Hey friends, @christianannschaffer here signing off with one final image of my favorite place, Yosemite. Whatever the season, the wild air and massive granite walls ground me every time. In a way, going to Yosemite always feels like going home.
I hope you've enjoyed the takeover, huge thanks to @natureonly for the opportunity to share!
"This was the final stop on a two-week winter road trip through the Pacific Northwest. As we neared Crater Lake National Park, the snow pack was nearly 8 feet high on each side. We climbed up onto the trail and ventured into the cold just as the sun was setting. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, and definitely the coldest." / @christianannschaffer
"This photo is of Yellowstone, a scene I completely missed the first time I drove by en route to Old Faithful. I noticed it while leaving the park, and was drawn to the simple curve of the stream winding through these tall lodgepole pines. Of all the iconic sights I saw in the park, this random roadside spot was my favorite. A simple reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places." / @christianannschaffer
"I’ve seen this place many times before, but always in photos. When I finally saw it in person, I still wasn’t sure it was real. The Canadian Rockies are so ridiculously beautiful, it’s almost unbelievable." / @christianannschaffer
"Last light on El Capitan, Yosemite. I didn’t expect to catch sunset on this day, since I was just getting into the park around 5pm and the last rays of light were already climbing the granite valley walls. I decided to skip sunset and drive to the village when suddenly I noticed a snowy and sun-kissed El Cap through the trees. I pulled over, ran down the riverbank and watched as the light turned crimson before disappearing from view." / @christianannschaffer
Hey all, I’m Christian @christianannschaffer and I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite photos here this week! Three years ago, I moved to Monterey, California after backpacking for a year. It didn’t take long to fall head over heels for the Big Sur coast and Yosemite. It’s pretty wild to experience a summer-like coastal sunrise and a snowy mountain sunset in the Sierras all on the same day. Even though I’m not from the west coast, this place will always feel like home.