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  • Writer's pictureBryan Donoghue

Photography Spotlight: Top 5 Photos of August 2021

The best photos from the past month of blog posts!

At Pathloom, we're extremely proud of the exclusive content we bring to our community each and every week. We've written comprehensive guides, told our stories from the trails, given some tips & tricks based on our outdoors experience - all with the goal of keeping you, our readers, informed and entertained - and doing our part to make the Great Outdoors more accessible for everyone!

While we're certainly proud of our written content here, (and our videos on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok!), we're equally proud of the INCREDIBLE work our photographers put in to give you amazing views of some of the most beautiful areas of the country. To that effect, here's our latest edition of Photography Spotlight - the best photos from the past month of Pathloom blogs! Click here to check out our greatest hits from March, April, May, June, and July!

The blue-green waters of Delta Lake lay in stark contrast to the grey granite of the Grand Tetons and the blue skies overhead

Delta Lake: Grand Teton National Park, WY - Photo Credit: Brett Stanton

(published 8/5/2021)

"Last year, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAO) was signed into legislation to allot up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to allow for necessary maintenance and upgrades in National Parks throughout the country. Now, the National Parks are finally beginning needed projects as the GAO has begun significant work."


Raging wildfires nearby cause smoke to fill the air over the pine trees surrounding Lake Tahoe, totally obscuring the sun from shining down on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail, CA - Photo Credit: Taylor Kim

(published 8/12/2021)

"About an hour into the morning’s hike, the smoke started to roll in. As I mentioned in my gear prep blog, I was well aware of the early fire season and had been dodging smoke from the nearby Tamarack Fire that sprung up to the south right before I had set out. Up until this morning, however, the more northern Dixie Fire hadn’t been a concern for the Tahoe area - until winds shifted unexpectedly and pushed the smoke into the basin. Within an hour, I couldn’t see across the lake, and barely even a few ridgelines over. The hikers I passed became fewer and farther between, and I was worried about spending the night in the worsening air quality."


The sun sets through the crooked limbs of an old oak tree in Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve

Ohlone Wilderness, CA - Photo Credit: Ankit Jain

(published 8/16/2021)

"The Ohlone Wilderness Trail is a difficult/strenuous backpacking trip with mostly moderate to steep terrain. For those in the Bay Area planning to attempt long distance thru-hikes like the Tahoe Rim Trail, the John Muir Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail, it is often referred to as the “training hike” due to the constant up-and-down nature of the trail. Most complete thru-hiking the trail within 2 or 3 days, starting at Del Valle Regional Park and finishing at Mission Peak in Fremont, CA."


Striated red rocks stretch for miles in Zion National Park in Utah

Zion National Park, UT - Photo Credit: Falco Rodriguez

(published 8/19/2021)

"In honor of these great writers, and in honor of you, our readers, who work tirelessly to create opportunities to get out into the natural wonderlands you so love and revere, we've brought you 15 of our favorite outdoors-related quotes from history's great writers and orators. May they inspire you to hop in your car, flee civilization, get as far into the middle of nowhere as you possibly can, and commune with all that this beautiful Earth has to offer."


A meadow of beautifully colored wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Wildflower Filled Meadow: Grand Teton, WY - Photo Credit: Ryan French

(published 8/23/21)

"Additionally, the alpine terrain can make for unpredictable weather - so be sure to check in with a backcountry ranger before you begin for the latest forecast, and avoid any exposed areas if you see ominous clouds rolling in. With high-alpine terrain comes a short hiking season - due to snow, you likely won’t be able to safely attempt this hike outside of a short window between early August and mid September."


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