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Sarah Bethea  Based in Missoula, MT and Seattle 🌿 email:

A beautiful lake the color of sapphires tucked away in California’s Eastern Sierra mountains

While camping here, we experienced nearly every weather condition possible. This was my longest backpacking trip at 8 days. The last 4 of those were spent in the tent waiting for the weather to clear back up. Unfortunately it never did, and we eventually hiked out. This was one photo I got when the clouds rolled in, and I’m actually really happy with how it turned out!

A beautiful spot in the Eastern Sierras. If you look closely, you can even spot our tent! It was certainly one of my favorite camp spots I’ve had
We were planning to go back to these mountains later this week, but I just learned that the area is filled with smoke from nearby wildfires. We had so much smoke this summer, and I’m in disbelief that fires are still a problem now in mid November. My heart goes out to those affected by the wildfires, and my respect to the firefighters who are working so hard to contain

A moody day in Glacier National Park. There are so many larches in this area that’s it is rare to see one standing alone like this. The golden needles really make them stand out

A sea of autumn larch trees 🍂 fall is so special, in part because it is so short. At least, it feels that way to me. As much as I love winter, I wish autumn would hang around a bit longer

A colorful sky, yellow larches, and reflections in ice. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful sunrise

Another of my favorites from this set. This is a friendly fox I met recently here in Montana. He had one limp paw but luckily seemed to be getting around just fine. If you were to give him a name, what would it be?

A beautiful Mt.Rainier sunrise. On our way up here the previous evening, we heard a massive rumbling sound. We thought it was an avalanche, but weren’t completely sure. When we got to the top, someone pointed out to us a big scar in the mountainside where the ice fall had happened. He had been standing here admiring the view when a huge ice serac collapsed and came tumbling down. As beautiful as Rainier is, it is powerful, wild, and dangerous... simply awe-inspiring

Definitely one of the most beautiful camp spots anywhere, with 360° of unbeatable views. On our way up to this spot, @elliothawkey spotted two bears playing in the distant meadow down below, in an area we had just hiked past. I grabbed my camera and long lens and ran to see if I could find a spot to photograph them from. They had gone out of view, but as I was walking a wolverine came out from behind a hill and trotted up in front of me. I stared at him, and he at me, before he casually went on his way. Wolverines are quite rare to see, and I felt so lucky. Later this day, after setting up camp, we climbed a peak and watched the sunset light up all these layers of mountains. I’ll cherish the memories of this trip for all my life

A cabin surrounded by fall larches. Would you live here? ~
It’s hard to keep my eyes glued to the road while driving in Montana, when all I want to do is stare at the larches. The mountains of western Montana are covered in them, and this time of the year the entire landscape is painted in yellow and orange. This is my first fall here, and on the drive over I couldn’t believe how many larches there were along the highway. I’ll be doing some more hiking up in Glacier this week to take advantage of the last of the fall beauty before winter hits

I was lucky enough to get some photos of a gorgeous fox I met the other day here in Montana! I love foxes, and getting to spend some time with one was a dream. As a photographer, it feels really special to get shots of wildlife like these. ~
I posted these on my story and got a ton of votes on which are your guys’ favorites. Thanks to everyone who replied! I ordered them here based on which got the most votes. If you haven’t seen these yet, please let me know which is your favorite in the comments!

A new edit on an old favorite. “Firefall” in Yosemite, appropriately named because it looks as if lava is pouring down the cliff face. It is really just the sunlight, which at a specific time of year hits Horsetail Falls at sunset, illuminating it up with bright orange light. This day, it had been quite rainy and I was pessimistic about getting to a sunset. However, the sky cleared up just in time for the magic to happen

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