Located in Canyonlands National Park in the most isolated location in the lower 48, The Maze is appropriately named. With its labyrinth of intersecting, dead-end, shear-walled canyons it is hard to find a way in... or a way out. Having little to no source of water and a high risk of getting lost, it is considered one of the most dangerous places to hike in the United States. Immortalized by Edward Abbey, it is a place of mysterious, rugged beauty that fills one with fear and awe. Here are a few photos from a hike I took there in October 2013. Memories of hiking through The Maze fill my mind whenever I think of the desert Southwest. It is also a place where I feel my photos fall way short of capturing the emotions of being there.
Image 1: Morning Contemplation before dropping in.
Image 2: The Maze
Images 3/4: Wandering through the canyons at the bottom of The Maze
Image 5: ‘Harvest Scene’ pictographs in the Canyons
Image 6: Full moon above The Maze
Image 7: Aerial view of The Maze
Yawn. Stretch. Breathe in the crisp autumn air. A movement catches my eye. What’s that?! A shape materializes out of the forest, loping towards me. Wolf! A relaxed glance in my direction as he trots past and vanishes into the darkness under the trees. Did that just happen? Did that really just happen?!
This encounter in Kootenay National Park is one of only 4 times I’ve seen Canis Lupus in the wild. I had just enough time to click off a couple quick images before the gray ghost disappeared, proving to myself that the encounter was real. (September 2009) #wolf#canislupus#wildlife#nature#kootenaynationalpark#outdoors#britishcolumbia#grayghost
Wapiti: A few years ago I drove by this large bull elk in an autumn snowstorm along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta. The Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper is one of the more scenic roads I’ve travelled on. While enjoying the glacial-capped scenery, make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife on and along the road though. In the fall, wildlife abounds! (Photo from October 2012) #wapiti#elk#snow#rockies#canadianrockies#jasper#alberta#icefieldsparkway#nature#wildlife
Running around on their small stilt-like legs, skulking through the undergrowth of the neotropical forests in South and Central America, are a unique species of birds called Antpittas. It is much more common to hear their loud, low-pitched songs filling the empty spaces between the trees of a dense forest than it is to catch a glimpse of one chasing after the ants and other invertebrates that they feed upon. They are so secretive that the Jocotoco Antpitta was not discovered by science until 1997. Thanks to Xavier Munoz (@xavier.munoz66) of Neblina Forest Tours, and the local guides at Reserva Tapichalaca in Southern Ecuador, for helping us find this Chestnut-naped Antpitta (image 1) and the elusive Jocotoco Antpitta (images 2-4). February 2017. #ecuador#antpitta#neotropics#reservatapichalaca#casasimpson#tapichalaca#jocotoco#jocotocoantpitta#nature#wildlife#birding#bestbirdshots#your_best_birds
Blackfish! The wolves of the sea!
Orca are commonly called whales, even though they are the largest member of the dolphin family. Regardless, they are a treat to encounter. Their hydro-acrobatic antics are exhilarating to witness in person, and often leave me convinced that they know they are performing for an audience. I photographed this young male orca in Kenai Fjords NP in 2008 as he launched through the air next to our boat. #orca#blackfish#seawolf#kenaifjords#nationalparks#whale#breach#alaska#wildlife#akwildlife