Jackson Lake in @grandtetonnps shows not only the diversity of the seasons, but serves as a warning for drying conditions across the west.
Climate change moved part of the California dairy industry to Idaho, who demanded more water. In 2013 the lake was almost gone, but better management has helped it come back.
Second Beach Sunset in Olympic National Park (and yes, that is a d*ck one of the campers drew on the sand 😒)
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Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park
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Rocky Mountain Road Sunset
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Moonlight over the Yellowstone in the Paradise Valley
112158:38 PM Jun 30, 2018
Jackson Lake is in full bloom and has thankfully recovered from the water mismanagement of a few years ago. This lakebed was bone dry and nearly dead as the dairy industry from California was forced to relocate to Idaho. They drained it to support this migrant industry escaping climate change in another state. Let’s hope that isn’t a window to the future.
14584:29 PM Jun 30, 2018
Wildflowers are all over Teton & Yellowstone. Fall is nice, but the green & abundance of all that’s alive in early summer is a special time of year here.
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Sunrise over Schwabachers Landing in Grand Teton
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Grand Prismatic Spring
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Grand Prismatic Spring
72411:30 PM Jun 23, 2018
Night trek through Yellowstone’s Old Faithful & Grand Prismatic Spring
711011:28 PM Jun 23, 2018
Of all the places I’ve visited, nowhere has the same color palette as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. If I had the patience I’d spend all day here just to see the colors unfold. 🌈
A walk through the Redwoods when the rhododendrons are blooming is one of the best times of year to do it.
1581111:36 PM Jun 10, 2018
With only pictures for reference, and a map lit by flashlight, we made our way to @yosemitenps for the first time in complete darkness. Winding up the narrow mountain roads with only a tree barrier marking the cliff’s edge, it was difficult to understand what was surrounding us other than knowing we were on our way to Glacier Point. It was impossible to get to the top in time for the infamous astrophotography opportunities, so we settled for a bluebird sky sunrise.
As soon as the spring sunlight hit Half Dome, the mysterious landscape revealed itself for the first time. What an introduction! When the light hit the particles of the atmosphere, it was like looking at a smoky landscape already under siege by fire in late summer. But it wasn’t until looking at the ridges in the distance, and the heavily burned cliff faces (leading all the way to the observation deck), it became clear how distressed Yosemite’s ecosystem has become.
Five years of drought have spurred bark beetles to decimate 2.4 million trees in the park, including the legendary Sequoias, whose orange branches and decaying trunks dot the ecosystem like fall in a deciduous forest. The park is stressed compared to 30 years ago, and bears scars that starkly contrast the pristine wilderness from less than a century ago. #climatechange
14893:02 PM Jun 7, 2018
Yosemite Valley in @yosemitenps has always been a place that called out to me. From cutting out old Ansel Adams calendar prints & framing them on my wall, to seeing old slides from my father’s work there in the 60s, the picturesque rumbling of waterfalls and fog covered granite faces tower above the Sierra Nevada landscape’s biodiversity. It’s a place that has called out to generations of filmmakers and photographers looking for visual inspiration and a connection to all that is alive. #biophilia
196511:02 AM Jun 6, 2018
This is the best time of year to sunrise in Yellowstone Country.