Happy National Public Lands Day – the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Today and everyday, celebrate the beautiful landscapes, history and wildlife that public lands protect. Whether you spend the day volunteering or recreating, it’s the perfect day visit a public land near you. Photo of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia by National Park Service.
Tomorrow is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Held every year since 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor sports, and how hunters and anglers contribute to conservation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned sportsman or woman, your public lands are some of the best places to wet a line or bag the big one. Just ask the people at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi, a very popular place for outdoor sports. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Visitors to City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho often get really into geology. With classic examples of features like tafoni, panholes, xenoliths and intrusions, the park makes an excellent outdoor classroom. But if you don’t find the rocks that fascinating, you can still enjoy the natural beauty of this rugged landscape. Photo by National Park Service.
And so we come to the end of my blog’s four year anniversary celebration. The theme today is butterflies, because they’re always pretty.
After hiking past the turbulent Tanalian Falls, the serenity of Kontrashibuna Lake is a pleasant surprise. Just one of many stunning landscapes at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve in Alaska, the lake’s frigid waters are colored a light blue by glacial dust and lap at the edges of rich forests and rugged mountains. Fall colors make the area even more popular with intrepid visitors. Photo by W. Hill, National Park Service.
For the penultimate day of my blog’s fourth anniversary the theme is “Artis Zoo”.
Most people would go to the zoo for the animals. The last couple of years I’ve found myself going for the flowers more and more. Of course I still visit the butterfly garden and most of the other exhibits, but I dislike fences on my pictures and as I already have a macro lens…
Protected as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the South Fork of the John Day River flows from south to north through central Oregon, providing unparalleled recreational opportunities including fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and birdwatching. The views here are colorful, striking and unique. Basalt outcrops, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas and white fir intermix with juniper, sagebrush and native bunchgrasses to create a distinct pattern on the rugged canyon slopes. Photo by Greg Shine, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands
Today’s celebration of my blog 4th year anniversary is about columbines.
These beautiful spring flowers come in all colours and sizes. The two flowers above just suddenly appeared in my garden and I’m glad they did. The complexity of their petals are on a whole different level than tulips and crocusses, which makes them very interesting to photograph.
President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range on May 23, 1908, when he signed legislation authorizing funds to purchase suitable land for the conservation of bison – making it the first time that Congress appropriated tax dollars to buy land specifically to conserve wildlife. Since then, the National Bison Range in Montana has played an important role in the successful recovery of these magnificent animals. Today, 350-500 bison call this refuge home. Photo courtesy of Bob Wick.