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Smile about the little things in life, because one day, you’ll realize they were the big things. I feel like this crazy life is going by so quickly, yet it’s moments like this that make time slow down. Be sure to stop and smell the flowers, folks. On another note, doesn’t this just look like something from a Dr. Seuss book? Totally worth the long run and 3AM wake up. 🇨🇦

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I feel like my audience has changed so dramatically in the last year, and most of you only know me from my pics, so I thought I’d introduce myself on a more personal level and invite you to do the same! I’m all about using social media to be more social. • My full name’s David Miles Rule, but if I lived in Canada, I’d be David Kilometers Rule• I was born at a very young age, but now I’m 22. I’m hoping to be 23 by next year. • I’m from Pinedale, Wyoming, which is a small mountain town just south of Jackson Hole. It’s insanely gorgeous here and an absolute paradise for photography. • I’m 6’3” and the first thing people usually say when meeting me is “wow, you’re way taller than your face looks in your profile pic”. Umm....thanks? • I finished a degree in Physiology & Neuroscience from the University of Wyoming, but I left my medical career behind to travel the world and pursue photo/video because life is short. It’s been the best decision of my life and I have no regrets. • I’m an avid distance runner and swimmer. I’ve run multiple marathons, competed in triathlon during college, and I hold the record for a 9 mile swim across a lake in Wyoming. My next goal is to swim the English Channel and run a 100 mile ultra marathon. • I can ride a 5’ tall unicycle, juggle fire, and do both at the same time. It’s a completely pointless skill, but I love clowning around regardless. • I’ve been to 15 foreign countries, and my favorite so far has been Croatia, mostly because of my unhealthy obsession with swimming and cliff jumping. • I have absolutely no sense of direction and get lost very easily. Ask anyone I’ve traveled with. I’m pretty sure I get lost at the grocery store half the time. • Now I want to hear something about you! Leave a little bio or weird fact about yourself and I’ll reply to every single one. 😁

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Montana Rocks! Lake McDonald is just one giant bowl of fruity pebbles, part of a complete Glacier breakfast. If only I was a rock-eating cave troll I would’ve chomped down on these delicious looking stones. One of the most epic lake shores I’ve ever seen. The vibrant color of this spot is similar to the authentic, emissive color of the new OLED TV by @lgusa. Its vibrant, deep color makes for the top image quality on the market. @oled_space #itsoledoroled #authenticemmissivecolor #lgpartner

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Waking up for sunrise isn’t hard when you live in the most surreal place on the planet! Having grown up here, I feel like I’ve taken this place for granted most my life. I always thought that it’s just usual to look at scenes like this on a daily basis and run into 4 moose on the way to school. It isn’t until I started traveling the world that I realized my own backyard is so epic. In a world full of wonder, this is truly a hidden gem. No matter where I end up in life, this magical land I come from will always hold a special place in my heart. 🌲

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Of all the cenotés I explored in the Yucatán, this was definitely my favorite. It wasn’t the most photogenic, but it had a massive rope swing hanging from the roof and was filled with friendly turtles. It really let me bring out my inner Tarzan in this underground jungle. 🐢

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After just 2 days here, I can confidently say that Vancouver is my favorite big city in the world. It’s incredibly clean, super chill, and the surrounding area feels just like the Ewok planet from Star Wars. The locals here totally fit the “overly-friendly Canadian” stereotype, and I met nothing but incredibly kind, awesome people in BC. One of my favorite things to do here was to explore all the suspension bridges hidden in the forest. This one overlooking Cascade Falls was probably my favorite. I definitely need to make it back up to this magical land at some point! 🇨🇦

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I’m definitely in need of another trip to the Southwest to restock on red rock sizzlers. In the meantime, here’s an old favorite from the coolest natural bridge. Still can’t believe I was all alone this day! 🌵

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I’ve been roadtripping for nearly a month now and I’m loving every second of it, but seeing everyone’s adventures back home is sure making me miss this place! You just can’t beat summer in Wy(home)ing. I’ll be back around the beginning of August and can’t wait to climb the Grand, swim across Fremont, and run a ridiculous number of miles through the Winds. Well, I guess it’s time for me to go explore some more of Canada! ⛰

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The badlands of South Dakota have some bad lands and good views. A few weeks ago I got to explore this super underrated state with @bryce_thorman and I absolutely loved it. While driving through the Badlands, we just happened to spot this scene out in the middle of nowhere and booked it over to find the skittles. Taste the rainbow. 🌈

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Can you believe this is someone’s home? On my way through Portland, I got to see what might be the coolest house in Oregon. This old Boeing 727 is in the middle of the forest and is a completely built-out home that Bruce Campbell has lived in for the last 17 years. After an epic drone flight, Bruce invited me to come explore the interior and we chatted for a solid 2 hours. He’s a super chill guy with very similar interests and views as myself. I love people like him who keep me inspired to be a little different. Honestly, I’d definitely live in a plane if ever given the opportunity to buy an old aircraft shell. Who else would join? (Song by Odessa) ✈️

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This place makes me feel a certain way that nowhere else does. I’m not sure if it’s the epic rock formations, the waves crashing through fog, or the fires lining the shoreline, but I always feel like a new person when I’m here. It’s super refreshing and just a happy place all around. Yesterday, I got a ton of laptop work done right on the beach by using my @jackeryusa for a power source. Because it’s so portable and long-lasting, I can stay powered up at just about any awesome destination. If you want to do the same, use the code “Jackery240” to get $50 off the Explorer 240 on Amazon. More details on the @jackeryusa page. #jackerypartner

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Bend has quickly become one of my absolute favorite towns in the US. It sorta feels like a bigger version of Jackson that’s slightly warmer. Everyone here is so happy that it’s contagious, and I met some awesome new friends while out on adventures. As a bonus, the forest around Bend is top notch for chasing waterfalls. I definitely wouldn’t mind living here at all. 🌲

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Great Britain? Haven’t heard that name since 1776. I’ve been to lots of cool countries in the last year, but nothing compares to the land of star spangled sunrises. Despite our political disagreements, inability to read temperatures in Celsius, and obesity epidemics, I think everyone can agree that the USA is a pretty awesome place. Now excuse me while I spend the rest of my day rafting down a river and listening to freedom ring. Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

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Who would’ve thought there was a better version of Horseshoe Bend right on the Montana/Wyoming border? In an otherwise flat landscape, this thing is wicked impressive and a chillax evening hangout. 🐎

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If you visited a different cenoté in the Yucatán every day, it would take about 17 years to see them all. I had to settle with seeing about 20 of those 6000, but every single one was incredible. This place just has the coolest landscape ever. 🌴

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This week’s forecast in Jackson calls for a high of 77° with a 100% chance of full-send. I think the trails might finally be thawed out enough to go explore my favorite pool of Gatorade. Who else wants to take a spliggity splash in this frigid thing? ❄️

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I don’t think I’ve ever posted a shot of this road without someone in the middle, so here’s one. Do you like my pics with or without people better? Personally, I love including myself or a friend in images just to emphasize the scale of a place and give it a more adventurous feel. Sometimes, scenes definitely look better untouched though. To get the high perspective in this shot, I was actually standing on top of @itsbigben’s van, which was super fun to cruise around in. ⛰

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I call this one “David and Goliath”. In this shot, I’m actually running from a UFO that’s trying to abduct me. Gotta watch out for those in these parts. 👽

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This beast is one of my favorite places in the potato kingdom of Idaho. Shoshone Falls flows at a rate of 3000 potatoes per moose, which is about 12,000 cubic feet/second for those who don’t speak Idahoan. I’m stoked to go explore this state some more on an upcoming roadtrip. Any of my Idahomies have suggestions for awesome places to stop? 🥔

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Life’s just Grand. If I had to describe my idea of a perfect evening, it would probably look something like this. ⛺️

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I’m pretty sure that somewhere in Colorado I stepped in a portal to Patagonia. I asked a park ranger if this place was accessible, and he just laughed and said that there’s far too much snow. I took this as a personal challenge and set out equipped with my barefoot running shoes and short shorts to conquer the elements. I think I almost got frostbite, but I made it to the promised land just in time for a killer sunset. I hung out here until about midnight doing some night photography and thinking about the wonders of life. The moral of the story is that no amount of snow can ever stop a Wyomingite with short shorts. ❄️

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Whoever built this little mill back in 1892 was probably just trying to create the most perfect scene imaginable. The ghost town of Crystal would’ve been an absolutely lit place to live back in the day. It’s just a little village deep in the woods, surrounded by mountains and rivers. It almost makes me want to run away from society and build a hut in the wilderness. Who’s joining? 🌲

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Everything’s better down here where it’s wetter. If I had gills you’d never see me on land again because I love being in water so much. Tulum was an absolute paradise because there were so many places to swim. The cenotés were usually really freaky because they were often hundreds of feet deep and crocodiles weren’t uncommon, but that just made it more exciting in my mind. This is a two-shot exposure blend of me snapped with the help of big dawg @doghousestudio717. 🐢

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I went to my favorite place on the planet the other day and it’s still pretty snowy and colorless. I didn’t get many good pics, so here’s a shot of it from last July showing it’s true green goodness. This place is the absolute definition of chill vibes. What’s your favorite place on earth? 🌏

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A little video to go with one of my favorite shots of all time. This extinct volcano core is one of the most bizarre things in the southwest. Aliens definitely have parties here. After seeing the video, you may think I photoshopped those clouds in the pic, but I actually just cranked up the dehaze tool in the sky and did some dodging and burning to make the very faint clouds pop. The video sky is too exposed to see detail. Just one of the perks of shooting raw. 👽

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I don’t think I’ve been anywhere quite as surreal as southern Kenya. I spent 2 days wandering around the savannah and staying in a Masai village. There are elephants and giraffes roaming around everywhere, and these giant creatures are absolutely incredible to watch. I probably spent a solid 40 minutes just watching these 2 giraffes do giraffe stuff. We sure do live on an awesome planet. 🦒

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If you think this hike is sketchy enough with good shoes, try doing it barefoot. The hike up was fantastic, but once I reached the top, my sandal strap broke and I had to hike all the way back down without them. As a bonus, I did this hike super late and only had about 30 minutes to get back down in time for the last shuttle. If you happened to be here that day and spotted a crazy, barefoot, tall, blonde guy running down the cliffs and shouting stuff in a scooby doo voice, now you know what was happening. 🏃🏼‍♂️

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As much as I love finding unique compositions, sometimes my brain just needs a “Moulton Barn in front of the Grand” type of day. This morning was pretty incredible though. It was in March, so I had to hike out here through snow and there were no tourists. Just me, a banger sunrise, and the most epic barn in the world. Being an early settler here would’ve been quite the life. 🐮

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I can’t believe I’ve only seen 18 of the 6000+ cenotés of the Yucatán. This jungle is full of more wonder than a single human could possibly see in a lifetime. Of the cenotés I saw though, this one was definitely one of the biggest and most picturesque. During our scooter voyage, @yanayogatulum and I drove an extra hour just to see this thing, which was super sketchy seeing as how we had already broken down twice. Backflipping into the turquoise blue cenoté sauce definitely made the journey worth it. 🐢

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After seeing this place in countless history textbooks, it was mind blowing to actually stand here. It’s crazy to think that 2000 years ago, this place was a busy Mayan city. It also sent a chill down my spine to think about how many humans were sacrificed here. Maybe someday our civilization will look something like this. Just a bunch of stone ruins where people come to look around and take cool Instagram pics. The thought of that really helps you remember how short life is. 🐍

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Ever feel like you’re getting worse at something the more you do it? Looking back, this is really the one and only good picture I’ve ever taken in California, even though it was taken very shortly after I first picked up a camera. I was trying to edit some shots from San Diego the other day, and I honestly feel like I’ve become a worse photographer in the last 6 months or so. Maybe it’s because I overthink everything now, maybe it’s because I’m letting other people’s work influence my style too much, or maybe it’s just because I’m not quite as stoked to go shoot now that I’m doing it professionally. Regardless, I still love exploring the world and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I just hope I can overcome this little slump in my photography and can snap some sizzlers like this once again. 💀

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This place seems like it should only exist in a fantasy movie. It’s absolutely breathtaking, but you have no idea what @yanayogatulum and I went through to get here. We decided to ride a scooter over 100km out here, and it broke down 3 times along the way. Each time, we were luckily near a gas station or repair place and were able to keep cruising. The final time it broke down, it was nighttime and we were only 5km from Tulum, so we hitchhiked back. Totally sketchy, but totally worth it. Definitely a day I’ll remember forever. 🐍

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Random Question of the Day: If you could only be in one US state and one foreign country for the rest of your life, which would you pick? Even though Wyo is still my favorite, I’d probably go with Utah just because it’s so diverse and I could explore so many different landscapes. For the country, I’d go with Italy because they have mountains, coasts, and bomb fettuccini. This is from some of my favorite hot springs in Utah! I had it to myself all morning. The pool I’m in is green because I’m a mutant frog man who oozes frog slime. 🐸

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A couple days ago, some Mayans led our video crew to a hidden cenoté deep in the jungle to show us what a Mayan ceremony looks like. They put on war paint and filled this cave with the thunder of drums, horns, and blood-curdling screeches. It was one of the most intense things I’ve ever seen. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be a conquistador going to fight them. After that was over, we spent a couple hours going full-send into this turquoise pit. I’m falling in love with this place.💀

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Of all the trips I’ve done in the last year, I think Europe was definitely my favorite. There’s something extra awesome about going full-send into a place with absolutely no plans, not knowing where you’ll end up or what you’ll experience the next day. I spent my days riding trains to unknown destinations and my nights sleeping in everything from cow troughs to abandoned buildings. I saw countless incredible places and met dozens of awesome people. Nothing really went as planned, which was exactly what was planned. ⛰

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After hiking 9 miles back from Reflection Canyon, we had just enough energy left to send it down some slot canyons! While there are plenty of popular ones in the southwest, there are also plenty of hidden ones off the beaten path. My squad pretty much had this one to ourselves. I love photography in these things because it’s pretty much the only place where light is best in the middle of the day. 🌵

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It’s almost my favorite time of year back home in Wyo! Can’t wait for more backcountry adventures this year. This was taken moments before I got hypothermia from jumping in about 20 times. ⛰ #whpvibes

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Southwest magic never ceases to amaze me. To get here, I had to wake up at 3 AM, drive 12 hours from Wyo, then hike 9 miles through the open desert with no trail. I got lost multiple times, got 3 cactus in my feet (turns out sandals aren’t great for desert hiking), and ran out of water. At the end of the journey though, I got to see one of the most breathtaking canyons of my life. This spot is soooooo much bigger than it looks in pics. Someday, I’d love to go on a really long swim through this crazy area and explore like a graceful manatee. ☀️

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I’ve been reposting a lot of old pics with slightly different edits lately (like this one) because of a data disaster that happened 2 months ago and just now got resolved. On my first day in Kenya, I dropped my hard drive with all my files from my last year of travel on it, and it was completely damaged. Luckily, I had everything backed up on a drive back home, so I wasn’t too worried. Once I got back to the US, I plugged in my backup drive and the computer said that it was corrupted and unreadable. I just about freaked out, because I have all my travel memories and hard work from over a year on there, and now it was just gone. I sent the drives in to a data recovery lab, and luckily I just today got it back with all my files. Such a relief. Regardless, that was a pretty stressful, difficult, and expensive process to go through and I really wish I could’ve just done a better job of backing things up. Anyways, you should start seeing new pics once again. What do you guys use for backup? Let me know below. 🇬🇧

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Only one week left of chillin’ back home in Wyoming before I set out on the next set of adventures for over a month. The first stop is back down in the good ol’ southwest for a little gig at Lake Powell. Every time I go into this region, I end up going through like 200 memory cards because I want to take a picture of absolutely everything. If anyone is around southern Utah on the 11&12th and wants to join me on a little adventure, let me know. One of my goals this year is to find a lot more like-minded friends in the places I travel, so I’ll always be down to meet up, snap pics, jump into lakes, or eat tacos. 🌮

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I love foreign travel, but I feel like I could explore my own country for an entire lifetime and still not see everything. There’s just so much awesomeness in this land of bald eagles and cheeseburgers. Maybe each state should become its own country and we can all speak different languages like Europe. I’ll just need to learn the Utah language so I can go explore these salt flats some more. ☀️

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I’m still pretty sure my entire adventure in the Dolomites was just a crazy dream. Northern Italy has one of the most diverse, epic landscapes I’ve ever encountered. From green meadows, to lush forests, to furry cows, to jagged peaks, this place almost seems too good to be real. After running 8 miles through the night, I even got to watch a bunch of happy Italians splash around a giant puddle of turquoise pizza sauce (at least I assume that’s what lakes are made of in Italy). I definitely hope to return one day and eat more gelato with Mario and Luigi. 🇮🇹

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Sometimes, I look outside when it’s -40° out with 8 feet of snow and wonder why I live here. Other times, I look up at the most beautiful mountains on Earth and know exactly why I live here. Winter can definitely be brutal in this region of Wyoming, but as my high school track coach always said, “there’s no such thing as cold weather, just soft people”. ❄️

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I was looking through all my pics from the last year and noticed that my aerials from Shiprock are by far the most liked on Insta. That’s really funny, because I actually didn’t think these were good and hesitated to even post them. I guess I just have a really bad eye for telling what type of pics people like and don’t like. I guess it just goes to show how subjective art is in general. There’s no real good and bad in photography, just images more people find appealing and images less people find appealing. I’m still definitely trying to figure all this out, but I think as long as creating is inspiring new adventures and leading you to new friends on a regular basis, you’re doing a pretty good job. 👽

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This is one of my favorite peaks on the eastern side of our cool little rectangle. This was from a long night of exploring and eating bagels with @nomadic_piper in the Snowy Range this last spring. The moon was full, so I’m incredibly surprised Kevin didn’t turn into a werewolf, but it really made the mountains pop. They’re almost like the Swiss Alps but with less cheese. ⭐️

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Getting lost in the desert isn’t too bad when you’re with awesome people and find a river full of Gatorade! I would definitely hike down a treacherous valley of doom with this squad again any day. 🌵 🧜‍♀️: @alleewild

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I love summer in Wyoming. It’s my favorite week of the year! But seriously, a chill summer evening doesn’t get much better than it does here. A sunset campfire with friends and a good view of the mountains is a recipe for one chillax evening. This is one of my favorite campfire spots. It’s tucked away outside the park, so there are no crowds here, yet it still has an incredible Teton view.🔥

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I don’t think I put a shirt on once the entire time I was at Havasupai. I spent way too much time in the blue waterfall sauce. My favorite waterfall at the reservation was definitely Mooney Falls. It’s nearly 200’ tall and requires a sketchy cliff descent to reach. The name seems misleading seeing as how I didn’t see a moon anywhere, but it was still loads of fun. I would definitely recommend turning into a frog and living in the pool. 🐸

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If there’s one thing I learned from the Dolomites, it’s that you should definitely rent a car to get around! I decided to run everywhere with my 50 pound pack, and it was a horrible experience. I was often running 15+ miles between destinations, which was good marathon training, but completely exhausting. I remember making it to this little church to shoot sunset and then immediately after going to a restaurant to put down 3 plates of authentic Italian spaghetti. Regardless of my stupid decisions, the Dolomites were definitely a highlight of this trip and I’ll forever remember running down the road pretending I was super Mario. 🇮🇹

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I feel like the American Southwest deserves to just be classified as its own planet. This is my 3rd re-edit of this shot, which I did because I like to see how my style changes over time. If you scroll back to last May, you can see my first editing attempt at this. I taught myself everything I know about photo editing just by messing around in Lightroom/Photoshop late at night, and there have been nights that I’ve stayed up until 3 AM working on a single image and trying to figure out every element of the process. I still have no idea what I’m doing, but occasionally my edits look sorta cool, so I guess I’ll just keep doing it. 🔥