Earlier this year, I got hooked on the idea of finding the tallest tree in the world.
Hyperion is a coast redwood and towers at 380 ft (115m) tall. Out of all 3 trillion trees on the planet, Hyperion is the tallest. I spent half a year researching, road tripping, and bushwhacking through the dense forest just to try and find this tree. Its location has been kept secret for a decade by the arborists who discovered it for fear of it being harmed. After six months of searching, I finally found it. The last photograph is my proof.
Wanna know what the best part was? Feeling guiltlessly like a kid again on a giant adventure. There are so many parts of adulthood that suppress our inner sense of wonder and awe. Don’t listen to them. Chasing your dreams and the things that intrigue you - no matter how silly they may sound - is the most important thing you can do in life. Get out there and find your tree.
Somewhere in Redwood National Park, CA. October 2015.
Happy National Dog Day! Out on the trail or curled up on the bed, we love our four-legged friends. At Denali National Park in Alaska, sled dogs are important members of the team. Here’s Tephra, a 9-year-old Alaskan husky working her last season before she retires this month. Photo of Tephra posing with fireweed by Miles Leguineche, National Park Service.
There are skies and then there are Blue Ridge Parkway skies. The southern end of the parkway in North Carolina winds through the highest elevations, offering dramatic mountain top views. When photographer Robert Stephens chanced upon this scene at Bear Trap Gap, he said “It almost felt like an out of body experience. You can’t believe what you’re seeing, but it’s there! I was so in awe of the light filtering over the ridges I had to remember to snap my shutter!” Photo courtesy of Robert Stephens.