Andy Best

 

Editor’s Note – Photographer and cinematographer Andy Best has built his life around traveling to the world’s most wild places. He gets out there and captures spectacular landscapes so that we can all be inspired to adventure ourselves. In this piece, I asked Andy to come up with his top 5 wild places – an impossible task for anyone who loves the outdoors and especially for someone who gets outside as much as Andy. Andy insisted that it would be impossible for him to rank these five places, so instead he compiled a list of some of the places that have reached out to him most. What follows is Andy’s effort to let us glimpse some of the most inspiring wild places through his lens.

 

The Redwoods – California, U.S.A

Andy Best

There’s nothing quite like the Redwoods to help you gain a little perspective. With some of these trees being as much as 2,000 years old and standing during the reign of the Roman Empire, it’s almost incomprehensible. I can really feel the spirit of these tress when I stand in a silent grove. It’s truly an experience that everyone should have. My favorite time of year to go is in the winter – the light is always low, and the fog adds to their magic.

Andy Best

 

Crater Lake – Oregon, U.S.A

Andy Best

I love the feeling when nature’s beauty punches me right in the soul and, needless to say, Crater Lake knocked me right out. Its magical Wizard Island and mysterious depth make my imagination go wild. My favorite time to visit Crater Lake happens to also be in winter. There are less people, and there’s something about the snow that brings out all the vibrant colors in the sky.

Andy Best

 

Glacier National Park – Montana, U.S.A

Andy Best

I truly believe that going to Glacier is as close as you can get to heaven. From the many gorgeous lakes that are nestled below the jagged mountain peaks, to the most extreme wildlife, this place is truly special. Word of caution though, do not hike alone, and follow park regulations when it comes to bear spray or bear bangers – you never know what’s around the next corner…

Andy Best

 

Grand Tetons – Wyoming, U.S.A

Andy Best

The Grand Tetons will always have a special place in my heart as they were my childhood backyard. The Tetons are, to me, a symbol of the Wild West. Wild Buffalo roam free, the land is preserved and protected – it’s like going back in time. Every time I go to the Tetons, I always stop by the visitors center to see if I can join any of their volunteer programs. It’s great to give back to the parks and to help the efforts to keep this land beautiful for generations to come.

Andy Best

 

Alberta (I love it all) – Canada

Andy Best

When asked to pick my top 5 wild places, it was literally impossible. Then when Alberta came up, it was even more impossible to narrow down what I loved about this beautiful area. So I’ll highlight a couple of aspects, but know that my list is endless. The Columbia Icefield in the northern Rocky Mountains – this icefield is several feet thick and is packed with glaciers as far as you can see. The area is nearly unreachable by land, and I’m lucky enough to have seen it by air. The other experience I’d highlight has to be in the Badlands – Dinosaur Provincial Park to be exact. To be surrounded by 75 million year old dinosaur bones and witness such an odd landscape was almost too much to begin with – then I was thrown a curve ball. The sun set and the northern lights showed up. It was mind blowing!

Andy Best

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