Exploring Maine’s Pine Forests and Rocky Coasts with @jaredlank

To see more of Jared’s photography, follow @jaredlank on Instagram. Explore #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 to learn more about this year’s Worldwide InstaMeet, taking place the weekend of April 22-24, where people explore, share photographic tips and tricks, and take photos and videos together.

Mountainous areas, marshes, grasslands and near-pristine pine forests are a few of Maine’s landscapes photographer Jared Lank (@jaredlank) treasures. When he isn’t working at a local boat-building school, Jared wanders into the woods and along the rocky coasts of his home state. “[My father] would bring me hunting and fishing with him since I was a little boy, and we have gone adventuring in the woods together my entire life,” he says. Jared also credits his passion for capturing nature’s serene and lively moments — crashing waves of the Atlantic, wild horses in historic Kennebunkport — to his Mi’kmaq heritage, a Native American tribe with maritime roots. This year’s Worldwide InstaMeet falls on Earth Day, giving Jared the perfect opportunity to share his love of the outdoors with others in Acadia National Park, one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise. “It’s a beautiful place to sit down and understand who you are, how you fit in nature as a living being rather than just interacting with it,” Jared says. #LifeOnEarthWWIM13