#tbt to the greatest crew in the world! I can't even begin to tell folks how wonderful all these people are, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity to do the work I did, see places untouched (mostly) by humankind, and to really work on myself. 🌲🌲🌲 When I joined SCC, I was broke as hell, learning to cope with my PTSD, and learning how to love and accept masculinity. I learned how to keep pushing on the brink of exhaustion, how to properly communicate without victimizing myself (or attacking others), to be 100% honest with myself, and to never use moss as toilet paper (I repeat, NEVER use moss as toilet paper!) I remember in the midst of the season, my parents begged me to quit and go back to guiding (since I was broke and my bank account was always overdraft) but I stood by my decision, because I knew no amount of money could buy the love, frustration, growth and lessons I received. Thank you #southwestconservationcorps for the experience of a lifetime. I hope one day to go back to conservation work ❤️🌲
Heyo! My name is Marshall Masayesva and I am currently the founder/director of Adventures for Hopi program. I am also the coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Hopi Program. I have been selected into the Emerging Leaders Program as part of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole WY next week. I received my B.A. in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in 2014. Since then, my work focus has primarily been on creating access, employment, and economic opportunities in the recreation/conservation field for young folks in my home community on the Hopi Reservation. I very much believe that offering opportunities for young folks to simply be outside and to provide service to our communities is the way to move forward. I am hoping to use this platform to continue serving our young folks on Hopi by highlighting the work that still needs to happen. so come check out us and other cool projects like @nativesoutdoors at the SHIFT festival November 1-3!!! #southwestconservationcorps#emergingleadersprogram#ancestrallands#adventuresforhopi#shiftfestival2017
Lately I've felt uninspired.
Uninspired in a way that I don't want to photograph or film or even think about filming-- an artistic depression of sorts. Right now it's easy to fall into the thought pattern of viewing my work as shit, unimportant, and and not unique. At first I found it alarming: *I shouldn't be thinking these things! I have to keep working!* But with the advice from fellow artists @cantycan and @tunneltravel I came to some peace in this feeling. Peace in just listening and observing, peace in creating in other ways (drawing, painting, writing) in hopes that with this sabbatical I'll be able to return to my work anew, reinvigorated in the importance that my art brings to my life. Able to create for me.
Any of yous ever experience artistic depression? How do you cope?
Last week was spent looking at stump shots (what remains after cutting a tree down), then talking about those stump shots, and then redoing it all over again. It's so fun teaching people who have never touched a saw before and getting them to a place where they feel confident and safe.
Excited to be back on a saw as well as the season to come!
"I pass by wildflowers everyday while walking to work. They've changed from the time we arrived. First it was wild irises. When they became brown maracas the columbines appeared -- blue, white and yellow exploded stars, replaced by nodding yellow and purple daisies and then healing yarrow flowers. Now our season has ended, the flowers have started to close up only to reopen again next year. "
📷: @_sarah_hamilton_ on her experience directing a documentary called "Down to the Corps" following a trail crew in Southwest Colorado as they come up against the struggles of living and working in the great outdoors.
Tag #pranazion to share your stories adventuring in our Stretch Zion collection.
Today I'm 25. Because it's my birthday I'm going to tell you a few facts about myself while I play you a tune.
I constantly see the time 8:27 (which is today's date). My favorite smell is a musty water damaged basement.
Beet is my spirit vegetable.
I can lick my elbow.
At 50 I imagine I'll live in a cottage like the nice lady from Matilda and have honey bees and berries.
Additonally, I think its silly to have a birthday and not acknowledge the one that gave birth to you so here's to my parents (especially my mum) for having me on this day. As well as all the homemade cakes and butterfly themed birthday parties from years past. I can't thank you enough. Much love. ❤️
While everyone was off in the lands of totality, @southwestconservationcorps crew leaders were prepping for the season - retiping chainsaw bars, rehandling tools, and ensuring things were in tip-top shape. Breaks included donuts, one pair of eclipse glasses, and a lot of hub bub as we passed that one pair around.
So much ponderosa blood. This project was a lot of fun. Lots of experience gained from this season thanks to the @southwestconservationcorps. So lucky to be put on a project like this. Very rare to fell trees like this in a conservation corps. I'll miss dropping pondos. Looking forward to fall season. #sawyer#felling#southwestconservationcorps#feller#lumberjack#colorado
This photo perfectly sums up our season together, Crew 479, and in a mere 10 days it will come to a close.
Through our months together, I've watched each of you grow, find the raw edges of your comfort and stretch beyond them. I've seen you grow from an awkward collection of strangers, wondering what in god's name you've gotten yourselves into, to being the (only somewhat) dysfunctional family unit we find ourselves in today. We've overcome a nonsensical array of challenges, but together we always emerge with enough poise and humor to pose for a goofy photo.
Good luck to us, on our final hitch as a crew and beyond.
I love y'all! .
Monsoon season hits the San Juans, a daily afternoon shower rumbles off in the distance. You hear the rain before you feel it, coming down the hill like a stampede of millions of mini water buffalo. At first you keep working, the rain soaking your skin, the bottoms of your pants, the small of your back. If it keeps going maybe you put on a rain jacket. To stop moving is to get cold and wet. Keep working. Skip break. #downtothecorpsfilm
So, this post is something I’ve been meaning to write for a few months now. In 2010 I started working on trails with Southwest Conservation Corps, and I ended up loving it so much that I’ve spent 6 summers out in the woods covered in dirt and surrounded by good people. Over the years I’ve had people ask me what it is exactly that I do out there, and it’s hard to put everything into words. But as a photographer I dragged a camera with me on all of my adventures. Some of the photos I’ve shared on Facebook, others I’ve hoarded not really sure what to do with them. I realize that I can’t really capture every part of trail life in photos either, (it turns out it’s hard to swing a pick and hold a camera at the same time) but I thought I might share a different perspective than I’ve given before. So, here is a gallery of 60 photographs taken over 6 years working on trail crews. To those who’ve wondered what exactly I was doing out there all of these years, I hope my photos explain a bit better than my words. To those who were out there with me, I think about you constantly. Y’all are family and I miss you guys. http://www.rossophotography.com/-/galleries/trail-life #southwestconservationcorps#scc#montanaconservationcorps#mcc#conservationlegacy#americorps