October 27, 2015
Theodore Roosevelt was born in Manhattan on October 27, 1858.
Among many other things in his life, he was for a time a cowboy in the Dakota Territory, in the area of North Dakota where today resides the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Look closely at the picture. You can almost see Teddy. He was a powerful, guiding force behind the movement to protect precious, historic, scientifically valuable and beautiful lands, by the federal government.
Happy birthday, Theodore Roosevelt! Let’s celebrate with a great shot of @TRooseveltNPS #NorthDakota
Happy Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, America.
A short, mostly accurate history of Teddy Roosevelt, from some guy named Jeremiah:
October 6, 2015
Stupendous photo of evening advancing on Glacier National Park.
The Wilderness Society Tweeted out this shot of Glacier National Park (I cannot read the photographer to whom credit belongs). “Wow. Outstanding sky over @GlacierNPS.”
I know. It’s summer. But still I wonder, where are the glaciers? Where did they go?
August 26, 2015
Photo from the poet and muse of the National Parks and wild places, Terry Tempest Williams (at least, she posted it on Instagram).
Don’t you love the way the Tetons just peak over the fence?
U.S. National Park System just celebrated 99 years. Williams works on a book for the centennial in 2016.
Wouldn’t it be fun to do 100 parks in the 100th year? Anybody up for funding me to join them?
July 27, 2015
Title shot from “The Untouched,” a movie of time-lapse shots of U.S. National Parks.
The Wilderness Society said:
This filmmaker traveled to 30 states and national parks to capture this gorgeous time-lapse video showcasing the beauty of untouched nature and our dark skies
Watch the video and read the account of all that goes into making a film like this. Amazing work!
From Shreenivasan Manievannan. Details at Vimeo, where Manievannan discusses what the Parks showed of destructive climate change during the filming.
How many places can you identify? How many of them have you visited?
July 25, 2015
US Department of Interior Tweet: Simply stunning: That’s the only way we can describe @ZionNPS’s Subway. Pic by Tiffany Nguyen #Utah
Gotta get back there.
James and Michelle made a trek there in 2013.
Subway in Zion Canyon National Park, photo by Michelle Xiang Li, 2013 (some rights reserved)
I wonder if it’s possible to take a dozen photos there without a few that take your breath away.
Rock, water and leaves. Photo from the Subway trip, by Michelle Xiang Li, 2013
July 10, 2015
Milky Way viewed from Joshua Tree National Park, via Department of Interior Twitter feed: There is some spectacular stargazing to be had @JoshuaTreeNP in #California. #MilkyWay
The bucket list of places to watch stars just keeps growing. Interior’s photo from Joshua Tree National Park should make you salivate, too.
Who is the photographer?
When you go, look up Chris Clarke and buy him a drink.
June 14, 2015
From the Facebook site of the U.S. Department of Interior: Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado and see some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. Pictured here is a stunning shot of the #MilkyWay rising above the Black Canyon. Photo courtesy of Greg Owens — at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Looking at that river, it’s difficult to understand that it’s just half the flow. Ranchers and farmers bored a tunnel to channel half the water of the river to the Uncompahgre Valley through the 5 mile-long Gunnison Tunnel, completed in 1909. Many of the overlooks into the incredibly steep canyon reveal only snippets of the ribbon of water that runs the whole length of the canyon.
I like how this photograph captures reflected light off the water, and makes the river appear easier to see than it usually is, especially at night.
Stunning geology, great hikes — you should go.
Especially you should go if you think about the geology that contradicts creationism. The canyon is loaded with volcanic inserts that deny flood geology and every other geological distortion offered by creationists, maybe better than the Grand Canyon in that regard.