7 Ladies of the Wild
From The Call of the Wild to Ansel Adams' photos of the National Parks, the American wilderness adventure has been a tale dominated primarily by men. Here are 7 amazing women experiencing and capturing the wilds of America (and the rest of the world!) through their lenses.
1. Camrin Dengel- @camrindengel
Camrin’s images are soft and feathery, evoking a sense of wonder and a truly homegrown life. Scrolling through her feed, you can’t help but be enchanted by her authentic snapshots of farm life out West. Camrin captures the beauty and serenity of the wild with ease, encouraging us all to slow down, unplug, and appreciate the little moments in life.
Doing a little reflecting today -- on the last year of taking the jump to full time photo life. This here is one of my favorite shots and favorite memories from my year of diving in head first!! -- I printed a super size of miss wispy tail Rose to hang in my little studio so she and the rest of her herd can bring me those positive vibes all day everyday. 🐎🐎 #yearone #livefolk #wildandfree
2. Rachel Moore- @moore_rachel
From crystal blue open waters and beach sunsets to scenic mountain climbs and star-speckled midnight skies, Rachel is constantly sharing her latest scenic adventure. Rachel’s bright and energetic photos remind us of the importance of play--her feed will undoubtedly inspire you to get out and explore the world. Bonus: Rachel features lots of photos of her water-loving cat Bo who often rides on the front of her paddleboard. Double bonus: follow Rachel on @voyagesofagape as she turns full nomad and begins a 5 year journey around the world on her sailboat.
There are times in life when we feel we have no options, no where to go... and others where everything is before us, where we have the confidence to try anything. Both can seem so overwhelming. Where to go? What to do? Where should you invest your time? Whether the options are limited or unlimited, making the right choice can be the hardest thing in the world. The greatest challenge for myself is learning to quiet my soul and push away the fears and anxiety to give space to my creator. To feel and know my father's heart, what his plans and purposes are for my life. To rest in him, knowing he is good and sovereign, and he only wants my heart. When I walk with him, my striving ceases, my mind finds peace and my heart is filled with true joy. Whether on mountain high or in valley low, I'm learning to trust that his ways are higher than mine. Psalm 36:5
3. Ashlee Langholz- @ashleelangholz
Ashlee’s intentional use of light and color paint an intimate image of the human experience in nature. Her photos evoke a certain nostalgia for the outdoors and a simpler lifestyle. As a content marketer for REI, Ashlee knows how to visually capture inspiring stories.
4. Stephanie Dandan-@infinitesatori
Stephanie’s photos are full of vibrance and magic--seeing the world through her eyes fills you with hope, gratitude, and optimism for the future. Whether Stephanie is living with naturists in the Australian wilderness or skinny dipping in Indonesia, she consistently captures the joy and wonder of travel and the people you meet along the way. Bonus: Stephanie is a wicked talented writer and tells beautiful stories through her prose and poetry captions.
It's a story most won't get a chance to tell. Nayapul to Poon Hill. Poon Hill to the base camp of one of the highest mountains in the world, Annapurna. 10 days. 4130 meters. Pouring rain day in and day out. Leech infestations. Boulders rolling from mountaintops. Crossing raging rivers right on the mouth of monsoon season. On most days we don't even see the Himalayan range at all. Just leeches, trees that make your eyes wide, rock after rock, sweat dripping to my boots and the jungle purring beneath us. The destination is just a point that our fingers ache to touch, screaming "There. I want to go there." We dream about it, we romanticize it and make love to it like crazy in our heads. But nothing will ever compare to the earthshaking grandeur of the journey. I hope you'll never be prepared for anything in your life. I know I've tried to be, many times. But nothing can really prepare us for the ego-trembling lessons to come. Our bones aching for resilience and strength, building it with every step we find ourselves taking along the way. If we were prepared for that then we would miss it, blinding ourselves with the anticipation of things we pretend to know will happen. The unknown, an ode to discomfort. It could drain you but it'll fill you right back up. No one can ever tell a tale the way I experienced mine, the way you experience yours. You'll pretend to be ready for it but the universe will just laugh at your ready face and throw you not what you want but what you need. And you'll have to swallow it and laugh right back. And when the wind is perfect and the fogs parts for a bit you get to see magnificent things along the way. Things that'll make you wonder and forget about the struggle it took for you to get there. The journey isn't what makes the destination, the destination makes the journey. And I hope that wherever you are, you allow yourself to trust your journey, to trust your struggles. A life wouldn't really be a life without it.
5. Tiffany Nguyen- @tiffpenguin
Tiffany’s landscape photography is otherworldly. Through her lens, mountains, lakes, ice caves, and waterfalls appear simultaneously epic and dreamy, and highlight just how immense and powerful nature is. Tiffany has worked with brands like ClifBar and Sunski to create authentic and awe-inspiring content. Bonus: Tiffany is a dentist during the week so if you’re lucky she might answer questions about your pearly whites.
6. Mina Young Lee- @minayounglee
Mina’s bright and colorful images of her hiking, motorcycling, and swimming adventures inspire the best kind of wanderlust. She recently spent 2 months wandering through 22 states, clocking in over 13,000 miles of travel with her adorable husky-pit pup Kyra at her side. From hiking snow-capped mountains in Norway, to bareback horse rides through the ocean in Cambodia, to bear encounters in American National Parks, Mina’s wild experiences are impeccably captured. Bonus: Mina’s captions often share thoughtful reflections or history lessons about the environment and preservation.
In 1850, at the end of the Little Ice Age, there were an estimated 150 glaciers in the area that is now Glacier Park. By 1968, these had been reduced to around 50. Today the number of glaciers in the park is 25, many of which are mere remnants of what they once were. Rapid retreat of mountain glaciers is not just happening in the park, but is occurring worldwide. If the current rate of warming persists, scientists predict the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be completely gone by the year 2030, if not earlier. [National Park Service] // go be a polar bear now, glaciers may not be around much longer in GNP #reducecarbonfootprint
the hike in: slippery, steep, mixture of ice and snow. the landscape: craggy peaks covered in icing, the waves crashing into big boulders at the bottom of enormous rock faces. the climate: two words: Northern Arctic... hiking into our camp for the night, sleeping with a blanket of billions of stars, the inspiring generosity of two strangers who built a hut with a fireplace made out of an old oil barrel, and my amazing warrior of a partner who did the hike twice to carry in a butt load of firewood to keep us warm for the night... this is my version of a fairytale. #followyouradventure #merrelloutside
7. Becca Skinner- @BeccaSkinner
As a National Geographic Adventure Photographer, Becca knows how to take photos that place you at the center of adventure and exploration. Her bright feed allows you to experience a day in the life of a freelance wilderness photographer. Branded content is artfully woven throughout, featuring collaborations with brands like Patagonia and Coffee-mate. Bonus: Becca is an Orvis Ambassador so she shares some beautiful fishing imagery.
Feeling adventurous yet? What remarkable female explorers do you follow?
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