Showers and rainbows bring coolness and color to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A wide variety of birds find habitat for breeding and nesting on the refuge where the wetlands along the Green River stand out in an otherwise arid landscape. In addition to resident and migrating birds, large and small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and even bats make their homes in this lovely oasis. Photo by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Even under an ominous sky, the summer landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is lovely and charming. The unique rock formations of the Little Missouri Badlands rise like wrinkles in the Earth, creating vibrant meadows and colorful grassland alcoves. Wandering through this remarkable park, visitors can encounter ancient fossils, peaceful streams and wonderful wildlife. Make sure it’s on your summer travel list! Photo by National Park Service.
Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you could spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. And if you visit in winter, you might get to see early morning fog engulfing the landscape in a cloud inversion. Photo by Larry Bennett (www.sharetheexperience.org).
#TBT to this spectacular view from Yosemite National Park’s famous Horsetail Fall in 2017 when the waterfall looked like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon “firefall” only happens for a short time in February – when there are clear skies, enough snow for the waterfall to flow and the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle. This year, it doesn’t appear that Horsetail Fall will be putting on its show, but if you want take your chances, be sure to get your permit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm.
Photo courtesy of William Rainey.
Happy Halloween! 🎃👻
Halloween is a fun time to scare ourselves with things that go bump in the night, but the night sky doesn’t need to be terrifying. Many people find peace looking up at the endless dome of stars. There’s also the thrill of watching a lightning storm light up the darkness like a camera flash. This amazing shot from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah shows you why you don’t need to be afraid of the dark. Photo by Alexander Boardman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Last week, Glacier National Park in Montana received its first snow of the season. While it closed Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Logan Pass for a short time, that section of the road has reopened, offering visitors as chance to enjoy a beautiful, wintery world. Photo by National Park Service.
Whoa! ⚡️ Mother Nature puts on a show, creating this dramatic lightning shot at Colorado National Monument. Photo courtesy of JT Dudrow (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is 6 millions acres of wild lands with a single, 92-mile long road traveling through it. The places to go for adventure, solitude and recreation are nearly endless. Rainbow over Polychrome Overlook by Ken Conger, National Park Service.