adventure journal square shooter yosemite steve 12As the official (and only) Yosemite National Park filmmaker, Steve Bumgardner has what is widely considered to be one of the best jobs in the world. If there’s a limitation to the short films he makes under the guise of Yosemite Nature Notes – and I’m not saying there is, okay – it’s that they convey a certain institutional gravitas. I mean, c’mon, it’s Yosemite, not Yosemite Sam.

So that’s where Bumgardner’s Instagram feed comes in. It reflects his much broader sensibilities, his sense of humor, and his travels beyond the walls of the wonderful valley he calls home.

Follow him @yosemitesteve.

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"The Great Snowy Jagged Sawtooth Range, aka the Sierra Nevada."

“The Great Snowy Jagged Sawtooth Range, aka the Sierra Nevada.”

"Exploring the Yosemite ghost town of Dana Village."

“Exploring the Yosemite ghost town of Dana Village.”

"Half Dome reflected in Snow Creek."

“Half Dome reflected in Snow Creek.”

"Lick your bin?"

“Lick your bin?”

"Back when Tioga was a dead-end road."

“Back when Tioga was a dead-end road.”

"Where the shit goes down in Yosemite...literally. (The sewage plant.)"

“Where the shit goes down in Yosemite…literally. (The sewage plant.)”

"Satire at #burningman."

“Satire at #burningman.”

"Rocks over Half Dome."

“Rocks over Half Dome.”

"Dead Sea. Good to know."

“Dead Sea. Good to know.”

"Cool colors in the souk spice shops, Amman, Jordan."

“Cool colors in the souk spice shops, Amman, Jordan.”

"Dead Flicker."

“Dead Flicker.”


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.