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.... 


A day at the Palau de la Música Catalana

Posted 11.13.16 in New Photos Blog

The Palau de la Música Catalana  is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth). It was inaugurated February 9, 1908. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. The Palau won the architect an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, given to the best building built during the previous year. Between 1982 and 1989, the building underwent extensive restoration, remodeling, and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó   The design of the Palau is typical of Catalan modernism in that curves predominate over straight lines, dynamic shapes are preferred over static forms, and rich decoration that emphasizes floral and other organic motifs is used extensively. In contrast to many other buildings built in the modernisme style, however, it must also be said that the design of the Palau is eminently rational. It pays strict attention to function and makes full use of the most up-to-date materials and technologies available at the beginning of the 20th century (e.g., steel framing). As Benton (1986, 58) has pointed out, "To eyes unaccustomed to the architecture of Barcelona, the impression of a riot of ornament lacking any logic or control seems overwhelming. And yet the building follows exactly the exhortations of the [architectural] rationalists. The structure, in brick and iron, is clearly expressed." Actually, its walls are the first example of curtain wall structures.


Cosmic Coastal Empire

Posted 11.13.16 in New Photos Blog

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

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Low Country Heaven, Coastal Empire

Posted 11.12.16 in New Photos Blog

The LowCountry is my home... I live in Atlanta and I travel often but when I think of going back home I feel as if my home is still the LowCountry of Charleston. My family still lives there but it's the places around there that keep drawling me back that make it home. When I am away from this area I feel as if I am missing a long lost friend. I am missing the swinging Spanish Moss. I am missing the Resurrection Ferns coming back to life after a hard rain. I am missing the sounds of nature coming alive right at sunset. I miss the LowCountry because it has been so good to me. This Photograph was taken early this summer after a good rain on a day like any day with a cool breeze. I showed my parents this little spot which is off the beaten path. I envisioned it as the entrance to heaven before you meet those that have past and are waiting for you at the end of this dirt road. 


Bimini Shipwreck, Bahamas

Posted 11.12.16 in New Photos Blog

I loved history as a child and as I travel I experience different places and I learn more about the history that once was in hopes to learn more about the future. They say history repeats itself and I not only believe it the more I travel but you can start to see history repeating itself. 

Prior to permanent settlement in 1840, Bimini had been the haunt of pirates in the 1600 and 1700s. Its location on the edge of the Gulf Stream made it a perfect place to engage Spanish galleons laden with treasure on their return route to Spain. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan and Blackbeard all knew of Bimini. Also, the fresh water pools on South Bimini were useful to the pirates and privateers.

By 1919 Bimini, with its 600 persons, was an island struggling with poverty. The population, both black and white, was locked in an economic depression. However, in 1919 the United States enacted the Volstead Act and the era of prohibition dawned. Now that liquor was illegal in the United States many Americans still wanted to drink. Consequently, alcohol was smuggled into the USA through Canada and The Bahamas.

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Fire in the Sky

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Some sunsets in your life you just never forget. After days full of major thunderstorms I watched the sky turn to fire along the Wilmington River just outside of Savannah, GA. As the sun set the clouds lit up like something out of a dream.

The Coastal islands just north of Charleston, SC to Savannah and down the Golden Isle of Georgia have become one of my most beloved regions to explore. I am in love with this area and I know it. The history and the locations are endless and I know some of the best images I capture will be from these adventures. I just feel blessed to be alive at this time in the world with a wonderful family and a love for what I do. Thank you for coming along with me on my journey...... Cheers to the future, thank you for the past as we live in the present.

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Dragon's Eye

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.


Stairway to Heaven

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Bramante Staircase Vatican -Vatican City State ( Black & White version )

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

The modern double helix staircase, also in the Pio-Clementine Museum, and commonly referred to as the "Bramante Staircase", was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 and was inspired by the original Bramante Staircase. This staircase, like the original, is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending; as with the original the main purpose being to allow uninterrupted traffic in each direction. 


Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Walking the night streets of Rome after a nights rain and seeing the Fullmoon expose itself from behind a massive cloud cover was beyond me. I acted like a fool and starting howling at the moon. Cheers to experience and never loosing that lust for travel. 

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The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).