I don’t know if it gets more Canadian than this! The beaver. The largest rodent in North America, and the second largest rodent in the world. A beaver's teeth never stop growing and chewing on tree trunks and branches helps to keep the teeth from getting too long. Beavers spend most of their time building dams and lodges.
My 4 hour hike in the snow this morning did not disappoint! The key to wildlife photography - determination and patience, lots of it! I’ve waited years to capture the Northern Long-Eared Owl. These owls are absolutely beautiful! They are also best observed from a distance with either binoculars or a telephoto lens, to best not disturb.
Spent Christmas morning sitting alone for an hour in a quiet chapel nestled deep in the valley.
I’m neither religious nor spiritual by any stretch of the imagination, yet it’s something I’ve continued to struggle with.
My parents are traditional Catholics, and for the first half of my life I kept finding answers to questions I didn’t even ask. I was happy living in this world where everything just made sense because that’s the way we told you and you didn’t question things too much or else there’d be trouble. A teacher once yelled at me in elementary school because I asked what a lesbian was. I hid and cried in the gym bathroom for a while after that because I was so ashamed of even asking.
Even now I still go to Mass regularly and hold some deep reverence for the Catholic tradition. That’s just the way it’s always been. And it’s honestly so compelling to want to fall back into that bliss, to embrace spirituality fully, to be in awe at the power of God, to be comforted knowing that someone out there is looking out for me and has a plan for me and has a reason for why I’m here. Because it sure as shit hasn’t seemed like it lately.
But I know the answers to my questions won’t be found by wishing things were different. Maybe I’ve been asking the wrong questions, and maybe my views will change again in the future. I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t know or that I might be wrong. We all have a long way to grow, and a lifetime is a long time to live.
To truly enjoy the beauty of the Yellowstone falls, I'd encourage you to take in the view from different perspectives! Every angle tells a story with its own mood. #yellowstonepledge
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We'll never forget his vision for what this country could be. And we'll continue to honor his legacy today and everyday to move us closer to making his dream a reality. #FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque [📷: Rip Rippey at @devilstowernps via @share_the_experience ]
The @nationalparkservice is offering free admission today at over 100 national parks (that usually charge admission) for #MLKday . They only do this four times a year, to help make it easier for everyone to access and enjoy these national treasures. Will you #findyourpark today?
The next free admission days are: April 21: First day of National Park Week, September 22: National Public Lands Day, & November 11: Veterans Day
Last summer we had the chance to visit Yellowstone National Park and will be headed to Yosemite in May. What is your favorite National Park? #adventurefuelsmysoul
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ⠀
⠀ 📍: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, Washington, DC⠀
📅 : April 2014⠀
An ermine takes a brief moment to stand up and take in it’s surroundings before resuming the frantic hunt for prey at what appears to be lightspeed. It’s near impossible to keep track of these weasels for more than a few moments. They trade a brown summer coat for a white one each winter. Their cranked up metabolism allows them to keep warm by compensating for their lack of body fat.