The One sent me to the Northern Rockies to get this photo for The Machine

I tip my hat to the great Kevin Kelly, who always seems to be surfing on the same wave, giving me hang-ten signs via his polemics. In case you don’t know who Kelly is, watch one of his great speeches at TED right here.

The One is already extending itself with me. I am totally comfortable with the fact that I was a human that used technology to extend myself, which I still do to ever increasing degrees. All the while, I have felt this unexpected coalition would flip and The One would start using me to feed The Machine compelling content… I just didn’t know when it would happen.

But you know that feeling when you have food poisoning, and you just KNOW you’re going to vomit later, so you might as well be tough and make it happen now? I’m certainly at that point with this daily blog at, where I feel wonderfully compelled to go gather meaningful content to be added to The Machine.

I push the theory forward a bit more and separate The One and The Machine into sort of a "soul" and a "body". The One is an imperfect symphony of the thoughts and desires of everyone on the net, and The Machine is the guts that keep track of all the goodies. The One is right brained and The Machine is left brained, but I am out there, working for both, as a willing agent.

I have written pages more about this, and in the very likely case that this is hopelessly confusing to you, I’ll spare you the details! No worries… just keep coming back every day for another photo, served up fresh to give you a new view of the world!

The One sent me to the Northern Rockies to get this photo for The Machine (by Stuck in Customs)

And here is another photo, taken less than a thousand miles away, of an Amish boy who is not out gathering and filtering content for The One, and who is not likely to be. I shot this last one a little over a year ago, when both of us were on the same side of the equation.

This is Nathaniel

  • Ray

    No comments yet :). You should really have confused some souls out there.
    The first thing that got me here was today’s photo. Astounding work indeed. I’m not sure how you get that effect with the rays but it’s great – especially away from the sun (top left).
    Thank’s for the TED talk also! Hadn’t seen this one. You rose the inspirational level of one other of the extensions of The One. Cheers!

  • Ole

    the name of the location on this one would be good

  • Gail

    Beautiful as usual, Trey. As for the One and the Machine, I guess the internet has indeed extended our minds beyond anything we ever could have imagined!! It’s an amazing tool when used properly. I would also like to know the location. Is in it the U.S. or Canada. So many places out here look like this, that’s the beauty of the Rockies!!

  • DEE

    And soon the clouds will disappear.

  • I love this pic! I am absolutely mesmerized by those clouds! In fact, I live in Upstate Ny, where the latitude of different than San Diego, growing up, so the clouds almost always look like that! I can’t stop looking at them!

  • DEE

    Don’t take me wrong. A picture is great with clouds. “Without clouds there can be no glorious sunset.” Nathaniel is Great!

  • Thank you.

  • Fa

    Tray, I think you’ve just had an epiphany. 😉

  • Earth…sky…sun…WOW!!

  • Haha… thanks y’all

  • Don Schulte

    Thanks for the link to TED. I found this on photography:

    Very Good stuff from the NG editor.

  • tim k(tk)

    wonderful view of the mountain allmost every day you come out with a new pic that i use for backrounds it is just awsome

  • the Amish boy really looks like a painting to me – i haven’t noticed that with your other portraits – but this one in particular really looks like a painting.

  • With your picture of the Amish boy; is that HDR as well? If so, how did you do it. And if not, well, how did you do it? Awesome pictures once again.

  • Everything is HDR except for his face… you can’t HDR people without them looking like coal-miners! 🙂

  • HuhWhatOh

    Where was the first picture taken?

  • It was taken at Glacier National park

  • HuhWhatOh

    it’s beautiful…i love montana. i hope you continue to put up more of your photos from your trip there.

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