For Julie - Merrill Creek Reservoir - Jan. 2016

Posted by Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 20 January 2018 in Landscape & Rural.

I proudly dedicate this Blogpost to a wonderful friend and a brilliant Photographer: Julie Weller Finley who introduced me to this glorious spot...Had it not been for her, I may have never known about that magical place called Merrill Creek Reservoir (or simply, "MCR" as it is often referred-to by the locals).

In 2007, we had moved to Easton, PA from San Diego. Some time later, I "met" Julie on Aminus 3. She told me about MCR and how beautiful and peaceful it is. So I quickly decided to drive out to explore it myself.....That first visit was everything Julie said that it would be. It was like opening my soul to the true beauty of Nature..In the ensuing years, I made countless visits to Merrill Creek and always left with a feeling of fulfillment, regardless of the season.

One beautiful day In January, 2016 (shortly after undergoing surgery) I grabbed my snow shoes and drove out to Merrill Creek once again so i could re-energize my spirits after the operation that I had had. That is when this image was made.

Now, here we are in January 2018. Barbara and I have moved to the Pacific Northwest, but even now, I find myself thinking about Merrill Creek - a beautiful place that is gorgeous in all seasons....and stays in your soul forever.

Thankfully, even though we are thousands of miles apart, Julie and I are still good friends and we keep in touch regularly and as for Merrill Creek Reservoir is concerned, I will never forget it!

So - Thank you Julie - Thank you for all your generosity and beautiful images. I will always be grateful and will always remember.....<3

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire


Nikon D800
1/30 second
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)


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