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Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina, sunset, OBX, Outer Banks, Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Seashores, scenic, rays, dramatic sky, serene, outdoor, landscape, historic, atlantic, ocean, photo

Chasing Light

Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

West Virginia, Bear Rocks, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Canaan Valley, Hemlock, Mountain Laurel, Dolly Sods, Allegheny Mountains, Bear Rocks Preserve, Monongahela National Forest, Foggy Morning, Fog, Sun, photo

Amazing Wonders

Dolly Sods, West Virginia

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North Window

Arhes National Park

South Pittsburg, Tennessee, cave, rappelling, dare, dream, B&W image, extreme, sport, horizontal image, outdoors, solitude, nature, tranquility, wide angle, fitness, relaxation, expertise, skill, conf, photo

Dare to Dream

South Pittsburg, Tennesee

Awarded Editor's Choice from 500px on September 14, 2015.

Words cannot describe the exhilarating feeling I had while rappelling 170 feet down a cave, which was the first time I have ever done anything daring like this! I found myself in total peace halfway down when I felt the aurora that surrounded me. My soul just wanted to scream out with excitement, there I was hanging freely like never before, and the only thing that came into my mind was how lucky I am to behold such exquisiteness from mother nature. Photography has led me through many doors, and all I can express is how thankful I am to have these life experiences.

In this Life, Mount Tamalpais, California, pacific, coast, ocean, sunset, golden, biker, sea, grass, peak, marin, landscape, bernard chen, timescapes, photo

In this Life

Mount Tamalpais, California

This beautiful place is right outside of San Francisco. Underneath those clouds is the Pacific Ocean. The scenery is amazing! It was my first time on the West Coast since I was a young boy, and I fell in love with it! I sure hope the people living there can appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them. They are so lucky! Mount Tamalpais, put that on your wishlist if you visit San Francisco.

Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina, sunset, OBX, Outer Banks, Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Seashores, scenic, marsh, dramatic sky, serene, outdoor, landscape, historic, atlantic, ocean, photo

Swept Away

Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

I've been dreaming of this shot but never knew how I was going to pull it off. On Saturday morning, I decided that I was going to make the five and half hour drive to this location for sunset and come right back home afterward. I knew that if I got out in the marsh, I could get a composition that is unique since most people wouldn't dare to tread out here with all the signs that warn of deadly snakes. I was swept away by this sunset, one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witness! No one was around for this beauty - only me standing in the marsh and the sounds of quacking ducks into the night. Then came the beautiful drive home, but it didn't matter; the excitement of catching this shot lasted a long time!

Glacier National Park, Montana, Bernard Chen, Horizontal, Outdoors, Day, Nature, Tranquility, Scenics, Tranquil Scene, Beauty In Nature, Non Urban Scene, Environment, Standing, Side View, Full Length,, photo

Glacier Cascades

Glacier National Park, Montana

West Virginia, Babcock State Park, Glade Creek Grist Mill, New River Gorge, Babcock, Waterfalls, Cascades, Mill, Winter, Snow, Grist Mill, photo

Storybook Dreams

Babcock State Park, West Virginia

Fall For You, Washington DC, cherry blossoms, blossoms, spring, pink, tidal basin, panoramic, blooms monument, bernard chen, timescapes, photo

Fall For You

Washington DC

Original panoramic image size 48 x 20 inches

Just when I thought I have seen most of the beauty that could be seen from around the Tidal Basin, Mother Nature threw me another curve ball that had me staring, staring in disbelief how beautiful she had became overnight. Blossoms are known to peak, fall and be blown away in high wind, or come down in a downpour to become a puddle of mush, but this morning was quite different. She definitely saved her best for the last as each petal were laid out with a gentle touch and filled the ground like winter snow. Yes, I fall for her every time and the only memories I have left are images of her past.

 

Crystal Mill, Colorado, Spring, waterfall, old structure, marble, mountains, snow, aspen, golden, famous, photos, location, autumn, bernard chen, timescapes, photo

Fragments of Time

Crystal Mill, Colorado

When I visited this place last June, I had a grueling 10-mile hike through pouring rain. This time I had a little guilty feeling along the way, somehow it didn’t seem right that this shot came so easy. I was passing hikers/photographers along the road on the ATV, and I knew how they felt. Could life be so easy for this guy? I forgave whatever evil thoughts they had in their mind about me; they didn’t know how many miles I have sweated for a shot.

So this shot has been on my bucket list ever since I started photographing Glade Creek Grist Mill in WV. These two places arguably are the most sought out images of all the grist mills in the U.S. They both are distinctively stunning, but Glade Creek is super easy to access, and this one will make you sweat for your shot, especially if you don’t have any other means of transportation except by foot.

Canada, Glacier, Alberta, Banff, Moraine Lake, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Lake Minnewanka, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park,, photo

You're Free

Moraine Lake

I have never enjoyed taking selfie shots before, and when I started, I realized I had to get some color because my all-black outfit didn’t work too well. Now I have a red, blue, and yellow jacket just waiting for the perfect scene. I realized there’s something special about these shots, for starters, they make high talking points during my seminars, but as I come back to these images, I realize these are the images that will forever be shared when I am no longer a part of this world. Even though my kids might not appreciate them now, maybe in time, they will seek out these beautiful places their father went, and perhaps they too will know what my heart felt like when I stood here.

Canada, Glacier, Alberta, Banff, Moraine Lake, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Lake Minnewanka, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, photo

All Roads Lead Home

Moraine Lake

machu picchu, peru, photo

Machu Picchu

Peru

Havasupai, Havasupai Falls, Indian reservation, arizona, blue water, southwest, desert, waterfalls, trails, canyons, photo

Havasupai Falls

Havasupai