip to San Francisco last year, it was the first time my parents came to visit me in the States since I moved here.  We hang out in San Fran and a visit to the Golden Gate was a must, and honestly a bit of a dream come true, because I’d been drooling over that bridge since I can remember!

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I used my Diana F+ lomography camera and it it took me so long to get the film processed, that I had forgotten what as on it, so it was a nice surprise when these guys popped up!

Leaving the city at sun rise

I used the Lomography XPro 200 ISO 35mm film for these pictures.  I love how the day time pictures turned out, and at first I wan’t quite sure if I liked the night time/dawn pictures, but they’re growing on me…

Seth by the Golden Gate