About ME – Where The Trails Take Me

Older, chubbier, but I can still hike 5 miles with a loaded camera pack

I’m a Montana girl. I was born about 24 miles outside the western entrance to Glacier National Park. Over the years, I have migrated from Montana to Kentucky to Louisiana to Washington State to Texas, and once again, to Washington State. It feels great to be back in the Pacific Northwest!

I believe in science, climate change, practice social distancing and wear a mask. I believe in what Dr. Fauci counsels and have absolutely NO patience with people who refuse to wear a mask. I voted for Biden so that should tell you where my politics lay. Anything I write here is my own opinion, and I’ve got some pretty strong opinions. That said, I do my best to keep this site relatively apolitical – unless it has to do with the national parks, in which case, I remind people that national parks are part of the Dept of the Interior, which is a federal agency, so politics do apply to national parks, whether anybody likes it or not.

And, speaking of national parks, I have been a contributing writer and photographer to the National Parks Traveler website since 2012, where I write a monthly “Photography in the National Parks” column, as well as a series of “Armchair Photography Guides” and 3-day itineraries to national parks I’ve visited.  Type “Rebecca Latson” or “Photography In The National Parks” in the search field and that should pull many of the articles I’ve written.

In my past life, I was also the staff photographer for The Merchant Prince, a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival (The King’s Feast). In addition, I’ve photographed portraits, weddings, families and other events, including  a couple of Colombian dance troupes and and portfolios for  an aspiring fashion model and a belly dancer.

I’ve traveled to  London, Paris, Ireland, western Canada,  Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Montana, California, Kentucky and Texas. My work for the Traveler has taken me to Glacier, Grand Teton, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon (both North and South Rims), Rocky Mountain, Petrified Forest, Acadia, Arches, Redwood, Canyonlands,  Yellowstone, Big Bend, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic, Katmai, Lake Clark, Denali, Mesa Verde national parks and Padre Island National Seashore, as well as John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Recently, I’ve been traveling along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, both in my own backyard of the Pacific Northwest.

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The trail has taken me to many adventures and I know it will take me to many more. My cameras and I are ready for the fun!

Where will the trails take YOU?

17 responses to “About ME – Where The Trails Take Me

  1. I just wanted to say that I found your blog today, and LOVE your photographs! Each one is amazing! Thanks for the enjoyable reads.

  2. In fact your photos are BETTER than many pros out there!!! I’m impressed.

  3. Yes! A kindred spirit (and my age, too)! I found you through your beautiful photography of Ireland and on a whim read about you. I hate Texas (this is where my dad retired)!!! I live in the DFW area and it’s flat, drab and hot and the people are intolerably narrow-minded! I made a short visit to the Seattle area 5 years ago and even though I didn’t see much of it, I fell in love with the mountains and trees (especially driving through Snoqualmie Pass). I wish I could live there – and be around more liberal and open-minded people! P.S. Viggo is mine (LOL)!

  4. Wonderful photos, narratives & bio. It is refreshing to read about another seemingly like-minded spirit! I have in the past six months visited 28 different states and 10 National Parks, tent-camping for two weeks in the Tetons – and Montana (indeed the entire Northwest) is like heaven. Except in the winter 🙂 Right now I am just about to leave Florida again and meander throughout the Southwest, most likely with a stopover at the Grand Canyon. Thanks for your inspiring images. By the way, I’m on that “island of liberality” too!

  5. I nominated you for the “Liebster Blog” award! Please refer to my latest post on the subject 🙂

  6. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy following your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please don’t feel obligated to play along, but if you decide you’d like to, check out my post… http://nicoleftacnikphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/the-versatile-blogger-award-nomination/.

  7. OH! Maybe we were separated at birth?? Photography? The GIants Causeway and Dunluce Castle? Sticky toffee pudding??? iPads, Canon cameras, CSI and Blurb??? I spent 40 years in the Seattle area and 13 years commuting on a Washinton State Ferry. We should talk!
    Love your photographs!

  8. I sympathize – I’m a Seattle-ite living in Virginia! But we’ll be moving to Seattle next year (my husband is in the Navy). I love your photos. I just starting blogging a couple months ago, posting a daily picture, inspired by my dad. I’m at http://podnumber2.wordpress.com/. Keep up the beautiful work!

  9. I wanted to let you know that the Sunshine Award was passed along to me today and I wanted to send it your way as well. If you’re interested in playing along, please check out my link… http://nicoleftacnikphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/sunshine-award/. Have a good one! 🙂

  10. Exceptional photography. I feel I missed the boat when I see the quality of your work. And a fine ‘about me’ page, full of interesting facts and opinions. Thanks for the look.

  11. Interesting site, and website, with great photos on both! I quite like your kit reviews as it’s good to have ‘real’ opinions – only problem is I’m a Nikon person! Thanks very much for visiting my site, your likes and comments are much appreciated.

  12. Hi Rebecca, thanks so much for following me. Hope you enjoy my work. Montana is high on my list for places to visit. Your landscapes are gorgeous! Happy shooting!

  13. Hello Rebecca! You have a lovely blog and beautiful images. I love your work! I’m so happy that you took time to visit my blog and like several posts. Your visit led me to your blog which is inspiring. So, thank you! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  14. Hi Rebecca – I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a little about you (even if you are a canon shooter :-)) We seem to share a passion for the bears in Alaska. We’ve had 3 trips up there to try to capture how amazing they are – we’ve been along the Alagnak river, at Hallo Bay, and this year took a detour to Silver Salmon Creek when our Moraine Creek camp was destroyed by high winds. I’m just starting to post some shots from this years trip on my blog. Keep up the great work!

  15. Rebecca, thank you for following my site and your kind words. I’m simply amazed at the number of people who follow their hearts and soul to love the National Parks. Your site expresses your love in written and visual beauty.
    I will follow your site. Stay safe, travel well, and continue wandering surrounded by the beauty of our planet.

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