The white crowned sparrow. You’d think it’d get tired singing what seemed to be around the clock while the long spring days would wind on. These guys were singing when we woke up and singing when we went to bed in AK. Thank you white crowned sparrow! •
"In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock."- Thomas Jefferson ________________________________________________________ #standtall#nature#brycecanyon
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It can be hard to put a face with a name when you are talking about animals that live in remote parts of Alaska. These wolves of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve have never been photographed before, let alone seen by people other than the occasional biologist. The subject of study for the last 22 years, the National Park Service has been dedicated to learning as much as they can about these animals. •••
From the @nationalparkservice Press Release: "National Park Service researchers monitored wolf population dynamics for 22 years (1993–2014) in order to assess how two large-scale wolf control programs, which had the primary goal of increasing the size of the Fortymile caribou herd, affected a wolf population located within the adjacent protected area of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The study is one of only four in North America conducted for this length of time."
••• You can learn more at the link in my bio. Follow along with @yukoncharleywolves to learn more. #wildlife#photography#wolves@nationalparkservice@alaskanps
The Yukon-Charley Rivers preserve is located in the eastern interior of Alaska, bordering the Yukon territory and Canada. Many of the regions creeks and rivers were explored for placer gold in the 19th century, but access to the region can be difficult. There are no roads in the park, requiring that your transportation be by foot, air, boat or a combination of all three. Happy to be collaborating with @yukoncharleywolves to help tell the stories of the wolves that make this wild place their home.
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."-- Bruce Lee ________________________________________________________ #water#flow#nature
by @drewtrush // Antilocapra americana. The Pronghorn. The fastest land animal in North America on the wind swept prairie outside of Laramie, WY. At the turn of the 20th century, the pronghorn population across the U.S. was on the brink of collapse. Estimates put pronghorn numbers somewhere between 12,000-15,000 animals at that time. Today, estimates put the pronghorn population around 1 million. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #nature#wildlifeaddicts#pronghorn#myfujifilm#fujifeed@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
While we were in Utah, we stayed in Kodachrome Basin State Park, which is also on the edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s a must if you have the time, and want to skip out on the hustle and bustle of Bryce Canyon National Park. We found it to be a great place for kids, with easy hikes and beautiful scenery. I can get over how much this picture reminds me of some of the illustrations in the children’s books I read to my daughter. So glad we stopped in this spot. ••••• #nature#sky#stars#night@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
Grosvenor Arch is located in Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument. Orginally named Butler Arch, it was renamed in 1947 by members of a National Geographic Expedition to one of the least explored regions in the U.S at the time the Desert Southwest. It is a unique double arch standing almost 150 above the desert floor. Well worth the drive. ••• Grand Staircase-Escalante is just one of the National Monuments that has come under review by the Trump administration. You can join the discussion by clicking on the link in my bio to go to the governments official comment page. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted before May 26, 2017. Written comments relating to all other National Monuments must be submitted before July 10, 2017. #publiclands#nationalmonuments#utah#grandstaircaseescalante
I had never been here before, and swung by the ranger station to orient myself and try and get some information. “That's the Temple of the Moon” the Ranger said as he pointed his hand over his shoulder at a picture hanging on the wall as I asked him about rock formations to place in front of the Milky Way. “But the moon doesn’t set until 4:03, so you won’t have any stars until then which may be a problem”. The road (not marked in the dark) took a little while and 3 passes to find before I finally made my way the twenty something miles down the dusty dirt road. I finally arrived at 1:30 in the morning and grabbed some much needed sleep in the truck, parked at the base of this formation. When I woke, the Milky Way had just come into view as the moon set behind the ridge and put on an amazing show until dawn. As they say, "Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good." #longexpoelite@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
9,320 square miles of amazing.
“When a new national park, national monument, national seashore, or whatever it may be called is set up, the various forces of Industrial Tourism, on all levels, immediately expect action-meaning specifically a road-building program. Where trails or primitive dirt roads already exist, the Industry expects - it hardly needs to ask - that these be developed into modern paved highways. On the local level for example the first thing that the superintendent of a new park can anticipate being asked when he attends his first meeting of the area’s Chamber of Commerce is not “Will roads be built?” but rather “When does construction begin?”, and “Why the delay?” — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitare. ••• It will be interesting to see what happens with the Bear’s Ears National Monument. Interestingly enough, while I was there I took a gas station poll of local folks asking them about it, and none of them were for it. Zero. The consensus seemed to be “Why?” I think that’s a story that should be talked about. I’m not saying Bear’s Ear’s is right or wrong, I’m just sayin….
• Spring snowstorms roll across an abandoned ranch in the Red Desert country •
All time road trip through southern Utah. Amazing landscapes everywhere. You'd think 2 weeks would be enough but seemed like we could have used at least one more. Are you headed out looking for dark skies this weekend to check out the lyrid meteor shower? Where's your favorite star gazing site?#longexpoelite#fujifeed@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
Make sure to check out the new @yellowstonenps podcast, Telemetry, profiling a day in the life of Dr. Dan Stahler and the crew of the @yellowstone_cougar_project. Using cutting edge technology with Phd researcher @cobblestonetosandweasel these guys are doing great work to learn more and educate the public about Cougars in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Link in my bio. Funded in part by a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council.