on the road again…| alaska | portage | alaska wildlife conservation center

Magpie serving some serious beak. Werk!
I swear, every time I hit the shutter-release, this little guy hid his face.

Never wake a sleeping moose. Seriously. Their eyesight is crap. Combine that with a disoriented, just-woke-up feeling…not good…

A sleepy baby Sitka Black-tailed Deer. Of course I managed to show up during nap time.
Is there ice on my chin? Because I feel like there’s ice on my chin…
I asked how they felt about the newly proposed healthcare legislation, and no joke, this was the reaction. Not a fan, I take it.
Elk like naps, too.

So I was maybe 2-3 feet away from this GIANT brown bear. We were separated only by this electric livestock fence. It was amazing.
Still cannot get over how close we were…

Bald eagle. Just chillin. Not part of the exhibit. Just doing his bald eagle thing…

Majestic AF.
I’m suddenly feeling very patriotic…

Made my way back to the barn, and had to fake out the fox in order to get this shot…
…meanwhile, the moose was still out cold…
Bull Elk
Got it!
Ahhhhhhhhh 🙂
So good!

This is my new Wood Bison friend, Darnell.**

Stay tuned. Pictures of more brown bears, magpies, musk ox, wolves (!!) and Darnell** to come…

**name may not actually be Darnell.

on the road again…| arizona | tonto natural land bridge | just javelinas

A couple weekends ago, I spent an afternoon exploring the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in Arizona.  Pics of the park are coming soon…but for right now, check out this adorable family of javelinas I spied crossing the road on my way out of the park. Well, less spied, and more slammed-on-the-brakes-as-a-mom-and-two-babies-ran-in-front-of-my-SUV. Always the Nat Geo photog wannabe, I held traffic while the rest of the herd crossed…and as if to say “thank you,” they let me take their picture 🙂



Fun fact: despite the porcine snout, javelinas are not pigs like those you might find on a farm. Those pigs are “Old World” animals, and are invasive species brought to the Americas from Asia, Europe, and Africa. Javelinas are part of the Tayassuidae family and are considered “New World” animals, claiming Central and South America as well as the American Southwest as their home.




During my year and a half driving all over the Southwest for work, I’d only seen a javelina once before…and I almost drove right by without noticing as it was so well camouflaged by the scrub. So apparently, this sighting was fairly lucky, as javelinas are usually most active at night during periods of warm weather, and this series was shot about an hour and a half before sunset.






on the road again…| utah, arizona, new mexico & colorado | four corners monument

Over the holiday weekend, I crashed my family’s long-anticipated vacation: UTAZ 2016. I flew into Salt Lake and caught up with everyone in Bluff, Montana. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the Four Corners Monument, the exact spot where Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado meet. Pictured are my mom and dad, Aunt A, Uncle T, and my cousins O & C.

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I was so bummed this wasn’t open. There are few things better than fresh, hot frybread…

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Obligatory pic of me standing in all four states at once.

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O strikes a pose.
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C is king of the mesa.
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My dad takes photography very seriously. See where I get it from? 🙂

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