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From my Southwestern Adventure of 2011, I had the pleasure of hiking out to The Wave! I got an early start before sunrise hoping I could at least get some alpenglow on some mountains, though the sunrise was uneventful. This hike is killer with so many awesome things to see and shoot! I made a point to pick out spots to explore and capture on my hike back out. They say it's only a three mile hike, but with some steep, rocky, and thick sand inclines, as well as some long, thick sandy trails, my little body felt it was more like six miles! It took me about an hour to get here as I stopped for a breakfast snack, to take a few shots, and simply enjoy the views. The weather was perfect...a bit chilly in the early morning and warming up for the day, but not unbearable. It will always be one of my favorite experiences.

Editor’s Note: This week we celebrate our blog’s first anniversary! It has been an incredible and wonderful first year for atlas. We have been so honored and privileged every week to showcase the beautiful works of so many talented emerging and established photographers from around the world. Every single photographer whom we interviewed this past year — from Canada to South Africa —  has inspired us with their passion, their stories, their hard work, and of course, their gorgeous artistry. We thank all of our featured photographers and more importantly, we thank you, our readers, for making atlas’ first year a big success! 

During the week, we are going to celebrate our first year by looking back at many of the beautiful and spectacular images that have graced these pages as well as give well-deserved shout-outs to some special folks who have made this blog a reality. We welcome any and all of your suggestions and comments on what you would like to see as we head into our second year so do not be shy to send a note on our Comments page. As always, thanks for all your good vibes and support and get ready for another year of intriguing interviews and breathtaking photography by some of the best and talented photographers in the field. A birthday toast to atlas!


© Chris Konig

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© Camille Seaman

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© Ross Willsher


© Bill Lies

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