GBI Media Contest September 2021 Submissions

For September’s media contest, our field personnel were challenged with the theme “Still Life Photography.” Unsurprisingly, they came through once again with some stunning images. Alissa Gardner, one of GBI’s Research Associate Program Coordinators (and the person who runs these wonderful contests) is right when she says, “we’ve got some artists out there.”

The winner of the contest, topping this page, is from Jenna Horiuchi, an AmeriCorps member who supports visitor services at Manzanar National Historic Site. “The rocks in this photo are part of Merritt Park, the largest of the Japanese gardens at Manzanar,” Jenna explains. “Dedicated staff on the Cultural Resources team, in conjunction with the help of volunteers, have excavated, mapped, and stabilized over 20 gardens. This style of garden commonly uses rocks and water as design elements meant to soothe and ground one’s spirit; in this photo, the foreground would have been filled with water and in the pool behind the rocks as well. Outside the frame is a waterfall feature and two bridges that span the ponds. Despite being dry, Merritt Park retains a calming solitude for today’s visitors. One can sit still on the boulders ringing the empty basins, taking in the view of Mt. Williamson and the Sierra Nevada range, and clearly sense the life that passed through this place long ago.”

Thanks to all who submitted to September’s contest. We hope you enjoy the selections in the gallery below.

Laurie Fisher, Research Associate, Archaeologist, Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “I took this photo heading towards the Refuge at Corn Creek. It was 6:30 am a slight haze from western wildfires in the air. The photo is of Agave (Mojave Yucca) with the sunrise peeking through.”

Sepanta Jafari Jozani, AmeriCorps, California Condor Recovery Program, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Reserve. “I call these photos ‘Remnants.’ These relics have a unique life-like character when encountered in the wild which captures the attention. Their entire existence reminds about life in past tense although the surrounding landscape is the present form of life.”

Caleb Nichols, AmeriCorps, Invasive Species Management (Weeds Technician), Wells, NV, USFS Ruby Mountains. “The key to a safe, productive workday is well maintained gear. Take care of your gear and it’ll take care of you! Our Ford F-350 Super-duty spray rig, ‘Lisa’ never lets us down; on the road, the trails or when keeping our National Forest safe from noxious weeds. All because we take time and care to do regular maintenance and cleaning.”

Madison Geisser, AmeriCorps, Weeds Technician, Wells, NV, USFS. “They may look like it in the photo, but these boots are anything but still! I thought they deserved a little credit for the many miles of the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest we’ve covered together.”

Katie Reisinger, AmeriCorps, Botany Technician, BLM Redding. “While surveying in the Sacramento River Bend Area, we came across these beautiful monarch caterpillars on this native Asclepias fascicularis, narrowleaf milkweed!”

Travis Farwell, AmeriCorps, Wildlife Crew, Stanislaus National Forest. “My photo submission is of the last Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa) flower I came across in the forest as the streams dry up and summer comes to an end.”

Kate Bloomfield, Research Associate, Visitor Services Specialist, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. “Small predator thoughts.”

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