Sean Murphy enjoys stand-up paddle-boarding among the cypress trees in Lake Fausse Pointe, Louisiana. The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program is a partnership among our five Gulf State Chapters to accomplish conservation across the entire Gulf ecosystem. The Gulf Program employs conservation professionals in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to restore and protect natural systems and natural areas across political boundaries.—Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. #louisiana#explore#nature#conservation#protectpreserve#travel
A spider spotted in Willamette Confluence Preserve in Oregon. The Nature Conservancy's Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module traveled to the Willamette Valley in Oregon for three weeks to help the Oregon chaper and other local stakeholders including US Fish & Wildlife, US Forest Service, and BLM with prescribed burns of the grassland prairies and oak savannas. Burns ranged from several acres to well over 100 acres and are intended to reduce woody material encroaching on the prairies and promote regeneration of native species in this historically fire adapted ecosystem.—Photo by Jason Houston #oregon#spiders#nativespecies#prairies#woods#conservation
A farmer carries a basket made of bamboo used to harvest produce and carry it to market in Yunnan Province, China. Sustainable economic development efforts like bamboo harvesting and ecotourism preserve Yunnan's diverse natural resources, supply communities with income and help restore the balance between people and nature. The Nature Conservancy is working with the Chinese government to increase protection of Yunnan's natural areas by establishing a system of national parks. Photograph taken on assignment for The Nature Conservancy "Design For A Living World" project and exhibit.—Photo by @amivitale#china#sustainable#farming#peopleandnature#protectpreserve
Men tying up fish in Oeba Fish market on Kupang Island, Indonesia. Starting at 4am thousands of fish are sold from the fisherman to middle men who sell it to the public. With the help of the Nature Conservancy and other partners, fisherman have learned the best practices for fishing sustainably. The Conservancy works with many local community members to protect marine habitats to benefit biodiversity and coastal communities.—Photo by @kevinarnold Kevin Arnold #indonesia#fishing#sustainable#conservation#nature
Thanks @elliotstudio for sharing your travel journal with us these last few days!
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Well Ed Abbey, the journey to this vantage in Canyonlands National Park wasn’t so lonesome, but a hell of a view it is.—Photo by @elliotstudio#travel#explore#canyonlands#desert
From @elliotstudio's travel journal: Harking back to some warmer days, on the 100th anniversary of the NPS, with my friends @symg1991 and I set out on a tramp south to north across Yosemite National Park to celebrate what is perhaps America’s greatest idea - the National Park. We coursed a line that followed the swift Merced river, slipped us over high Sierra passes and humped over granite knobs. About into a week of this sublime, and well after the sun has set, we’re treated to an ephemeral show of alpenglow at Upper Cathedral Lake. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” - John Muir
—Photo by Elliot Ross #yosemite#johnmuir#explore#nature#hiking#travel#california
From @elliotstudio's travel journal: Creosote and gypsum. White Sands National Monument presents visitors with surreal visions of the largest dune field of its kind on planet Earth. The creosote bush, also known as greasewood, is quite remarkable too. It’s root systems are so efficient in absorbing water that a “dead zone” radiates around each plant where there isn’t enough moisture for seeds of would be competitors to germinate.—Photo by Elliot Ross #whitesands#newmexico#nature#naturephotography#protectpreserve#explore
From @elliotstudio’s travel journal: If our entire week in the Range of Light served as the matinee, then this is certainly the feature. Raked with moonlight, Cathedral Peak sits monumentally above Upper Cathedral Lake and the rest of Tuolumne on this clear summer evening, our last of this extraordinary walk. (see our Story for more). John Muir perhaps described it most eloquently, "Yonder, to the eastward of our camp grove, stands one of Nature's cathedrals, hewn from the living rock, almost conventional in form, about two thousand feet high, nobly adorned with spires and pinnacles, thrilling under floods of sunshine as if alive like a grove- temple, and well named Cathedral Peak."—Photo by Elliot Ross @elliotstudio#nature#yosemite#johnmuir#conservation#protectpreserve#explore#travel
Over the next few days, photographer Elliot Ross @elliotstudio will share his travel journal from some US National Parks and Monuments.
Under the gaze of Steven’s arch and confined by sheer walls of its own carving, the Escalante River stagnates in the scorching early July sun. In just a few days, it’ll flood again with the torrential rains of the annual monsoon. This unique and largely intact riparian ecosystem is under threat with recent actions decreasing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and nearby Bears Ears N.M. by 85 percent.–Photo by @elliotstudio#nature#naturephotography#bearsears#grandstaircaseescalante#protectpreserve