Alexandra Siy

writer & photographer

(Michael Gold Photography)

I've loved books as far back as I can remember. Favorites included The Cat in the Hat, Pippi Longstocking, Caddie Woodlawn, Little Women, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Brave New World.


At 7 years old I thought it would be more fun if I was a boy (I have 4 brothers) so I got a short haircut and Converse Allstars. I loved climbing trees, playing baseball, and riding my bike with my brothers and our friends.

I fell in love with photography in high school. In college I majored in biology because I wanted to understand how the world works.


This selfie was shot for a high school photography class assignment. I was 17.

I'm into plants...





...and clouds.






about me

Great Basin National Park (photo by Miela Lucia)
My work as a photographer explores the connection between science and art. I was the 2010 winner of the SCBWI work in progress grant for my photography research in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forests in Great Basin National Park and the White Mountains in California .


The Methuselah Grove in California.


Ancient bristlecones in the White Mountains of California where the oldest bristlecones grow. Some live to be more than 5,000 years old!

Ancient bristlecone pines are the oldest living organisms on the planet. First appearing more than 9 millennia ago, they are living links to the last ice age.

I am currently working on a book about these inspiring trees which are at the forefront of climate change research.


I have four kids--three sons and a daughter. This shot was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park in late June. It was snowing!



I've been a teacher in public, private, and charter schools. Here I am (standing far right) with the senior class from the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, on their wilderness solo trip in the high Colorado desert (2011).

I lived in Alaska from 2005-2007 and was a teacher at the Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage. I could see the top of Denali from my classroom window. I spotted this car in Talkeetna.

My most memorable hike ever was along the Exit Glacier in Alaska to the Harding Ice Field, in Kenai Fjords National Park. My son raced across a snow field on this hot August afternoon.

I love hiking. This shot was taken on the Kalalau Trail, Kaua'i, Hawaii in 2009.

My two youngest boys on a wilderness trip in the Adirondacks. I have written for The Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life Magazine.

I have always had a fondness for trees. This picture was taken on my family's land in New York State's Hudson Valley where I grew up and currently live.

Alexandra Siy