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Photography Spotlight: Top 5 Photos of July 2021

The best photos from the past month of blog posts!


Black and White sorcery highlights the striated mountains of Badlands National Park in South Dakota


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, and June!



With a backdrop of a beautiful sunset, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park erupts majestically - but for how much longer before climate change takes its toll?

Yellowstone National Park, WY - Photo Credit: Scott Carnahan



Taken From: National Park News: July 2021

(published 7/1/2021)


"Utah's flash flood season began with a vengeance on Tuesday, June 29th, as powerful thunderstorms caused flash flooding to wreak havoc throughout the park and surroundings. Though no casualties have been reported in this recent episode, floodwaters rushing through the narrow slot canyons have proven to be deadly in the past."


Very Good Boy Simba looking extremely regal while sitting on Stinson Beach in California

Simba, King of Stinson Beach, CA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue



Taken From: Beach Day Playlist - 15 Songs for Sun, Sand, and Swimming

(published 7/6/2021)


"At some point throughout all this, someone will likely pull out a speaker or ask for music in the car, and you’re going to need something to capture the feeling you have - of the light hitting your face and warming your entire body, of relaxation and excitement, of simple joy. That's why we put together a list of our 15 favorite songs for the beach."


Grey and black stormclouds are fleeing into the distance over the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, leaving drenched red rocks and a solitary newborn flower in their wake

Tahoe Rim Trail, CA - Photo Credit: Ankit Jain



Taken From: Tahoe Rim Trail - Prep Guide and Gear List

(published 7/15/2021)


"While this trail of course requires a lot of planning and physical training (finding all the information and data to plan this trip took many weeks and lots of website-hopping! [Ed.: if only there was a company working tirelessly to develop an app that solves this problem!]), these resources allow hikers to attempt the trail at whatever speed or daily mileage they feel comfortable with."


One woman has finally found solitude among the crowds at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Finding solitude at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue



Taken From: Overcrowding in the Outdoors: How Tech Can Help

(published 7/19/2021)


"Yet the problem with overcrowding at National Parks and more environmental pollution points to a bigger, overarching issue: the lack of proper infrastructure in outdoor recreational resources. When embarking on an outdoor trip, new adventurers look to plan their day rather haphazardly, relying primarily on word of mouth to determine when, where, and how to go. If online research is done, it ends up in a view that is familiar to most outdoor recreationists: numerous open tabs, several random blogs, and an overload of information that is near-impossible to retain."


A camera mounted on a tripod at the shore of a crystal clear reflective lake, photographing the glory of the enormous mountain rising above the trees on the opposite shore - and the reflection of all of this in the water below

Sony a7R IV with 12-24mm 2.8 Lens - Mount Rainier, WA - Photo Credit: Chris Blake



Taken From: Beginner's Guide to Best Camera Gear for Outdoor Photography

(published 7/29/21)


"As you develop your skills as a photographer and an artist, you’ll begin to better understand what you need for your next lens. If, for example, you find yourself drawn to wildlife photography, you can start to look at longer lenses like a 70-200mm, or even a 100-400mm. Longer lenses permit you to photograph subjects from a greater distance - this is especially useful for photographing wildlife when you want to maintain a safe range between yourself and a wild animal."



Are you a photographer who loves the outdoors, and would like to be featured on Pathloom? Send an e-mail to blog@pathloom.com with a link to your portfolio for consideration!


Pathloom Blog Articles Featured in this Post:


Photography Spotlight: Top 5 Photos of June 2021

National Park News: June 2021

Hiking Yosemite's Half Dome: My Journey to Loving the Outdoors

5 Amazing Backpacking Adventures in the Northeastern United States

Colorful Colorado: Exploring Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Mount Whitney: Backpacking the Tallest Mountain in the (Contiguous) United States


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