Behind the Photos in the March/April Issue

by Beth Richardson on March 26, 2012 · 0 comments

To order a copy of the March/April 2012 issue, “Wilderness,” call 1.800.972.0433.
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Shadow

“Pausing for a short rest on an outcrop of Tennessee limestone, the sun over my shoulder, I was reminded that our brief lives on this earth flit like shadows across the native rock of the planet.”

- Kurt Moberg, about his photo on page 3. Moberg is a wilderness traveler and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee.

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horses

“Big Bend National Park in Southern Texas is a very unique land encompassing almost a million acres with the Rio Grande River running as our border with Mexico. Within the park is a very special space I have discovered where my dog, Spirit, and I go and sit often. Mother Nature and her blue skies provide a perfect setting, especially when clouds are present. On that particular day, we witnessed three individual storms as the sun was setting. It was magical. Although the photo is special, you had to be there to truly feel the power and the beauty of it all. I felt as though I was experiencing a private viewing of a landscape being painted from an eternal palette always present throughout our Journey.”

- Ara Gureghian, about his photograph on pages 12-13. Ara Gureghian was born in France 63 years ago, and, by way of Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa, arrived in the United States at the age of 28. He and his pit bull, Spirit, rescued each other about five years ago. Since then, they have been camping on the road full-time seeking answers to life after the passing of his only child and precious friend, Lance. For more on the continuing adventures of Ara and Spirit, as well as more wonderful photographs, see oasisofmysoul.com.

The Alive Now staff highly recommends that you watch this You Tube video of Ara and Spirit.

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snow

“I was visiting Colorado from Louisiana and couldn’t wait to get outside in the snow and see the mountains.”

- Craig Aspen, about his photo on page 23. Aspen is a photographer and musician who splits his time between New Orleans and Nashville. He is also one half of the indie/ country/folk duo, The Believers. See reverbnation.com/thebelievers

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Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah is a rather gruesome name for one of the most spectacular spots in the state. It is adjacent to Canyonlands National Park and shares its stark beauty. I’ve been a visitor to this corner of Utah since 1977 and never tire of it. The solitude and constantly changing light draw me like a beacon. The first time I visited as a young man, the lack of noise was palpable and almost frightening. Having grown up in the suburbs, I experienced pure silence and solitude for the first time.

On this visit, my wife and I were staying in nearby Moab, Utah. I woke her up well before the sunrise to make the thirty-minute trip to the vista. We were lucky to see a spectacular sunrise across the Green River and its canyons. Of course, clearing rain clouds from the previous evening made for a sublime sight.

- Eric Temple, about his photograph on pages 24-25. Temple is a photographer and documentary filmmaker living in South Ogden, Utah. He has been in love with the West since he was a student at Northern Arizona University in the 1970s. He befriended environmentalist and author Edward Abbey in the 1980s and, upon Abbey’s passing, made a PBS documentary about his life. After spending over 20 years in exile in Maryland, Eric returned to Utah in 2011 and is looking forward to many more photographic trips! erictemple.com.

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Chisos

“This photo of a sunset over the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas was made during a trip with my then sixteen-year-old son over spring break. I was introducing him to landscape photography. It was a perfect time to explore this remote corner of Texas. Spring temperatures were mild and the desert was in full bloom. One evening, after dinner, we took a drive through the mountains with the setting sun at our backs. Looking into the hazy sunset, we could see infinite desert ranges fading into Mexico. After the sun slipped below the horizon, we were left with this scene—a jagged keepsake of our trip together.”

- Eric Temple, about his photograph on pages 26-27. Eric is a photographer and documentary filmmaker living in South Ogden, Utah. He has been in love with the West since he was a student at Northern Arizona University in the 1970s. He befriended environmentalist and author Edward Abbey in the 1980s and, upon Abbey’s passing, made a PBS documentary about his life. After spending over 20 years in exile in Maryland, Eric returned to Utah in 2011 and is looking forward to many more photographic trips! erictemple.com.

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rain

“This photo was taken at the San Vincente Hot Springs outside Santa Rosa DeCabal, Risaralda, Columbia.”

- Ron Keith, about his photo on page 28. Ron Keith has photographed on five continents for over 35 years. He has a B. A. in Photography from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in Art from San Diego State University.

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church

“While in Aruba, I was generally up quite early to photograph the first light of the day. While most people head to the sandy beaches, I was on my way the more rugged eastern shoreline of the desert island for some dawn photography. As I passed the church, I saw the crescent moon behind it in the morning twilight, and stopped to capture the moment. The day was actually clear, but because the camera had been in air conditioning, the moist Caribbean air condensed gently on the lens, giving this soft misty look to the scene.”

- Carl Heilman II, about his photo on page 35. Heilman is a professional photographer who has been inspired by the spiritual beauty and wonder of the Adirondack mountains and lakes. He has photographed for several regional books, including one on Lake George. His photography as well as information on his workshops can be found on his website carlheilman.com, and also at Facebook.

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flower

“I had stopped in the Badlands National Park, South Dakota, in mid June on my way to a photo shoot in Montana. I had done a dawn shoot in nice soft light, and was wandering my way through the park when I spotted some bright yellow prickly pear blossoms. I started looking at various angles to capture the beauty of these desert flowers and took a couple of photos using a wide-angle lens. I wanted a closer view, so I pulled out a thin extension tube to use with my 24 mm lens. It provided a wonderful wide angle macro view of the landscape.”

- Carl Heilman II, about his photo on page 36. Heilman is a professional photographer who has been inspired by the spiritual beauty and wonder of the Adirondack mountains and lakes. He has photographed for several regional books, including one on Lake George. His photography as well as information on his workshops can be found on his website carlheilman.com, and also at Facebook.

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Badlands

“We rose out of bed at 4:30 in the morning in order to make it to our chosen location before sunrise. Summer mornings come early in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Despite the heat and biting flies, I captured this and several other shots of the brilliant landscape on this otherwise beautiful morning.”

- Pasquale Mingarelli about his photo on page 38. Pasquale worked as a photographer for a small newspaper in Tiffin, Ohio before working for over 10 years as a photojournalist with Campus Crusade for Christ’s magazine Worldwide Challenge. He now works as a college photography instructor and has his own freelance photography/writing business, Wildheart Photography. He resides in Bellevue, Nebraska with his wife Patti, their two children and their dog Montana. See more of Pasquale’s work at wildheartphotography.com or on Facebook.

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South Sister Mountain

“I flew over South Sister Mountain (Oregon), and looking down I sensed it to be such a wild and pristine place I wondered what it would feel like to stand there, looking up at the heavens.”

- Kurt Moberg about his photo on page 39. Moberg is a wilderness traveler and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Montana

“We were in Montana visiting a good friend. The storm was brewing and the cloud formations — multitude of grays — started forming like moving curtains playing with the winds. I lay down and, with camera in hand, started trying to convey the feelings my senses were receiving. The show went on and on — this photo is one of many!”

- Ara Gureghian, about his photograph on pages 12-13. Ara Gureghian was born in France 63 years ago, and, by way of Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa, arrived in the United States at the age of 28. He and his pit bull, Spirit, rescued each other about five years ago. Since then, they have been camping on the road full-time seeking answers to life after the passing of his only child and precious friend, Lance. For more on the continuing adventures of Ara and Spirit, as well as more wonderful photographs, see oasisofmysoul.com.

The Alive Now staff highly recommends that you watch this You Tube video of Ara and Spirit.

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