#maukamonday#mountainmonday — Aniani Nui Ridge, Maunawili, Oahu
And I used to think Ruffles had ridges...
Just a few words about post processing and artistic vision:
When it comes to photo editing I tend to stick to only minor changes - a bump in saturation, small shifts on the exposure scale, an increase in clarity and contrast. It’s not in my creative DNA to go for highly stylized edits, where the original properties have been heavily altered to achieve a dramatic, interpretive vision of reality. I like to think of my style as “accentuating what’s already there.” I aim to capture as much as I can in-camera.
With this photo, however, I saw the opportunity to push for a few more alterations. Gazing at this ridge-line, watching the changing play of light and shadow - it bordered on the surreal. I hope this version inspires the same awe I felt while being there.
Circa 2014 gearing up for a multi-day hike to scale up Mt. Rainier
——————————————————Growing up my Aunt “made” my older brother and I do a lot adventurous activities that at the time as young kids, we probably didn’t truly want to do but reluctantly did to hangout with our super cool Aunt. She had us hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking, rafting, going to crazy hippie festivals in small towns, and summers spent living in tents in bear infested McCarthy (not kidding). However it took me living in the PNW, discovering these things on my own (my Aunt was there to guide a hand during this time), that I actually came to fall in love with the activity of being in nature. Not having to be forced or coaxed into appreciating the lifestyle. Taking the lifestyle as my own and doing it my way. I brought this love back to Alaska and three years later (explored the PNW off and on for nearly 6 years) I still keep discovering my childhood back yard again and again. It’s this never ending pursuit of what I love. A love that, thanks to my Aunt, both amazes me, brings excitement and ensues curiosity. #getoutside
We have been so caught up with life lately! It seems as if it has been a whirlwind of busy schedules, long work hours, and many events. What can we say - we can’t escape the busy season! When it seems like you don’t have breathing room, we remind ourselves to take a moment. Pretend as if we are on top of a mountain alone. Breathe - inhale and exhale. This little pause allows us to reset, physically and mentally. Setting aside that fifteen minutes in a day is really important to us - especially when we need to destress. What is one thing that you do out of your day to take care of yourself?
Been a long time since I posted on Mountain Monday. The truth is I’ve hated running for a while. I’m grateful for @runnergirl_montoya getting me outside when I don’t want to be. This picture was taken about a month and half ago in the Bay Area for a 30k. Not being prepared we chose a race with 4K eleven gain and plenty of heat. Early on as I looked at what lied ahead I questioned what I was doing. Running is just like life...many ups and downs. Running has given me great pleasure with many lonely miles as well. As this mountain stood in front of me without knowing what’s around the corner each step got me stronger and stronger. I ran in gratitude for being lucky enough to suffer through another race. As the season is about to change I see the next challenge and I’m grateful to have the experiences and people who continue to support me. The run hasn’t always been easy but I am thankful to God for another day and another chance to learn to love running again. #mountainmonday#stillclimbing#grateful#racenm#dirtbagrunners#dontevergiveup
“Ski Hut” 🎿🏔 From the Sierra Club: “Built by the Ski Mountaineers in 1936, the San Antonio Ski Hut is located at 8,300' and reached via a steep 3-mile hike and 2200' foot elevation gain. The hut offers a fully-equiped kitchen, dishes, cookware, running water and solar lighting. Sleeping room for up to 16 is available. Water from a spring is piped directly through the kitchen, running 24 hours a day.” #sanantonioskihut#mountainmonday#mtbaldy#sangabrielmountains#losangelesalps