Oberlin Chalk Walk 2015

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Firewalkin’

Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones. Firewalking has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the world. It is often used as a rite of passage, as a test of an individual’s strength and courage, or in religion as a test of one’s faith. Firewalking became popular in the twentieth century when author Tolly Burkan began giving public classes throughout the United States and Europe in an effort to demonstrate that the practice was not paranormal.Today, it is often used in corporate and team-building seminars and self-help workshops as a confidence-building exercise.

I’ll not name the organization, the speaker or the location. The photos I’ve used are such that the people can’t be identified. My intention for sharing is to show the night shots of the fire, and the path of the embers as the individual’s foot kicks them.

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Oberlin Arboretum

Posts have been few and far between the last few months because I need some new spots to shoot. I can’t keep posting Rose Garden flowers, and Lighthouse sunsets, Settlers’ Watch  carvings, and backyard stuff. The weather has been more conducive to shooting on my days off now, and I needed to find a new spot. I’d seen the arboretum pop up on the map a few times, and I put it on the to-do list.

Some landmarks and objects just scream “HDR me!!” when I look at them.

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There are paths that meander around the reservoir, and branch off in different directions. The sounds of nature are really enjoyable. Nature biting and buzzing your ears? Not so much.

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