Scenes from Joshua Tree this summer ✖️Hammock adventures. Cute Airbnb’s. And a temp that was about 90° warmer than what we had today in Minny 😅🔥☀️
With marvelous view over the surrounding green mountains, a beautiful village is perched perilously around the rim of the cliffs, with old mudbrick houses surounded by roses gardens and agricultural terracing carved neatly out of the mountainside.
After much anticipation and planning, I got to visit Dry Tortugas National Park with @sharkweek1987
on Friday. The park is located 70 miles west of Key West, Florida reachable only by ferry (or sea plane if your fancy) and is basically a Civil War-era military fort built on a desert island with no real facilities or services. There are some great reefs along Fort Jefferson’s moat wall (yes it has a moat) and all over the old dock ruins’ post bases (pictured) where we saw so many incredible sea creatures, from colorful assorted fish to rare and vibrant sea coral. We didn’t get photos of that since we were just “living in the moment” but it was how we spent most of our 4.5 hours on the island. We also got to walk along the moat wall, swim off the pristine beaches, and I rode a cannon on top of the fort! There were some choppy seas on the 2-hour ferry back to civilization, but the piña coladas softened the blow. If I had it all to do again, I’d have planned to camp overnight (which apparently you can do) to explore the park more and be stranded in the middle of nowhere away from civilization for a bit. This was our 37th National Park visited in the last 4 years and I couldn’t imagine a better person to explore and discover them with than Kelly! (half of these photos are from her and her awesome camera as well!) #DryTortugas #NPS #findyourpark #ourparks
Mono Lake reminds me of an above ground version of The Little Mermaid. Anyone else sea it? 😏🧜♀️
Use caution while driving or bicycling Scenic Drive as a construction project begins soon at the historic timbered bridge over Scenic Drive near Parking Lot A. NPS photo
[image description: a yellow road sign states restricted bridge 1 mile ahead 20 ton]
A silent forest is one of my favorite things. Here in Mariposa Grove, the Giant Sequoias and huge pine trees seem to suck up all sound. It reminds me of walking through an empty church.
Just appreciate it. Appreciate it while it's happening.
This doesn't even need to be said, but I'll still say it; the majority of my captions have NOTHING to do with the images. Sure, the caption may pertain to an image, but it's rarely, if ever, created or incepted by the image.
Like this one, I actively think/appreciate scenes such as this as they're happening, even stopping to take them in. However, the caption is a reminder to myself to appreciate more than just what's around me, more particularly WHO is around me and to appreciate them and let them know so. I think I do a decent job, but I never feel like I can portray my degree of appreciation. °
Image colors unedited. °
📸 December 2018
📍 Clackamas County, Oregon
#sunset #radiance #PNW #PNWonderland #PacificNorthwest #NPS #NFS #Nikon #NikonD3400 #WildernessCulture #HikingCulture #igPacificNorthwest #IGnorthwest #backpacking #camping #wilderness #mountains #Cascades #CascadiaExplored #GetHigh #optputside #rei1440project
Daydreaming of warmer, sunnier days when our current reality is grey, rainy and 45°. #throwback
to our day trip to Diablo Lake at the beginning of October. One of my favorite places! 😍
This juvenile night heron was patrolling the swamp edge at the parking lot after a long, steady rain day. The majority of their diet is crustaceans, frogs, and other aquatic invertebrates. The juveniles blend in the background better when they’re young, but their distinctive plumage on their crown will generally take a few years to fill in.
#nightheron #birdingintherain #youngbird #nps #desotonationalmemorial
Through the past few weeks, we appreciated sharing the different perspectives on the events of the November 27, 1868, with audiences here at the park, across Oklahoma, and the nation. Today marks a proud moment for Washita Battlefield National Historic Site: the completion of our 150th commemorative events. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible including the descendants of the Washita; tribal leaders; government officials; presenters; artists; volunteers; Southwestern Oklahoma State University staff and students; visitors; public schools; girl scouts; and park rangers from Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site , LittleBighorn Battlefield National Monument, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Big Hole National Battlefield, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Petroglyph National Monument, and Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. As the 150th commemorative events conclude, we are highlighting some meaningful moments of the past weeks. #FindYourPark #NPS
From a good day in the Southwest
Hair✅ Makeup✅ Hiking Boots✅
Another hike checked off the list. Wasson Peak was pretty cool. Highest point in Saguaro National Park West.
Many biologists believe that due to the density of the pines atop the ledges, strong enough updrafts could potentially lift these buried cliffs another 300 feet by 2024.
Well hello there Gorgeous. It's so good to see you again!!