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Tomas Alvarez

Photographer | Software Engineer | Social Impact Entrepreneur | All images are my own | Prints available #minnesotaexposure @minnesotaexposure

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“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ― W. T. Purkiser . After seeing a plethora of images from Minnehaha Falls, lately, I figured I had better get there before the ice packs in. . . . #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure

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. “November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. . With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. . The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring.” ― Clyde Watson . I took a bit of a risk on a day that started with snow and continued with mist as I got in the car. I'd never been to Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park, but had seen many pictures of Hidden Falls there. After an hour of wondering if there would be anything to see, we walked down toward the falls along the slippery boardwalk that still showed signs of snowfall. . The leaves had all mostly fallen off the trees, leaving the floor of the woods around us different shades of orange set against silhouettes of tree trunks. It's no wonder the colors of Halloween are orange and black. . After spending some time in the area, and experimenting with some new tools, I captured a couple of images I'm pleased with. This is one of them. . . . #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape

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“A dawn always promises a new beginning, Whereas... A sunset always promises a beautiful ending.” ― Anthony T. Hincks . The pre-dawn of a new day along the big lake! Silver Bay, along Lake Superior. . . . #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #sunset #sunrise #clouds #cloudporn #sky #natureporn #landscape #nature #naturephotography #water #experiencethebiglake #midwestmoment #amongthewild #goodvibesgreatlakes #lakesuperior #artofvisuals #minnesota365

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“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” ― Thomas Jefferson . The Minnesota State Capitol Building. . The building was built by Butler-Ryan Construction and designed by Cass Gilbert and modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome—the unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, after Saint Peter's. However, like all capitols with domes in the US it is also inspired by the idea of domed capitols originating with the United States Capitol dome. . . . #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #architecture #architectures #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers @ig_architect_design @architects_need #visitstpaul #night #nightphotography #longexposure #dome

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“You have to cross many bridges and you have to walk many paths in your life! But what is more important than this is to know which bridges you should not cross and which paths you must not walk!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan . Our familial de-stressor is a short drive through town. This activity is usually accompanied by a stop at Byerly's for dessert. Lately, I've used the time to scout some locations to see if they have potential as interesting shots. This one worked out. This is the Wabasha Bridge in St. Paul. . . . #photooftheday #love #visualsofearth #fatalframes #follow #agameoftones #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #sonyalpha #moodygrams #mnartist #bestofmn #minnesota365 #minnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #architecture #architectures #architecturephotography #architectureporn #architecturelovers #river #bridge #span #night #longexposure

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"Warning: Gale-force winds near current location" - The voice of the navigation system in my car. . That warning repeated a few times during the drive between the hotel I was staying at in Thunder Bay and Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, Canada. There was minimal traffic for a Friday evening, and even fewer tourists visiting the falls. Perhaps, they were wiser and heeded the warning, where I had no clue how fast "gale-force" is. . For an unseasonably warm day in the far north, I found that "gale-force winds" also means cold. It was freezing cold, and you can bet I was wearing shorts. It's what I do; actually, it might be a midwestern thing: "Above freezing? Shorts time!" . The water was raging and much higher than I had seen in the past couple of years. But, per usual, the falls didn't disappoint. This image seemingly adds a bit of grace to a very violent demonstration of water exerting itself over land. If you find yourself in Thunder Bay, do swing out and see the falls. It's a short drive and wonder to witness. . . . #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river #photooftheday #love #picoftheday #igdaily #follow #igers #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #follow #natureporn #landscape #nature #naturephotography #sonyalpha #kakabekafalls #ontario #thunderbay #autumn #artofvisuals #agameoftones #visualsofearth

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“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” ― Virginia Alison . I'm slowly finding that the more time I spend at Tettegouche, the more wonders it contains. I attempted to hike to this location last Spring as the sun was setting. I got about half-way before visions of bears and wolves entered my mind. Perhaps, I watched Nature a little too much as a kid. . The hike to the High Falls was great. I loved the suspension bridge, and I also really enjoy the slow reveal of the falls area. It starts with glimpses, then you get closer and really hear the roar of the water. After quite a fews stairs through view-obscuring trees, you emerge into the opening surrounded by cliffs and rock. In these moments, especially as a photographer, it's hard not to get excited. . Every new adventure is a gift. A treasure. There must be something discovery that makes humans so joyful. I'll accept modifying that last statement to possible includes dogs in the short list of discovery enjoyers. Is 'enjoyers' a word even? . Anyway, this is High Falls in Tettegouche State Park. . . . #photooftheday #love #picoftheday #igdaily #follow #igers #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #follow #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river #myminnesota #mnartist #onlyinmn #minnstagrammers #minnesota #captureminnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape

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"Next time." I thought as I stood looking down a steep embankment, the only way into this bay. Holding onto a tree on the edge of the only remotely level ground, I looked at my son - certainly the adventurous fifteen year-old would be down for some bad idea fun - but he wasn't going for it. “Nope." was all I got. . "Next time." the little voice in my head said. . The waves weren't too high, but they were high enough to fill the bay entirely on occasion. If you spend enough time next to Lake Superior, you'll learn that every 10th to 15th wave is bigger than you expect, and will come further up the shore and fill your shoes if you aren't ready. The same went for this bay. Events had to be timed correctly, or I'd get wet and or any one of the bad scenarios my brain could conjure would occur, too. No matter what, I had to limit my exposure and keep my wits about me. . I went from tree to tree on my way down. Sliding. Scraping. Calculating. When I reached the floor of the bay, I was wearing a fair amount of red clay on my legs and backside. "Why am I down here again?" . I had a vision in my head that was driving my filter selection as I rifled through my bag. "Where is that adapter ring? Did I bring it?" Photograpy is a contact sport and will test your decision making in high pressure situations. I saw visions of myself being swept out into the lake each time a deafening wave would roll in. I couldn't locate the filter adapter, so I had to hold my polarizer pressed against my lens with my hand. I took several shots; something would work. I would make it happen. . After what seemed like hours, but was really less than ten minutes, I went to scramble back up the hill. There was only one way and it required me to trust a vine-like root with my "healthier than two-bills" weight. The root was thinner than a pencil and the only thing between me and crawling up the embankment on my hands and knees, 45lb. backpack and all. Somehow, the root held, and the trip back up was easier than the way down. . The resultant image below makes the scene look calm and almost relaxed. That couldn't have been further than the truth.

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“Autumn leaf waits for autumn wind to reach the unreachable places; wise mind waits for silence for the same reason!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan . A few more leaves from our abbreviated autumn in Minnesota. . . . #photooftheday #love #picoftheday #igdaily #follow #igers #beautiful #bestoftheday #art #photography #happy #amazing #follow #myminnesota #mnartist #onlyinmn #minnstagrammers #minnesota #captureminnesota #thisismyminnesota #minnesotaexposure #nature #naturephotography #natureporn #landscape #water #creek #waterfall #waterfalls #river

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