Magical

There is nothing quite like standing among giant Redwoods of Northern California to provide a little better perspective on how large the world is around us. Visiting on a day when the paths were mostly void of human traffic, I was able slow down my pace and spend some time letting the forest tell its own story.

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Socked In

Even though the weather never cleared out this particular day in the Olympic Rain Forest, there were still a few compositional opportunities. The fog rolling in from the Pacific over the Olympic Range added just the right amount of atmosphere. While we never got a visual of Hurricane Ridge, just exploring the peninsula was enough. This moody image seemed to reflect our impressions of this magical place.

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New Book Release

I am pleased to announce that my new book, “Is God Real and Does It Even Matter?” has been released and is available for purchase on Amazon

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Light and Movement

The Sunwapta River in Jasper National Park (Alberta)

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Saguaro Silhouette

Moonrise over Canyon Lake (Arizona). After all these years it still amazes me that there is such a small window of time to capture certain events, such as this moonrise. It will not pause and wait for you to get set up. I like to use my Sky Guide phone app which helps me navigate to the exact location so I can prep in advance for the shot. This permits me to experiment with settings for something perhaps a little different.

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Sticks and Stones

STICKS AND STONES by PHOTOGRAPHER RICK FURMANEK

The Sunwapta River meandering through Jasper National Park (Alberta) provides a plethora of compositional possibilities for those who love to be mesmerized by movement. The runoff of the rock flour filled glacial waters can fill an artist’s pallet with various shades of blue, indigo, aqua, green and turquoise. The challenge for the artist is narrowing down the innumerable scenic choices.

All of my work is ready for purchase and can be printed on archival paper, metal, canvas or acrylic mediums with durable archival inks. Custom framing and matting is also available. Please feel free to explore all of my gallery. You’ll discover there are lots of great choices for both home and business decor. And every piece purchased comes with a 30-day no questions asked guarantee.

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The Peter Iredale

The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore on the Oregon coast October 25, 1906. Here is a snippet of the backstory.

Sailing from Salina Cruz, Mexico, on or about September 26, 1906, the Peter Iredale was bound for Portland, Oregon with 1,000 tons of ballast and a crew of 27, including two stowaways. The voyage up the coast was unremarkable until the night of October 25, when Captain H. Lawrence sighted the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse at 3:20 a.m. local time. The crew altered course first east-northeast and then northeast to enter the mouth of the Columbia River in thick mist and a rising tide. Under strong winds out of the west, an attempt was made to wear the ship away from shore, but a heavy northwest squall grounded the Peter Iredale on Clatsop Sands (now called Clatsop Spit). High seas and wind drove the ship ashore. A lifeboat was dispatched from Hammond, Oregon and assisted in evacuating the sailors, who were tended to at Fort Stevens. No casualties occurred in the accident.

There was little damage to the hull and plans were made to tow the ship back to sea, but after several weeks waiting for favorable weather and ocean conditions, the ship had listed to the port (left) and become embedded in the sands. She was sold for scrap. All that remains is the bow, a few ribs, and a couple of masts.

Captain Lawrence’s final toast to his ship was: “May God bless you, and may your bones bleach in the sands.”

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