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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 89 of 100

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I’ve seen a good deal of views and likes on my FB Constellation Chronicles page, and the funny thing about it is that I haven’t touched that page in years. Today I decided to try a boost advertisement for CC on FB to see if I can make enough sales to justify the ad cost.  The time frame is 2 days, so I’ll know by Wednesday if this makes sense or not.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 88 of 100

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Lookout (1 of 1)

If you’ve never been to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California, I suggest you go. You can see trees that are thousands of years old–the oldest in the world in fact. It’s about 9,000 feet up in the White Mountains, just east of Bishop. Bring some warm clothes and extra water for the trip.

The picture above was actually taken at the end of the trip, as I was heading out of the National Park. It was about twenty minutes after sunset.

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 87 of 100

Alabama Night (1 of 1)

It’s Saturday, so I’m posting a picture that has a Saturday night feel to it. This photo was taken in Birmingham, Alabama, and I thought the building had some interesting designs to it. My only regret is I didn’t have more time in the city (and state) during my trip there.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 86 of 100

Mono Lake Rocks (1 of 1)

Some days don’t work out exactly as planned, but you have to make the most of it as best as you can. It’s easy to get frustrated and discouraged if you let it get to you. None of us know why it happens–bad luck, I suppose–but those days can be made into valuable learning lessons if you see them in that light.

The picture above was taken at Mono Lake, CA.  It’s a place that’s all about seeing the natural structures in the right light, at a proper distance. If you do, you come away with amazing shots to show to friends and family–or to just add to your portfolio of photos.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 84 of 100

Convict Lake Boardwalk (1 of 1)

Today’s picture was taken at Convict Lake about 6 months ago. The boardwalk went through the woods on the western side of the lake, and it offered great views every so often when looking east through window-like openings. It was a clear day during that photo, and the trip itself was beautiful.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 83 of 100

Sonaleena Standing Flowers with sig (1 of 1)

Caption: A strong and beautiful woman walks among the wildflowers of California.

Yesterday that woman, my sweetheart, helped me record a speech I gave to a camera club regarding photography and metal prints. I was the guest speaker of the night. I got to show pictures like the one above to the club’s members, and I even brought in a few metal prints so they could see the that photography medium in person. It was a great night. It never would have happened if that strong woman didn’t negotiate a plan with a coffee house to show my prints on their walls (a member at the camera club saw the prints and asked me to speak).

Thank you, sweetheart.

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 82 of 100

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Today’s picture was taken five days ago at the Salton Sea. It’s interesting how the place looks so accommodating at first glance–picnic tables, grills, ample parking–that you almost forget that few people travel to the region for recreation. But then you step of the car and remember why the lake is abandoned. The smell. It’s tremendously strong, so much so that any guests in your car are likely to pass on exiting the vehicle even for a minute because the odor is too much to tolerate. I remember my first trip to the lake. I walked around for hours taking pictures during the afternoon–ignoring the smell as best as I could–to the point where my sneakers became two mucky swamp creatures. I don’t recall how many times I had to wash my shoes to get the smell out, but I know the job was akin to removing what dogs jettison on lawns for unfortunate, unaware soles (pun intended).

Nevertheless, the Salton Sea still a beautiful place to photograph. Some of my best shots have come from the lake, and that speaks volumes when I consider how many places I’ve visited over the years, and how many pictures I’ve taken of those destinations. There’s a surreal sadness that hangs over the area. It hints at a time when the air was once fresh and the water was once swimmable. You can almost picture women sunbathing, children running and laughing, and fishermen casting their lines into fish-rich waters. You know the present and past are two different worlds, and only God knows what the future holds for the region. (I’ll save talking about what happened to the Salton Sea for another blog entry.)

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

 

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