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Firestorm - Natural Bridges State Park, California

A Christmas fire burning early over Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, California.


Kind of a Christmas gift from me, to you. It comes with a story, a long story. So if you're waiting for your Christmas dinner to become tender, this might be the story for you. Humorous, yes. Christmassy, not exactly. Warm and heartwarming, it might, for some at least.


All happened earlier in the year, in October to be exact, right on the day when Mr. Good Light Patterson himself was stuck on a plane towards South Africa. Not the worst place you might say and on any normal day, I would wholeheartedly agree but not on October 1st, 2010. Mark your calendars, folks. This was the day Jim was defeated and in all honesty, we think he cried shamelessly.


Patterson is a light making machine, a terminator of luminance, a photon emitting creature. A wonder to some, and giant pain to others. Give him one day, only one day and he sucks the whole light from a place and ruins it for the rest of us. Patterson is the guy who killed Tahoe forever, for everyone.


I only drove by Tahoe twice and saw nothing but a choppy surf and clear blue skies. Others may have attempted to break the curse by visiting this place over 50 times with no luck. Patterson killed Tahoe. RIP wonderful blue lake, surrounded by glorious forests. Always remembered, never forgotten.


Anyhow, that day, October 1st, a small group of young and eager warriors photographers, made a first critical step towards a new world order, after Patterson changed the world forever. These fearless adventurers, let's call them Jave, Josh and David (to make things a little easier) secretly established a pact against the dark and evil side of photography, making a plan to assault Patterson's attempts to rule the California coast by rushing right into his living room in Santa Cruz with a blitzkrieg like move.


After some 256-bit encrypted phone calls were made, two tanks rolled down from San Jose to the coast to support the one man troop Josh at the operation "Enduring Light". With the precision of a swiss army knife, the group met at the beach to start the war for light. All soldiers brought their best gear and a plethora of gadgets to fight the evil army of photography mercenary soldiers, hired by Patterson.


To show how cruel and back-stabbing Patterson is, I am going to tell you whom he sent. Three (!!!) little girls in their flashy bathing suits, supported by a wise old man in shiny neon shorts. (After all, we should be lucky he wore shorts...)


"Guys, this won't be easy. Patterson sent the best he could find."


With the power of cranked up Singh Ray shields and rings of polarized high-tech light rockets fresh from Silicon Valley, the young, death-defying soldiers strategically moved along the beach to the rock bridge of the Santa Cruz Battleground State Park. In a split second of inobservance, the fearless leader of the group, Josh, was wounded after losing power of his filter holding equipment, and the endeavor for free photography and light for all was put on hold. Fortunately, he recovered quickly and the three light soldiers were able to beat Patterson's army for now.


During the fallback, in a last attempt to grasp the safe straw; Patterson and his evil villains sent a final curse over the brave group, having them attacked by millions of rain drops photophagous (light-eating) aliens dropping from the sky. Even though Jave, Josh and David lost most of their protection, the fearless soldiers were able to fight back the wet sucking creatures and returned from another successful mission to protect humanity and make this world a safer --- and most of all, brighter --- place.


The victory then was joyously celebrated at a local Burgers joint.


(Disclaimer: No kids or other persons, nor marine creatures were hurt during any stage of the operation. The events, persons and locations are real, the story might be a little stretched for the sole purpose of reading pleasure and Jim is a pretty cool guy, actually.)


Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Frohe Weihnachten and Bon Noel!


See the other two shots from the battleground: Jave | Josh


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Taken on October 1, 2010