Happy Earth Day!

Broad Pass Sunset

Happy Earth Day everyone!

 

I thought about writing a post about how we need to protect our fragile planet, reduce, reuse, recycle and support political leaders and businesses that safeguard the environment. But I realized that all my readers are smart, environmentally conscious people who are doing what they can to stop climate change and protect our Earth.

Instead, I thought I’d post photos from some of the most beautiful yet fragile and endangered landscapes and animals I’ve had the great privilege to see. Hopefully these places and animals will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Now, I will go hug a tree. Enjoy your day.

Marjerie Glacier from above.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

 

Chobe National Park Leopard

Chobe National Park, Botswana.

 

17 Islands National Park

17 Islands National Park, Indonesia

Lions in Chobe

Chobe National Park, Botswana

 

Elephant herd in Etosha

Etosha National Park, Namibia

 

Mount Erciyes Cappadocia Turkey

Mount Erciyes, Turkey

 

Sunset with fireweed.

Gustavus, Alaska

 

Whale head lobbing

Humpback whale in Icy Straits, Alaska

 

Coral Komodo

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

 

Copper Canyon rainbow

Copper Canyon, Mexico

 

View to the South from Table Mountain

Table Mountain, South Africa

 

La Paz beach

Beach near La Paz, Mexico

 

Everglades gators

Everglades National Park, Florida

 

Denali at sunrsie

Denali, the highest mountain in North America.


 

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54 Comments on “Happy Earth Day!

    • Thank you. I was in that exact spot a year before the photo and made a mental note to return hoping for clear skies (it was cloudy the first time.) Right at sunset, I got that. So lucky.

    • Thank you Gilda. That top photo was near where I used to live in central Alaska, one of my favorite spots in the state.

  1. WHOA, dude. Where’d that sky come from in number one? And the one of Copper Canyon is outstanding. I’m really upset with the one of the crocodiles in Florida (or are they alligators?)…because I once had a photo of a croc from Oz processed as a slide…and never got it returned, and it was spectacular!! I still get miffed about losing that slide…and wonder who clipped it from me (or if he just cut it when trying to mount it). It’s the ones that get away, isn’t it.

    • I bet the slide film processor stole the photo and sold it to National Geopgraphic for 100,000 K and is living off that money still. I think we need to launch an investigation into this!!!

      Thank you for the compliments. That top photo was an awesome sight – I waited in that spot for an hour and got about 2 minutes to stunning rays.

      • I’m pretty sure he stole it!!! And is still living off royalties. DANG. Waiting…sometimes that’s all it takes to get the shot. Sadly…I have no patience to wait.

  2. Jeff, these photos are amazing . A reminder of this beautiful planet we have the privilege of existing on. We must continue to find ways to keep it that way! Thank you for sharing💛

    • Thank you Lynn. I am very worried about the future of our environment but hopefully the more people travel and see the great wonders of the world the more likely they will be to want to protect them.

      • I share your concern Jeff. We have got to be vigilant in holding ourselves accountable for the impact we are having on our beautiful planet.

  3. Reblogged this on Life After 50 and commented:
    My friend Jeff over at Planet Bell, posted this beautiful series of photos today, in honour of Earth Day.

    Jeff has traveled & lived in many corners of this earth, sharing his magnificent photos & experiences as he continues his journeys.

    His photos are a wonderful reminder of why we must continue to seek ways to keep our planet thriving.

    I encourage you to take a moment today & really open your eyes to the beauty of the landscape where you live. Give some thought to how you can contribute to keeping it that way.

    Wishing you a Happy Earth Day.

    Hugs,

    L

  4. So beautiful! Your photos remind me why I’d much rather be breathing in the smell of pine trees and watching aquatic life in a clear, blue lake than be on any amusement ride or in any big-city mall. Our natural resources are our planet and the human race needs to take care of it rather than defile it.

    • I totally agree with you on that – the Earth is a ready-made amusement park! I’m optimistic in almost every way, but when it comes to the environment I have serious concerns. Hopefully we can find a way to work together to save what we have left.

  5. This beautiful collection of photos is a fitting tribute to our beloved planet that many of us have been taking for granted. Your photos are spectacular, Jeff, and you took a shot of a leopard!

    • Thank you Bama. That leopard was probably the most majestic animal I’ve ever seen. He was chilling in a tree on a river bank, just waiting to eat some animals who were coming down to drink. Our big cats are some of our most vulnerable animals and hopefully they will be around for many generations to see.

  6. Great way to celebrate earth day. I love the elephant photo ( of course,having a soft spot for ellies – see latest post ) but also the lion one. And the beach in the national park in Indonesia is just stunning! Thanks for your message of earth protection – every little bit we do helps collectively!

    • So true about every little bit being important. I think I do pretty well overall, but I know there are things I can do better for sure.

      Elephants are the most fascinating animals to me. We camped out at water holes in Namibia and just watched them come and go for hours. They are sensitive, smart, social animals and it breaks my hear to think about the poaching for their tusks.

      Thank you for commenting!

  7. WOW! Have I mentioned recently how incredibly talented you are? If these don’t make someone want to hug a tree I’m not sure what would. Beautiful Earth Day photos Jeff.

  8. These photos make me go oooooh, aaaaahhhh, mmmmmm….. (maybe except for the alligators, ugh!) such a beautiful world we live in! Thanks for sharing the beauty! 🙂

  9. Wonderful photos Jeff. Hope you had a happy Earth Day. We finished it off with a group of Gringos and dinner and a bon fire on the beach to celebrate the end of the season.
    Alison

      • We’re in La Manzanilla until the end of May – with some truly spectacular sunsets (have a look at my latest FB post) then back to Vancouver for 5 months – then . . . . possibly Africa, possibly a RTW ticket from Africa to Eastern Europe to China. Haven’t really plotted it out yet, just throwing around ideas.
        Alison

      • Yes, and we get to reconnect with all our friends there. Oct not so wonderful but then we’ll head off somewhere warm again. How’s it going in Thailand? Are you there yet?

      • I’ve been here for a bit, but heading to Alaska in two days for the summer. I’ll be back in Asia in October.

  10. As many others have said, that opening photo is a dazzler! All are gorgeous reminders of what we need to protect.

    • That opening photo was a great example of going back to the same place multiple times and getting rewarded! Thank you for the comments.

  11. Jeff, each photo was absolutely stunning. Each is a reason onto its own for responsible stewardship of this planet.

  12. Jeff, this is a wonderful tribute to our blue planet – your landscape and wildlife photography is superb. None of these shots have people in them, which reminds me of Conservation International’s latest campaign titled “Nature is Speaking”: it drives home the point that nature does not need us, but we need nature to survive.

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