angelajpayne Adult dragonfly and the remnants of its previous phase of life. It was like biology class in The Park a few days ago when I happened upon two dragonflies that had recently completed the metamorphosis from nymphs to adults. I later learned that the old skin is called the exuvia and it can take a few hours for the newly-emerged adult's wings to dry. The Park somehow never fails to provide new things to see...if I look closely enough. 6d

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angelajpayne Sunset, Zion National Park. I've seen some of the classic views in Zion now, and they are spectacular, majestic, grand, <insert various adjectives here>. But, I think my favorite scene may be this nondescript field and random sandstone formation. I caught them at sunset and was completely entranced by the waves that moved across the sea of grass in the breeze. 1w

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angelajpayne The Narrows, Zion National Park. A few days ago we escaped the heat and enjoyed this hike up the Virgin River with a few hundred of our closest friends. It took some well-timed photography to make it look like my mom was alone in the canyon, but the hike was amazing nonetheless. With towering sandstone walls above and cold water below, this place is classic and crowded for good reason. 2w

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angelajpayne Zion National Park, UT. My first trip to this sandstone paradise was back in the Fall. Now, I've joined my mom on her Summer road trip for another visit to Zion. The temps will be *slightly* warmer this time around, but the views are worth a little extra sweat. 2w

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angelajpayne Poumaka Tower, in all her muddy glory, during a rare moment of blue skies. I've probably posted too many photos from my trip to Ua Pou, but here's one more, because the video from the trip is out now. We hoped to reach the top on a bluebird day like this, but (as the video illustrates well) the reality was quite different. I don't typically share links on here, but this trip was unique enough to warrant a departure from my Insta-routine. So, for today only, you can find the link in my profile. What an ADVENTURE! 3w

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angelajpayne Another Rocky Mountain National Park scene. It's that time of year again. The Vail World Cup is over, the temperature down low is climbing, the snow up high is melting, and I'm feeling antsy to get back on real rock. And so, The Park it is! 3w

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angelajpayne Poumaka's shadow cuts through the evening fog in Ua Pou. Last night I had a dream that I was stuck in a river of mud and couldn't get out. So, naturally, I woke up with the jungle on my mind. Unlike in my nightmare, however, the mud in Ua Pou came with nice views. 1mon
  •   cereshalo I still fantasize about you all summiting Poumaka. After all said and done, would you recommend it, or is was it too much "pre-joy?" 1mon
  •   angelajpayne @cereshalo it was a fair amount of "pre-joy" for sure! I can say it was an unforgettable adventure and I'm glad I went! 3w

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angelajpayne A fleeting morning scene. Getting outside early enough to see the dew still suspended at the top of the grass is a race against the sun and gravity. Those are two pretty big opponents, so I feel really accomplished when I win. 1mon

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angelajpayne Sunrise run. Waking up early and running were never high on the list of things I like. They still aren't at the top, but this morning they both gained some points. 2mon

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angelajpayne "While playing in the clay-streaked water and watching my niece float leaf boats down the tiny waterfalls, I saw a bit of my young self in her. She moved from rock to rock with confidence, not minding the cold water that poured into her tiny yellow boots. She picked the biggest stick she could find and helped me stir the creek like it was a giant stew. She scooped up slimy green moss and threw big rocks into the deep pools, unfazed by their chilly splashes. For a brief moment, I had the joy of seeing the outdoors through the eyes of a child again, and I couldn’t help but reminisce about my early experiences outside." ••An excerpt from a blog I wrote about my motivations for taking on Rocky Mountain National Park's 100 Days Outside challenge this year. I have been documenting the days with photos and will share the occasional good one on here•• 2mon

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angelajpayne Hitching a ride in Ua Pou. It's starting to feel like the jungle here in Colorado, with water all around after five straight days of rain. Luckily I'm keeping busy with the U.S. Team training camp, and my indoor climbing game is benefitting. My photo game, on the other hand, is not, and I'm still pulling from the archives...for now. 2mon
  •   chris_schulte Lots of archive-rifling going on in CO. 2mon
  •   okapimoon Old and new photographs are both wonderful to see. I am happy to hear your climbing is going so well; your photo game will return. 2mon
  •   elielilamashabachtani I like u ;-) 2mon
  •   thefortatfococo Old or new it's still a beautiful pic & u are still inspiring & motivatingyou have inspired me with your 100 day picture to challenge my husband for a weekend adventure outdoors! I think whether he's game or not I'll do the challenge for ME! I need to BEGIN 2mon

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angelajpayne Just a simple Colorado scene. I've been running all around the country for the past month, and it has been tons of fun. Now, I'm REALLY happy to be home for few weeks. There will be lots of indoor World Cup prep, but hopefully I can sneak in a few trips to the mountains as well. And maybe I can even slow down enough to snap some photos and bring the "Insta" back to the 'grams. 2mon
  •   amy_pickering Nice to have you over thisaway! 2mon
  •   angelajpayne @amy_pickering Nice to be there and hang out for a quick minute. Let's do it again sometime soon 2mon
  •   mseng357 Sad to have missed the Rock Project in NY this past weekend, but glad you finally get some down town back home! Always feels great! 2mon
  •   ogisha905 Beautiful scene 2mon

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angelajpayne The Mini Moo Galaxy. I don't always add cream to my coffee, but when I do, it's typically so I can watch it do this, and then photograph it and give it a grandiose title. Seems appropriate though, since fleeting grandiose plans and a momentary belief that one can conquer the world are side effects of excessive coffee consumption. Or is that just me? 2mon

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angelajpayne Ua Pou: one of the gazillion amazing places on our planet. Humans have an okay thing going, being on this chunk of rock in space. Hopefully we aren't dumb enough to throw it all away. 2mon

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angelajpayne Sunset at Boulder Reservoir. The South Pacific was stunning, the East coast was lovely, Kentucky was beautiful and San Diego was excellent. I've been to some nice spots over the past few months, but I'm never sad to return home to Colorado -- one of the most gorgeous places there is. Heading back to enjoy it for 36 hours before taking off again... 2mon

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angelajpayne An eerie morning in The Park, Summer 2014. It's looking a bit like this today in Colorado, as Winter returns for one last hurrah. Guess it's good timing that I'm heading somewhere warmer for a bit. Soon enough, though, it will be time to head back into the mountains to throw ourselves at little rocks. 3mon
  •   tyler_h90 Your shots are always amazing; it would be awesome to have a simple webpage with all of your shots in full resolution w/ accompanying descriptions! 3mon
  •   angelajpayne @tyler_h90 Thank you!!! I have a page on my website that shows all my Instagrams, but maybe I will add something a bit different with larger photos someday. 3mon
  •   artpulse This is stunning. Like a Japanese scroll painting 3w

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angelajpayne An evening at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Back in November I kicked off my 30th year by hiking out of this big, beautiful ditch. That was the beginning of a good run of great trips. I still don't feel any older, so I figure I'll keep on going. Busy month ahead, hitting both coasts and some spots in between. Ready, set, go! 3mon

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angelajpayne Silhouetted deck hand on the boat ride out. I've been home from Ua Pou for a month now and life is back to normal. There are plenty of photos left to share, but I'll save those for the days when life seems a little TOO normal (whatever that means). For now, I'm soaking up the mundane and enjoying the comforts of non-jungle life. 3mon

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angelajpayne Nice light hits the jungle. My feed has been dominated by shades of green over the past few weeks, but hey, what's a little more? It still feels a bit soon to say I honestly miss this view, but it WAS pretty damn beautiful. 3mon

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angelajpayne Island life, Ua Pou. After helping us carry bags down from our camp, David was thrilled to show off his skills on a horse. He made the riding look manageable, but when I asked if I could try, he laughed. A few things were certainly lost in translation, but the word “unstable” was not. 3mon
  •   andy_mann Haha. That horse was sketchy. 3mon

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