Hikers at the Blue Ridge Parkway can feast their eyes on layers of mountains receding into the distance, as with this view from Waterrock Knob Trail.

Finding tranquility in the chaos at Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve near San Diego, California.

I am not above the cynical exploitation of the ape body for clicks.

A hike on the Difficult Run Trail with the DC Hiking and Backpacking Club.

A river otter opens wide to scarf down a snack.

A gorilla portrait from my visit to the zoo this past weekend, with contemplation about the morality of confining and displaying animals for our own amusement.