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While returning from trip to a creepy ghost town completely engulfed in fog, we drove back down into Death Valley to see this magical scene unfolding. A rare desert rain storm was on its way out of the valley and had framed the landscape in the distance almost perfectly. This easily stands as being my top photography moment of 2019 (...so far). I was truly left speechless. I watched the unbelievably vast valley slowly reveal itself in the distance while the angry clouds quickly passed over, dragging the low-hanging clouds up with them. These are the kinds of moments that keep me going and coming back for more. Death Valley, you’re one of my favorite parks for a reason. . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #sceniclocations #landscapephotography #westbysouthwest #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #badwaterbasin #roadtripusa #badwater

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I’m excited that I will officially be celebrating America’s birthday in one of my favorite national parks: Capitol Reef! Though maybe not as “glamorous” and well-known as some of the others big boys in the area, this park has a certain solitude to it that I haven’t seen in any other park (yet). I’m sure the American holiday may change that, but with the park being so spread out I’m sure I’ll find plenty of peaceful spaces. I’ll be going during a completely new moon too, which means my southwest Milky Way photography is making a come back! I hope to finally visit the Temple of the Sun and Moon (Jeep rental pending of course)! Here is a photo from last year featuring a random visitor walking on the scenic road towards the historic Fruita settlement. . . . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #capitolreefnationalpark #capitolreef #sunsetwalk #fruita #scenicdrive

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When it comes to orientation and getting around, I’m bad at remembering street names but I’m great at using points of interest as referential points. I could drive you with my eyes closed to so many special places in Vermont, but if you asked me for the street names I’d give you a blank stare. When I said “points of interest” above, I’m basically taking about places where you can get good pictures, food, coffee, and/or beer. Thankfully, my constellation knowledge works the same way, as the Little Dipper and Big Dipper are the only two I know by heart! . . . . . #vermontshots #thisisvermont #vtphoto #travelvermont #welovevermont #igvermont #naturalvermont #govermont #newengland #newenglandphotography #newenglandlife #nikonnofilter #d610 #landscapephotography #madewithmefoto #longexpo #longexpo_addiction #astrophotography #astro #stowe #ultrawide #withmytamron #panoramic #nighttimephotography #yourshotphotographer #stowevermont #stowevt

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It’s all about the framing. Something I learned just yesterday was that this famous view actually features not just one arch but TWO. Other than the obvious Mesa Arch, the second arch is a coupe hundred feet below and in the distance. It’s called Washer Woman Arch and well...it looks like a person doing laundry, ha. You can barely make it out from this image (it’s the left-most, thicker spire in the front). The actual hole that defines the “arch” is quite small but it’s totally there and it makes for a pretty interesting silhouette...and arch name. . . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #withmytamron #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #canyonlandsnationalpark #canyonlands #mesaarch

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Park Avenue of Arches National Park was named for its resemblance to the skyscrapers and tall business buildings in a large city. The epic towering walls and spires easily made you feel small, which only increased the level of awe I felt seeing this spot for the first time. . . . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #astrophoto #moab #archesnationalpark #arches #moabutah

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Missing Vermont a little extra today. This is up there as one of my personal favorite Vermont sunset photos that I’ve taken. I miss being able to drive two minutes to this peaceful spot on the lake. I am grateful that I can always come back here one day to relive the good memories and feel the warm breeze on my face as the sun sets. . . . . . . . #vermontshots #thisisvermont #vtphoto #travelvermont #welovevermont #igvermont #naturalvermont #govermont #newengland #newenglandphotography #newenglandlife #nikon100 #yourshotphotographer #nikonnofilter #landscapephotography #sunset_ig #sunsetsky #lakesideview #hdrphotography #tamron #btv #withmytamron #burlington #lakesideview #lake #newenglandliving

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While making my way through South Dakota, I decided it was a better time than any to finally see this world-renowned American memorial. The flags and pillars that framed the viewpoint of Mount Rushmore were a pleasant surprise which I didn’t even know existed up until now. I easily located Arizona’s flag (arguably the coolest US state flag), but was unable to find Vermont. Only once I was in the editing process I noticed the pillars were labeled. Mistakes were made. . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #southdakota #southdakotagram #visitsouthdakota #badlandsnationalpark #badlands #badlandstour #midwest #midwestphotographer #midwestlife #wildwest #geologyrocks #yourshotphotographer #southdakotaphotographer #southdakota #mountrushmore #ushistory #memorials

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There’s this quote that I throw around once in a while that you might have heard me say: “no gods, no masters”. This quote apparently has ties to 19th century anarchy and labor protests. However, I personally stumbled upon this quote in a much more innocent and completely unrelated way (bonus points if you know where I first saw/heard this). Since then, this quote to me has always been an empowering thing. “No gods, no masters”...you are the ultimate decider of your own fate, and you have to push yourself beyond what’s sometimes comfortable in order to achieve things that the you of last year would only dream of. Anyway, I rambled cause this adorable little sapling was growing basically out of nothingness and it reminded me that you too can control your own destiny even when the environment/situation around you seems bleak. . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #astrophoto #moab #archesnationalpark #arches #moabutah

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May is Mental Health Awareness month. In a post last year I discussed my own past struggles. Since what I wrote then still stands true today, I will post it below in hopes of helping to diminish the associated stigma with mental illness and mental health: The truth is I have a bit of a history with depression. I think we all go through our phases whether we like to admit it or not. For some of us the root of the cause can be a major life event or multi-factorial. For some of us the feelings of apathy, fatigue, and the strange mental numbness can last several days or sometimes for months. I am incredibly thankful that depression for me has always been self-manageable, even when it was at its worst several years ago. Two things that have always helped me cope was to spend time with those I love, and doing photography. Whenever the stress of life comes around and everything feels like it's about to burst at the seams, mother nature always has her arms wide open to me. Photography is a way for me to "get away" from it all and to focus on myself and on the beautiful sights of nature before me. Through this medium I've become more open to trying new things and have gained confidence in myself and my work. I have branched out in ways I would have never expected, and I have made tons of new connections and friends. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm really glad photography came into my life and that it has helped me personally deal with my own mental health and continue to develop as a person. I hope everyone has a good day. Remember to always be kind to each other. You never know what someone might be going through. . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #withmytamron #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #utahstate #deadhorsepoint #deadhorsepointstatepark #stormchasers

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The hike to this arch was easily my most peaceful one of my Moab trip. One nice thing about solo travel is that you can keep your schedule as packed or as relaxed as you please depending on how you feel. Even though I started the day somewhat later than expected, I dragged myself out of bed, grabbed breakfast, and drove out to the trailhead. This hike wasn’t long or difficult but kept my attention with the interesting landscape changes, including a rope section and a climb up a ladder. Getting to the end was satisfying as you could see the arch in the distance, waiting to be conquered. I spent a good amount of time sitting by the arch and thinking about what my future as a PA student will bring. I then headed off back to my hotel room to rest up for what would be a 6-hour adventure of night time arch photography. . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #astrophoto #moab #coronaarch #arches #moabutah

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You don't always get the chance to see a natural wonder of the world and say to yourself "I can't wait to have you on my licence plate" (one of Utah's official license plate designs has this arch proudly displayed). I began the hike to Delicate Arch early in the morning under gray skies. I knew it predicted some rain...but I did not know this rain was going to be a total downpour. I eventually made it up top and tried to keep dry in a small alcove. Once the rain finally settled, I began my photographic onslaught of this amazingly beautiful location. To my surprise, this arch is MUCH bigger than I expected it to be ("the camera adds ten pounds" and all...). This is one version with the stormy clouds looming overhead, while the center of the arch frames the Garden of Eden. . . . . . . #utah #yesvisitutah #utahoutdoors #utahhiking #utahisrad #weareutah #utahgram #westbysouthwest #youtah #utahunique #utahillustrated #igsouthwest #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #usinterior #natgeoyourshot #roadtripusa #xputah #astrophoto #moab #archesnationalpark #arches #moabutah

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