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Michael Durbin's Vanity Site

Searcher's Rest is a place for those of us who haven't quite found what we're looking for. We're the type of people who are always looking for something. If we're not looking for something, we figure that something is missing, which prompts us to reset our goals and start looking again.
Most of us are Searchers, whether it's for love or money, stability or security, prestige or a sense of belonging, or even the next thrill, we are all searching for something. Check out my blog for the latest goings-on.

One of the things that I've found that allows me to express a passion is photography. So, I put together a different web site devoted to showcasing the more artistic side of my work at MPDurbinPhotography.com. There will be some duplicate images in the albums that are on both sites, but the albums here at Searcher's Rest will include images that are more informal and may not measure up to my idea of "publishing quality", as well as images of the people that help make the places special.
I'm also putting together some of my favorite links on a page of their own. I'm sure that page will keep changing as my favorites change, but that's the idea, right?


For me, photography is a way to share what I experience with others, so "good" shots to me mean inspiring views, commanding mountain ranges, brilliant sunsets, or other often-overlooked details of the environment that capture the essence of what I'm feeling about a subject or a place. I must admit that I think twice about hauling extra lenses with me when I travel, but I've missed too many shots that only a wide angle could capture, or a tele could see. The eye is too good at picking out details by itself. Photographers need the help of a range of lenses in order to come close.

Current active Albums posted online:


Yoga Daisy Flipper! Z & Michael's Garden
2007 In Review 2008 In Review 2009 In Review 2010 In Review
2011 In Review 2012 in Review    

Kona Sun Break, March 2011 Evergreen Air Museum with Dad and Rob - May 2011 Olympic Peninsula ride - June 2011
The Honkas visit Portland! August 2011 Portland Spirit river cruise with Z, Defne, and Sam Isil's visit, October, '11
Sellwood Bridge, pre-replacement Oregon Coast, January '12 Spring in Tryon
Port Townsend Victorian Festival, March, '12 Turkey, September '12 France, October '12


You can see past albums (and there are lots of them) by selecting them from the drop down menu.










I'm an outdoors enthusiast with more toys than time!


Best Wishes!
It is good to have an end to journey toward -
But it is the journey that matters,
                      Not the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Elliot

...Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond;
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!

Robert Service

The path of Life





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