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Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids.
About this photo: “This photograph is called “Here There Be Dragons.” I took this photo with a 75 year-old camera and lens on 4X5 inch Velvia 50 slide film. It is of a root formation I found along the upper McKenzie River Trail. I love finding interesting things in nature to photograph. This root formation epitomizes this fascination. As a landscape photographer, you search your entire life for something like this and when you find it, it’s exhilarating. I photographed this four times before I got the shot I wanted, driving 70 miles each direction to get to it. It think it was worth it.”