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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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My Twitter Props and Follow Friday Suggestions- Part 1

Each week on Twitter, I recommend some photographers I follow and post their links.

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A Maroon Creek Outfitters wrangler walks a horse as he prepares them for the day at the T Lazy 7 Ranch near Aspen, Colo.

Some of these folks are good friends I actually know, some are Twitter friends, and some are just cool photographers that have earned my respect.

Recently, Twitter banned my account due to “spamming a trending topic with unrelated links.” Here’s the post I wrote about it in: Wondering About My Lack of Tweets?

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A boy plays wth a sprinkler at the annual 4th of July Barbecue at the Aspen Firehouse in Aspen, Colo.

In a nutshell, when I do a Follow Friday suggestion it’s in this format:

#FF @Tweeter New England photographer based in New Bedofrd Mass, Bobby Jones: http://bit.ly/1234FGHJ

Something more substantial that lets people know why I follow them. A link to their portfolio and small description of who they are.

So, rather than fill my stream with suggestions, here are some great people.

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"MY SPOT!" this cat seems to be saying.

First and foremost:

@heidrae22  Heidi Rae Melcher: She’s the love of my life and tweets some funny stuff.

Great Friends:

@KimDoyleWille With her caring heart, she’s fights against hunger, poverty, and repression. she’s alos a very good photographer. Kim Doyle Wille. Check out her website: http://www.kimdoylewille.com

@carriepratt  Great #photojournalist & wedding #tog Carrie Pratt: http://studiobluimages.com

@yclphoto A great personal friend & wonderful Southern Kentucky #photojournalist Clinton Lewis: http://www.clintonlewis.com

@balancephotog & @rissam Two wonderful Baltimore area #togs Nate Corn & Rissa Miller: http://www.balancephotography.net

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With the distant Olympic Mountains in clear view, a man flies a kit during a rare bluebird day in Seattle, Wash., on Pier 63 at the waterfront.

@Geosphotos A great friend and #tog with mad PS skills George Kremer: http://photo.net/photos/GFKremer

@wilzfoto Aspen, Colo., area adventure, commercial & ski #tog Andrew Wilz – http://portfolio.frontlineimage.com/

@yunghi A wonderful New York based freelance photojournalist. Yunghi Kim works for publications such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report. She is a must follow with some very incredible work: http://www.yunghikim.com

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With the bright spring sun melting the snow around it, an early 1900s car slowly rusts to into the sands of time on a lot along Owl Creek Road outside of Aspen, Colo.

@pereiraphoto Mass. based photojournalist & 2011 New England Newspaper Assoc. Photographer of the Year Peter Pereira. He has a fantastic eye and running Photo of the Day. http://www.peterpereira.com/

That’s all for this Friday. Check back next Friday to for more.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. All comments are appreciated.

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Practicing martial arts at Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash.

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