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Photo by @bethjwald | The sun sets over a panoramic view looking towards the White Rim region of Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah. The vast Canyonlands National Park protects dramatic landscapes of canyons carved by the Colorado River, fragile desert ecosystems, Native American rock paintings, dark skies and important watersheds and rivers from an array of threats, including mining, over-grazing, off-road vehicle use and development so that visitors will forever be able to lose themselves amongst its canyons and natural wonders. I have spent many weeks exploring the canyon worlds of this national park and its dramatic vistas helped form my photographic eye. National parks make available to all the natural wonders and heritage of our country and are an intrinsic part of America. In honor of the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service we celebrate the National Parks today. For more photos of our ancient and modern relationship with nature and of national parks around the world, follow me at @bethjwald. #canyonlove#canyonlandsnationalpark#americasbestidea#nationalparklove#findyourpark
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Photo by @andy_bardon | The last rays of sun hit the summit of the Grand Teton (13,775 ft). Grand Teton National Park was formed in 1929 and is one of the most recognizable skylines in the western US. Year-round recreation, abundant wildlife, and a pristine natural environment have kept me here for the last fifteen years and thanks to the permanent designation as a US National Park it will remain a source of inspiration for generations to come.
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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A horse’s mane blows in the wind in Jardine, Montana. After decades of living and working abroad, I was lured back to America with an assignment to photograph Yellowstone National Park, our nation’s first National Park and an iconic location in the American West. The unique and awesome grandeur of the USA’s national parks, and the ways we’ve tried to preserve and celebrate our public land and wildlife that live there, are among the things I cherish most about my country.
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Photo by @michaelgeorge | If cities are the heart of the US, National Parks are its soul. Every time I get the opportunity to wander into this wild silence of nature I am humbled beyond measure. Our National Parks also showcase the diversity of land that makes up this country. From the face-melting swamps of the Everglades, to the crisp serene setting seen here. This image was taken during a hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. These two deer stood silently on the ridge, as the fog began to roll in. Their silhouettes illustrate one of many painterly moments I experienced on this hike. Visiting a National Park is one of the best (and least expensive!) adventures you can take yourself on. For this 103rd anniversary of the National Park’s founding, I am forever grateful for this protected land. #nationalparks#hurricaneridge#olympicnationalpark#washington#deer
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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto | Traditional fishing sailboats in the heart of Banc d'Arguin National Park in Mauritania. Centuries ago, the people of Mauritania adopted boats from the Canary Islands. To this day, they are used by African fishermen as an integral part of their livelihood. Can you spot the optical illusion? #mauritania#africa#nationalpark
Photo by @robert_ormerod | A vineyard on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, around 60 miles off the southwest coast of Morocco. Here, winemakers dig crater-like hollows, “hoyas” or “gerias”, by hand to reach past the layers of ash on the surface. They then build small semi-circular walls using lava stone to protect the vines from the strong winds blowing in off the Atlantic Ocean. #vineyard#lanzarote#canaryislands
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier | A group of Kayapó girls take an afternoon bath in the waters of the Rio Pequeño, one of the thousands of small rivers in the Xingú region of Brazil. Indigenous people, their way of life, and the intimate connection many of them have to the natural world has been important to me for as long as I can remember. The relationship between human and planetary health has never been more precarious than it is today. We need to do more for our earth and our ocean. Follow me, @cristinamittermeier to learn more about how you can make a difference everyday. #weareindigenous#kayapo#blackandwhite#waterislife
Photo by @chrisburkard | Don Sheldon was a legend. Born in Colorado, he went to Alaska at age 18 seeking work and adventure. He became a pioneer glacier pilot and from his base in Talkeetna, Alaska, he transported climbers, skiers, fishermen, and other adventurers to areas inaccessible via ground transportation. He also built a tiny house, personally flying all of the building material to its remote location piece by piece. Years later, on his tiny rock outcropping amidst Denali National Park a larger shelter was created to celebrate his dedication to this wild place. Sheldon is a reminder and inspiration to live a life of purpose and a life of adventure. Deep in the wilderness, the vantage point from this cabin made it hard to tell what was Earth and what wasn’t, it felt like we were a part of the night sky on this vibrant night.
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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | In 2015, I took part in the first Greenland Caves expedition to Northeast Greenland. That original expedition was full of adventure; it involved flying as far as we could in a twin otter to a tiny landing strip on a sandy spit of land in the middle of nowhere. We inflated a boat and crossed a 20 km wide lake, and then hiked for three days to get to some small seemingly insignificant caves near the top of the world. At the time we didn’t know it would become a reconnaissance expedition, and would lead on to years of research. Project leader Prof. Gina Moseley collected samples of cave calcite to use to reconstruct records of past climate change. The pilot data proved highly important, and resulted in a prestigious FWF Start prize, enabling the research to continue for the next 6 years. On July 3rd, 2019, 9 people set off on an interdisciplinary expedition back to 80’N.
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The fort on Ibo Island, Mozambique, was a major conduit for slaves sold to the French sugar plantations on Mauritius and beyond. Built in 1791, it was the second most important port on the Mozambique coast for over a hundred years, but is now a sleepy tourist destination. To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.