Day in the Canyon- Hiking in the Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. This photograph was taken in the spring of 2011 during a 2 week road trip with my family. We spent a couple hours hiking into the canyon, enjoyed a picnic lunch (surprisingly surrounded by squirrels) and hiked back to the top. I highly recommend visiting in spring or fall when temperatures are a bit cooler than summer months.
While visiting Australia in 2012, I had the opportunity of camping for a few days near the shores of Byron Bay. This photograph was taken during a beautiful sunset while walking the shores with one of my best friends. This photograph holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of the other adventures I experienced- my first surfing lesson, my first time kayaking in the ocean and my first time snorkeling and swimming with large sea turtles.
Yellowstone National Park is certainly a place for the bucket list. With numerous hikes, springs, geysers and animals to see, it is easy to spend a week there. This photograph was taken on a hike of the lower and upper falls.
My paternal grandparents’ house is one of my favorite places to visit. Growing up, I always looked forward to spending a week during the summertime with them. This photograph was taken while exploring the beauty of their yard and porch. It is a testament to my belief that beauty can be found right outside your doorstep if you only look for it.
At 115 feet, Pigeon Point light house boasts as being one of the tallest lighthouses in the US. This photograph was taken during an October road trip along the California coast. With beautiful shoreline for miles, I highly recommend this road trip. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views.
Traveling through Western US states provides an opportunity for an extreme variety in landscapes. From snow covered mountains to desserts, there is always something new to see. While I love each unique scenario, I also enjoy wide open lands, seemingly never ending. This photograph was taken on a trip out West with my family.
Animals, especially cute cuddly ones, are one of my favorite things in life. While visiting the Lone Pine Animal Park near Brisbane, Australia, I was able to feed and spend time with beautiful kangaroos- one even tried to kiss me. This mom and her baby were willing to pose for me and I will never forget this moment.
I believe that nature is beautiful in many shapes and forms. This photograph was taken on a cloudy day in Acadia National Park in Maine. I was taking pictures of berries and flowers when I noticed the heart shape in this leaf. It seemed to perfectly capture how I feel about nature as a whole.
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Shadow Over St. Louis
Riding up to the top of the St Louis arch is certainly an adventure. If you’re claustrophobic, you might want to avoid crowing into the tiny car that carries you to the top. However, if you’re up for conquering that fear, the city views from the top are well worth it. We visited late morning and the shadow of the arch cast perfectly over the lawn for me to take this shot.
This photograph was taken in Shenandoah National Park while enjoying a leisurely afternoon hike. My cousin held her wedding there and we had the opportunity to stay in a beautiful cabin overlooking a valley of bright flowers and green foliage. It is a beautiful park to visit during the summer time with welcoming hiking temperatures, often in the 70’s.
While turtles may not be the most cuddly or colorful animals, I love watching them walk, swim and play together. This photograph was taken while visiting a zoo. I felt privileged to witness this moment.
This photograph was taken while driving through the beautiful mountains of Ouray, Colorado. I visited during late Spring and it was a perfect time to explore the majesty of the mountains without too much snow or ice blocking the roads.