West Coast Explorations

It was early mountaineer John Muir who said "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." I wholeheartedly agree, as there is absolutely a special power found in the peaks and valleys of our State and National Parks. Thanks to Muir, Ansel Adams, and countless others with an eye for conservation, many of these places are still wild today.

While advancements in technology have dramatically impacted the world of photography, the elusive pursuit of capturing a beautiful picture still remains the same. Before reaching any breathtaking vista, you must first climb, sweat, and navigate around thickets. This type of persistence is equally if not more important than good technique or equipment.

It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I listen to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quite, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening - a time for making photographs.
— John Sexton