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First Ray

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First Ray
First Ray
Sunrise at Schwabacher’s Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The sun had just hit the top of the mountain.

To find Schwabacher's Landing, travel north on Highway 26 (US-89) out of Jackson for 16 miles, past the airport and turn-offs for Mormon's Row (the classic barns). If you travel to the Snake River overlook, you've gone too far. The exit is on the LHS of the road and there's a sign for Schwabacher's Landing. Travel to the end of dirt/gravel road.

There's plenty of parking and public facilities. One classic view is right at parking lot. Keep walking on the trail for 1/4 mile and you'll get to another classic view...the one in this photo. There's also a 3rd "classic view." It's actually before the final parking lot, so if you leave the parking lot headed back to the highway, it's about 1/3rd mile from the parking lot, on the RHS. Just get out of your car and follow the trail.

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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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    This is just fantastic, Ken. A fave for me!


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6/4/2011 6:16:23 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Beautiful image Ken. Such lovely colors , reflections and clarity!


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6/4/2011 6:17:11 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Totally gorgeous Ken!!! Just like being there!


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6/4/2011 6:44:58 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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I'm on my way....love it!


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6/4/2011 7:41:03 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Wonderful in every way, Ken. A fav for me too.


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6/4/2011 8:47:47 AM

 
Erika G. Gossett  

What a beautiful image! It takes my breath away!


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6/4/2011 8:55:24 AM

 
Michael Howe
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Beautiful image,Ken...Nice work!!! Planning a trip out there in July...thanks for the info.


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6/4/2011 1:49:52 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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Hi Ken, this is one GORGEOUS capture my friend, the colors are GORGEOUS, the comp wonderful, and those reflections ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!!! We really enjoyed meeting you today and hope you have a wonderful rest of your WE!!! <><


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6/4/2011 8:07:56 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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It has to be a favorite for EVERYONE, Ken. What a thrill to view!


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6/5/2011 3:59:34 AM

 
Mary L. Graham
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Gorgeous Ken, Love the colors!! =)


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6/5/2011 8:10:45 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Postcard perfection...you should try to sell this one!!!! Yahoo!


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6/5/2011 6:41:38 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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WOW!!! Love it!


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6/6/2011 8:03:17 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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**SIGH**


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6/6/2011 1:16:59 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Outstanding scene, Ken!!!
~♥~


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6/12/2011 9:11:35 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations on your Editors First Pick. You captured a very beautiful scene. Thank you for the directions in case I go there again.


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6/16/2011 9:47:19 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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What a beauty, Ken! Reflection, sky color, mountain peaks... everything you could want!


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7/8/2011 6:42:45 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist,Ken! Good luck next round :)


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7/28/2011 6:36:47 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations on this beauty!!!


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7/28/2011 6:37:27 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on your awesome finalists, Ken! Very best luck!!!


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7/28/2011 8:03:16 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile


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7/28/2011 9:23:00 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Congratulations, Ken, on this glorious finalist!
~♥~Lisa


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7/29/2011 5:22:09 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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huge congrats Ken, it's a beauty!


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7/29/2011 5:54:53 AM

 
Danny B. Head
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Love the reflections! Congrats, Ken!


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7/29/2011 6:13:01 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I stand corrected... it was missing a badge... and probably needs a gold badge at that... Congratulations!


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7/29/2011 6:35:35 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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A BEAUTY!!! Congrats, my friend!


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7/29/2011 6:58:41 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Congrats again!!! Just stunning!!!


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7/29/2011 7:20:19 AM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Congrats on this beautiful finalist and thanks for the info Ken!


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7/29/2011 7:20:39 AM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Fantastic lighting on this, Ken! Congratulations on your finalist!


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7/29/2011 10:09:04 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Wonder where I was when you posted this beauty, Ken! Congratulations! (and thanks for the directions!)


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7/29/2011 11:51:50 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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YAHOOOOO! You got the GOLD!!!! Congratulations Ken!


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7/29/2011 1:10:53 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Beautiful....Congratulations!!!!


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7/29/2011 1:18:57 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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I'm not even through with the Finalists, yet! Congratulations, Ken! Well deserved!


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7/29/2011 1:28:56 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Brilliant work, as always, Kenn. Congratulations!


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7/29/2011 1:40:01 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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What a stand out image this is, Ken...gorgeous! Congratulations on your win!


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7/29/2011 1:41:33 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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A big congrats, Ken!


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7/29/2011 1:47:47 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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gorgeous winner, congratulations Ken!!!


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7/29/2011 1:57:49 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congratulations on your Win Ken!


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Tammy M. Anderson
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Beautiful winner. Congrats, Ken.


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7/29/2011 2:40:15 PM

 
Mary Timman
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Huge Congratulations on your Winner!


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Phyllis Burchett
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Congrats on your win Ken!


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7/29/2011 3:24:49 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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WTG Mr Smith!! Big congratulations on your excellent win with this beautiful image!!


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7/29/2011 4:06:32 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Fabulous winner! WTG Ken! :-) k


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7/29/2011 4:24:21 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner, Ken.


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7/29/2011 4:34:39 PM

 
Debra R. Harder
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This had GOLD all over it! Huge congratulations on your beautiful GOLD WINNER, Ken! jsb


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7/29/2011 4:52:30 PM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!!


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7/29/2011 5:20:21 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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Congrats!!!!!!!!!! You deserve it!!!!


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7/29/2011 5:22:13 PM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Congratulations on your win, Ken!!!


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7/29/2011 5:37:16 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congratulations on your beautiful WINNER Ken! I love this shot!


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7/29/2011 5:40:43 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on your 2nd Place Gold Winner Ken!!

jo ann c.


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7/29/2011 5:45:25 PM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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So beautiful, Ken. Congrats on your 2nd place gold!


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7/29/2011 7:03:58 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULATIONS on this Winning image, Ken!


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7/29/2011 7:26:25 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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Too many photographers never identify a place (like they're afraid of a little future competition.) You, my generous friend, give explicit directions. That, and this gorgeous image, makes you a complete winner in my opinion! Congratulations on your Gold2.


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7/29/2011 7:44:30 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your win, Ken :)


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7/29/2011 8:34:27 PM

 
Boyd L. Alexander
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Well done Ken! A big Congratulations on your Second Place Gold Medal win -- perfect reflections!!!
Way to go!!


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7/30/2011 7:06:03 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on your Winner, Ken! WTG!


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7/30/2011 7:29:11 AM

 
Lydia Williams
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Wow, Congratulations Ken!


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7/30/2011 8:11:33 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your winner...beautiful


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7/30/2011 8:44:40 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Congratulations on your winner, Ken! I wanted to go there when we were in Jackson, but the road from 191/26 was closed, and we weren't sure how much snow we would have to walk through further down. Wonderful reflection and light!


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7/30/2011 8:48:20 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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What a view and what a beautiful image, Ken. Congratulations on your winner.


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7/30/2011 9:34:37 AM

 
Ryan Murphy
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gorgeous, Ken. Congrats


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7/30/2011 1:50:57 PM

 
Sharon 
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WOW!!! Absolutely stunning, Ken! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!!


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7/30/2011 2:00:25 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Congrats on your fantastic win Ken.


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7/30/2011 2:16:17 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Fantastic color, glorious light, and perfect reflections! Congratulations on your stunning winner, Ken!


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7/30/2011 4:59:01 PM

 
Marcel J. Fernandez
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Ken, Congratulations on you Most Beautiful Winner.


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7/30/2011 7:58:11 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Ken on your Win!!!!


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7/31/2011 12:14:00 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congrats Ken on a beautiful winner. Was in Nebraska several days ago. Beautiful state.


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7/31/2011 2:54:14 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S.......on this terrific Winner!!!!

UB.


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8/1/2011 2:48:47 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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A truly beautiful and skillfully taken image. Congratulations!


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8/1/2011 5:22:27 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Beautiful winner...congratulations!!


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8/1/2011 7:04:04 AM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations on your gold and thank you for the directions. I hope to see this scene next time we are there, except I rarely make sunrise!


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8/1/2011 1:14:04 PM

 
David M. Montero
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Awesome shot Ken. Congratulations on your win!


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8/1/2011 3:55:45 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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...Now it is complete perfection! :) Congratulations on your win!


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8/1/2011 3:58:17 PM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your fabulous winner, Ken!


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8/2/2011 12:03:51 PM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Everytime I see your shots, I want to leap on a plane and head west. Another inspiration, Ken. Huge congrats on you win.


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8/3/2011 10:19:49 AM

 
Kathy Cline
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HEY KEN, I did not forget about you. Iv been traveling lots, so limited time on BP. I love this image. You are so talented at landscapes. Congratulations on a well deserved award. By the way...its like 96 degrees in Ft. Walton but feels like 113.


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8/3/2011 6:05:50 PM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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Breathtaking!!!!!!!


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8/4/2011 5:27:52 AM

 
Michael Howe
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Congratulations Ken, Well deserved!!!


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8/20/2011 9:34:05 PM

 
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