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Krystyna Bork

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My first trip up the Bear Canyon trail I decide to double my water supply and take my dslr. I almost turned around at mile 5 (but turns out I just needed to eat a few more carbs). A quick summit break then I ran down. I've never hiked with so much elevation gain in one hike before, or hiked with so much weight. I genuinely thought my legs were going to give up on the way down and I wasn't able to walk right the next three days, but I can't wait to do it again! . . . . . #ThisHeartRunsWild #Californiawilderness #sangabrielmountains #bearcanyon #mtbaldy #naturephotography #hiking #hikingadventures at Mount Baldy, California

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I saw a woman who very much did not want to go through this tunnel. I got up close expecting it to be creepy and found it to be as advertised. It's pretty cool on the other side though, definitely worth braving a little creepy to get to see! . . . . . #BigSur #statepark #California #pacificocean #adventure #outwest #roadtrip at Big Sur, California

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Sleeping in the shadow of Mt. Whitney is an experience I will never forget. It has been on my bucket list to stand on the summit ever since I moved out here. While we didn't get to summit due to the unfortunate timing of AMS, we did manage to gather a lot of lessons learned. To check out these lessons learned you can read about it on my blog: heartrunswild.com Plus there's a picture of a cute, chubby marmot in the story! . . . . . #ThisHeartRunsWild #California #SierraNevadaMountains #InyoNationalForest #adventure #getoutside #WildernessNation #wildwest #mountaincultureelevated #natgeo #nature #naturelovers #naturephotography #hiking #backpacking at Mount Whitney

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My first trip to Big Sur did not disappoint - I love this state :) at Big Sur, California

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Yosemite is one of those places that gets so gorgeous at sunset. As we drove through, Tyler would stop the car and I would sprint to get the next shot. I still have trouble believing that I Iive in a place where I can have adventures like this one a whim. Welcome to the sunshine state! at Tioga Pass Road

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Another beautiful sunset just inside Yosemite. Unfortunately we got there just as the sun went down, but not before I was able to get some shots of my favorite place in California! at Yosemite National Park

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Missing Yosemite! Gearing up for another adventure into the Sierras - coming soon to a feed near you! at Yosemite National Park, USA

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Everyone has a limit for what counts as "cheating" when post processing. Some people think adding or taking out an entire person is too much, and others think any work done outside of the camera is unfair. I've been thinking a lot about my limit. I think of my camera as a tool to help capture what I see in my head. For me the camera isn't the end of the line. I think I will go farther than most photographers because I view my images as a way to communicate how I see the world, rather than only what the camera sees. I think a lot photographers agree that the camera needs a little help now and then ๐Ÿ˜Š What's your limit? What are you trying to communicate with your images? at Grand Canyon National Park

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As I was wandering around Canal Park snapping pictures, a man was complaining to his wife about how he hated how all these millennials are always too busy taking pictures for Instagram to enjoy life. I very much enjoy taking photos and do not feel like I'm wasting my life. I am working on creating something that makes me happy, and I won't let someone I don't even know shame me or decide for me how I should feel about my hobbies. This person did not care for my life choices, but what matters is that I do. If you only have a cell phone, you can still take amazing pictures. I've gotten plenty of comments when I'm carrying around my camera with a giant (rented) lens about how I must be really good or that I obviously know what I'm doing. Fact is, I'm still new and I have no idea what I'm doing. In contrast, when I only have my cell phone, I receive comments like the one above that I'm only taking pictures for the likes, and must have no idea what I'm doing. Even if that were true, there is nothing wrong with that way of thinking. At least I'm working to better myself, and eventually, I will know what I'm doing. Photography is very technical and expensive to get into. Smartphones teach composition and are a fantastic tool if it's all you have. The next Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams is out there taking pictures on their smartphone, right now. The world is changing, be kind to cell phone photographers. at Duluth, Minnesota

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I'm learning more and more that good photographers don't happen upon good pictures. They plan and wait, sometimes for months or years for their vision to come alive. They'll go out for months and maybe come back with a few solid pictures. As I work on shaping my artistic vision, I'm learning what else I can improve on. I'm never perfectly happy with my pictures, but I see what I could do better for my next attempt. That fact makes me happy. I was so excited to shoot on this trip, and when I start reviewing my photos...disappointment ensued. Probably because I decided on a whim to drive up the coast and find an interesting subject, rather than making a plan and doing research. This photo I am the most happy with. The ocean is doing an awesome job doing its thing, but I could have used better exposure settings and just a tweak in the angle would leave me more satisfied. But even though it's not perfect, it's a mark of my progress. at Montaรฑa de Oro State Park

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I slept right through my 4:30 alarm and woke up worried I would miss out on the amazing sunrise I spent so much time preparing for! Lucky for me I was able to catch an amazing sun flare over arch rock - I even had it all to myself ๐Ÿ’œโ˜€๏ธ at Joshua Tree National Park

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My first time in Yosemite and I certainly hope not my last! We weren't able to bring the rope out this time, but I've got my sights set on El Cap...one day! at Yosemite National Park

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Happy Valentine's Day! Take some time to tell the people in your life that you love them! Moments are fleeting, but love for your family, friends, your person, or pet is not. Love comes in all shades and varieties, and today is a day to celebrate them all! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Have a great day, everyone! at Ontario Peak

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Old Greyback watched on as I wrapped up my 6 pack climbing San Bernardino. After San Jacinto I believed I wouldn't be able to finish. The 11 miles of San Jack was so much tougher than I had anticipated (albeit I was still fatigued from hiking Cucamonga 2 days before). Now I hike 20 miles just about every week and I've learned a challenge is nothing to shy away from. The most critical moments in your life are right after you've fallen. Will you let it keep you down, or will you pick yourself back up and try again? at San Bernardino Mountains

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When the rains came to us on the coast I figured I wouldn't be able to finish up the last of my 6 pack. But we were determined not to let "a little snow" stop up from reaching our goals. Armed with ice axes (we soon found to be overkill) and microspikes (worth every penny), we started the climb at 7am. We got lost a couple times, had to break trail, slid down the terrifyingly steep slopes with every step, and had wet shoes just about the whole time, but it really wasn't that bad. The sun was shining and it was a balmy 40ish degrees. All in all, a pretty good day! And you can see Old Greyback poking out on the right side! (not pictured) even further to the right was a killer view of San Jack! at San Bernardino Mountains

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The glow from the fading sun is just strong enough to illuminate my path. The sign tells me where to go, but I am still the one that has to fight the wind and cold to climb down the mountain I just fought so hard to ascend. The night brings new challenges of rocky and poorly illumated footing, along with giant sized housecats who want to stalk me and play with me in a very different way than my Olive cat back home. I make it down close to midnight, knees creaky and weary, but with a fire burning inside. at Mount Baldy, California

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Sunset is the ideal time to be standing on the summit of a mountain. As the light fades and the colors intensify, you are compelled to stop and watch. Eventually the colors start to deepen, and leave just as quickly as they came. You are blinded from a lack of the brilliancy that held you captive only minutes before. But as with all peaks, you must carry on. You strap on your headlamp, grab another layer from your pack, and take your first step into the night. at Mount Baldy, California

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My Minnesota friend couldn't decide if we should go to the beach or go rock climbing, so we decided on both! What a rough life we live in California ๐Ÿค— I'm so stoked to be lucky enough to live in such an incredible place! at Point Dume, Malibu, CA

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