Aaron Huey@argonautphoto

National Geographic assignments, adventures, and family. Commercial agent: @natgeocreative, Project w my son: @hawkeyehuey


The #dailycommute to work looks like this when you’re on assignment for National Geographic! Head to @natgeo’s Instagram Story feed to see a behind the scenes look at our work in the field today. (video: @devlin_gandy)


Hiking Cedar Mesa, on assignment for @NatGeo, in what was formerly #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. There are hundred of intact granaries (like this one), dwellings, rock art panels, and tens of thousands of archaeological sites. We are looking at the areas recently cut out of the Monument by Executive Order and hearing stories from communities on both sides of the battle over this land, it’s natural resources, and it’s sacred sites.


A detail from the wind and water sculpted walls of Zebra Slots, #EscalanteNationalMonument, Utah. On assignment for @natgeo.


A coal seam burning underground in the what was once #EscalanteNationalMonument in Utah. This fire has possibly been burning for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and was likely started by a lightning strike we are told. A fight to extract resources like these large coal deposits beneath the Monument (as well as oil and gas) contributed to the shrinking of Escalante by 860,000 acres in an Executive Order signed in December. Shot on assignment for @natgeo.


Check out the @NatGeo IG story today to travel with me through the slot canyons of the #EscalanteNationalMonument region. Video, photos, and a look behind the scenes of a @NatGeo magazine shoot! In this image: Zebra Slots.


The sandstone slot canyons of Escalante National Monument tell a tale of time like no other. On assignment for @natgeo!


On assignment for @NatGeo: The “White Ghosts” of the Wahweap Hoodoos in what used to be #EscalanteNationalMonument in Utah. These are 160 million year old Entrada Sandstone that, at one point, had capstones on them that eventually fell off. Now the rain has sculpted them into these ghost-like shapes.


On assignment for @natgeo: The “Tower of Silence,” in the Wahweap Hoodoos, in what used to be Escalante National Monument. These white Entrada sandstone formations are capped by conglomerate rock that keeps the softer stone beneath from eroding. As the land around the capstone has melted away in the wind and rain, the protection and compression from the top has left these beautiful and very fragile towers. This whole area was removed from Monument protection when it was reduced by 860,000 acres and split into 3 smaller Monuments by Executive Order. It does remain a Wilderness Study Area.


In my happy place! On assignment for @NatGeo photographing the slot canyons of #EscalanteNationalMonument in Utah. Looking at sites that were recently removed or otherwise affected when the Monument was shrunk by around %50 and split into 3 smaller units by Executive Order. These slots were not removed but the trail to get to them, and the larger buffer area around them were removed opening the area for potential resource extraction. There is a climb out you have to do at the end of these slots. Watch my IG story feed in the coming days for video and stills from these slots!


Sunset prayers at the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya Multani, at his Urs (death celebration) in Multan, Pakistan. Zakariya was a Sufi of the Suhrawardiyya order, and died in 1286. Anyone out there know any interesting facts about this Sufi saint?


I miss the cold marble (and warm heart!) of this holy place. The shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan. To sit and hear the singing and prayers. To smell the flowers that are piled onto the graves. These shrines are such special places.


Prayers at the shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan.


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