Storm chasing across the South Dakota back country on July 4th was in and of itself an incredible experience (photo of the storm below), but upon returning to the cabin an old truck was already ablaze, with sounds of crackling and popping--almost as if fireworks were left in the front seat--filling the night sky.
In the distance the lighting from the storm lit up the sky as fire fighters from Waubay began to pull up.
Not only was the car on fire, but it had caught a large, dry field across the road on fire, too. Hardly any wind was present, surprisingly in retrospect because of the storm, so it never was out of control, but it did spread a considerably.
Quite the show.
THE STORM IN THE DISTANCE
WAUBAY FIRE DEPARTMENT
It's been a while.
Tending to my website, telling visual stories, finding time and the ambition to get it all up and moving again hasn't been easy.
But with a New Year comes new goals, new routines, and most of all a renewed sense of purpose. As the days get longer, and the sun continues it's ascension towards summer a new light emerges--both literally and metaphorically--and sometimes we make our way back to where it all began, to our old haunts.
With winter depression taking its toll it was time for new sleep patterns, new exercise routines, new eating habits. The walk, as boring and mundane as it always seemed to me, brought me back from the brink, and with my camera in hand I've slowly made my way back to normalcy.
All images taken with the Fujifilm X100T
One of the first things new parents around Portland do is take their children to the Oregon Zoo, and while the zoo is a double edged sword in terms of child education vs. animal incarceration, it's still a worthwhile experience.
We started with a great breakfast at The Babica Hen in Dundee, and arrived at the Oregon Zoo at about 10:00am.
The bears were out, the cats were sleeping, and kids from the Boys and Girls Club were running about.
Shot with Nikon D750 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens
Modeling isn't about getting up and looking beautiful; it's hard work and a lot of preparation.
A couple of weeks ago Jeannie Wheeler, Anika Cherie, Audrey Skullee, and I prepared for a rather difficult shoot in cold water and water falls near Roseburg, Oregon. While we cannot post the photos from the shoot at this time (exclusivity clause for print), I did take some behind-the-scenes images of the preparation and a few of the prep location.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Anika and Audrey for being professionals even though they were so cold they were shaking (literally). It pains me to even think about what you two had to endure in the name of art.
They never know when they'll get the call. The call to put themselves in harms way, to protect the citizens of the community.
Our local fire department is no different of course, but on this occasion they were tasked with burning a four plex, a house, and a garage, on the same block for the purpose of learning. They call it 'Burn to Learn', which is what this series of photographs chronicles, but make no mistake without careful attention to detail things could of gotten out of hand.
To the Newberg Fire Department I say thank you.