Hello and welcome!

I’m Joy Carlough, a retired educational leader. I was born, raised, and lived most of my life on the East Coast, had a short stay on the West Coast, and have now fulfilled a long-time dream; I live in the Montana Rockies very near Yellowstone National Park. It only took this flatlander a short time to realize:

  • I cannot hike more than five to six miles, but wilderness is much closer than you think.
  • Wilderness is obvious in Montana, but wild places await discovery in unlikely locals.
  • Wild places need to be seen to be loved, and need to be loved to be saved.
  • When you slow your walk down and take the time to look around, wilderness awes.
  • Life is richer when nature is explored and encountered with wonder.
  • Experiencing wilderness through a camera lens allows sharing that experience forever.

All the photos here are my copyrighted originals, from my heart to yours. I hope you enjoy our walks to close-by wild places as they fill your senses with beauty, majesty, and even awe.


33 thoughts on “Hello and welcome!

  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Gorgeous photos and great narrative. I almost felt like I was with you on your hike in Lamar Valley. Instead I am in my cozy, warm home in CA.

    I am not sure I could get used to and/or appreciate the very cold temperatures you experienced on this hike.
    Thank you for sharing your adventures.

    Great blog!

    We will talk soon!

    Your friend,

  2. Elaine Martin says:

    Joy! What a wonderful job you have done!! Wish Chucky could have seen this-he would be very proud of you!! Hope to actually meet up with you in the near future. You have accomplished the most wonderful, full circle of life!!! Congrats! ?

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