America's Great Outdoors
Evening light makes it to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Evening light makes it to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.Photo: National Park Service

At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

Photo: National Park Service

We have reached peak bloom at the Tidal Basin on the National Mall and Memorial Parks!Photo: Joe Milmoe, USFWS

We have reached peak bloom at the Tidal Basin on the National Mall and Memorial Parks!

Photo: Joe Milmoe, USFWS

Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, Petrified Forest National Park attracts geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists, just to name a few. The park is also haven for those searching for scenic vistas, wilderness, hiking, dark skies, and beautiful, vast landscapes. Discover your own passion at Petrified Forest!Photo: Michael Reed (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, Petrified Forest National Park attracts geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists, just to name a few. The park is also haven for those searching for scenic vistas, wilderness, hiking, dark skies, and beautiful, vast landscapes. Discover your own passion at Petrified Forest!

Photo: Michael Reed (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture. So, nature claimed it once again. What was viewed as a loss by early 20th century entrepreneurs became a huge gain for the wildlife, natural resources and the people of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. Photo: Dawn Kopp

Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture. So, nature claimed it once again. What was viewed as a loss by early 20th century entrepreneurs became a huge gain for the wildlife, natural resources and the people of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. 

Photo: Dawn Kopp

Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.Photo: National Park Service

Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.

Photo: National Park Service

There are many amazing sights to see at Grand Canyon National Park. Lightning storm over the North Rim would be one of them. Photo: Michael Leonard (www.sharetheexperience.org)

There are many amazing sights to see at Grand Canyon National Park. Lightning storm over the North Rim would be one of them.

Photo: Michael Leonard (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument.This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north. However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument.

This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north. However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

Alpenglow on Denali. NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit 

Alpenglow on Denali.

NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit 

Chris Tennant took this amazing photo from Great Falls Park in Virginia. Here’s what he had to say about this photo. “These amazing falls be tricky to shoot. With so much exposed sky and without a spectacular light show you can end up with a very flat image. Lacking any clouds, I patiently waited for the “blue hour”, when the tones in the sky evened out.”

Chris Tennant took this amazing photo from Great Falls Park in Virginia. Here’s what he had to say about this photo. “These amazing falls be tricky to shoot. With so much exposed sky and without a spectacular light show you can end up with a very flat image. Lacking any clouds, I patiently waited for the “blue hour”, when the tones in the sky evened out.”