In 1533, a Spanish expedition sent north from Mexico had discovered what its members assumed was a large island. They named it California, after a mythical land of Amazona's they had read about in a popular novel. but the cost of colonizing the Southwest had proved so high that Spain made no effort to settle the new territory. for the next two and a half centuries California remained essentially untouched by Europeans, home to more than 300,000 Indians living in hundreds of small bands.
Prospecters like to say that the name California game from a combination of the Indian word Kali which meant gold and formula which meant wouldn't like some.
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Beautiful capture by @damiantakesphotos
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To be in a position where I can visit these beautiful places is something I'm very grateful for. But being able to share them with friends and family is exhilarating. Blessed would be an understatement.
Right time, right place 📸👌🌉...
One of my favorite bridge views 😀. This was one of those nights where I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be...
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Two very nice mornings oh boy . Golden Gate bridge and Mt hood !
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Got rewarded with this sunset after our hike 🏕
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Sunset haze // Happy Photography Day! Seems made up but it’s a thing 🤷♂️
It's been really wild to watch the travel space change and grow over the years. I started publishing travel content in 2011, after I had already been traveling for at least a year.⠀
In the spirit of #WorldPhotographyDay , I want to share a little bit of my history and journey as a travel photographer and blogger. Because maybe—hopefully—my story can somehow help to inspire yours.⠀
Back in 2011, the "blogging" happened on my actual blog. Now the blogging, or the storytelling, really, happens here, on Insta.⠀
And that opened a can of worms I couldn't have prepared myself for. Because the pursuit of having an Instagram following drove me—creatively—to become a better photographer.⠀
It pushed my personal and creative boundaries.⠀
When I first started traveling, the only camera I used was a little Canon point-and-shoot and the 3-megapixel camera on my iPhone 3GS.⠀
Funnily enough, some of my favorite photos I've ever taken were on that little point-and-shoot.⠀
And then a couple years later I upgraded to an entry-level DSLR, and within a couple years after that, I was shooting semi-professionally on a camera body that cost $500.⠀
Nowadays, literally a decade later, I only call myself a "pro" because I make money from my photography. But to be honest, I don't feel like a pro. There are so many photographers out there who are more talented than me. The fact is, I’m still learning—a lot. I still search YouTube tutorials on the reg. There are so many things I still don’t know how to do.⠀
And that's exactly my point. There will always be others who are better, faster, stronger, more attractive, more talented than you. But that should never stop you from sharing your outlook with the world.⠀
Your perspective is quite literally one in seven BILLION. Nobody else on this entire planet sees or experiences things in the same way you do.⠀
And that's what I love so much about photography. It's a way to share with others how I see the world. ⠀
Because our unique gift to the world is our perspective.⠀
Don't be afraid to share it.⠀
📸 This perspective by the very talented @muh_riah 🙌
You set an alarm for 4:30 am. Every bone in your body resists your attempts to get up. But as you lay there, envisioning the magical sunrise you might miss, FOMO kicks in. With eyes half open, you roll out of bed, toss some clothes on, pack up your camera, and head off to your destination in the dark.
That’s how this particular morning in South Lake Tahoe began. And honestly, I haven’t been this excited to post a photo in a while. The glow of the early morning light, a long exposure smoothing out the rapid current of Eagle Falls, AND an unexpected sunburst? What a trifecta.
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NO COINCIDENCES. My Mom passed away on Thursday 8/15 and I felt the need to go up in SNP, my spiritual place Sunday 8/18. I saw this scene first. Wow, a Mom teaching and being with her fawns spots still partially on them. Moms continue to teach us all of our lives, even after they leave this world and move on to the next. MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT
June Lake - 2 trout cruised right by us in the shallow water while we were standing on the shore. 🐟
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Strength... It’s what I’m going to need the next few days.
I am so grateful for the amount of help and support I’ve received in the last 24 hours(that I was literally 😭 my ass off into the desert for one last sunset). If I didn’t already love what I do for a living this only reinforces how great of a community we have above and beyond just the social/work interactions.
Just on that note I couldn’t help but rush an edit out from this trip before going into surgery.
Taken on an incredible adventure with @bennettfilm in the Wind River Range.
See you all on the other side! Cheers to all of you!
I guess it's #WorldPhotographyDay . To be honest, this "day" doesn't mean anything to me other than it's a day to seize some visibility in this jungle we call social media. But I do have something to say about photography and art in general and it is a quote from a novel I am reading right now, Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. It goes like this, "There was the difference between a table and a beautiful woodcutting. You could explain the table: its purpose, its shape, its nature. The woodcutting you simple had to experience." Create beautiful woodworking!
“Sunset Cliffs Horseshoe” - This is a really beautiful place to take photos, with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Just a caution if you take photos here: While world-renowned, the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego can be a dangerous location. There are a yearly average of 5 deaths or serious injuries. The Cliffs long to devour photographers, mostly from fatal falls.
FLEX ON EM 😎 ——————————————————————————— In the ever changing world of internet slang there are few phrases that actually catch my attention. “flex on em” is one of these phrases.
Looking good and want the world to see, ladies !? FLEX ON EM
Gotta new car and want the world to know, bruh!? FLEX ON EM