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Climb or Fly
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Unforgettable sunset over Smith Mountain Lake
searching for time...
Train Station
The dove resting on the church cross
Falling for Stanley Park
Railway station
Walk
Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Time Stands Still
Into Darkness, Into Desperation
 FINAL POINT OF RÍO CHÍLLAR IN NERJA, ANADALUCÍA, SPAIN. HARD PATH WHERE THE TRACKERS LEAVE THEIR BROKEN SHOES AFTER HAVING PERFORMED THE RIO DOWN PATH.
Allegory: Crucifix
Allegory: trashed can
Allegory: Ravena mosaics
Painted Earth
Allegory: Rosary and virgin
Allegory: Barn over moorise
Allegory: Leaf and mosaic
Allegory: Stop
Icarus window, Aeroklub Restoran, Belgrade, Serbia
Anacona Indepence Day flags
15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Into Darkness, Into Desperation

Stranded at the top of Mount Liberty, unprepared, in total darkness and in freezing cold conditions, my friend and I made a desperate move to turn the flash on my camera and capture this image, with the prayer for anybody who might see the bright light as a signal. Nobody came. This image is my haunting reminder of a moment of true fear. A moment where my life felt at stake. Where my life felt as if it may fall into the hands of nature I just viewed as gorgeous an hour ago. It would now kill me. But after taking this image, we both trudged on. One step at a time, down the endlessly unforbidding rocky hills. My friend dislocated his knee twice. I could barely stand. But we kept going for five miles. And we made it to the bottom, close to midnight, to the blinding lights of the rescuers flashlights. Not only has this image altered my outlook on the fragility of life, it has also given me a view of the resilience of life. This image could have been my final one, but for some reason, somehow, it wasn't. And I am truly grateful. If these tall, towering, infinite trees can't take me down, then nothing can.

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts, United States of America
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© Justin Kaminuma.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 11.2017
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Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 10, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION White Mountains (mount liberty), New Hampshire, United States of America