October 20, 2016
Cousin Amanda Holland sends snapshots from her science work.
“Evening drive along Kolob Reservoir Road, west end of Zion NP.” Photo by Amanda Holland; used with some permission, all rights reserved
Scientists in the field find beauty denied the casual visitor or even serious tourist — which is one of the great attractions of a science job, in the field.
Another view of why we love the American West, why we love the mountains, why we love the deserts.
April 6, 2016
From Interior’s Facebook feed: The massive sandstone monoliths along Park Avenue Trail at Arches National Park in Utah have imaginative and descriptive names. You won’t regret this easy one-mile hike. Where else can you walk in the shadows of the Tower of Babel, the Organ, the Three Gossips and Sheep Rock? Photo by Bud Walley (www.sharetheexperience.org). — at Arches National Park.
And a reminder that Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee and Texas’s Sen. Ted Cruz think this land should be developed. Want a condo on that cliff?
I’d prefer to hike it. I’d prefer to know it’s there, available for hiking without development, even when I can’t hike it.
It’s your public land. You get to use it, undeveloped, or you don’t get to use it if the land is developed. We still have a voice, and time to speak.
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