Reflections make some of the most extraordinary images of Mount Rainier. In an image like this one — captured by JD Hascup last year (October 17, 2012) at Tipsoo Lake, and shared in the Mount Rainier National Park photo group at http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS — you could almost flip the image over and hang it on the wall upside down without anyone noticing. The brilliant autumn colors and the clouds lingering over the summit of the Mountain add additional interest to the scene, though the view from this spot hardly needs them retain its claim as one of the most beautiful places in the park.
50 years ago today (August 28, 1963), hundreds of thousands of Americans of all colors, races, and creeds joined in a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C. The event reached its dramatic climax at the Lincoln Memorial with music, prayers, remarks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. This moment was a turning point in American history that set our nation on the path to full equality and justice under the law.
Here is one of our favorite photos of the exact spot Dr. King stood 50 years ago.
Photo: Brandon Kopp
A quarter moon hangs over Second Beach in Olympic National Park.
Photo: Justin Marx
There’s a hidden world out there in the night sky that most of us never see. The lights of civilization drown out the rest of the cosmos visible just beyond our bubble of light. But visit a National Park like Mount Rainier, where dark skies are still preserved, and suddenly the entire universe appears!
This image was captured by photographer Dave Morrow (www.Facebook.com/DaveMorrow, www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com)
This spectacular photo of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument was taken by Brandon Kopp, and submitted to our Summer in America’s Great Outdoors photo project. Here’s what Brandon had to say about this shot. “I’ve had this idea to do some self-portraits in the large, empty chamber of the Lincoln Memorial for a couple weeks. I took photos awhile back and as I processed them, I thought they were missing something. They weren’t missing a sense of the awesome scale of the place (you thought I was going to say “me” didn’t you?). So I went this morning and luckily managed about 25 discontinuous minutes worth of time alone in the Memorial. I hadn’t thought of this view until I turned around and saw the awesome twilight creeping up.”
No filter necessary for one of Mount Rainier’s famous sunrises. This one was shared with us by Guy Gadbois on Mount Rainier’s Flickr account. To see more, visit flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS/pool.
Mount Rainier. No description required.
Photo: John Chao
Today is National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. There are many great events across the country today. Check out a listing at www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org. We don’t expect you’ll find yourself up on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, but we hope you’re able to enjoy America’s great doors no matter where you are today!
Photo: Adam Marland
Please join us in welcoming the White House to Tumblr!
We see some great things here at the White House every day, and sharing that stuff with you is one of the best parts of our jobs. That’s why we’re launching a Tumblr. We’ll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science…