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GBI Media Contest February 2022 Submissions

Bryce Canyon overlook

GBI Media Contest February 2022 Submissions

February’s media contest was all about the stunning landscapes. The monthly theme was “Dawn & Dusk”, and although our project areas are always beautiful, the play of light at the start and end of day brings out something truly magical, as evidenced by our winning submission above. This photo of Bryce Canyon National Park comes to us from Research Associate Stephanie Ibarra, who is working at the park as an Integrated Pest Management Specialist. To accompany the poetry of the image, Stephanie wrote the following: “Dawn. Waking up with the sun is something that always inspires me and having the time to watch it rise gives me motivation for the day. It serves as a reminder to me that every day has a new beginning and with this, endless possibilities for what I want to achieve for where I am now. I know that each day gives me new opportunities to get me to where I want to be and helps me reach my personal goals. Although the moment is fleeting each morning, watching the sunrise also gives me time to ground myself to the moment. While it can inspire me to reflect on where I am going, it also allows me to shine a light on just how far I have come as an individual. I hope that seeing this picture inspires others by reminding them of why we do what we do each and every day.”

Our thanks to Stephanie and our other entrants below for capturing such beauty.

Allison Stacy, AmeriCorps, Archive Specialist at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. “In the bleak midwinter of Copper Center, Alaska, days are dark. The sun does not rise until after 9:00am. That is, of course, if you even see the sun. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is filled with towering spruce & aspen trees with overcast clouds rolling off of its 4 mountain ranges. However, when the forecast states “clear day”, the NPS Team is off! Me wearing my bright orange jacket, we cross country ski to park overlooks and high hills even in -30 degree temps. Wrangell-St. Elias shows us her beauty and majestic views. Making one appreciate the dawn and dusk of the sun. ”

Rebecca Finnigan, Research Associate, Compliance Archivist at Zion National Park. “Sunrise brings some pretty magnificent colors here at Zion National Park. I thought I knew what orange was, but then I moved here and discovered that I was wrong. This is what orange truly looks like!”

Allison Stacy, Research Associate, Archive Specialist at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. “In the bleak midwinter of Copper Center, Alaska, days are dark. The sun does not rise until after 9:00am. That is, of course, if you even see the sun. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is filled with towering spruce & aspen trees with overcast clouds rolling off of its 4 mountain ranges. However, when the forecast states “clear day”, the NPS Team is off! Me wearing my bright orange jacket, we cross country ski to park overlooks and high hills even in -30 degree temps. Wrangell-St. Elias shows us her beauty and majestic views. Making one appreciate the dawn and dusk of the sun. “

Patricia Simpson, Research Associate, Vegetation Technician Research Associate at Cabrillo National Monument. “Rise and shine! Early morning vegetation survey to flag a new trail at Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, CA), with the help of Joshua Tree National Park’s Trail Crew. We combed the new trail path to make sure to limit any impact on sensitive plant species. Left to right: Fellow GBI Vegetation Management Specialist Lonnie Brown, CNM Maintenance Lead Deric Johnson, CNM Program Manager (Resources Management and Science) Linh Anh Cat.”

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