LED hooping on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.
LED hooping on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington. (Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Not content with typical touristy snapshots, photographer Grant Mallory and his girlfriend Maria Jacob harnessed the powers of an LED hula-hoop to create unique visual souvenirs of their tour of the most iconic national parks in the western United States.

While Maria expertly spun and twirled her light-up hoop, Grant set up his camera on a tripod and captured the ring's luminous path of movement using slow shutter speeds. Sure, these parks are certainly gorgeous on their own, but you have to admit the hoop's fleeting, neon-like movements are a delightful complement to the parks' organic surroundings.

"We could have shot regular landscapes the whole trip, but that would have been boring and has been done [so] many times before (especially in these national parks)," Grant wrote on Reddit. "Our goal from the beginning was to show the unique characteristics of each park but to add a modern twist to each landscape."

LED hooping in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

The epic road trip, which was organized to celebrate the couple's college graduation, included stops at the Badlands (above), Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon and dozens of other spectacular locations.

Continue below to see just a few of the places Grant and Maria visited on their road trip, and learn more about their journey on their blog, He and She Travel, or on Grant's Instagram.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

LED hooping at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

LED hooping in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Redwood National and State Parks, California

LED hooping in Redwood National and State Parks, California.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

LED hooping in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

LED hooping in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Olympic National Park, Washington

LED hooping in Olympic National Park, Washington
(Photo: Grant E. Mallory)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.