Welcome! Over the past decade I've had the pleasure of enjoying some of our nation's very special places--national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, BLM lands, and public areas set aside by states and communities. These communal lands not only serve us, they nurture the animals, birds, plants that flourish when basic protections are provided.
Each of these images was captured on public lands. The Africa pictures were taken in Kruger Park, a crown jewel in the northern crest of South Africa. The other galleries are largely, though not exclusively, populated with pictures from Alaska because I spent nearly 50 years in our nation's largest state. Those Alaska images range from the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that abuts the Beaufort Sea and places in between. Now that my wife and I live in Oregon, we're enjoying the public lands in the lower 48 stretching from Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware to Yosemite National Park in California.
I hope these images resonate with you and, perhaps, move you because there are influential political voices that suggest we "open" these lands. But these lands are already open. Any elected official who suggests that just a few should have a prioritized right to these lands are neither advocates for the majority of us nor for the remarkable range of plants and animals that populate our communal lands.