The Badlands of South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Late this past August I visited one of my personal favorite National Parks: Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Not only is there sentimental value to me (growing up I visited many, many times with my family) but the raw beauty of this wilderness impresses me every time. If you ever get the opportunity to visit this incredible place, you must take advantage of it!

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

As seen above, the grasslands surrounding the sprawling Badlands is captivating in its own way. Not only is the landscape stunning, but the wildlife is beautiful and can be a challenge to photograph...thank you telephoto lenses!

Pronghorn, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

American Bison, Badlands National Park, South Dakota


Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, WY

In Wyoming, not far from the world-famous Yellowstone National Park, sits the beautiful, but less popular, Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton Mountain range is absolutely beautiful, and the winding roads and trails within the park give many spectacular views of these geological behemoths. Gorgeous lakes and prairie space, along with a stunning river add to the beauty of the park. This August I took a day out of my trip to Yellowstone to explore the Teton park...I am very glad that I did!

Grand Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, WY

I found many forms of wildlife along the shores of Jenny Lake; the parks largest lake. 

Toad, Grand Teton National Park, WY

Spider, Grand Teton National Park, WY
When first entering the park from the Yellowstone side, one comes to the main visitor center/lodge. A gorgeous back porch on this building offers some stunning views of the range.

Grand Teton Mountain Range and Marina, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Herds of Bison and Pronghorn dotted the prairie landscape of the park. Absolutely beautiful!

Bison, Grand Teton National Park, WY


Lincoln Park, Chicago

The Chicago skyline stands in the distance. Lincoln Park, Chicago.
 Earlier this year I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago, which included spending several days downtown. I could go on and on about the architectural significance of this city, but in this post I will show one of the most beautiful places that I visited during my stay: Lincoln Park. Amid the chaos of downtown, this gorgeous piece of landscape architecture provides refuge for tourists, residents, and wildlife.
Young ducklings, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Chicago skyline from within Lincoln Park, Chicago.


Something New

I find it hard to believe that it is only a couple of weeks away from the six year anniversary of when I started this photography blog...wow!!! It has been an honor to display my work here; there is no doubt in my mind that I have grown immensely as a photographer because of it. I also cannot believe that there are still so many people following me who have been here since those early days. When I first started this blog I was not even in high school yet, so when I began to see my audience of frequent readers grow so dramatically I was honestly kind of freaked out. It was one of the last things that I ever expected! All that I can say is THANK YOU! 
With that said, you will notice some changes, as changes were in order. This blog has been stagnant for a handful of months and I am resuscitating it now! My passion for photography is as strong as ever, the busyness of being a full time Architecture student at the University of Minnesota has simply kept me from being as involved with this blog in the past as I would have liked! As for the changes, there is obviously a new layout (a cleaner, more professional look...let me know what you think of it!), a new name, and new content. Nature photography will always hold a very special place in my heart and remains as one of my favorite things to photograph, yet I have developed a fierce passion for other forms of photography as well. Since my love has spread beyond just nature, the name "WP Nature Photography" has been retired. I will begin displaying other forms of my work as well, and I am extremely excited to share them with you!

Thank you for nearly six years of support everyone! My journey is still just beginning.