I think at least 30% of my feed is either ads or back to back suggestions for more people to follow. Isn’t the explore tab meant for me to find new content? Why does it need to be jammed down my throat on the feed too? Can’t I just look at my mutuals’ photos in peace...?
To build on my last post, this isn’t the first time I’ve cried because I was outside. (The first time was actually in Big Bend.) Just a couple of weeks ago I was driving @bae.rrito through the gates of Zion. When we rounded the first bend and found ourselves on the valley floor... I cried lol. Thanks for not thinking I’m a freak.
I was on a trail in the mountains this afternoon. The rhythmic crunch of snow under my boots kept my mind off how many miles stood between me and the car. Every few minutes I reminded myself to be present, and I would stop in my tracks to just...be. I found myself next to a glorious, sunny meadow. I sat down in a dry spot. Laid down. Closed my eyes against the sun and listened to that magical sounds the wind makes as it whips across the hills and through the trees. Then I cried. I don’t know why. It was so beautiful and I could feel the billion years of secrets that dirt held and I was so sad to leave... There is a literal magic these places hold and if you sit still long enough it’s palpable.
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Strollin’ along the refuge, I was hopeful to catch a glimpse of a black bear or red wolf. But it being winter, was really just hoping for any view of cool wildlife. Boom. Red tail hawk staring me down. Identity confirmed by our in-house consultant, Paul Senner (Associate Population Biologist, Lincoln Park Zoo).
Four days on the road alone. Four days of the same scenes I’ve replayed in my head for the past six months. Thankful to be going home to people that will listen to the same story, the same rant that I’ve shouted a thousand times. Thankful for friends that will listen as if they’ve never heard. As if they don’t know the exact words that will come out of my mouth next. They could recite my lines for me, yet they listen. While I have a healthy relationship with my alone time, I am not an alone kind of person. I am so ready to be home.
Watching these clouds gently cruise over Half Dome as lenticular formations danced in the background was one fantastically relaxing way to end 2017.
Here’s a cinemagraph made up of 750 images taken over 1.5 hours, edited in @lightroom and @adobe Premiere Pro.
Cascade Creek was one of my favorite unexpected surprises from the trip to Grand Teton. I hadn’t done much research on the area around Jenny Lake, I just knew I wanted to hike it. Not only does Cascade Creek give birth to Hidden Falls, it provides awesome little vantage points like this to take in on your way back down to the lake.