Meet the photographer behind our newest RATIO visual vibes, Liz Charney of Trek + Bloom. In addition to being a traveling photographer for adventurous lovers, elopements and intimate weddings, Liz is a lover of traveling, horchata, wildflowers, and turquoise.
Her stunning capture of the Yellowstone wilderness is now available at the RATIO online marketplace, just in time for your holiday card exchanges.
In the spirit of her love for adventure, we asked Liz share her best travel story:
While visiting Yosemite in August of 2015, my husband, Nathan, and I hiked to a beautiful waterfall with a luscious blue pool at the bottom. A group of hikers from Ireland were taking turns jumping from boulders into the pool and soon Nathan voiced his desire to join them. He was hesitant though, you always hear stories of people hitting rocks and things, but I encouraged him to do it, pointing out that several people from the Ireland group had already jumped in and appeared fine.
He shrugged in agreement and emptied his pockets before removing his shoes and socks, then made his way over to the jumping boulder. I excitedly readied my camera to capture the moment, pumped that the spray from the falls created a rainbow that fit perfectly within my frame. 1, 2, 3 ….and away he went, leaping into the air and falling down towards the pool. He disappeared into that luscious blue quite gracefully but when his head came up again I knew immediately that something was wrong. He made his way to shore and limped back to me, stating that his right foot hurt and he had landed on a rock. I examined his foot and told him that he had broken at least one bone, but he refused to believe me and insisted it was just a bad sprain. I bandaged him up with an ACE wrap and some Tylenol from my first-aid kit and we started our 1.5 mile hike back down to the car. It was a long and painful walk as he could hardly bare weight on his right foot, but eventually we made it. I continued to express concern and suggested we go by the Medical tent at Park Headquarters but he again refused, insisting that it was just a sprain.
We made our way up to Glacier Point, where you get a killer view of Half Dome, for sunset and cooked dinner on our camp stove while talking about the highlights of our trip so far. After we ate we curled up in my Pendleton blanket and stayed out until the Milky Way was visible. It was the most perfect way to end our day.
Two days later, after arriving back at home, Nathan went to the doctor and got an x-ray saying he had broken 3 metatarsal bones and his right foot would need to be put in a cast and on crutches for several weeks. It was a crummy thing to happen but I’m just thankful he didn’t dive in head first!