With just one look at the images crafted by Terence Leezy, the evidence of love that goes into each one of them is immediately evident. With traces of humour here and there accompanied by a stark simplicity that is reminiscent of the early works of Ansel Adams, it is not hard to fall in love with the same landscapes and moments that are on display.
“It is often said that after the rain comes the sun,” Terence told TravelledPaths. He brings our attention to his image entitled Tetons on Fire. “The picture and I can’t agree more with that!”
Now take a closer look at the images of Terence and you’ll see something else: dedication. It takes a lot of hard work for a photographer to obtain many of the images that you can see in his full portfolio. From crawling down slippery cliffs for the perfect angle of a waterfall to waiting for the perfect moment to arrive on a wind-soaked Oregon beach, each image captured speaks to something personal.
Something reflective. “Growing up in Singapore and having spent a major part of my life in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong,” Terence said, “the concept of nature barely existed in my world before moving to the Pacific Northwest.”
What attracts Terence is something specific, but the excitement of something new. “I don’t think I will ever run out of subjects to photograph,” he said. “There is just so much to discover! Whenever I am not working, you can definitely find me out there exploring what Mother Nature has to offer!”
A pretty strenuous hike with some elevation gain and scrambling [that’s an understatement] to find THIS GINORMOUS ICE CAVE! Dripping wet in the cave with plenty of splashes making it pretty hard to shoot. Standing in the middle of this huge blue ice cave, über SURREAL. Definitely one of the places that you got to see for yourself. Crossed out yet another place off my bucket list. 🙂
This is my personal favorite waterfall located in Washington. I like the falls best from this angle, but getting down means a steep climb involving a shady rock wall. It’s basically a mist machine and it was almost impossible to keep the 145mm filter dry.
I used to think that the Milky Way was something you could only see if you were an astronomer. It is super elusive and when you do see it, you might mistake it for some haze or fog in the night sky. Was at Lost Lake over the weekend because the forecast said it’d be clear. And it was, before sunset. Set my alarm for 11pm and took a nap. When I woke up, Mt Hood was barely in sight, enshrouded by clouds. Disappointment mounting, I set up my gear to take a test shot anyway. Worst fears confirmed as pictures turned out cloudy. Since I’d driven 2.5 hours there, I decided to muck around and be optimistic. There were a couple of flashes across the sky coz there was a probably a thunderstorm going on some where in the West. That distracted me for while, and before I knew it, the skies cleared and the Milky Way was totally visible! Took many shots (probably too many) and this is my favorite amongst them. I guess some things, like Portland’s Voodoo donuts, are worth the wait? 🙂
Recently I’ve started developing a fascination for obscure waterfalls. About an hour and 40 minute drive from Portland without traffic and an off trail that’s a 20 minute steep downhill descend brings you to this hidden Spirit Falls gem along the White Salmon River. Love the turquoise blue water and the lush greenery in Spring! If you are lucky, you might see daredevil kayakers tumbling down the falls! Took twice the time to ascend the slope on the way out, but it was a good workout.
Portland was hit by a rare arctic blast the weekend I took this and that meant a snow covered gorge, which was a great photo op! So I took a drive in my 4WD to the gorge for some waterfall adventure. I had planned to head to Punchbowl Falls, but there was a pretty steep downhill towards the trailhead, and that meant I wouldn’t be able to get back up. So I headed over to Elowah Falls, which was probably a wiser and less insane option! It was snowing heavily and I just trudged my way to the Falls, half expecting to fall into the water, which I did as I was trying to get out of the trails. All I can say is hiking in wet UGGs is super tough, but I got back to the city safe, sound and cold. Brrr. I must say it was a pretty sight though, in the gorge. Probably once in a lifetime, this weekend.
Gold Dust – This was taken at Palouse Hills at Sunset, Steptoe Butte State Park, Washington.
Tulips Galore – Here’s one from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Tetons on Fire – This was the last sunset of my latest trip to Grand Teton National Park. Didn’t look too promising initially, with a thunderstorm in the afternoon and overcast skies above the Tetons the whole day. Looked like another day in PDX. LOL. Headed to the Snake River Overlook, hoping for the best. As luck would have it, just moments before the sun set, a small part of the clouds made way for the sun to come through for this spectacular sunset.
Fall Colors on Steroids – This image was taken in Seattle, Washington
Skittles Rainbow – This beautiful image is from Ramona Falls, Oregon
“The view at many of these places is just so breathtaking that photos don’t do them 100% justice,” Terence said in conclusion. “Even so, I do my very best to capture what I see so that I may share the beauty of Mother Nature with everyone.”
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