San Francisco

I was in San Francisco in mid December, just after passing through Santa Barbara, but I hadn’t uploaded any pictures of the place … mainly because I was lazy and had so many photos to sift through before being able to post. Anyway, I’m dedicating this article to the people back home who mean the world to me.

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There is a certain view you can only get in a city like San Francisco
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Look at me. I’m fabulous!

One very nice AND annoying thing San Francisco has to its name is the number of hills in the city. They also happen to be very steep … To get the following shots, I had to run up one of these hills from Fisherman’s Wharf. It was good exercise but damn was it difficult.

“You are your only limit”

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Always try to look at life with admiration, especially when everything looks to be going the other way

Being on the road for months at a time does take its toll on you. There’s so much to keep you busy, but it is also very simple to slump down and have a day’s rest. Meeting new people every day is a great experience and you learn so much from each and every one of them, but sadly saying goodbye has become too simple a thing. I wish it hadn’t.

“I think the hard thing is that I was trying to be an empty version of who I was before. Maybe now it’s time I accept who I am and move on.”

“The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money… they don’t know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.” – Alan Watts

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Just take a walk. Maybe somewhere along the way you’ll find something worth holding onto.
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“Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens”
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I just had to go here. The idea of going to learn new things is far too enticing to pass up!
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Oh hey, little guy!
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“Only in darkness can we see the stars”

I’ve got to give credit to my friend, Mija, for sharing her admiration for jellyfish. Ever since my time in Baltimore, every single aquarium I go to, I look for the jellyfish to try and photograph these exquisite little beings. What puzzles me most about these creatures is their ability to survive despite the fact they do not have a brain … and they’ve been in our waters for a long, long time!

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Where do I belong?

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George A. Moore

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An iconic view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
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I am just me. I am good enough to be who I am – but that doesn’t stop me from learning more! 

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” – Ann Landers

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I once met a photographer who told me this one very important thing: even if it looks like something’s going to get in the way of your lens, take the picture. I don’t know why, but this is one of my favourite shots and it wasn’t planned … I had set up my tripod for the sunset and he walked out in front of me; I took the photo and he realised he was in the way, without knowing he’d helped me create one of my masterpieces. 
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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart”

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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lydon B. Johnson

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Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” – Les Brown

Thank you Mum, Dad and Rano for supporting me all these years. I know I’ve been difficult at times, but I hope I’ll make it up to you one day. One day I hope to be to become more than who I am now, more like you: great people. Looking up to greatness is something I’m incredibly proud of and I hope you know that the things you’ve done and who you’ve become are my inspiration and always will be.

All the best.

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