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Cloudy Skies and Grey Days

November 12, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Sometimes life is rushing too fast. I often need to press pause. Take a step back. Make sure that I’m balanced and live life in a way that  makes me truly happy. Last weekend I spent a few hours at Porteau Cove, a beautiful little beach outside Vancouver BC that is full of driftwood. I needed to find my inner balance again. Recharge.

What is it with the aquatic life that makes us feel at peace? The constant movement? The energy? The vastness? The relaxing sound? We are all born and still live in a natural world. We are made of the same molecules as nature. Connection with nature helps us to heal and find the natural balance. The ocean healed me this day. I found balance. Many of us live a life disconnected to nature, and I believe that this makes us very unhappy and stressed.

Photographer and Model: Anna Lengstrand @annalengstrand
Location: 

Porteau Cove, British Columbia, Canada

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Paddling Out on Lillooet Lake

November 3, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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“As you live you learn. I have learned to seize the day and take chances. To focus on what makes me truly happy. That the best things in life usually happens outside your comfort zone. It’s important to believe in yourself when other people don’t. It’s important to say yes when others might say no. I have learned that change is nothing to fear. Rather, it is something that we need, something that we can’t avoid.”

“I try to do things with my whole heart, listen to my inner voice, be present, live free, and live simple. I don’t need to be constantly surrounded by people, but I make sure that the people I have in my life are real and true friends and people who inspire and make me smile. I do things that makes me feel alive, and things that I have never done before. Every day is a gift and I’m not going to waste it.” – Anna Lengstrand
Photographer: Eric Beckstead (@ericbeckstead and ericbeckstead.com)
Model: 
Anna Lengstrand (@annalengstrand)
Location: Lillooet Lake, British Columbia, Canada

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Into the Mountains with Anna Lengstrand

October 15, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey guys! Here is another amazing shoot from Anna Lengstrand.  She took these photos this past weekend on an overnight hike.  Here is what Anna had to say about her experience:

So this was my last overnight hike for this season. It’s getting cold out. We headed up to Semaphore Lakes in the coastal mountains outside Pemberton BC, set camp, and then went on to summit the Locomotive mountain. There was snow in the air and it was very cold, but it cleared up as we reached the top, even though the going was pretty tough and slippery.

I did it as a Thanksgiving hike – as a thanks to nature and to the Earth. I’m thankful to be alive and to be healthy. I’m thankful to live in the mountains and to be one with nature and to focus on a simple live style and to live free. I’m thankful to be able to explore our beautiful world everyday.

I’m thankful to live in the mountains and let them teach me about life. They put things in perspective.


Credit: Anna Lengstrand @annalengstrand

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Joffre Lakes and Matier Glacier with Anna Lengstrand

October 13, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey PV fans! One of our favorite photographers, Anna Lengstrand, sent us these amazing shots from Joffre Lakes and Matier Glacier! Check out these gorgeous pictures and read what Anna has to say about letting go and getting lost in the wilderness.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

I’m the happiest in wilderness and mountains. In nature. That’s where I belong. Someone once told me that there is too much brain activity and thinking going on in crowds and cities, which disturbs your own energy field. I can see that. I think I’m quite sensitive to these energies. Before this particular hike I hadn’t been up in the alpine for couple of weeks, and I really felt under the weather. A fall cold had hit me, and work had been very stressful with a lot of pressure. I felt out of balance. But as soon I was surrounded by the large powerful coastal mountains, it feel like they absorbed all negative energy and replaced it with calm and peacefulness.

Nature always has this effect on me. And most people I believe. We need to get out there and explore, meditate, activate our bodies, shut off these over-thinking brain of ours, breathe, be present. I believe that living a life close with nature will make us all happier and more balanced.

Follow Anna on Instagram @annalengstrand for more amazing photos!
Location: Joffre Lakes & Matier Glacier; Pemberton, BC