I know fire is a natural and healthy part of the forest ecosystem. Hell, sequoias require it in order for pinecones to open and propagate. But I just found out my trip to work as a naturalist in Yosemite is delayed a week because of the Ferguson Fire. So, in my best Smokey Bear voice... fuck the Ferguson Fire right now. (yes I know Smokey would say something a lot more kid friendly). Firefighters, I love you and do your thing. 🐻🔥🌲
This photo is from 2 summers ago when I was last working up there and the valley was hazy from September fires. No comparison to the photos I’ve seen of the haziness right now!
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I’m really pleased that our paper “Kleptoparasitism of harvester ants by the giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) in the Carrizo Plain, California” was just published in Western North American Naturalist. I’m very grateful to my friend Jeff Alvarez, not only for his impressive knowledge of all things wild but in this case for specifically bringing this paper to fruition... Observing this incredibly unique behavior (please read the paper) reminds me of the importance of protecting wildlife and wild places, as well as the significance of studying our everyday actions. Us humans have really only scratched the surface... Yes I believe our collective knowledge can be amazing, yet simultaneously I believe it is severely lacking, especially considering how much more there is to learn about wildlife. To think for a moment that we have studied this specific endangered species for decades only to observe recently more detailed factual information regarding its ecology is a beautiful eye-opening thing, but also ever more pressing given the rate of biodiversity loss and rapid decline of species everywhere... Just imagine how many other insightful wildlife stories are out there waiting to be discovered... #keystonespecies#wildlifeconservation#giantkangaroorat#wildlifephotographer#carrizoplain#wildcalifornia#biodiversity#endangeredspecies#protectwildlife#anthropocene
Here’s the stacked image from when a helicopter flew right over me while I was capturing star trails in Trona. This is about 200 photos stacked in @photoshop with blend mode changed to lighten. This was one of the coolest unexpected experiences to date!
@nikonusa D750 | Nikkor 14-24mm | f2.8 | 30” | ISO1600 | 14mm
This past April, the entire country of Nicaragua broke out into protest. In all major cities, crowds made up of mostly young people and students, took to the streets to bring to light their dissatisfaction of government corruption under the Ortega regime. To which the government responded by hiring local and foreign mercineries to attack crowds and individuals who show support for the protest. For the past 3 and half months the media has been completely silent about the unrest under the Nicarguan president’s orders. Journalists have even been killed, sometimes in silence and sometimes in public, for attempting to update the public of what’s happening in the country.
So far close to 300 people have been reported dead *not counting those that have mysteriously gone missing* and 1,800 have been reported to having serious injuries. Hospitals have been ordered not to give treatment to those who have oppose the government.
Being born to family that came to this country from Nicaragua to flee a similar situation around 40 years ago is a bit disheartening due to the fact that I now can’t go visit my family members who have moved back in the past 20 years nor can I go enjoy the country and tropical culture my parents raised me to be so proud of.
Nicaragua has had a difficult history with heir governments and with natural disasters in the past. It was only recently, with the influx of tourism that the country was beginning to re-develop and reach a new peak of glory. Now on the brink of a 2nd civil war, tourism has gone down so much that the hotels and resorts have closed their doors indefinitely and beautiful cities like Masaya and Leon have now been destroyed to an almost unrecognizable state.
I pray for my people and I look forward to the day that I can visit my parent’s home country again.
Standing on top of Steven's Peak during a chromatic nightfall after several thunderstorms.
This was a challenging hike, most of it was trail blazing and bushwhacking. Red Lake Peak was far easier than Stevens. I am so glad that I decided to do the whole Red Lake to Steven's traverse, starting in Meiss Meadows.
My feet, ankles, and knees are not so glad.
So, much, scree.
Steven's Peak summit is 10,059 feet of elevation.
📸 July 21, 2018
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Hotel Stockton has been around for more than one hundred years. The building has a classic, Spanish-mission revival type architecture, which makes it stand out amongst other buildings in Stockton.
The hotel closed in the 1960s, and today it serves as an apartment buildings for those on fixed incomes.
Guest Instagrammer | @mike_h_209#igersstockton#stocktonstory
Remembering the moment I took this picture is how hot the air at that time when I was hiking with my fellas, but It didn’t put us down to reach to Upper Falls (823 m elevation) which is our goal. ⛰
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On Monday I met awesome fellow nature artist @craftandquail in Petaluma, CA to look for birds and insects! We found a bunch of gorgeous Western Pygmy-Blue, the smallest butterfly in the US at only ½-¾ of an inch. It was such a treat!
- find your place. figuring out which places to photograph may be the result of a personal connection that instigates your creativity. or it can be triggered by an idea that you want to visualize. showing the world through your eyes as long as you find places that mean something to you and that communicate that connection through your photographs.
- encontre seu local. descobrir quais locais fotografar pode ser o resultado de uma conexão pessoal que instiga sua criatividade. ou pode ser provocado por uma ideia que você quer visualizar. mostrando o mundo através dos seus olhos, desde que você encontre os locais que significam algo para você e que comunicam essa conexão por meio de suas fotografias. #35mm
Sometimes it takes a bit of adventure to rekindle your passion for photography. These past few weeks I've been on a mission to get over my creative block by shooting new things and photographing areas I've never explored before. I'm currently in the New Mexico desert exploring the unique badlands and challenging myself to find compositions in some very remote areas. Earlier this month I headed up to the mountains seeking some more unique photography opportunities and I walked away with some of my favorite images from this year including this one. I went up with the goal of doing climbing photography, but when a pyrotechnic and archer approached me asking if I wanted to photograph some of the steel wool arrows they had left over from their 4th of July event, I jumped at the chance to get a truly unique milky way image. This shot was not bracketed, all the exposure information was captured in a single image. It felt rewarding to put my technical knowledge to use in order to achieve this shot with very little room for error. Can't wait to share what else I get. Good luck to anyone out there who's trying to overcome a creative block. Try to challenge yourself with photographing new things or exploring new areas. But most importantly, have fun!!
(Oh also please don't try this at home, leave fireworks to the professionals)
Settings | f/2.8 | 15 seconds | ISO 3200
Gear | Sony A7iii | Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Loxia | Feisol CT-3401 Carbon Fiber Tripod | RRS BH-40 Ballhead | Off camera continuous light provided by Protec headlamp