National Parks Project,
A New Photo Gallery

Acadia National Park

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park, one of the photos in my new National Parks Project

Please check out a new photography gallery representing my National Parks Project.

Over the past few years I visited several national parks. Along the way, I have taken some amazing photographs, and this gallery represents the best of the best (in my opinion).

It should be noted that during this time I started volunteering as a photographer for the National Park Foundation (a fine nonprofit to support), which included a special volunteer trip documenting the Find Your Park Expedition to Yosemite last year. The National Parks Foundation also hired me to do a smaller job, too.

See Geoff Livingston's photo gallery!

This project will continue over the years as an ongoing effort. Nothing captivates my heart more than being out in the wide open in one our country’s protected amazing spaces. And there are so many to see.

What the Parks Mean to Me

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

There so many interesting National Park Service properties to see. In addition to the big parks, historical sites and recreation areas like the Golden Gate National Recreation Area remind me of where we have come from, and our many accomplishments.

Then there are the nature vistas. A sense of great calm overwhelms me when I visit our magnificent parks incredibly well known sites, as well as less well known scenes. Nature demonstrates its sheer power, humbling the soul, making me realize that I am but a tiny part of this incredible history that continues to expand over millions of years.

Half Dome

The sadness of a nation seen at Yosemite.

Though I am photographing people more often these days, I wish I could transport all of my subjects to mythical places that I have never seen like the Great Sand Dunes National Park or Denali. And then there is the Grand Canyon, which I have visited, but am desperate to revisit now that my photography skills improved. Wherever you are, the sense of self invoked by a great natural scene powerful overpowers the soul.

More to Add to the National Parks Project

Yes, I have already seen some amazing places like Yosemite on the 2016 FYPx Expedition and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. There are so many more to see.

One of the most incredible parks I visited was Acadia on a family vacation with my wife and daughter. They both loved it so much we are returning this coming summer, in what will hopefully be a family tradition.

In the end photographs are either memories or promises. They remind of us of where we have been and with with whom we experienced those times. And for those scenes that have not experienced, they offer a promise of what could be, the elusive hope of good meaningful moments.

But whether you are a photographer or not, I encourage you to visit one of our national parks. You will leave inspired.

And do visit my new National Parks Project Gallery for a taste of what could be. ;)

Photos from the Southwest

Today is our last day vacationing in the Southwest United States. As I want to do on trips of this nature, I took plenty of photographs. Of course, the Grand Canyon was most scenic, but I’d actually say Sedona was my favorite visit from a sheer awe standpoint. The red rocks were insane, and hiking atop the Cathedral Vortex for sunrise was an all time classic memory. Monument Valley and Santa Fe were not too shabby, either.

Below find select photos from all four locations. I ran out of battery for a few days so some of the shots were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note. You can see my complete set here.

Sedona

Sedona
The city of Sedona

Cathedral Rock Vortex V2
The Cathedral Rock Vortex from afar.

Cathedral Rock Vortex (Cathedral Trail View)
The Approach to Cathedral Rock

The Sun Rises at the Cathedral Rock Vortex
Sunrise Atop Cathedral Rock

Grand Canyon

Sunset on Grand Canyon
Sunset at the Grand Canyon

Full Moon Over the Grand Canyon Long Exposure
Full Moon Rises Above the Grand Canyon (long exposure)

Desert Tower and the Girls
Soleil and Catilin Play Outside of the Desert Tower (lower right)

Sun Rays Coming Into the Canyon
The Grand Canyon at Dusk

Monument Valley/Four Corners

Bluffs in Monument Valley_Snapseed
Monument Valley

The Mittens at Monument Valley
The Mittens Monuments

Soleil at Monument Valley
Soleil and Her Teddy Bear

More Bluffs in Bluff, UT (1)
The Bluffs in Bluff, UT

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Railyard Water Tower
The New Santa Fe Railyard

Soleil Walks the Santa Fe Railyard_Snapseed
An Old Engine Awaits New Passengers

Train Approaches Santa Fe Railyard
And an Action Shot at the Railyard

Soleil Admires the Wind Sculpture Farm
Throughout Santa Fe You Can View Fantastic Art

The Governor's Palace in Santa Fe
The Governor’s Palace in Santa Fe (400 Years Old)