WHO HERE NEEDS SOME SWEET SUNLIGHT IN THEIR LIFE?!
Look, I'm pining for those summer months too. I miss late-evening sunsets, green fields that are decidedly NOT soggy, and the feeling of warmth on my skin that feeds my soul!
Winter can be hard in the PNW. We are pretty far north (which gives us such an epic advantage in summer months), so days are short and never bright enough. Our solar panels are bringing in like 30 watts/ day and I've finally stopped wearing sandals.
Since I'm not here to drag on, I'd like to shift focus to the ONE great advantage I think winter in the PNW brings - an advantage so good, you should take hop on it asap!
THERE IS NO HARSH LIGHT
Because the sun is so low on the horizon, you can take midday photos in the PNW from November - Feb without ever experiencing that awful overhead light.
You don't have to plan a 16-hour wedding day to catch sunrise and sunset! Instead, we can do that in 8 hours!
If your mind is totally blown right now, I feel you. It wasn't until I started photographing couples in the outdoors that I really witnessed first-hand how amazing this trick is!
There are at least 5 more reasons to elope in winter, but I'll leave you with this one and you should watch for the blog to come out next week!
Would you ever elope in winter?
1 56 hours ago
Here's some photos that I've taken within the last week. There's been some amazing fog lately!
Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! 👇
7 1226 hours ago
I wonder what these jagged mountaintops look like now that winter has set in ❄️//
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1 97 hours ago
“You don’t manifest what you want, you manifest what you are being. Today feel what it would be like to be the person you intend to be. How does that person think? How does that person act? In order to manifest something new, you need to become it.” ✨
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1 87 hours ago
After sunset at Ruby Beach, in Olympic National Park, Washington. This was one of my favorite beach photo locations I've ever been to. I loved the sea stacks and also got to meet some really cool people out there! (I have lots more to post...) While I was taking pictures, my wife and kids even got to see whales spouting in the distance! I hope I can visit the PNW again soon...maybe next time will be Oregon with @schmijwisc and @sheelark ?
I think I prefer the uncropped version (second shot) to the "Instagram Crop" (First one). Anyone else have a preference?
If cocoa mugs are what you need,
Cup of Tea is where they'll be!
Pick up cozy cocoa mugs from @cupofteaoregon and the whole family will be ready to snuggle up for a movie on Christmas Eve ♥️
18 428 hours ago
The Boise Bike Park is now open in the Military Reserve in Boise’s East End! 🚲⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This bike park is a world-class bike skills park for all ages and abilities! It includes two pump tracks, three XC trails and three progressive jump lines! 🚵🏽♂️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you tried it out?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Note: the bike park is weather permitting, please don’t ride on muddy trails.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
8 1438 hours ago
As it peaks over the horizon, does not a sunrise whisper the opportunity to try again. And if the day passes and our efforts were stunted by the bane of our insecurities or blunted by the challenges of life, does not a sunset invite us to rest before it whispers the same message the next morning? ~Craig D. Lounsbrough
“There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb”
I don’t go here as much anymore because the amount of traffic this beautiful spot gets. When I went here 3 years ago for the first time, I could barely find the trailhead. I’m glad so many others are choosing to get out and hike here, but I also think all the people can take away from the natural beauty. Please keep this place beautiful and take care of what nature shares with us❤️
Geluksmomentjes tijdens een roadtrip: verlaten wegen en mooie uitzichten! 🚙 #oregonadventures
11 918 hours ago
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela
4 348 hours ago
Trading evergreens for palms for the next 10 days. On our way to Hawaii for the first time and won't be back in the PNW til the new year. Will miss these trees but excited to get to the Aloha State and experience their version of green :).
3 479 hours ago
[ad] As a kid growing up in the suburban Midwest, I didn't really get to know "the outdoors" beyond my backyard and neighborhood cul-de-sac. I can't say that I had a love for the outdoors or even had much experience with it at all until after college, because I just didn't know much about it. But after my first camping experience watching the stars light up the night sky in Joshua Tree, I knew I had been missing out on something extraordinary for most of my life up until then.
Through my travels, it's become more and more clear to me that I would choose the mountains and the lakes over a bustling city any day. Moving to the PNW has really solidified that for me, and it still absolutely boggles my mind that in less than 4 hours, I can be surrounded by the most beautiful ancient forests, glacier-clad mountains, and pristine Pacific coastline. But that has also made me so much more aware of the responsibility we have to keep these diverse ecosystems here for the next generation of explorers.
So I'm humbled to announce that I am officially partnering with @prAna as a member of their Adventurer Team! I've gotten to know more about the sustainability movement of this amazing brand after bringing them along on my travels through Vietnam and Taiwan, and I'm so excited for what's to come. They've helped me re-evaluate the way I think about clothes, from the materials that create it, to the hands of the people who assemble it. By choosing sustainable or fair trade clothing, I am consciously making a small step towards environmental responsibility and a fundamental change in the way clothing is made.
Because the thing is, small changes CAN make a positive impact. And in the end, we aren't striving for perfection. We're focusing on "purposeful creation and conscious consumption." #ClothingforPositiveChange#prAnaAdventurer#WAFxWashington
32 3869 hours ago
Exploring the Oregon coast is something I crave often. I’m so glad we can go a couple times a year and see James’ family. This is a throwback from the summer. 🖤
Such a cute little a-frame cabin tucked away in the woods of Washington 🌲
53 2,8839 hours ago
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3 569 hours ago
Brrrr! Throw back to a time we had a ice storm here in the Pacific Northwest.
I felt “trapped”, because I don’t drive in ice and snow; I don’t feel skilled enough to drive in “bad” weather.
In constant, Mr. McMorlan doesn’t allow the weather to dictate his activities. He’s confident driving in inclement weather.
So, off we went because I had a bad case of cabin fever. As a nature enthusiast I NEED to be outside a certain amount of hours a month or my creativity dips. Nature inspires me and clears my head.
Let’s bring on some giving and positivity!!
1) Follow @wearebuoys.
2) Tag someone you love who could use some holiday cheer this season and tell them how much they mean to you!
I’ll be picking two winners this Sunday, who will receive $50 worth of Buoy plus an Amazon gift card to hopefully share with that person they tagged.
Good luck, and Happy Holidays!
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3 69 hours ago
I visited this beach when there was heavy fog, then later when it was sunny. Both times it felt like a completely different experience. Personally, the fog felt a lot more surreal, especially since I was the only person there and the scene was so much different than what you’d find anywhere in California. Have you explored a foggy coast before? If so what did you think? 🌬☁️
3 309 hours ago
Absolutely beautiful photo from @keithw3 ... Did you know bald eagles love the coast? You can often spot them hanging out on the LBP.
4 699 hours ago
Slipped into it like sleep, this delirious, dainty daydream, like a Druidian enchantment. A lofty and sincere repose. Poised for sleepy recreation.
Self-portrait from above. (💯Art direction + camera work. Total fail in the wardrobe department 🤦♂️, why did I wear a black jacket for this shot?! 📷 by @jhu01)
1 3310 hours ago
Before the crazy holiday started, I teamed up with @absofruitly.co for an epic collab that resulted in our first long sleeve tee. Check out our Icon Long Sleeve Tee (and @absofruitly.co) which pairs well with our Neon Sunset Hat! 🔥🎉⠀
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