The amazing Lake Powell Trash Trackers have outdone themselves this year. In 2018, 93 volunteers covered 710 miles of shoreline, and picked up 62,861 pounds of trash! 😮 As it has been for the past few years, the most picked-up item was pieces of spent fireworks. Our volunteers got 14,220 of those. All of those abandoned bits are just one of the reasons fireworks are illegal in Glen Canyon. The most commonly picked up non-firework trash item was plastic bags.
The Trash Tracker is a volunteer partnership program on Lake Powell. In 1989, Page AZ local Steve Ward realized that in order to get the number of volunteers we needed into the vast canyons of Lake Powell, the Park Service and the boat rental company (then Del Webb) would have to work together. So we did, and we just never stopped. The 2019 season will be our 30th anniversary year. We hope that we continue to do Steve proud.
The Trash Tracker houseboat goes on 25 trips per year with four volunteers and two captains on board for one week, picking up trash out in the side canyons on Lake Powell. The trip calendar will hit the website in mid-December and we start accepting applications on February 1.
Would you like to make a difference, celebrate 30 years of the (probably) most successful partner volunteer program in the National Park Service AND spend a week in a houseboat on Lake Powell? Head over to or our homepage link in the bio to find out how to apply to be a Trash Tracker next year. 🛥️🏖️🗑️👍
Thank you so much to all Trash Tracker volunteers and our partners @visitlakepowell for everything you do. It's your love for Glen Canyon and Lake Powell that has kept this program going this long. You make a huge difference. 💚💚 #FindYourPark#LoveYourLake#GiveThanks#ParkThanks#LakePowell#GlenCanyon#TrashTracker#VolunteersRock
. 📷: Keith Grant-Davie. Images: 1. The “Trash Tracker” houseboat and “Eliminator” barge anchored on a beach in the north end of Lake Powell 2. Volunteers enjoy a dusk campfire at their Trash Tracker beach. They always clean out their firepit when they leave.
I’ve only experienced @zionnps during the ‘off season’. Twice in early April and twice in late November (how about that for consistency lol!). I once drove through the park from east to west during Memorial Day weekend last year as I came back from my Grand Canyon rafting trip and it looked like a logistic and parking mess. Definitely sticking to my ‘ideal’ time frame. This park is less than three hours away from my house in Vegas. New home park for winter? 😜 #zionnationalpark#southernpaiute#zion
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Wherever the roads my take us 🚗
ISO 100 | f13 | 1/50 | 14mm
Nikon d750 • 14-24mm 2.8
This past week, I drove down to see some of my favorite little birds in South Florida - burrowing owls! About the size of a robin, these charismatic miniature predators live in pairs or loose colonies within burrows dug out by the owls themselves. One of my favorite photos taken is the little owl standing proudly atop his burrow mound in the second photo 🦉 #florida#wildlife#findyourpark#burrowingowl#hoot#southflorida
Spent #nationaltakeahikeday yesterday hiking the narrows with my #trailfam 🙌🏽🧡 As a @nationalparkgeek ambassador, I enjoy connecting my national park loving friends with one another. Zion is a special place. I met Mary (@alohagirl_619) in this park almost two years ago at a National Park Geek meetup. We hit it off so well and started traveling together last year. Few weeks after knowing Mary, I invited her on a trip to Pinnacles NP and met my instafriend Gen and her partner Paul for the first time. She brought along her friend Brandy (@bsanchez_rodriguez) whom at the time was my follower but I didn’t quite know her yet. Mary, Gen and Brandy hit it off so well and I later got to meet Adam (@209ar15), Brandy’s hubby. Sal (@adventurous.sal) found me on IG from one of the National Park Geek posts and went on one of my volunteer trips to Channel Islands NP. We also hit it off so well and have been adventuring together this year. Between all four of them, I’ve visited more than a dozen national parks together. Yesterday I was blessed to have all of them at the same park, meeting each other, building connections and making plans for future trips as we celebrate Brandy turning 40 in few weeks. I love that Instagram is changing the stigma about meeting people and friends online then offline (as we slowly forget about Craigslist killer!). I’m beyond happy that my trail family is growing! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 #instafriends#instafamily • Mukuntuweap, known as Zion Canyon, is the homeland and a sacred place to the Southern Paiute •
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Hiking with a heavy heart. Not one to dwell on a tragedy but I can’t shake the sudden loss of a good friend. These wildfires have been absolutely devastating to the people of California and I can only hope that nothing like this happens again, even though it’s inevitable. Give your friends and family the love that they deserve..you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Rest easy, Paul. I’ll miss you buddy #findyourpark
There are only so many places in the world where you can capture a fly fisherman taking a break to watch a wild bison cross a gorgeous river at sunset. I can see why people get hooked on Yellowstone National Park.
I was trying to cook dinner before the sunset color filled the sky. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the heard amble to the river. Grabbed my camera and started firing. Direct into a setting sun, made for tough conditions and is sub par technically, but I feel it has a nice magical glow.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park invites you to celebrate National Family Week!
Family can mean a variety of things. Relatives, good friends, community, tribe, culture, and more. Whatever your definition of family is, we hope that this National Family Week is special, and provides an opportunity to reach out to your family and do something memorable. Maybe even visit one of the 417 National Park Service sites!
How do you define family?
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Moose, Gros Ventre Junction, Grand Teton National Park. March, 2018.
Tree Swallows - There's an aspen tree near the Yellowstone River Picnic Area in Yellowstone where blue birds nest every year. This year when I went looking for them I found these swallows. I didn't even know there were tree swallows! Fun surprise!
While eating grass this cow elk got this piece of plastic in a bite and then continued to chew. I don't know elk psychology or physiology well enough to know if she was capable of pulling the plastic out and chose not to or if she didn't have the dexterity to pull it out and was forced to keep chewing, or if the way they chew caused it to be broken up completely or if it was going down whole like the time my cat ate the Christmas tinsel. Would it come out like the cat's Christmas tinsel? Either way, it just seemed a shame. I picked up a bit more trash that day.
At this stage of the bison rut the boys are trying to pair up and the ladies are making sure they put the fellas through their paces before they settle on one. Part of that process is this chase where the ladies run and the fellas have to stick close beside or another fella will quickly take his place.
Nikkor 70-200mm @70mm
Exp 1/6 @ f/4.0 ISO 200
Welp, another fantastic trip to Yellowstone complete. We came out this evening and will have dinner with my Aunt and Uncle who arrive tonight then head back to Utah in the morn. Now the time consuming task of sorting through all the photos.
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Lamar Valley at Dusk
I don't feel entirely comfortable with my landscape eye so I've committed to work on it and this is one of those examples.
This is the famous Lamar Valley in north east Yellowstone - if you're looking for wildlife this is where you have to go. You can find wildlife all over the park, but it's guaranteed here - bison, wolves, elk, pronghorn sheep, badgers, fox, sand hill cranes, black and grizzly bear, trout, otter, and on and on.
And these cottonwoods are iconic for me - I often think they look like the stereotypical Old Faithful plume.
Nikkor 200-500mm (I'm finding myself using this lens for everything! I love it!)
Bison in the Morning
Guess where I'm going next week - you got it, Yellowstone! WOOHOO!
This photo is from our trip in July - just a big guy hanging out in the morning. Rut should be in full swing by now so I'm hoping to get some fantastic shots of the boys strutting their stuff! I'm also going to try to capture some video - they really are amazing to watch and LISTEN to. They can get this guttural bellow that sounds like something from a lion! And as docile as they seem most of the time, during rut, they can be amazing to watch as they thunder and clash.
So wish me luck!
Nikon 200-500mm #findyourpark
Windsock and Cub
There are a number of things "wrong" with this photo, but it's one of my favorites because of the story behind it. I've been a fan of Thomas Mangelsen forever and one day I happened across an opportunity to photograph with him and I was floored! To shoot with one of my heros!! OMGOMGOMGOMG! The workshop was filling up fast so Val and I booked the last two seats a full 10 months in advance, waited anxiously for what turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime! We flew to Alaska in midsummer, met Tom, flew in tiny puddle jumper planes into the Alaskan wilderness, circled for an hour waiting for the tide to go out so we could land on the beach - not a run way, not even a dirt road - a SAND BEACH! When we piled out of the plane we looked up and tumbling over a dune were these brown bear cubs! Fast! Every extreme emotion I possessed ran through me like a lightening bolt! OMG WHERE'S MY CAMERA!!? OMG I'M GOING TO DIE!! OMG THEY'RE SO CUTE OMG THERE'S MOMMA OMGOMGOMGOMG! It turns out the lodge's fishing boat was returning the same time we landed and the bears had come to recognize that as "fish gutting time". They didn't care about us at all, but this little fella paused long enough on the edge of the berm for me to capture him with the windsock so, for me, this photo will forever symbolize that trip. We went on to have 5 days of photography with some of the largest bears on the planet and drinks with Thomas Mangelsen!
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 at 500mm
Exp 1/100 sec at f/32
“It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.” - Arnold Bennett
Take a hike! Hit the open trail to have an adventure exploring the natural beauty and diverse history of the country along the route. There are over 21,000 combined miles of trails for you to explore in the National Park Service. Where will you take a hike?
Staying at home taking care of this guy all weekend has given me an opportunity to go through the archives, discovered quite a lot of photos I had forgot I had even taken.
Also, for those wondering, his surgery went really really well. He was in a lot of pain prior, and the surgery did it’s job and got rid of that pain, so we are both pretty pleased with the outcome!