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Here There Be Dragons

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.” 


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14 comments on “Here There Be Dragons

  1. Cynthia
    September 24, 2012

    Beautiful image and fantastic title.


  2. atoasttodragons
    September 24, 2012

    Very, very cool. I think it was worth it, too.


  3. LightHouseBlues
    September 24, 2012

    Fantastic capture!


  4. Darla Welchel
    September 24, 2012

    This image is totally awesome. It also reminds me of a gnome or a gargoyle. 🙂 I will have to reblog this photo!


  5. jackiebelle
    September 24, 2012

    I love the texture and richness in your photo. You are an amazing artist.


  6. Helen Cherry
    September 24, 2012

    It was definitely worth it…:)


  7. jmgoyder
    September 24, 2012



  8. Syncopated Eyeball
    September 24, 2012

    Great image. Your perseverance definitely paid off.


  9. Darla Welchel
    September 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on Through The Lens and commented:
    This was such an awesome image, I wanted to share it with everyone. If you don’t subscribe to Broken Light: A Photography Collective, you should. The images are stunning and the stories are compelling.


  10. helena davila
    September 26, 2012

    absolutely beautiful photo with a perfectly fitting title, (fitting titles always seem to be difficult to come up with)


  11. TheDisfigured
    September 28, 2012

    Excellent. I love being reminded that there are still esoteric secrets and places locked away on planet earth.


  12. The right mood
    September 29, 2012

    What a great, unexpected shot! really really like it. Bravo!


  13. The Lioness
    October 10, 2012

    I love the color, the mood and the detail. Great trip!


  14. luro97
    December 8, 2012

    Outstanding! Something really mystical going on there.


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