Looks like snow to me. From the Department of Interior:
Photograph posted on Facebook by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association:
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary website
- Description of Hawk Mountain at Wikipedia
- Hawk Mountain celebrates Vulture Awareness Day (republicanherald.com)
- Bald eagle population rises in Schuylkill County (republicanherald.com)
- Hawk Mountain set for busy September (republicanherald.com)
- A Final Climb to the Top of Hawk Mountain (thewritesideof50.com)
- Hawk Mountain to offer visitors up-close look at bald eagle (wfmz.com)
- Young birders can learn to ID raptors at Hawk Mountain (blogs.mcall.com)
- Sometimes, people as interesting to watch as birds (readingeagle.com)
- Vulture Days (marciabonta.wordpress.com)
Pete Souza’s work as White House photographer continues to fascinate me. He’s got more opportunity than most of us have to get great shots — but he’s also got a keen eye for a good story-telling photo, and a good eye for great photo composition on the fly.
In this photo, Souza captures two presidents lost in conversation, bathed in blue stage lights, awaiting their time on the stage; but next up is Hillary Clinton, who will introduce them. Mrs. Clinton awaits her cue. The presidents met at the annual meetings for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hold on to this photo; depending on events of 2016, it may yet have many more stories to tell.
What’s the southernmost unit of the U.S. National Park System? That’s where this photo was taken.
Many Americans seem unaware of worldwide holdings of the U.S. in territories, thinking the last territory was closed when Oklahoma or Arizona entered the union, or maybe Alaska or Hawaii. U.S. territories today include the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam (from the Spanish American War), Puerto Rico (from the same war), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as organized territories. American Samoa is an “unorganized territory,” along with series of other islands in the Pacific: Baker Island, Howland Island, Palmyra Atoll, Johnson Atoll, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, the Midway Islands, and Wake Island; and in the Caribbean, Bajo Nuevo Bank, Navassa Island (also claimed by Haiti), and Serranilla Bank, also claimed by Colombia.
Most of these islands offer much better star-gazing than is ever possible in Dallas.
- Why The Midway Islands Are Vitally Important To Our Planet’s Future (buzzfeed.com)
- USVI official: Rum tax rebate must not be lowered (sandiego6.com)
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year Winners 2013 (creativereview.co.uk)
- U.S. Marines Plan to Destroy Another Island (ens-newswire.com)
- How the Milky Way Got Its Name and What It’s Called in Other Languages (todayifoundout.com)
- Behold the Magellanic Stream that encircles the Milky Way (io9.com)
Everglades National Park, in Florida, is a great example of wild lands that belong to all Americans, that we almost let slip away.
I’m not sure a painter could do a more stunning version of this view.
- Face your fear of alligators at Everglades (25truestories.com)
- Glide through Everglades National Park (wyff4.com)
- Hipster`s Paradise in the Everglades (lisadertmann.wordpress.com)
- Tamiami Trail work to help ease high water in Everglades (miamiherald.com)
- Guide to a Perfect Everglades Weekend Escape (gadling.com)
- Scott pledges $90 million for bridge to help Everglades, relieve Lake O (miamiherald.com)
- Governor sends Obama letter regarding water releases (nbc-2.com)
- Typewriters of the moment: Mitford and Carson, two environmental journalists (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- How Rachel Carson Are You? (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- How to become a good scientist (usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com)
- Science and Imagination Under the Sea-Wind (bigbearblue.wordpress.com)
There’s great beauty in many of the units of the U.S. National Park Service. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the “crown jewels” of the Park System, has a few spots of beauty of its own.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Abrams Falls,
- Big South Fork, Smokies seek applicants for concessions contracts (knoxnews.com)
- Smokies’ superintendent announces retirement plans (knoxnews.com)
- Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (cabinsinthecloud.wordpress.com)
- Yosemite, Great Smoky top US parks for pot busts (newsobserver.com)
- See How We Lived One Hundred Years Ago (mtncountrycabinrentals.wordpress.com)
With all the cameras around, if everybody just points their own camera to the skies and starts shooting, we’ll get some good shots.
Tonight the Texas Storm Chasers sent this one out:
Looks like “Night on Storm Prairie” to me. (Where’s Disney when you need em?)
Shot with a camera phone, I’m guessing from inside a hotel (are those reflections in the window?). Not sure who shot it, so I’ve just credited “Texas Storm Chasers.”
Weather is cool. Photos of weather are cool, too.
- Capture the best camera phone (reviews.cnet.com)
Normally I might just let this beautiful photo slide by without comment.
In this case, I find this particularly frustrating. See that creature? That’s the same goat that blocked my trail in Glacier National Park. I’m sure of it. I’d recognize those beady eyes and horns anywhere! (See the first story linked to in the “more’ section; maybe this goat stopped in Washington on the way to Alaska.)
He’s probably in Alaska now under the Federal Goat Protection Program.
He probably thinks he’s safe there at Kenai Fjords National Park. Ha! He’s farther away, but that just means I have farther to travel to find him!
I’m taking a longer telephoto, a wide angle, and a first aid kit, next time. I’ll be prepared!
- Glacier, UM to study human, goat interactions near Logan Pass (missoulian.com)
- Billy Goat Gruff (bigskyken.wordpress.com)
- Life’s Outtakes: When Something Gets Your Goat (njtoday.net)
- Glacier park to conduct new mountain goat study (billingsgazette.com)
- Glacier, UM to study human, goat interactions near Logan Pass (billingsgazette.com)
- The Kenai Peninsula Awaits (suitcasesweethearts.com)
- July 6-9: Kenai Fjords (vs. Denali) Wins By a Landslide (Glacier Slide) (tinaspangler.wordpress.com)
- Breathless (trimadnessblog.wordpress.com)
- Glacier Driving Tour – (Glacier National Park) (rv-dreams-journal.com)
Either someone just spent a very cold night to get a photo, or they’re getting ready to spend a very cold night.
Which is it?
Steens Mountain is a large fault-block mountain in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Oregon. Located in Harney County, it stretches some 50 miles (80 km) long north to south, and rises from alongside the Alvord Desert at elevation of about 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to a summit elevation of 9,733 feet (2,967 m). It is sometimes confused with a mountain range, but is properly a single mountain.
- Sunrise at Steens Mountain, David Jensen Photography
- Another sunrise, by jbury
- Steens Mountain site at BLM (National Conservation Lands)
- Riddle Brothers Ranch on Steens Mountain offers look back in time (oregonlive.com)
- Alvord Hot Springs beckons dusty desert visitors with hot bath opportunity (oregonlive.com)
- Voltaic Force by Alex Noriega (500px.com)
- Every Inch of the Oregon Desert Trail – On Foot (publicnewsservice.org)
- First hiker completes new 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail (seattletimes.com)
- Photography: Oregon High Desert (swittersb.wordpress.com)
Photo by Craig Clyde, who explained:
Spent the night on the north end of Mount Timpanogos at 10,000 feet, by myself, taking it all in.
Photo from July 25, 2013. Flowers include “Blue-pod Lupine, Narrow Goldenrod, Giant Red Paintbrush and Mountain Bluebells.”
Admit it: That’s not how you usually think of Lake Superior, is it?
Tip of the old scrub brush to America’s Great Outdoor on Tumblr.
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan – National Park Service site
- The Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (airlandandsea.wordpress.com)
- Dog whose Lake Superior swim created Internet sensation dies (wisn.com)
- Great Lakes Water Levels (blogs.woodtv.com)
- Video confirms ID of 1913 Lake Superior shipwreck (nbc15.com)
- Tall Ship Soerlandet Visits Thunder Bay (netnewsledger.com)
- Schoep, The Dog, Passes Away At Age 20 (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- The Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (airlandandsea.wordpress.com)
Nice photo from Texas Storm Chasers:
Good luck, and keep ‘em coming, David!
(Mark Twain observed: “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” (Letter, August 28, 1908))
A couple of photos I stumbled on recently.
The Seeger family in 1921; the youngest one is Pete, in his father’s lap:
And 92 years later, with Judy Collins:
- Birthday note on Pete’s 94th, May 3, 2013 (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Clearwater Festival: Pete Seeger sings about Hudson River, cicadas (newyork.newsday.com)
- Peggy and Pete Seeger at Proctors, 5/12/13 (timesunion.com)
- Colorado Music Hall of Fame inducting Judy Collins (aurorasentinel.com)
- Pete Seeger: Which side are you on? (wildesound.wordpress.com)
- Pete Seeger (oldtimeparty.wordpress.com)
- Pete Seeger: We shall overcome (raymondsuttner.com)
- Pete Seeger Liveblogs World War II: June 16, 1940 (delong.typepad.com)Related articles