18 Years Old Based in California max @maxnichols .co
Stormy skies over the Park Road, a 15-mile avenue into the heart of Denali National Park. Flanked by thousands of spruce trees and miles and miles of magnificent views of the Alaska Range, this was one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever taken.
On Tuesday I got the news that I wouldn’t be headed to college the way I dreamed. Like most other colleges in California, mine has decided to pursue an online learning format for the foreseeable future. So naturally, the first thing I did was throw together a last-minute trip to Alaska! I’m flying out this afternoon and I can’t wait to bring you all along. In the meantime, enjoy this aerial shot out the side of a floatplane 🤙🏻
Views of mainland Washington from the San Juan Islands. Even across twenty-something miles of open water, you can still make out the peaks of Olympic National Park.
The conversion of ice and earth at the edge of the Sólheimajökull glacier in southern Iceland.
Layered views from a stormy afternoon at Hanalei Bay.
The infamous bunny. It’s been a little over a year since I first posted this lil guy, and if you haven’t seen him by now, here he is in all of his berry-licking glory 😂
“Chase your stars, fool. Life is short.” — @atticuspoetry The Milky Way arcing over the treetops of Shaver Lake.
I don’t know about you, but Highland cows are positively some of my favorite animals on the planet. Seeing this guy in Scotland was definitely one of my favorite travel memories 🐮
The approach of blue hour in Alabama Hills. I’ve always loved these moments of lingering light, right before the dark takes over.
A throwback to springtime memories and simpler times...
Last light in the eastern Sierras. I haven’t posted a ton about this, but earlier this year I made the switch from Nikon to @sonyalpha and haven’t looked back once. This shot was taken with the a7RIV and the 70-200 2.8 GM, which is by far the sharpest combination I’ve ever shot with!
Ferry views, part ii. This was taken shortly after departing mainland Washington at sunrise. There’s something so magical about a sunrise on the water!
Stormy views from the ferry. I’m probably in the minority here, but I wish could transport to this view every time I get overwhelmed with California’s endless sunshine 😂
This floatplane flight with @kenmoreair was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. The feels and sounds of taking off and landing in water were unreal!
A strip of river winding its way through the Yosemite Valley. Absolutely cannot wait to be back in this place!
A fox kit yawns during a quiet moment from last year’s trip to San Juan Island. Always a joy reflecting upon these peaceful in-betweens.
Moments from my first roadtrip to Alabama Hills a few weeks ago. With no cell service and very few people around, sleeping in the shadow of the Eastern Sierras (despite the insane winds rocking my car ) was one of the most peaceful experiences I’ve ever had. There’s something so soothing about a simple existence, even if it’s only temporary. Freeze-dried food and a pre-dawn wake up call was a welcome and almost meditative relief from the chaos of recent weeks.
I’ve refrained from posting or sharing anything these last few days because I felt like I had nothing worthwhile to share. But I’ve come to the realization that I have a platform, and no matter how small it is, it’s my responsibility to utilize it to the best of my abilities. Like many of you, I’ve been in complete shock following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. As the public’s cries for justice grow louder and the wellspring of posts and stories detailing the events unfolding within our country grows deeper, I’ve faced the dawning of an uncomfortable realization. The realization that I can walk freely through life while others cannot, simply because of the the color of my skin, is one that brings me great shame, sadness, and anger. As I’ve watched the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, I’ve felt a sense of great mourning and helplessness. But as shocking as the rampant racism that has been so recently and horribly brought to light, I’ve also been brought to my knees by the support I’ve seen on social media. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, there has been an awe-inspiring display of global solidarity, an outpouring of love and goodness that has instilled in me a sliver of hope. For these past few days have not only showed me humanity’s great capacity for brutality and evil, but our ability to love and care and fight for the oppressed. And to all of you who found the words before me, thank you 🙏
My first encounter with the coyotes of Yosemite. Apart from finishing up my senior year, I’ve been digging deep into the archives and finding new moments to share, and this process has not only uncovered tons of hidden gems, but has also been a time of joyful reflection for me.
El Capitan, one of the most famous rock faces in the world. While I’ve visited Yosemite dozens of times, El Cap’s sheer immensity never fails to amaze me. I can’t wait to see this view unfold before me again once Yosemite opens up!
Moody mornings in the Hebrides. Especially missing these wild, rain-soaked moments right now 🙏
Summer at Seljalandsfoss.
Close Encounters of the Highland Kind 😉