There's nothing that gets me more than wildflowers in an aspen grove. There's something about the combination that I can't resist, the careful canvas of random grace. I love playing with different depths of field and compositions, waiting for light to flicker through and skim the blooms...
I found this spot in the Greys River country of western Wyoming, some of my absolute favorite country. I coulda stayed here all evening if the mosquitos wouldn't have finally drove me out (and let me tell ya, those fellas were organized and motivated)...
Summer daze • flower crowns • smiles and sun dappled light •
When I was a kid I used to love this movie about two girls going on an adventure on the ONE day a year this cave was accessible, the longest day of the year, summer solstice.
I feel like what was so exciting about the movie was there were two queens and they were on their OWN adventure that wasn’t about dudes or lookin hot. Maybe it was about treasure in a cave or something?
Anyway all I know is yesterday I went on a solstice adventure with a good friend and I felt like I was living my childhood dream. We were on a solstice adventure of our own making! We pushed our limits of how far we could go on foot. We encountered deer and cows and biting bugs. We walked and talked and we walked in silence. We took a few lovely breaks and listened to Nina Simone in the forest for good ju ju. We walked all day, covering 11 miles and traversing the whole length of Finger Lakes National Forest in one day. Livin the dream.
My inner child feels alive and well.
This week kicked my ass.. this is where I decided to take a break after wrestling my way up a steep embankment through some pretty thick brush. I probably fell, slid and rolled my way down that hill 3 times before I finally made it up. I'm getting stronger though. 8 weeks ago when I started this project I was huffing and puffing my way up those hills. I'm pushing myself farther and farther everyday. I'm climbing with more ease, more speed, more strength.. It is never easy out there. Everyday kicks my ass. Everyday my body hurts, my feet are tired and I can't wait to get back to my cabin so I can cook some food, get some rest, wake up and do it all over again. After that climb though, when I stop to catch my breath, the struggle feels more like a blessing and I think to myself, I can't believe they pay me to do this. People travel from all over the world just to get a glimpse at some of the places I've been. And they call this work🤘⛰️❤️🌲🦋 #USFS#forester#timbercruising#thesierras
Join us this Saturday to USFS Green Mountain in the Rampart Range for a monitoring hike. Come see how Wild Connections’ 2011 project area is revegetating and being reclaimed by nature! More info at www.wildconnections.org #wildcolorado#usfs#mypubliclands