I am incredibly excited to be moving up to Washington later this week! While I’m excited, I’m also sad that I won’t be a short drive away from this beautiful place. Yosemite was one of the first national parks I’ve been to and it will forever feel like a second home. ⛰⛰
This coyote was intently scanning for food in the deep grasses of the valley floor in Yosemite. Quite adept at hunting, I witnessed it catch multiple voles in a short period of time. The perfect rodent population controller. I find their intense eyes fascinating, as they do not have a hard edge to the pupil but instead had a soft transition or fade.
7 months ago today I was gifted a sequoia cone (the tiny cone on the right) by someone dear to me just before I left California to go back to Georgia and start grad school. Grad school never happened, but today I got to visit a giant sequoia grove and take in the immensity and beauty of these incredible organisms firsthand. In two weeks I’ll be leading my first Yosemite school group, (who will be coming from the recent tragedy of the Southern California fires) through the trees, perhaps for their first time as well, teaching about winter ecology, biodiversity, cultural history, social emotional learning and the scientific method. This cone will forever be a symbol for me of how much growth can come from such small beginnings, of life’s incredible potential and how seeds can get their start from unexpected means (sequoia cones are serotinous, meaning they have evolved to open when met with heat or fire, though the trees themselves are able to withstand the fires thanks to incredible adaptations). I am so thankful to be continuing in the school of life my journey as an educator, as a naturalist and as a lover of the sacred and beauty of people and the planet in such a unique place with such wonderful people. #thankful#grateful#yosemite#educator#everythingisconnected#bigthingssmallbeginnings#growth#journey#love#life#seqouia#tuolomnegrove#yosemite#yosemitenationalpark
Waterfalls are just so grand, so powerful, and so beautiful to see.
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Yosemite is an amazing Park, full of incredible spots. However, during the federal government shutdown, this Park will have restricted visitor services. Such as restrooms, trash collection and even some view points. #yosemitenationalpark#yosemite#englishtips
All day long, the park had been covered in a light fog as we peered out of the windows of the bus, gawking at mountain goats and fuzzy-as-can-be baby grizzlies. It was a rare sight, they said, as the the clouds rolled away from this gargantuan Alaskan beauty and sun shone brightly. As if to say, "I'm always here, standing strong, even if you don't see me."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve loved mountains for as long as I could remember. One of my first favorite art projects was of a mountain, composed of hundreds of tiny dots. I liked the idea of depicting something so huge with something so tiny.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Having only checked off 3 or 4 of our nation's National Parks, one of my goals this year is to check off another 10! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With this being the TWENTY-EIGHTH day of our government's partial shut-down, our #nationalparks are suffering and need our help! Check out my stories for ideas on how you can help!
Sagittarius ♐️ season taught you how to live life to the fullest, Capricorn ♑️ season showed you how to know your limits, and Aquarius ♒️ season? It's all about breaking the rules 🤪. The 11th sign in the zodiac is not afraid of standing out, going against the grain, and it refuses to rest until every single one of us is getting the respect they deserve. (Hmm who does that sound like ? 😋) As an Aquarius ♒️ we are the most eccentric, bizarre, and interesting bunch of people you'll ever meet. Marching to the beat of our own drum is nonnegotiable and we’re so individualistic that hype actually turns us off. If everyone else is doing it, an Aquarian is automatically prepared to do the opposite.
When the sun enters Aquarius, you're encouraged to get to know your truest self, not the self that society wants you do be.
This Aquarius ♒️ season is an extremely powerful one for a variety of reasons. However, the most striking reason of them all happens to be that its usual full moon in Leo ♌️ will be replaced by a total lunar eclipse in Leo. As you probably already know, a full moon is an incredibly galvanizing lunation that induces revelations about your life, showing you the results of all the spiritual work you've been doing. A lunar eclipse? It has the power of many full moons, so prepare for this Aquarius ♒️ season to be potent, unforgettable, and beyond dramatic.
Taking place in the opposite sign of Aquarius, this lunar eclipse will cause you to focus on how you express yourself, love yourself, and treat yourself with the respect you deserve. Are you putting yourself out there? Recognizing your awesomeness? The revealing light of Leo ♌️ cannot be missed.
This is our year Aquarian’s!! Embrace it!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #aquariusseason#mytime#starchild#shadowaquarianmoon#lunareclipse#birthdayseason#astrology#Shineyourlight#spiritualawakening#spiritualenlightenment#aquarius#fullmooninleo#yosemitenationalpark#thrideye#manifestdestiny#timeforchange#aquariannation
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Have you ever been to Yosemite? We still have a couple spots open for our extended Wayfare Mentor Meet this weekend. If you would like more information send a Direct Message or ask a question in the comments.
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Snow covered trees have to be one of the most incredible sights to witness during California’s winter. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, Quin!
I wanted to touch on something that has been on my heart about the government shutdown. 🏕🚫 I urge all you guys not to visit national parks during this time. It has affected people’s livelihoods and safety, as well has had a devastating effect on national parks. During the shutdown, national parks have very limited staff, which allows visitors to wander unsupervised and leave trash cans and bathrooms with no one to clean them. Yosemite is one of my favorite national parks and I’ve heard it’s still open and struggling through major sanitary and safety issues. 👎🏼 This photo was taken last winter by @melourra when the parks were open.