Happy Centennial, National Park Service!

Today marks 100 years of the National Park Service.

In honor of this wonderful program and the lands that it serves, here are some of my favorite shots that I have taken from the various National Parks I have visited over the last year. 


Here's to the next 100 years, NPS. 

Eastern Sierra

While I contemplate several upcoming trips this winter I cannot help but think back to some of the amazing places I have been so far this year. Below are just a few of my shots from a trip to the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, but it should give you a great idea of what kinds of varied landscapes you can find in this region. If you enjoy photography, nature, or the outdoors this region is incredible!

Fall in the Northwest

I love fall. The vibrant colors, the cool air, and the first flakes of snow make it one of if not my overall favorite season. Here are a few shots from the last few days in the pacific northwest.

People's Climate March, Seattle WA

I had the opportunity to participate in the Seattle People's Climate march on Sunday. It was a great turnout, especially as I had only just heard about it a couple days prior and I am sure others were in the same boat! I am also incredibly happy about the immense turnout in New York. With a UN summit occurring this week, hopefully some real and substantial changes begin to take hold. The status quo will not change without the actions of huge numbers of people. That is the only way to bring about the change in mindset and process that is required to create the necessary change. 

Jess Spear addressing the People's Climate march in Seattle on Sunday. September 21, 2014.

A flag seen at the PEople's Climate march in Seattle, WA on September 21, 2014. 

The march and its message drew diverse support from the community.

Jess Spear continues her address of the crowd that gathered before the People's Climate march began. Seattle, WA.

Adults listen to the speakers at a people's Climate rally in Seattle, WA. Meanwhile, children climb up high to get a view of the speaker and the crowd.  September 21, 2014.

A sign referencing a statement made by Ban Ki-Moon. The statement, "there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B” was made during the largest climate march in history in New York City. 

People march down the streets of Seattle during the People's Climate March. September 21, 2014.