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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

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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.

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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. ;)

The Photographer’s Choice: Favorite and Unpublished #FYPx Shots

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FYPx Influencers from Left to Right Mario Villaneuva, Victoria Ramos, Victoria Gonzales, Edgar Woo, Juan Flores, Jacob Fu, Faith Eve Bee, and Erin McGrady.

Last September, I had the great pleasure of serving the National Park Foundation as a volunteer photographer for its Find Your Park Expedition (#FYPx) 2016. The trip featured eight super Instagram influencers, and fantastic National Parks and Historic Sites, including Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, Rosie the Riveter WII Home Front National Historic Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, and John Muir National Historic Site. It was an incredible way to be of service, especially during the National Park Service’s 100 year anniversary!

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F Market Castro

My friend Joe Newman interviewed me about the assignment and what I thought of it. It was incredible to work with these influencers, and as I told Joe, “‘The National Park Service can tell you how awesome their parks are, and it sounds interesting. But when you witness this through a friend or a trusted contact’s online media, well now you are a believer.”

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Mandatory Ranger Pointing Pic

I have published some pics that would be most popular online, but not necessarily my favorite ones. So I thought I would add to the narrative by choosing my favorite pictures, particularly ones I have yet to publish. There are a few familiar ones, but generally these are brand new or have been seen in only one of my networks rather than across all of my properties.

So with that, let’s go! And if you want Yosemite shots, just scroll to the end.

Golden Gate Recreation Area (Including REI Bike Tour)

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Golden Gate at Sunset (probably my best shot of the trip)

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Hang Time

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Walking a Thin Line

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The Underbelly

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Super Tanker

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Hiding in the Shade

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Palace of Fine Arts

 

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Scale

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Admiring the Architecture

Alcatraz

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Boat to Alcatraz

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Tunnel Under Alcatraz

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Sadness

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Cell Block

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Prison Factory

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Ranger Walking

San Francisco Maritime

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Tugboat

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To the Deck

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Crates

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Engine

Rosie the Riveter

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Rosie

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A Surviving Rosie

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Rosie the Silhouette

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Rosie, the Facility

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94-year old ranger Betty Reid Soskin

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The View from Richmond

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Photobombing

Yosemite

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El Capitan

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Half Dome

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Inspired

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Vernal Falls

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Four Mile Trail

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A Place to Breath

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Yosemite Valley

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Channeling Ansel

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The Majestic Lodge

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Walking Amongst Giants

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The Mist Trail

 

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Playing Amongst the Stars.