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Photo Gallery: 10 Bob Ross Inspired Climbing Photos

Gallery: 10 Bob Ross Inspired Climbing Photos

Julie Ellison, Lemonade (5.11a), Little River Canyon, Alabama

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“Isn’t it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things?”

Bradley Heller, Whisker Biscuit (5.13b/c), Leslie Gulch, Oregon

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“However you think it should be, that’s exactly how it should be.”

Cali Terveen, Gold Star (5.11c), Victoria Canyon, South Dakota

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“You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”

Jeremy Collins, Simple Math (5.11b), Providence, Missouri

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“Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”

Tony Mayse, The Fang (WI5), Vail, Colorado

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“Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals—all of them special in their own way.”

Tim Alexander, Jesus or Jeopardy (5.10a), Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

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“Go out on a limb—that’s where the fruit is.”

Lindsey Robinson, Pocket Hero (5.10b), Wild Iris, Wyoming

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“No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.”

Josh Livasy, Queen of Hearts (5.12a), Wild Iris, Wyoming

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“It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”

Bradley Heller, Tasmanian Devil (5.12b), Leslie Gulch, Oregon

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“We don’t really know where this goes—and I’m not sure we really care.”

Andy Knight, Quakie Punch (V6), Sevier Plateau, Utah

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“There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”

Can you ever have too much Bob?

Nature is colorful, nature is beautiful, and above all nature is inspiring. I’m always on the lookout for colorful scenes and ways to incorporate abstract colors into a photograph. Probably too much according to my editors, who never seem to run this style of imagery. But you know what? It makes me happy, and that’s what matters most. Bob Ross had the amazing ability to take a beautiful painting and seemingly ruin it with a big black line down the center. However this bold line would become an amazing tree, which gave the image depth and turned a simple scene on canvas into something more, something spectacular. I look for that tree every time I’m out and try to step behind it to bring my canvas to life. While Mr. Ross has many inspirational quotes, I think Mr. Dylan may have said it best, “Whatever colors you have in your mind, I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine.”

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