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.