Diana Minton@dianaminton

Nature enthusiast 🌿🌻🐿️🌻🌿 and hobby photographer. Generally pretty bad with captions. Pacific Northwest πŸ•οΈ and Southwestern United States 🏜️.

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Did this really happen? Or did I imagine it? Two weeks ago, I witnessed the landscape transforming into the pastel shades of a November morning in Death Valley after sleeping under the stars.
#deathvalley #nationalparkgeek #cloudscape #cloudstagram #desertsky #dawn #explorers_of_light #optoutside #seekingtheoutdoors #fiftyshadesofnature #igsouthwest #landscapelover #naturegram #viewsfromcalifornia #wildcalifornia #nikonusa #mthrworld #earlylight #westbysouthwest #carcamping #desertview #nikon_photography #landscapephotography


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Collapsed corral in Alamo Wash, Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona. We took a morning stroll from a small campground and found this historic mining site. Organ Pipe is worth the drive to check out the namesake cacti plus 27 other species. It shares a border with Mexico. The park is also a Biosphere Reserve for the purpose of preserving a Sonoran Desert ecosystem.
#organpipecactusnationalmonument #organpipecactusinternationalbiospherereserve #sonorandesert #historicalplace #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #landscapelover #landscapephotography #naturegram #nationalparkgeek #arizonahistory #nationalparkgeek #nationalmonuments


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Closeup of a saguaro cactus at Saguaro National Park, eastern section. This park is right in Tucson and has cute little trails to explore. Just don't touch anything! Seriously every time I touched something (hard to resist because all the plants are so interesting) I came away with pokey things in my finger. I'm excited to see the western section this morning!
#saguaro #saguaronationalpark #tucson #nationalparkgeek #mthrworld #cactuslover #arizonaphotographer #optoutside #closeupshot #fiftyshadesofnature #nikonusa #naturegram #natureaddict #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest


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We got to watch the full moon rise at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona yesterday. This environment is so different from where we live. I thought the single saguaro really made it an Arizona scene.
#kofanationalwildliferefuge #arizonasky #cloudscape #cloudstagram #moonrise #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #fiftyshadesofnature #landscapelover #naturegram #optoutside #mthrworld #landscapephotography #naturesmarvels #seekingtheoutdoors #nikonusa #natureaddict #desertscape #fullmoon #splendid_nature


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At Zabriskie Point in Death Valley two mornings ago. We'd camped out under the stars, then hurried over to see this while the sun was still somewhat low in the sky. Fun times, perfect weather!
#deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalley #nationalparkgeek #westbysouthwest #igsouthwest #mthrworld #fiftyshadesofnature #lightandshadow #landscapelover #landscapephotography #optoutside #naturegram #adventuring #naturesmarvels #seekingtheoutdoors #nikonusa #naturelover #lensflare #natureaddict #desertscape #morningsky


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"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein.
This was taken one year ago on a cool, breezy day on the South Rim after a rain. Sweet memories!
#grandcanyonnationalpark #nationalparkgeek #mthrworld #westbysouthwest #naturesmarvels #optoutside #seekingtheoutdoors #natureaddict #landscapelover #igsouthwest #cloudscape #cloudstagram #lightandshadow #nikond3300 #nikonphotographer #grandcanyonassociation


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Looking back to San Juan Island, Washington, in June. Hopefully no one is getting whiplash from my fast changes in posting pics from the Southwest, then Pacific Northwest, two entirely different regions. The continuous thread is the beauty and light that speaks to my heart.
#sanjuanislands #washingtonstate #pnwphotographer #pnwonderland #cascadiaexplored #explorers_of_light
#cloudscape #cloudstagram #igsunset #stormyweather #moodygram #waterscape #optoutside #westernnature #worldprime #natureaddict #seekingtheoutdoors #nikond3300 #nikonusa #staypnw


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This is the view on the lower part of a Colorado River rafting trip, below Whitmore Wash, where some trips get helicoptered out. We continued to Diamond Creek and a bus picked us up. Here's a color version next to a black and white just for fun.
#coloradoriver #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #cloudscape #arizonasky #stormyweather #raftingthecoloradoriver #nationalparkgeek #moody #landscapelover #optoutside #mthrworld #rafting #arizonaraftadventures #worldprime #igsouthwest #landscapephotography #nikond3300 #arizona #nakedplanet #natureaddict #iloveactivetravel #westbysouthwest #seekingtheoutdoors #primolife #cloudstagram


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Here's a very different view of the Grand Canyon, showing how much greener it is at the top on the North Rim vs the South Rim. We camped out here, and as soon as it became light the next morning, I went to the edge to capture first light on the landscape.
#grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #northrim #kaibabnationalforest #sunrise #firstlight #earlymorning #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #arizonasky #landscapelover #landforms #optoutside #fiftyshadesofnature #naturegram


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At Whitmore Wash in the Grand Canyon, the walls are lower and less colorful. This is where some rafting companies helicopter customers out and their trip down the Colorado is over. Others continue on, camp out another night, and take out at Diamond Creek. This photo is looking upriver.
#coloradoriver #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #rafting #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #whitmorewash


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I love it when sunsets go on forever and I can get tons of pictures of it. This was taken on San Juan Island in June, looking across at Vancouver Island πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦#sanjuanislands #icanseecanada #staypnw #washingtonstate #limekilnpoint #westernnature #cascadia #pnwexplored #cloudscape #cloudsky #eveningsky #igsunset #naturegram #reflectionsinwater #cloudstagram #waterscapes #worldprime #keepitwild #landscapelover


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The Colorado River in the lower Grand Canyon; another photo from earlier this year, in August. I chose monotone to compliment the stormy sky. I love a good southwestern storm!
#coloradoriver #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #cloudscape #arizonasky #stormyweather #raftingthecoloradoriver #nationalparkgeek #moody #blackandwhite_perfection #bnw_universe #landscapelover #optoutside


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