fluffy clouds above the Cholla ☁️
A dry, but green Barker Dam
The eggscellent sunny side 👩🍳
There’s something about carrying everything you need on your back and wandering out into the wild. 📸: @_forever__wandering_
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The Tetons are Picture Perfect 🏔
Muir Woods is a dream, and got to share my first visit with @sothearyv.
Didn't see any ewoks though. 😜
I woke up today. I'm so thankful. I'm expressing my gratitude. I've counted my blessings. 💝
Its that special something, you know you just can't miss.
This sunset was so beautiful. There were lots of people there to capture it. I love the beauty of the sunset at Joshua Tree. Lets try to make our national parks a better place so we can keep it alive.
“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” - Napoleon Bonaparte
The Great Plains Skink (Plestiodon obsoletus) occurs throughout most of the Great Plains of the USA, and from South Dakota, southeastern Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, most of New Mexico and central Arizona southward to northeastern Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico. Typically found in rugged terrain (often along streams or near springs and seeps with sandy to gravelly soils) and under large rocks, logs, or other surface debris, this lizard is primarily diurnal and an accomplished burrower.
Giant desert centipedes (Scolopendra heros) are found in the American Southwest, parts of the South and Midwest, and northern Mexico. Their preferred habitat is primarily protected areas under stones, rotted logs, leaves or bark and where there is suitable moisture. During the hot, drier summer months, these centipedes are sometimes seen inside structures (like our visitor center!) as they are seeking a more hospitable habitat. This centipede has 20 pairs of yellow legs, while the last pair of legs are black and longer than the others; this bright coloration is very effective at warning a potential predator of the dangers that may ensue when dealing with this centipede. Primarily a predator that consumes insects and other arthropods, giant desert centipedes seize their prey using the first pair of legs as venom is injected through the poison claws at the end of the legs to stun or kill.
@naturenps @nationalparkservice @usinterior #nationalpark #encuentratuparque #nps101 #findyourpark
There’s something about the quietness and stillness of this rainforest that is soothing to the soul and a little scary at the same time. I’m the kind of person that likes the energy I get from visiting a large city. But this place...a different kind of rush. I want to go back to figure out what it is exactly. Maybe one or two more times...maybe more.
Some video clips I captured from the highlights of our most recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
Posing near the cutest Joshua Tree at the @nationalparkgeek
meet up, watching sunset and stars on Geology Tour Road.
A flock of photographers surrounded this popular destination near the campsite. It would be nice and considerate if they would be mindful to the campers by keeping the noise level down after quiet hours for those who are sleeping nearby. JUST SAYING 🤷🏽♀️ sadly, you can't always expect respect from all people.
She's the best! Its always a grand time with my friend, Linda @thebucketlisttraveler
this was our 4th experience at Joshua Tree NP together. We met through @nationalparkgeek
at the first meet up in Joshua Tree October 2016. We became #instafriends
and hit it off. Since then, we've also had our camping experience at Channel Islands NP and Pinnacles National Park. I've got so much love for her! I'm so excited for what's to come. We have a few trips that are in the process of planning. I'm looking forward to it. I wish you have a Happy Birthday week. ❤
Cloudy day, but still a great show put on by Old Faithful!
Who is going to the beach today?
We stayed late to shoot some more photos of the stars and life in the desert. I always feel so tired whenever I return from going on an adventure which requires alot of energy. Sometimes, it takes me days to recuperate. It is truly worth it, if you ask me.
"A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care the balances are correct." In the southwest's summer monsoon season, humid air from the Pacific blows in to produce afternoon storms, bringing much needed water to the people, plants, and creatures in an unforgiving landscape; it is by this delicate system a desert teems with life. The temperature dropped fifteen degrees and the breeze was the exact same... Perhaps literally ... As the beach on LA a few days before. It is a new phenomenon in human and natural history to exhale into your own storm. #zion #beehivebros #utah #nps101
Save memories (and water).
The North Cascades were calling and so...
I had such an amazing time at Joshua Tree NP. I'm overjoyed. Thank you, Linda, thank you Sal, thank you Vic, and thanks Penny. Thanks to Danny, for having this National Park Geek meet up. It was a successful turnout. So many people came out. I have so many pictures and stories to share. That's if you like to hear, if you care. Follow our @theadventurous3
instagram for the full adventure. I'm exhausted. Zzzz
Treaty Line (from the Twilight series)
Thanks for the ride, Omar!
During this time of year, please be mindful that our reptilian friends are out and about. The Obed is home to this native timber rattlesnake and they are protected. #watchyourstep #nps101 #obednps #findyourpark
Looking for a park steeped in wilderness?
King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks have been jointly administered since 1943, and it’s here in these parks that you can find yourself the furthest from a road than any other part of the lower 48.
Don’t be surprised — these parks are 66 miles long and 36 miles wide at their widest point, and 97% of them are wilderness. If you’re looking for solitude, for places with humbling landscapes to disconnect with society for a time - these are certainly great parks for it.
Just remember: when you’re in wild places, always practice Leave No Trace principles and leave it better than you found it!
It’s our responsibility to keep these spaces as wild and beautiful — and that’s just what we aim to do.
Have a great weekend out on the trail, everybody!