What is a Vortex, and How it Can Benefit Your Spiritual Life

A vortex is thought to be a unique spot on the earth where metaphysical energy is either entering into the earth or projecting out of the earth’s surface. Vortexes (or vortices) are found at sacred sites throughout the world – the Great Pyramid in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali, Stonehenge, Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia, etc. It is believed that the vortex energy moves in a spiral, moving up or down.

The images below I made on a recent trip to Sedona, Arizona: considered to have some of the most powerful vortices on earth.


Some say Sedona’s vortex energy is so powerful that you can actually feel it and that it is powerful enough to help people take giant leaps with their spiritual development. The Native Americans believe that spiritual transformation can occur more quickly and easily in Sedona because the veils to other dimensions are thinner here. Whether or not you believe that energy vortexes actually exist, one thing is for certain, there is “something” about Sedona that has made people travel here for something more than just its incredible beauty.

Sometimes Being stuck with a window seat isn’t such a bad thing

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Normally I like to fly with an aisle seat; especially on flights over two hours. I don’t know how many times I have booked a flight online only to have that ugh feeling when you get to the seat selection and find only windows and middles left.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go for a window, like I did on this Seattle to Philadelphia trip.

As we climbed out of the normal winter cloud cover of Seattle I was afforded this wonderful view of Mt. Adams in southern Washington..

It was nice that the window was clean and clear. This isn’t always the case. If you do choose a window seat, try to get in front of the wings for a more unobstructed view. It’s also wise to use a polarizing filter to mask any reflections from inside of the plane.

Next time I might just choose a window, especially if I know the flight path is passing by some interesting features below.

Pete Turner: 1934-2017


My Mentor Series

There have only been a few photographers that have had a profound influence on my own vision and work.

Pete Turner is one such photographer. He passed away about a year ago at the age of 83, and I’ve been meaning to start this series off with a tribute and information about him.

He was a master of color photography, and his ability to utilize the pure essence of various hues and saturation levels was astounding. Many of his works involved composite images created without the aid of modern digital technologies. If memory serves me right Pete shot exclusively with Nikon 35mm equipment and his film of choice was always the venerable Kodachrome (which embellished the incredible contrast witnessed with his creations). He also was a master of duplicating slide film and making composite double or more exposures in a final image that comprised many of his well-known pieces. His prints were meticulously produced using the Cibachrome process.

I do know he started his career in the 1950s as a military photographer with the Army. Later he became a much sought after commercial pro, whose assignments took him all over the world and created opportunities for many of his iconic photographs.

I have a pretty extensive vinyl jazz record collection, and most of the CTI label record covers (produced by Creed Taylor) were shot by Pete. Looking at one the other day I noticed that you could order 11 x 14 inch prints for only $25! I was also lucky to find his 1986 monograph book in a second-hand bookstore in Kona a few years back.

He was a really cool person, who was a super craftsman. The graphic power of his work will always spark my imagination.

For more information his family still maintains a website for his work at peteturner.com.

The New York Times published a great obituary as well.