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The 4th Happiest Place On Earth, As Captured By Sean Ensch

05/17/2015 10:29 pm ET | Updated May 18, 2016

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Born in southern California, landscape and adventure photographer Sean Ensch has harbored a hefty love for the ocean and nature in general from a young age. That love was paired with a desire to capture it on camera, which he began exploring in high school with film.

But, as it turns out, neither film nor southern California could hold him for long.

"If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff." - Jim Richardson

 

A few years ago he picked up his first digital camera and began traveling extensively, passing through the Caribbean, Latin America, the western United States, and Europe before settling down (for now) in the fourth happiest place in the world: Norway.

Warning: The photos you're about to see have been known to lead to sharp spikes in wanderlust and travel spending.

Photograph MIGHT AND MAGIC by Sean Ensch on 500px

MIGHT AND MAGIC by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph TO THE NIGHT by Sean Ensch on 500px

TO THE NIGHT by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph The Grand View by Sean Ensch on 500px

The Grand View by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph Puffin by Sean Ensch on 500px

Puffin by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph TROLLSTIGEN by Sean Ensch on 500px

TROLLSTIGEN by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph Frozen Light by Sean Ensch on 500px

Frozen Light by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph The Troll Wall by Sean Ensch on 500px

The Troll Wall by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph WINTER COLORS by Sean Ensch on 500px

WINTER COLORS by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph The Valley by Sean Ensch on 500px

The Valley by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph COLD WORLD by Sean Ensch on 500px

COLD WORLD by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph A STONE AND IT'S OWNERS by Sean Ensch on 500px

A STONE AND IT'S OWNERS by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph ERIOPHORUM by Sean Ensch on 500px

ERIOPHORUM by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph LET THE LIGHT SHINE THROUGH by Sean Ensch on 500px

LET THE LIGHT SHINE THROUGH by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph WINTER IS COMING by Sean Ensch on 500px

WINTER IS COMING by Sean Ensch on 500px

Photograph The Pass by Sean Ensch on 500px

The Pass by Sean Ensch on 500px

Want to travel to Norway yet? If yes, you should know that Sean put together a "Norway's Best Kept Secrets" article last year--you can find that gem at this link.

And if you want to see more from Sean, follow him on 500px, visit his website, Like him on Facebook, or check out his Tumblr.

This post originally appeared on the 500px ISO blog.