Photographer and naturalist Jeff Hart stands atop Mt. Whitney on the John Muir Trail. The photos in these galleries represent several years of travel throughout California's iconic and not so well known places.  These images were collected as part of a research project leading to the publication of two ebooks (A Natural History of the Golden State and The Nature Connection). Jeff's educational background includes a BA in environmental biology and MS in ethnobotany from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Harvard University. A California native, Jeff now resides in the Humboldt County region of Northern California.