I got to spend the day belly laughing with a couple of my favorite ladies in one of my favorite places💙 I really enjoyed watching a twin sister get excited about the Twin Sisters👯💕
It’s the most wonderful time of the year ❄️
Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are one of my favourite birds - they are so energetic and active! Interestingly enough, they are found on every continent except Antarctica. This photo is un-cropped (it flew right next to us) shot with the @Canon
Canada 5D IV + 100-400mm II L. Use www.ebird.org/map/osprey to find and report osprey sightings near you.
I love that every winter my sequoia photos start to get reposted and shared more. That’s the beauty of nature: it triggers different memories but inspires us all the same 💙
There's no telling where in the world we'll end up tomorrow. As for today, it's just you and I, listening to the sea and the sky. 📸: @joshhartmanphotography
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, is it okay to be excited for Christmas?🎄❄️ I know some people have strict “Not until December!” rules, but I am not one of those people!🤶🏻
I had an incredible time in Yellowstone - we saw a Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis). As we made our way towards Grand Prismatic Spring, a group of 20 or so tourists started shouting at us that a bear was on the trail. We joined them and backtracked slowly, as the mother and her cub made their way towards us. Once the bears were disinterested in us, we cautiously set up our tripods and started to photograph them from a safe distance. It was both scary and exciting at the same time. Thanks the incredible @Canon
Canada 600mm F/4L IS II USM lens, we were able to capture the scene from a safe distance while maintaining pristine image quality. Pictures of the cub coming soon!
I am thankful for the ability to travel with my husband as often as we can. He more so likes to plant roots, and I like to be on the move. Going on weekend adventures and him indulging me in at least one vacation/mini vacation a year that I get to totally plan, no questions asked, is how we both achieve fulfillment from the opposite parts of our personalities. We stay on the same page by agreeing that we would rather fill our lives with experiences rather than possessions. But then we had a conversation last night about how we should live our lives as if it’s the last holiday we are going to spend together, the last Sunday we will snuggle on the couch together. We vowed to be more present going forward and indulge in the little things every once in a great while (because let’s face it, we aren’t buying a home in Colorado any time soon😂😅😭). I’m thankful for my husband and our life together!👩🏻🧔🏻🦁🐯🐯 .
Somewhere along the Mary’s Rock portion of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, October 2016🧡
Keep your eyes ahead. That's my life philosophy these days. Adopting that did not come easy. I was always one of those should've, could've, would've kind of people. The ones that dwell in the past or reach for some unattainable future happiness. Emotional well-being simply doesn't exist in what's to come. It can only be created in the present. It also disappears in the same exact moment, thousands of times a day. Just like that it flutters away without you even noticing, until you call it back with humble gratitude.
Some days it feels like I learn this game of life so very slowly. Regression abounds and leaning back into old ways happens so easily. Often I find myself beating me up for mistakes I've made like wasting time when I should be working, or getting angry and frustrated that things aren't working like they're supposed to when I have an editing deadline (goddamn technology). Then I remember that feeling these things does absolutely nothing for me in the first place. Feeling disappointed in my work ethic only adds to what I was down about in the first place, so there's no point in it! Slowly and methodically I am unlearning my bad habits, and replacing them with ones that make me better. It's not the easiest of processes, dissecting and scrutinizing every fiber of your being, but in the end it will serve you unlike anything else. What a funny little paradox life can be, constantly flipping reality on your head, leaving you the opportunity to grow amongst the chaos.
Day 13 | And here it is! Our summit picture from Mount Whitney - the tallest mountain in the contiguous mountain at 14,505' and the official end of the 210.5-mile long John Muir Trail.
It was way more challenging than we could have imagined, and yet we had plenty of 20+ mile days and averaged over 16 (including the first days 8-miler and this last days 5-miler.) What an incredible, beautiful trail we have!
I’ve been seeing snow on my feed already (looking at you: Missouri, New Mexico & Colorado) and I’m so jealous. Not only does it not snow where I live, but also this weekend was the first time it actually felt like something resembling fall. And I love fall!
is from our road trip through Utah last October. I wish we had colors like this right now (or ever!). 🍂😍 • 📷: @jtristao17
Just a girl and her playground 🌎
Day 13 | The view from the top of Mount Whitney - the tallest mountain in the lower 48 at 14,505'! If you zoom in down the valley you can see tiny roads. The trail ends here, but technically we still have another 11 brutal downhill miles for real food and a comfy hotel bed.
Hand and feet inside the vehicle at all times... they never said anything about cameras📷
Day 13 | This became one of my favorite pictures of the whole trip. I stopped to take a breather and noticed this guy behind me soaking it all in, looking through a huge gap in the rock high up on the shoulder of Mount Whitney that gave us enormous views of the mountains and rising sun. I just love the light and dark dichotomy of the photo.
was one of the hardest races I've ever done. It was dark, it was sandy and it was cold. I pushed myself mentally and physically, and definitely felt the repercussions after 💦 But it was the perfect opportunity for me to try @drinkapres
for a post-race recovery drink and #OwnYourAfter
♥️ Even though there are so many products out there, I always struggle with finding the right snack for after my workouts. With ingredients like coconut water, coconut oil, and organic plant protein it feels good knowing what I'm refueling my body with 🔆 Après is also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and soy-free. Check them out or DM me if you're interested in trying! # collab
Day 13 | We woke up at 4am to start climbing Mount Whitney - the "finish line" of the JMT and the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. The number of stars I woke up to was unlike anything I'd ever seen. This was midway up the first part of our climb around 5 or 6am when the morning glow was just getting started.
Day 12 | Our very last camping spot, the famous Guitar Lake. On the other side of the lake is where we'd begin our ascent up to Mount Whitney the next morning at around 4am.
Water, wind, and earthquakes have sculpted the stark landscape of the Guadalupe Mountains and the Salt Basin. The Salt Basin is a graben, or a down-dropped block of the earth’s crustal rocks. Faulting, which allowed the downward movement, began in the early Miocene Epoch around 26 million years ago. This shifting also lifted Guadalupe Peak more than two miles to its current position. Streams surrounding the graben drained into a basin with no outlet. As that water evaporated, gypsum and salt were deposited. Similar depositional forces are still active today. [nps.gov] 📍:Guadalupe Mountains National Park 📅 : November 2018
It’s the Joshua Tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty ☀️
Day 12 | Sequoia NP is incredible. We were about to head into a small valley, and right before we descended we were presented with this view of an enormous (smoky) view.
Everglades yesterday, Big Cypress today! It’s been a very good weekend. In many ways, @bigcypressnps
offers more of a typical NPS experience than any other unit in FL. Most of it is heavily wooded and remote. It’s very easy to feel the solitude of nature and the peace that that affords here. It’s been too long since I was here.