JODI NASSER ✨ (@jnasa) — ⋯ Traveler ⚡️ Storyteller ⋯
☇ Suspended In A Sunbeam
⇢ Exploring with ⋆ Heart ⋆ Mind ⋆ Camera
↠ Current📍 Los Angeles, California
☇ Suspended In A Sunbeam
⇢ Exploring with ⋆ Heart ⋆ Mind ⋆ Camera
↠ Current📍 Los Angeles, California
The sky lights up and I think of you • Santiago, Chile . If you’re looking to visit South America and haven’t considered Santiago... you might want to revise that list. It’s a beautiful, vibrant city, filled with amazing culture, food, sights and sounds. In addition, there are numerous day trips in and around Santiago that will leave you awe struck. And then, there are sunsets like these. Which are best viewed from the roof of the @wsantiagohotel@whotels. Having a pisco sour in hand is optional, but highly recommended.
I see right through to you. • Machu Picchu, Peru. . The world is a beautiful, magical, mystical place, and it's an honor to be able to explore her. It’s an honor to be able to visit places that are considered sacred to various cultures/people. We are truly being given a gift when you experience the land and culture of others. Which is why I believe that the only way we are going to save and care for our planet is to treat it with the upmost respect, as if every experience, journey, adventure, is a gift. Because the is exactly travel is - a precious, divine gift . A prime example is this magical trail that is the Camino Del Inka. It was an honor to be able to walk in the path of those who built this trail to the wonder that is Machu Picchu. I never take any experience for granted. Each one becomes a cherished memory. Each adventure pushes me to grow, evolve and dream. Forever grateful. Forever filled with love.
You can always find me in the light. • Paris, France. . Happy Sunday my darlings. Taking a break from the long captions but fret not, they’ll be back eventually (I think). Until then, enjoy this post snow storm, Parisian sunset I experienced last year, around this time. City of love & light, indeed. ♥️✨🇫🇷
California Dreamin’ On such a winter’s day. • Venice, California. . I joke that for most of us in the golden state, winter is more of a choice than a lifestyle. It’s optional, more or less ... Some might say that our lack of extreme temperatures makes us soft but, I like to look at it as, we simply do not suffer if we don’t have to. Most of us Californians have the luxury of choosing when we experience winter. In a single day we can head to the mountains, play in the snow, and then return to evenings like this... I believe that’s called being savvy 🤷🏼♀️😂. . Initial Caption brought to you by - The Mamas & the papas.
You are a break in the storm The sunlight pouring through my skin • Yosemite, California. . Yosemite in the winter is a magical site to behold. The contrast between the granite and snow takes your breath away and the land itself is so very quiet and still. Fewer visitors frequent the park, so you can feel as if you have the whole place to yourself. If you do plan to make it there this winter, be safe, leave no trace, respect the wild... and, of course, have an amazing time!
It’s a kind of magic • Los Angeles, California. . A little LA love for the day. I don’t have a photo of the rams stadium because it’s currently under construction (and I don’t have one of the memorial coliseum either), so here’s a reminder that baseball season is on its way soon. In the meantime, enjoy the view ✨ .
When the world is cold You melt my heart. • Iceland . The day before this photo/adventure I had felt defeated by weather. Two weeks of weather that was the worst for photos. It happens, but I had also just felt defeated by life a bit, which was unusual for me at the time. Then this day came. Ice cave exploring. The weather was wonderful, just enough sun, no rain, etc. And everyone had cancelled so I was solo on this guided hike. The light was a bit brighter that day. Then, the next night I finally was able to see the northern lights. I have no idea why Mother Earth was spoiling me but, I wasn’t about to question it. I was simply going to celebrate.
I still feel your heartlines • Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone. . Personal story time: In January, 2015 I decided to be serious about photography because I wanted to document the beauty in this world. At the time, I saw no beauty in myself because I had been told that there was none by sad boys I had dated, with self esteem issues. I thought that maybe, by documenting the beauty in front of my lens, I would once again, find the beauty behind it (me). I didn’t find that beauty through photography, I found it because I realized that the beauty exists within me. So, here’s what it took me a few decades to learn. ➳ This world is beautiful, every flaw, every flower, every flame, every chilly morning & warm night, every disaster & every healing moment... it's all living & breathing & magical. I, like this planet, am not perfect. I have flaws, depending on the opinion; I’m small/short, I can be awkward, I'm an empath -> I feel others emotions, which can be a blessing & a curse. I roll my eyes a lot, - whether I'm looking into my brain & thinking, or when I'm actually rolling my eyes (you learn the difference eventually). I'm sometimes sarcastic to mask pain. It's difficult for me to love & let my guard down. I want to do everything for everyone & can be frustrated when I find that I can't... but on the flip side; my legs are strong and have taken me thousands of miles. I genuinely want to help those I love. When I do love someone, I love with my whole heart. I find humor in so many things, I find beauty in the smallest molecule. I forgive, I get over fights easily, I'm loyal. I will never apologize for loving the f out of everything, for my enthusiasm, for the way my heart sings. I am not a trophy, I am not a destination, I am not a something to be checked off a bucket list. I'm a pulse, an event, an eternal flame - infinite, a symphony of stardust. It's taken my a long time to get here, but it was worth the journey. I see the heart of the world in everything. When you let go & embrace the magic, the flaws, the rawness of it all... the net appears. There are the most beautiful and fantastic people, out there. It’s up to you to find them.
I’ll cross the sands of time Simply to sit around your life And breathe your air • White Sands, New Mexico . Wish I had a story for you guys this post but I don’t. I simply love running around free in nature. White Sands is the perfect place to do that. I remember feeling alive again after a few weeks of being numb to the world. Believe in beauty, believe in love, believe the universe takes things away sometimes, but only brings them back, after growth has occurred. Believe in this planet. It’s full of splendid things my darling.
In everything beautiful I find you. • Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. . The view post an 11 mile Paso de Agostini hike. Did you know? Torres Del Paine is sister parks with @Yosemitenps. Both National Parks work together promoting conservation, preservation of resources, park administration; including information exchanges, training (rangers, volunteers, general personnel), scientific research, visitor flow management, and education. In fact, the U.S. National Park Service has more than 30 Sister Park agreements between parks in the US and counterparts worldwide, such as @parquesnacionales (which is why it’s more important than ever to protect & support our park service). When I learned these two were sister parks, it brought a smile to my face, both are so extremely sacred to me. It’s beautiful that they are connected in a multitude of ways.
You are sunlight pouring through my skin. • Île Fourchue, Caribbean. . Every day should end with an ethereal golden glow. During one of my adventures with @thesailingcollective we anchored just off Île Fourchue, an uninhabited island between St Barts & Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (🇫🇷/🇳🇱). Naturally, we spent the last few hours of daylight hiking around, enjoying the view, marveling at the beauty surrounding us. Then, as a grand finale we were treated to this epic Caribbean sunset. Not a bad way to end the day, indeed.
I find you in every rainbow in the sky. • Maui, Hawai’i . . The last time I was in Maui, I was driving around the west side, stopping at some of my favorite spots along the way. Taking moments to thank the gods for the beauty I was experiencing (Pelé, Maui, Kanaloa, Kane, Hina, Lono, and Kahalaopuna (the rainbow 🌈 goddess). It’s something I always do when visiting Hawaii, since I was little, as we came to the islands a lot. I always felt connected to this place & used to talk to the land, sea, & sky. In some way I knew they could hear me. So, yeah, I had been listening to a particular song, when this rainbow appeared. It reminded me that I was not alone, love & light are forever within me. The universe has a plan and life always finds a way. Oddly enough, that song & this island changed my fate.... Anyways, my point is, it doesn’t take much to make a rainbow. Never ever forget that. When you decide to be a light in this world, it will reflect on the rain & all the colors of the universe will glow 🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🌈
Runaway with me, and it’ll all make sense • Sedona, Arizona. . 📷: @noel.alva Edit: @jnasa . The other week I was contemplating where I wanted to photograph the lunar eclipse/full moon /blood moon/wolf moon. At first I was planning on the Grand Canyon, but with the government shut down I didn’t feel it was right to promote a place that needs love, care, & rebuilding, rather than visitors. In addition, when I looked into the direction of the moonrise... it only made sense to be on the north rim (which is closed in winter), not the south rim... Which brings me to Sedona. Where I am now, and where this photo was taken in Aug ‘17. My first experience here was so magical. A perfect ending to a 2 week solar eclipse “totality” road trip. Sedona is still as magical, though the sky gods have brought in a layer of clouds, which means I most likely won’t get a photo of the lunar eclipse/blood moon tonight.. But, I’ll be able to see the moon here tonight, in Sedona. Plus, Mother Nature does what she wants (as she should). She calls the shots when it comes to experiences in nature. At this moment, I can feel her vortex & eclipse energy wrapping around me, flowing through me. Besides, I have beautiful mementoes from the last time I was here, floating through my head & heart. Which, is perfect. Absolutely, perfect. Happy Full Moon & Aquarius season everyone! 🌕✨ . Most importantly ➳ happy lucky 33 (on the 21st) to the beautiful, magical, celestial, loving soul that is @noel.alva. ♥️😘
Let’s runaway & chase the sunlight The road of life is bliss, with you. • Big Sur, California. . . I can tell you every detail about this day. What I was wearing, what I was thinking about, who I was thinking about, the songs I was playing. How I was racing to make it to bixby bridge because I could tell that the sky had something magical in store for sunset. Once I arrived, the sky morphed from candy coated pastels to fiery, passionate colors. It was hands down one of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever experienced. It felt like a privilege to witness something so breathtakingly beautiful. I felt as if the sky was speaking to me (and it wouldn’t be the last time it sent a message with a glow). It gave me hope, during a time I needed it most. It reminded me that life is an open road, filled with twists and turns. And that what is meant to be will find it’s way back. It always does. In the mean time, the key is to trust the stellar mystery of it all. Glow. .
You have me. Until the sun no longer rises & sets You have me. • Arches National Park, Moab, Utah . As many of you know, US National Parks & monuments have been under great duress during the partial government shut down. Litter, vandalism, illegal off-roading, cutting down of trees, poaching of wildlife, human waste issues, and the like. If you cherish these places, if you respect these lands that are being protected so we, & future generations, can enjoy them, please consider heading over to the link at @goparks, the official charity of the @nationalparkserivce & donating and/or volunteering to help repair these national treasures once they are up & running! . If you are someone who likes to get something when you give. Head over to @theartrangers site & buy a print from your favorite park (I have donated photos from Zion, Yellowstone, & Haleakalā). All proceeds go to @goparks. Or visit my print shop (link in bio) & regardless of the photo (national park or not) 50% of the proceeds will go to @goparks. . Lastly, leave no trace! pack it in & pack it out (everything!). Give Love to Mother Earth. Always. . 📷: mi amigo @neivy
Like the sunrise I will patiently breakthrough your darkness To show you the light you bring. To everyone. To everything. To me. • Punta Caracol, Bocas Del Toro, Panama. . The calm. The stillness. The serenity of sunrise. I woke up for every single dawn while @noel.alva & I were in Bocas Del Toro. There were plenty of moments of quiet throughout the day. Especially when you’re staying at a property that only has a small number of over water bungalows. But, when dawn rose, the quiet wrapped around you like a blanket. There were no boats motoring by, no voices in the distance, no music playing. Everything was still, except for an occasional pod of dolphins (one of my spirit animals) breaking through the surface, gliding by, or the sting ray that lived below our villa, stirring as the light of day began to grow. I found a bit of peace each morning. Most of the time, there are an infinite amount of thoughts running through my head, but I always make it a point to simply be still. Call it meditation. Call it peace. Call it anything you’d like. For me, it’s just my other Gemini duality. The yin & the yang. The sweet with the salt. One can not exist without the other. .
I want to give you all my time And watch as galaxies begin to shine. • Paris, France. . . Reflecting on 2018, what can I say? Life gave to me and it took from me. A celestial event brought me more than I ever could imagine. I traveled across the globe to places both familiar and unfamiliar. I laughed, loved, felt, explored, experienced, embraced, and cherished. I also, cried, grieved, felt anguish, pain, despair, and numbness. I held my dad’s hand as he took his final breath on this planet. In that moment I experienced true heartache and at the same time, realized that I hold an immense strength within my soul. . This past year I loved deeply, and learned to love & be one with myself. I focused on my physical, spiritual, & mental well-being. After years of abusing the skin I’m in, I learned to love my little body; it’s strength & it’s endurance. And, I was kinder to it on days where maybe I wasn’t the healthiest. I am full of life, spirit, wonder, giving, love, celestial magic, dreams, intelligence, beautiful flaws and so much more. Most importantly, I have a heart so big I can give & love, w/o losing myself. That is a beautiful accomplishment. . I look forward to what lies ahead in 2019. I have a feeling that all my patience, love, giving, and hard work will grow into something, oh so beautiful. I also, will continue to evolve as a celestial being, as a human, artist, photographer, and never give up on the great adventure that is life. Most importantly I promise to do my part to improve the planet in any way I can and continue to care for our beautiful Mother Earth. . So to celebrate that, here’s a bit of magic. I have a vivid imagination, so photo 1. Is what I was actually seeing at the time. Photo 2 is what my imagination was envisioning in that moment. Magic is within us all. I hope you never forget that. . I wish all of you endless dreams in 2019. Thank you for being here. May this year be your best yet! ♥️ & ✨ to all.