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© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Being avid outdoorsmen, living in the Pacific Northwest has a distinct advantage: It’s not a far drive to either the ocean nor the mountains. You practically live in the outdoors.

Sunset Kayak:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A kayaker paddles on Bellingham Bay under a brilliant sky near the Boardwalk in Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Carefree. Living up here promotes a carefree lifestyle and encourages one to visit the Great Outdoors.

On weekends and even during the week when neither has work to do, my wife Heidi and I like to drive around and enjoy the area. We are both from Colorado. She’s from Colorado Springs, and I from Aspen. I worked at The Aspen Times for over 7 years as their Chief Photographer. After living in Colorado for many years being and avid camper, hiker, backpacker, biker, snowboarder, and Jeeper, we needed someplace in the great outdoors.

Joy at Sunset:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - My wife and Sweetpea Heidi takes in the sunset at Larrabee Beach south of Bellingham, Wash, on her birthday in 2012.

Before meeting my wife, I moved out here after the newspaper industry began taking the big economic hit in Jan. 2009. I pulled roots from the great little town which I have great friends, some of those I almost consider family.  Heidi moved out here after we met in 2010.

Dancing With Itself:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) appears to dance on a piling in Bellingham, Wash.

Blazing Fast:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A runner jogs along the Boardwalk at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during a blazing Sunset on Sunday evening April 14, 2013.
***The photo above won Best of Show Third Place – Professional in the City of Bellingham, Wash., photo competition Essence of Bellingham***

We live now in Bellingham, Washington, where we go on drives to enjoy the carefree outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
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Trying His Luck:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographyA fisherman tries his luck at Deception Pass on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Wash., as the setting sun washes the sky with its hues.

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© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sporting his overalls from the infamous five-star hotel in Denver, Aldo Rincon of Aspen, Colo., fastens his snow board boot bindings before heading down Buttermilk Mountain to tackle the rails. The Mexican native said he bought the overalls from a thrift store in Denver.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

For this week’s weekly photo challenge, I chose an older photo due to the fact my computer has been down for the past week. Now that it’s up an running with a new hard drive, new track pad, and new OS, I’m good to go in keep fresh photos coming in.

In addition, I have a few blogs I was writing before the big snafu.

But to get things going here’s a photo that means “Escape” on different levels:
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sporting his overalls from the infamous five-star hotel in Denver, Aldo Rincon of Aspen, Colo., fastens his snow board boot bindings before heading down Buttermilk Mountain to tackle the rails. The Mexican native said he bought the overalls from a thrift store in Denver.

This photo means several things to me:
1. The literal escape from jail.
2. The figurative escape from the everyday.
3. My escape to the slopes to simply enjoy life.

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