The popular photography book, 93 Miles Of Paradise, made it’s debut in April of 2010. It’s a well put together photo journey of Mt. Rainier, shot and photographed by Greg Farley, a former resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The book is illustrated with colorful vibrant photographs sprinkled in with a few of Greg’s personal chronicles.
Like most of nature’s finest spectacles, words alone cannot adequately convey the power and beauty of Mt. Rainier, yet Greg has done a great job of capturing it’s true essence among his collection of photographs that he’s carefully complied for this book.
This book is an epiphany, which has somehow managed to merge Greg’s passion for travel, photography and family, all into one. The majority of photos in this magnificent book were taken in 2008 amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Mount Rainier National Park.
Undoubtedly you’ll fall in love with this coffee table book, the photographs capture some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. These enchanting and spectacular waterfalls seem to splash off the pages and provide a sense of peacefulness as your browse through the book.
Greg Farley developed his passion for photography at a very young age. He was the sixth child born to Mary and Eldon Farley, his father was in the military and Greg was an official army brat. Born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky the family made several moves prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, a place he called home up until he was nineteen years old.
His father was an avid outdoorsmen and he enjoyed taking the family camping and fishing all throughout the Colorado Rockies. It was in those Colorado Rockies that Greg began developing his interest in photography.
Greg’s father not only encouraged him to pursue photography, but also inspired him to take note of the finer details found in nature, such as the delicate gashes on the leaves leading up to a flower petal and to appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of each and every sunset.
When Greg turned 19 he bought his first 35 mm Canon AE-1 and from there on out he surrendered completely to his passion for outdoor photography, it became his addiction. The more pictures he took the more he wanted to know and learn about this creative art form. He was discovering with each shot that he had a niche for taking outdoor shots, he found solitude in taking photographs of the ducks at the Broad-moor Hotel and he spent many hours reading through books on photography to improve his craft.
He joined the Army when he was 19 years old and that provided him with an opportunity to photograph other places around the world. Then, while stationed in Denver as an army recruiter, he was strolling through one of the malls and had the unexpected pleasure of running into John Fielder, the author of the photography book titled, “Colorado, Our Wilderness Future”. John was conducting a book signing, the two talked for over twenty minutes and inside Greg’s book he wrote, “Best Wishes To Greg. John Fielder Dec. 90. Good luck with your photography. I look forward to seeing your first book in a few years!” (Nearly a decade later Greg did just that, he produced his own book, it was a dream come true.)
Greg continued to take photographs, honed his talent and in the spring of 1991 he sold his first photo to a legit company. His photo of a solider silhouetted standing on a rock with his helmet and M16. It became a replica photo that they used to display photo frames. He earned $110.00 for that photograph, his first sale.
Retiring from the US Army in 2002 he made his home in Washington, there he started his own contracting business but found himself being called back to Mt. Rainier time and time again and each time he would take his camera and shoot whatever he could, this fed his passion for outdoor photography.
In September 2008, his father passed away, this was a difficult time for Greg and the days leading up to the funeral he asked his fiancé, Darcie to join him for a hike up Mt. Rainier, a place where he and his father had so often visited. This was a time to reminisce and fondly remember his father and to say good-bye.
When they arrived at the trailhead of Comet falls, oddly enough the parking lot was practically empty. As the two hiked the 1.8-mile trail, they talked and cried and laughed and talked and laughed some more. Just before they made it to the falls, they arrived at the knoll hiding the waterfall. To surprise Darcie he asked her to close her eyes and he carefully placed his hands over her eyelids and gently guided her up to the top of the knoll. When they reached their destination he took his hands off of her eyes, all she said was, “It’s so beautiful.” There the waterfall could be seen through the trees, it was a stunning breathtaking view.
The two of them stood there for a while taking in the landscape and the beauty. They hiked the rest of the way to the base of the falls, and found a place to sit. As they sat and talked, the sound of the falls echoed the valley like a thunderous roar. It had become an incredibly enjoyable and romantic excursion.
The next day, Darcie and Greg headed to Colorado Springs for his father’s funeral. It was hard for Greg to say good-bye to the man that had been there for him his entire life.
A week after the funeral the two were back at home and they began looking through the photos they’d taken back in Colorado. In the batch of photos they found the photographs he’d taken at Comet Falls a week earlier. Darcie began viewing the gorgeous photos and was amazed by their beauty; she asked Greg what he was going to do with all of the great photographs that he’d taken over the years of Mt. Rainer. She suggested he start his first book, fourteen months later, 93 Miles Of Paradise was completed.
Greg owns and operates Dancing Shadows Photography and offers photography workshops and waterfall tours in western Washington, along with some beginner classes for those that need some help with their new cameras.
Check out his Web site at http://www.facebook.com/l/53576;253.278.2957 and order his new photography book, 93 Miles of Paradise. This is a book that you’ve got to have, photographs of unbelievable quality and the love story that tied it all together. A passion for photography, travel and family made his dream of publishing a book all come true. A book dedicated to his beautiful wife Darcie.