From mountains of pastel colors, to sprawling sand dunes as far as the eye can see, to one of the largest salt flats in the world (covering 200 square miles!) - this Nat’l Park is truly out of this world. 👽 It’s an easy 4 hour drive from LA, and only $25 for a 7 day pass. All the details + more pics to come - I would 100% recommend this destination to all So Cal-ers. 🚙 #deathvalley#getawayfromla#badwaterbasin
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Winter Series(1): Finally got my fill of winter just as it is fading away from California! A lot of new gear being tested on this trip. So here's to my first post with the @nikonusa D850! Drone shots to come.
Have you ever seen mountains so pretty? 💗 Death Valley is out of this world. Metals and elements found in the clay here have naturally turned these hillsides into shades of pink, green, red, and orange. Artists Palette couldn’t be a more perfect name for it. #deathvalleynps#getawayfromLA#detourLA
Death Valley is still my favorite place on the planet. It's even more fun shooting it on film.
__________________________________________ ~ Location: Death Valley, CA
~ Date: September 10, 2017
~ Camera: @Nikonusa D7100
~ Lens: @Nikonusa AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
~ Focal Length: 22mm
~ Shutter: 1/100 sec
~ Aperture: ƒ/3.8
~ ISO: 400 ~ To see this and more like it follow the link in my Bio. ~
"i am so close, i may look distant. so completely mixed with you, i may look separate. so out in the open, i appear hidden. so silent, because I am constantly talking with you."
cave creek regional park | cave creek, arizona
“1. The national parks must be maintained in absolutely unimpaired form, and every activity of the service is subordinate to the duties imposed upon it faithfully to preserve the parks for posterity in essentially their natural state. 2. The parks should be set aside for use, observation, health, and pleasure of the people.
3. The national interest must dictate all decisions affecting public or private enterprise in the parks.
4. It is necessary to restrict leasing of lands. In national parks summer homes and other private holdings should be eliminated. No trees should be cut except for vistas, infestations, or hazards. Harmonize trails, roads, buildings, and other improvements with the landscape.
5. All concessioners should be regulated as to rates, have no competition, and yield revenue to the federal government. All types of accommodations should be provided either by the concessioner or by the Park Service, from free campsites with water and sanitation to luxury hotels.
6. Sports should be encouraged (except for hunting), but not to interfere with the enjoyment by other visitors or in any way to harm the natural environment. Educational use of parks, museums, and other attractions should be promoted.
7. The National Park System should not be lowered in standards, dignity, and prestige by the inclusion of areas that express in less than the highest terms the particular class or kind of exhibit they represent. Existing parks should be improved by the addition of adjacent areas that would complete their scenic or other purposes.” - Horace Albright, A Creed For the National Park Service, 1918
After visiting @yellowstonenps this past summer and being stuck in countless wildlife jams, I wasn’t looking forward to being stuck behind a herd of lumbersome bison in the thick of winter. But once I got to the park last week, I was pleasantly surprised. It was breathtaking to see these 2,000 pound animals trudging through deep snow and bitterly cold weather. And even during the harshest of conditions, the undeniable bond between mother and calf held strong. I like traveling, because you get to see sights like this.
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-Winter Wildlife Feature IV-
At first glance these slender weasels appear at a serious disadvantage when it comes to keeping warm in the winter. They have practically no body fat, and relatively little fur in their winter coats, but an ermine has several unique features and strategies to make up for it.
For one, their coat turns from brown to white each winter, allowing them to be nearly invisible as they move through a snow white landscape. Their tail has a black tip on the end, which functions as a decoy luring any potential predators to strike there, rather than a more vulnerable part of the body.
To make up for a lack of body fat and extra fur, they generate body heat with their cranked up metabolism. Essentially, they turn their body into a heater, eating up to 6 times a day. When ermines do take time to rest, it needs to be in an insulated location. The den of a chipmunk or vole they just killed fits the bill perfectly. Another tactic ermines are known to employ is actually lining the inside of a log or den with the fur of their victims to keep warm.
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And we made it! Natural arches are so strange and amazing, aren't they? Snow capped La Sal mountains in the background and an incredible view all around! Delicate Arch did not disappoint.
"imagination is more important than knowledge. for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
cave creek regional park | cave creek, arizona
This portion of the Delicate Arch hike was the hardest for me (I mentioned before I can have a slight fear of heights at times). "Just don't look down, Mom" and "We are almost there!" Appreciated that sweet encouragement from my kids!
M A X I M I Z E the opportunities in where you live.
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Women have been involved with archeological excavations for more than a hundred years. For much of the twentieth century, though, it was unusual for women to be hired as professional archeologists. During the excavations at Fort Stanwix between 1969 and 1972, several women volunteered as part of the archeology crew. After campaigning to have their skills recognized, one woman was eventually hired in a paid position. The efforts of these women contributed to our understanding of the site and the original fort.
Over the last forty years, the field of archeology has changed. Women are now critically involved in cultural resource and heritage preservation in all fields, including the continuing archeology at Fort Stanwix.
5 days ago0123
My team and I are taking new jobs for portrait shots (studio/event photobooths/outdoor)! Let me know if anyone is interested from the Los Angeles area! Just hit that email button to contact.
Last time I was here I was sitting in the middle with my ankle severely dislocated and my talus sticking out several inches. Of course there was no water then. The bottom of my foot was literally staring at me. All I could think of while sitting there was how I was going to call my wife and tell her how I broke my ankle.