Take a walk through the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico, and you’ll feel like you’ve crossed over into another world. The natural elements have etched strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal and silt. With a myriad of unusual forms and shadows, this area is a photographer’s dream. Just be sure to come prepared with water and GPS or hire a guide. It’s important to come prepared, so the only way you get lost is in wonder. Photo by Jim Mangum (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Devils Tower was established as America’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24th in 1906. Rising high out of the Black Hills, in northeast Wyoming, this geological wonder is an astounding sight. Devils Tower National Monument is a sacred place to over 20 Native American tribes and is also called “Bear’s Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi.” Reaching 867 feet from its base to the summit, the Tower stands tall in the minds of all its admirers. Photo by Don Davis (www.sharetheexperience.org).
It turns out, the golden views at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge are what you find at the end of the rainbow. This Colorado wildlife refuge offers glimpses of both the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Great Sand Dunes National Park in the distance. The auto-tour route between April and early fall allows a drive, in solitude, amongst wetlands home to dozens of bird species. Along the Rio Grande River Trail, you will see a wide variety of habitats, from lush grasses to dense stands of willow, to towering cottonwood trees. Photo courtesy of Patricia Henschen.
Photographer Patrick Rodden captured glorious orange and purple skies over Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. He explains, “It’s a park with so many opportunities from hiking to boating and excellent wildlife viewing. Not only did I enjoy the terrestrial views, but I also had an incredible time watching the sky. This photo was taken from Rock Harbor on my last night on the island. It was a phenomenal sight to end a week of hiking. There is nothing like a midwestern sunset in all of its raw beauty and power.” Photo and words courtesy of Patrick Rodden.
Photographer Saxon Smith loves making the drive out to Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It’s a great place to escape the city and explore a lovely natural area. “After a gorgeous hike among wildflowers and blooming cacti this spring, we stayed in the refuge until dusk to see the sunset before heading home. As with most Oklahoma sunsets – especially with the backdrop of our beautifully worn and ancient Wichita mountains – it did not disappoint.” Photo courtesy of Saxon Smith.
World-renowned for photography and climbing opportunities, the majestic Fisher Towers in Utah rise above the valley like red castle spires. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, a National Recreation Trail wraps around the base of the towers and gives visitors fantastic views of the Colorado River Valley. The tallest rock formation, “The Titan,” towers 700 feet above the surrounding landscape and is the tallest rock tower in the United States. Photo by Steven Luther (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Matching water and sky, the sunrise at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan welcomes the new day in style. Photographer Teresa McGill took an early morning hike and was delighted by the fiery sky and the calm reflecting waters. Summer moments at Seney National Wildlife Refuge present chances to hear the loons and see many types of turtle, osprey fishing in ponds, waterfowl defending their territory, otters playing or dam-building beavers. If you want to see wildlife, especially birds, this is the place. Photo courtesy of Teresa L. McGill.
Hi, I’m Peter Mangolds and I’m sharing my photo with Interior’s account today. I really got into photography because when trying to describe the beauty of the outdoors, I felt like my stories made people’s eyes glaze over. I had to show them – and with my camera, I can do just that. This spring, when the roads at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming were first opened, I knew I had to get a good shot of this amazing place. I went to this spot several days in a row, returning for both sunrise and sunset hoping to catch a glimpse of color. Finally, on the 4th day, I got some! It was always a magical moment (color or not) and I look forward to using this bridge for future adventures. Photo courtesy of Peter Mangolds.