The Power Of Place

Landscape Photography for the Wandering Soul

These places have transformative qualities that have the capacity to redefine one's sense of self and place in the world. They silently capture the sense of "awe". That is the power of place. No words or explanantions needed, only presence.

The Places

  1. Link to Blue Ridge Parkway

  2. Link to Islands In The Sky

  3. Link to Klephardt Trail

  4. Link to Bristlecone Pine

  5. Link to Canyon Hoodoo's

  6. Link to North Rim, Grand Canyon

  7. Link to Balance Rock, Arches National Park, UT.

  8. Link to Upper Linville Falls, Linville, NC.

  9. Link to Watchman, Zion National Park, UT.

  10. Link to Elephant Head, Zion National Park, UT.

Link to Wayne Gerber

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The Gift of Light

A cold front moved over the mountains bringing rain, low hanging clouds, cold termperature and wind. It was a gray day in the late Fall. For a moment, there was a break in the clouds and the sun brightened this side of a mountain. The moment was fleeting, and I caught the last rays before the gray settled in again. Light is a temporary gift.

1. Fall On The Blue Ridge Parkway

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2. Island In The Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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The Gift of Wandering

Most of my life I have hiked in the woods to get to the end of the trail. Destination was the primary goal. When I began to pursue photography, I learned to wander. Wandering has lead me to to unexpected finds that have become my best images. It is a purposeful activity. Unlike normal hiking, I do not seek to get to a destination, but instead I am searching for the unspoken beauty of a place that can only be revealed by the finding a place with power. Usually, a “place” is one I would not normally consider. This bridge picture was taken when my wife, Debra, said, “Take a picture of this bridge, from here!” She is a master wanderer.

3. Klephardt Trail. Great Smokey Mountains National Park

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Know Your Place

Sometimes I come across species that live in a very narrow ecology, like this Bristlecone Pine. It lives in high altitudes, around 12,000 ft and can survive harsh winds, freezing temperatures, intense solar radiation, snow and ice. It strength comes from the twisted fibers in its branches and trunk. These trees are among the oldest living beings on the planet. They know their place.

4. Bristlecone Pine, Mt. Evans State Park

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Part of my fascination with landscape photography has to do with the geophysical features of the land. I love rocks and their formations, the hoodoo’s at Bryce Canyon are among the most profoundly beautiful. It sends my mind into another dimension where they become fortresses in my imaginary landscape.

5. Canyon Hoodoo's, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Feeling Small

There are few places in the world that can give one the sense of smallness as the Grand Canyon. The sense of being minute is a true gift. It subdues the ego and renders the sense of self into being a side note in the course of earth history. After being in the grandure of this expanse, I am in awe of an achievement that took millions of years. To have that kind of persistence and patience...

6. North Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ

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Life In The Balance

Balance Rock is a monument to stability. So often our fate is determined by a slight shift in the center. We all live on the edge, just some are more obvious about it than others. Balance Rock will fall someday, everything is temporary.

7. Balance Rock, Arches National Park, UT

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8. Upper Linville Falls, Linville NC

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9. Watchman, Zion National Park, UT.

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Ever since a trip to Peru a few years agao, I have been seeing faces in rocks. It is much like seeing faces in clouds, only these do not morph with the air currents. Their presence accompanies me on my hikes through nature, I never feel alone. This elephant head reminds me of the elephant headed Hindi God Ganesh.

10. Elephant Head, Zion National Park, UT.

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Wayne Gerber

Working with pictures aftering returning from a trip is a way to stay connected with the places visited. The images tranport my awareness through my history of movement to the moments of awe. That is what I remember, the sense of awe that each of these paces imprinted in my experience. I never want to forget, because then my personal history will become much shallower and less satisfying. That is the gift of these photographs and my reason for sharing them. Enjoy!

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