The Last Bird Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot

The Last Bird Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot: I first heard about the crisis at the Salton Sea 2 years ago when I was researching places to photograph in the area. The crisis is having a dire impact on the habitat & migration of birds. Will something be done before it's too late?

Follow Your Heart Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot

Follow Your Heart Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot: I've been disabled due to a work injury & trying to recover for the last 10 months. I needed to get out of the house, destress, so my boyfriend & I escaped to a cabin in Pioneertown. As we were driving down this road, I had him stop the car & back up so I could get out & take a breath, enjoy my surroundings & capture this moment.

The Smiling Black Tailed Jack Rabbit Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot

The Smiling Black Tailed Jack Rabbit Photo by Denisevasquez Vasquez — National Geographic Your Shot: While we were en route back to the cabin we rented for a quick getaway, I spotted this smiling Black Tailed Jack Rabbit. Luckily I had my camera ready in hand & was able to capture this moment from the passenger seat as we drove by.