Delicate frost clings to a solitary tree at J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. These little details are easy to miss when visitors are busy bird watching, hiking or ice fishing. Extending from the Canadian border for 45 miles, it’s the largest wildlife refuge in the state and one of the nation’s premier birding locations. Photo by Colette Guariglia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Grandfather Mountain looms over the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, frosted in the white and blue shades of winter. Thought to be one of the oldest mountains in the Appalachians, Grandfather Mountain’s imposing size forced engineers to develop a difficult solution to completing the Parkway. Linn Cove Viaduct carries the road over the shoulder of this wonderful mountain, preserving its unique geology and providing stunning views. Photo courtesy of Jim Ruff.
Happy holidays everyone! Have a wonderful 2018.
Early morning sun creates a tunnel of light along the Craggy Pinnacle Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. As fall colors fade and snow covers the upper elevations, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers amazing views of rolling mountains trimmed with frost and fog. This is a park that keeps you coming back. Photo by Michael Sherburne (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Take a walk through a winter wonderland at Yellowstone National Park. While it looks a light coating of snow at Tangled Creek, the landscape is covered in hoar frost, which forms when water vapor freezes quickly creating delicate, feather-like crystals. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.