Roots

Posted 05.16.17 in New Photos Blog

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

 

A Boneyard tree's root system is exposed after massive erosion here on Jekyll Island.

 

Beach erosion occurs when waves and currents remove sand from the beach system. The loss of sand causes the beach to become narrower and lower in elevation. Storm waves carry the sand offshore, depositing and storing the sand in large sandbars. The image was captured on a small island off the Georgia Coast called Jekyll Island.

 

This was a perfect night where I slept in a hammock among the Boneyards with a millions stars to gaze upon. 

 

Camera : Canon 5D Mark4

Lens 14mm

Fstop 2.8

ISO 3200 


Maroon Bells Bliss

Posted 05.15.17 in New Photos Blog

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The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask. The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. The mountains are on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, Colorado, United States, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Both peaks are fourteeners.

This photograph was captured on a perfect afternoon  around 4pm during the peak of the Aspen trees changing color. I look for moments like this but you have to put yourself in the right place and at the right time to experience moments. You have to go looking for miracles for there to be miracles. Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?


Soul Fire

Posted 05.10.17 in New Photos

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While I was on Kauai I would come to this location almost daily hoping for an epic sunset. One day I witnessed this massive band of clouds come together as the sun was dipping below the horizon. scenes like this bring life into my soul. My heart soul and eyes desire to not only witness these types of views but I feel as if it is food for my soul 

#Hawaiian legend tells of Pele, goddess of fire, coming to Na Pali Coast in search of a home. But her sister and nemesis, Namakaokaha'i, a goddess of the sea, drove her away.

 

Like other Hawaiian islands, Kaua'i formed over a hot spot, or magma plume. As tectonic forces moved the island off the hot spot, its volcanic fires cooled. Kaua'i, the oldest of the major Hawaiian islands, is the remnant of a shield volcano that formed about five million years ago.

 

This was captured with a Canon 5D Mark 4 shot as a massive 6 Shot stitched Panorama

 

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Sunset at Kalalau Beach

Posted 02.14.17 in New Photos Blog

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Kalalau Beach is a real place that I am blessed to have seen! I shot this image from a boat at the peak of sunset during a late spring afternoon. It's like no other place I have ever seen with my eyes! The Na Pali Coast is truly the most amazing place on all of the hawaiian islands! This beach is on the Nā Pali Coast at the base of the Kalalau Valley in north-west Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is the final destination of the Kalalau Trail, one of the most difficult trails on the Hawaiian Islands. The beach is approximately 1 mile long, with trails snaking through the rest of the valley where people in hiding are rumored to live.


Flying above the Reinefjord

Posted 02.11.17 in New Photos Blog

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This was one of the best days shooting of my life! Sometimes the journey is the destination and sometimes your destination is Reine! I was flying around the Lofoten islands in a helicopter capturing unimaginable views hanging out from the open doors. The colors of this region can blow you away when the light is right. After this flight I had pure joy and was laughing like a child again.

Cheers to the journeys you never forget!

Douglas


Rainbow Eucalyptus

Posted 02.11.17 in New Photos Blog

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Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real. Watching the way hard and diffused light was wrapping around this massive rainbow trees.


Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. It is found in an area that spans New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao, and is the only Eucalyptus species with a natural range that extends into the northern hemisphere. It thrives in tropical forests that get a lot of rain. 


God's Fingers

Posted 02.11.17 in New Photos Blog

The Needles of the Na Pali Coast

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Is there anything more naturally beautiful then the Na Pali Coast?

The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.

This was captured flying high above the coast in an helicopter with the doors taken off. This is the 2nd time I have experienced this place and of all the places I have seen with my eyes none compare! Thank you lord for this gift of the Na Pali Coast....


Wall of Tears

Posted 02.11.17 in New Photos Blog

Mount Waialeale Waterfalls Kauai HI

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Mount Waiʻaleʻale (why ah lay ah lay), is a shield volcano and the second highest point on the island of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands. Its name literally means "rippling water" or "overflowing water". This area of waialeale is known as the "Wall of Tears". This was captured from a Helicopter whiling flying into the crater. I looked in all directions and I felt has if their was waterfalls falling everywhere I looked.

I am blessed to have share this moment with my brother and mother. My father introduced me to Kauai and he is deeply missed here but his presence is all around us. I love you Papa and I thank you for your love everyday.

 


Nalu at Lands End

Posted 02.10.17 in New Photos Blog

This was captured as the sun was setting at the end of the road on Ke'e Beach here on Kauai.  I believe there was a 20 foot swell hitting the north shores of Hawaii. The tide was very low so I could walk farther out on the reef to capture more of the Na Pali cliffs. I kept shooting through my 28-300 #canon lens. I could see these waves hitting the reef as the sun's backlighting the wave. A giant set came in but only this wave hit the reef right and exploded. As I shot I watch this wave through the eye piece and I knew I had scored a moment that I would never forget. Mahalo to the people of Hawaii for sharing these islands.

Nature is a gift from God. We are here to enjoy it but also protect these natural environments. This is one reason I can't stand politics and Government. There is nothing above God and the his laws not even the laws of man.

As I post this photograph I offer this moment to you. So that you might seek the glory that is nature.  Wherever you go, always take something with you as a gift or offering to your fellow man or women. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
BE KIND OUT THERE IN THIS RAT RACE!

Blessings

Douglas Stratton


Mahalo Moon

Posted 02.10.17 in New Photos Blog

I woke up this morning with a lot on my mind.... I found the moon shining down on me so I walked the beach of the North Shore here on Oahu. There's this old Palm tree that sticks out on sunset beach. I knew I wanted to photograph it with the Full moon setting behind it. The moon is a loyal companion. Everything came together perfectly so I ended up shooting a time lapse. I just sat on the beach and watched the moon's drama unfold with clouds rolling by as the moon fell into the pacific until it was completely dark. I used a Canon fixed 14mm wide angel that makes the sun and or moon look like a giant star. Thank you lord for this experience!


Everlasting Light

Posted 02.08.17 in New Photos Blog

Being in the middle of the Pacific on the North Shore of Oahu listening to the sounds of the waves is food for your soul. I was blessed one day be at Velzyland with some of the most kind hearted people i know. I couldn't sleep after an 8 hour flight so I decided to walk the beach here. These stars where my everlasting light. The sun when there is none....


Time Will Tell

Posted 01.31.17 in New Photos Blog

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The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Na Pali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.

This was captured flying high above the coast in an helicopter with the doors taken off. This is the 2nd time I have experienced this place and of all the places I have seen with my eyes none compare! Thank you lord for this gift of the Na Pali Coast....