Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Magic Hour

Galen Rowell coined the term "magic hour" and described in great detail the science behind light, color and perception in his monthly articles in Outdoor Photographer. I couldn't agree more with his description of the quality of this light and what it does to any natural setting. In this case, an outdoor bath at my family's beach house with my daughter Adeline is rendered in remarkable gold and orange hues using an iPhone camera.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Twin Peaks Run

Directly behind The Thacher School is the perfect afternoon trail run: the Twin Peaks Trail. There are other trails that cover more ground or are more technical, but the Twin Peaks Trail is just the right length and difficulty for an afternoon adventure. In many ways, a trail such as this offers far more than just exercise. Rather, it is an opportunity to challenge oneself, to connect with nature and to share with others the difficulty of a steep trail and the elation of reaching a summit. I often feel like I live an entire day just in the process of running the Twin Peaks Trail; as if life is condensed into just the most important things: movement, nature, camaraderie, and beauty. Even better when I have the opportunity to share, as today, the run with some students from my school.

Capturing the trail and summit panorama in photographs was difficult due to the fog, but we had a great time nonetheless.