If you go on Instagram to look at mountains and trees and lakes and waterfalls that look so painting-like you can’t fathom that they were actually photographed in nature, you should definitely be following these amazing naturesnappers.
1. @patcole4 Patrick Cole loves a nice, vibrant, saturated, colorful shot. Now a Las Vegas resident, he finds “nothing more peaceful than the purity of nature.” He works in the restaurant business, but to us, he’s like a professional Instagrammer—his nature shots are just too perfect.
2. @eltaylo We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered Erin Taylor’s Instagram account, but there’s a reason her photos are so fantastic—the girl’s a professional photographer (check out erinltaylorphotography.com). Besides for her dreamy Colorado photos, we love that she would like to live in a Wes Anderson movie (because really, who wouldn’t?!) and that she has full-blown conversations with her pug Oscar.
#Colors didn’t really mean anything to us until we found Steve Strehl’s photos. While he doesn’t use any Instagram filters, he does use an editing app called Snapseed. Steve’s from Utah, and he’s a junior at the University of Montana, so he’s no stranger to nature’s beauty. He loves to ski, hike, climb, play hockey, and just head out on spontaneous trips to national parks.
Every time we check out Nadeane Palacios’s photos, we can’t believe she’s not a photographer. We’re not even sure how this mother of five teenagers has the time to wander through the amazing natural beauty that is Utah and take pictures of it—but we’re ecstatic that she does! Looking at how interesting her photos are, we’re not surprised by her poetic connection to nature: she “[loves] to shoot water; [she] [loves] the way it dances.”
The first time we saw one of Trippe Davis’s photos, we literally gasped out loud. (It was that gorgeous!) This freelance photographer, bartender, and 1st assistant cameraman creates lush and beautiful images that show his deep love for the woods. The Portland, Oregon resident also has a way with words: “I like being able to reach out and see the whole world through an iPhone app.” (If you’re interested in a spokesperson, Instagram, we suggest direct messaging Trippe.)
Becca Alfafara is a lot of things: she’s from Detroit, she currently lives in West Glacier, Montana, she’s an avid knitter, and she works seasonally as a park ranger. She’s also an unbelievable Instagrammer, whose photos routinely get the highest likes of any of our posts. Take a look at her feed and you’ll probably want to head out to Glacier National Park and never come back.
Looking for even more amazing nature photos (in addition to these 6 Instagram accounts every outdoor enthusiast should be following)? Follow us on Instagram (@officialpocketranger), and we’ll do all the work for you! We regularly scope out all the coolest naturesnappers and repost their incredible photos.
Oh, and if you’d like to follow in these Instagrammers’ footsteps, just hashtag your nature photos like so (#pocketranger) for a chance for us to repost them and credit you! (Don’t say we never tried to make you famous…)
Who are your favorite naturesnappers? Let us know in the comments!