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N 1.1K B 26.1K C 158 E Oct 7, 2020 F Dec 21, 2020
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It’s difficult to reach the top
Easy to fall back down
The efforts of a single person
In the end
Even when all the stars line up
Are never enough
Reach out, hold my hand.


Of all the images I’ve taken in the last twelve months this one, for me, represents the year 2020.


Only half awake, I stand here with my hands in my pockets gazing into the distance, watching the shape of the dunes and the sheer size of it is overwhelming even frightening at 4 am. The only existing light is a star filled sky above me. I could’ve stayed here, watched the day arrive softly with each ray of light warming my skin; I could’ve written a love letter and been perfectly content. But on this day, in October, my goal is to climb up the highest dune and photograph at sunrise. Surrounded by silence, my inner voice tells me: You’ve been here before, you know this place, trust your instincts, trust your heart. Encouraged I begin my journey. But be aware, gravity tests your balance with every step sinking into sand as the mind begins to wander: I’ve left my roots far from here, does it mean I’ve grown? Or will I need to find my way back, because the original source holds water? Certainly, the rhythm of life has changed as well as the rhythm of each step I take. Intently, I listen to the melody familiar to me -my beating heart, moving forward, here and in life -my life. Just then I see a shooting star; flickering lights in my eyes I whisper: “Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.” I make a wish and I make it to the top. The rising sun greets with all her glory surrounding me with golden hues as far as I can see. For thousands of years these dunes have been here, yet they stay young: always moving, always changing, separating and reconnecting; it's a life of art in motion. The passage of time right in front of my eyes, like an hourglass -two glass bulbs connected- shifting sands, and I can’t help to think that in this lifetime we are all in search for some form of connection -two hearts connected- to give and to take.


Empty, so empty
When the sun goes down
The human touch far
Where do we belong
What do we hold on
Only time will tell
Twenty twenty.


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This year, sharing art with people around the world, for me, has been rewarding. I believe that we speak a common language created within all of us -making something meaningful with our cameras. Along the way, we see a glimpse of each others world. Understanding how much we have in common unites us as people no matter where we come from; the earth is home to all of us. Thank you for being here, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, health and happiness. Above all, I wish you love.


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Tags:   GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK COLORADO RED POETRY LANDSCAPE SELF PORTRAIT 2020

N 938 B 30.9K C 68 E Nov 29, 2020 F Dec 20, 2020
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Coastal Glow - I was not expecting to see such lovely colours on the coast when I shot this, but the golden hour with high clouds was a treat for the eyes.

Tags:   andi andrew andrewcampbell.co.uk campbell photography dorset coast sunset long exposure

N 1.3K B 96.6K C 178 E Dec 21, 2020 F Dec 21, 2020
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bw redux hi-key red filter

Tags:   bestportraitsaoi elitegalleryaoi

N 2.9K B 123.5K C 693 E Sep 26, 2019 F Dec 21, 2020
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#2 of Flickr's Explore, December 21, 2020


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High Tauern Alps and Fuscher lake. Grossglockner High Alpine road, Austria.
The road is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. This scenic route is about 48 km long and represents breakneck serpentine of 36 hairpin bends.
The road is included in the list of the world's most dangerous and spectacular roads.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021, dear friends!



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See my new photo in the "My Travels" album:

Melody of the Alpine Autumn
www.flickr.com/photos/paradox_m/50824551651

The serenity of a mountain lake
www.flickr.com/photos/paradox_m/50799483927


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Дорога сквозь альпийскую осень

Высокие Тауэрнские Альпы и озеро Фушер. Высокогорная дорога Гросглокнер, Австрия.
Дорога является самым высоким в Австрии горным перевалом с твердым покрытием. Этот живописный маршрут протяженностью около 48 км представляет собой головокружительный серпантин из 36 крутых поворотов ("шпилек").
Дорога включена в список самых опасных и красивых дорог мира.

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Tags:   Austria Europe Salzburg region Grossglockner High Alpine Road Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße Alps Autumn landscape lake view route mountains travel roads drive colors beauty adventure trip impression point of view scenic altitude hairpin bends outdoors nature

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Lemolo Lake, Oregon

ShutterJack.com

I had a bit of a redo on this image as I was not happy with the original (the color was off a bit). I think I am satisfied now... maybe.

Have a great day!

Tags:   Day alone autumn beauty in nature blow blowing breeze change clouds color fall fog island lake leaves mist mountain one tree outdoor pond reflection ripples singular tree water willow wind windswept yellow leaves


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