America's Great Outdoors
Sometimes it is about being in the right place at the right time to see nature’s beauty revealed like in this photo from Rocky Mountain National Park.Photo: JW Frank 

Sometimes it is about being in the right place at the right time to see nature’s beauty revealed like in this photo from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Photo: JW Frank 

In the battle between raccoon and sandhill crane, it appears we have a winner.

A raccoon attempts to snag an easy meal at one of the feeders set up to supply the Mississippi sandhills with extra calories during the nesting season at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. The two adult cranes decide that this will not happen on their watch and begin to display defensive behavior — the raccoon rethinks his strategy and decides to find lunch elsewhere! A juvenile crane (the drab colored individual) watches and learns in the background.

(Photo USFWS Camera Trap)

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

If you look closely enough, you can see eastern screech owls like this one in many national parks and wildlife refuges across the country.Photo: Steve Gifford, USFWS

If you look closely enough, you can see eastern screech owls like this one in many national parks and wildlife refuges across the country.

Photo: Steve Gifford, USFWS

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Now that is a mouthful! What a great photo of a American white pelican taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Photo: John Savage/National Wildlife Refuge Association

Evening traffic in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Evening traffic in Denali National Park.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

How about a “wow” photo to start the day. Max Seigal took this great nighttime photo of The Wave in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona.

How about a “wow” photo to start the day. Max Seigal took this great nighttime photo of The Wave in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona.

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.Photo: Georgia Riddick

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

Photo: Georgia Riddick

Two Medicine Lake, East Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Two Medicine Lake, East Glacier in Glacier National Park.

How hot is it in Death Valley National Park? So hot that this coyote pup decided to cool off in this bird bath!Photo: National Park Service

How hot is it in Death Valley National Park? So hot that this coyote pup decided to cool off in this bird bath!

Photo: National Park Service