In my last blog I stated that I was debating about continuing writing here. After a lot of though I’ve decided to do so. I still remain depressed and fearful as to the current political situation here in the US. My feelings are not just as a citizen but also as a nature photographer. This past week two National Monuments were opened for “development,” although I’m not quite sure that “development” is the correct way to say “mining” and “resource extraction.” Being a nature/wildlife photographer is only possible when there is actual nature and wildlife to photograph. Shrinking the size of natural areas, privatizing parks and recreation areas for profit, selling off public lands, and repealing clean air and clean water regulations directly effect all of us who photograph the natural world, no matter our personal political views. I strongly urge readers to get involved in both local and national conservation efforts.