America's Great Outdoors
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

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.Photo: Christopher Reif (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.

Photo: Christopher Reif (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 150th to Yosemite National Park! Share this photo to wish them a very happy birthday!Photo: Kevin Perez (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 150th to Yosemite National Park! Share this photo to wish them a very happy birthday!

Photo: Kevin Perez (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Saturday morning, early risers found the the Yellowstone River Valley inundated by fog where it passes along the Blacktail Deer Plateau in Yellowstone National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Saturday morning, early risers found the the Yellowstone River Valley inundated by fog where it passes along the Blacktail Deer Plateau in Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.

Photo: National Park Service

Here is a spectacular lightning strike photo over the National Mall this week by Andrew S. Geraci. 

Here is a spectacular lightning strike photo over the National Mall this week by Andrew S. Geraci. 

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!

Caribou react to the approach of a grizzly bear near Highway Pass in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit

Caribou react to the approach of a grizzly bear near Highway Pass in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit

My Public Lands photographer Bob Wick, just spent time on Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM) in Alaska. Here’s what he had to say about this photo:"Attached is my first photo of the midnight sun from Taylor Peak above the 40 Mile Wild and Scenic River near Chicken AK. The 40 Mile is actually 390 miles long and is the longest federally managed wild and scenic river. I’m still south of the Arctic Circle so the sun sets from about 12:30 AM till about 3 AM, but it stays like dusk outside. Colin, the BLM employee I am with (& who is in the pic) is from Fairbanks & said they don’t even try July 4th fireworks there as its too bright to see them.”

My Public Lands photographer Bob Wick, just spent time on Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM) in Alaska. Here’s what he had to say about this photo:

"Attached is my first photo of the midnight sun from Taylor Peak above the 40 Mile Wild and Scenic River near Chicken AK. The 40 Mile is actually 390 miles long and is the longest federally managed wild and scenic river. I’m still south of the Arctic Circle so the sun sets from about 12:30 AM till about 3 AM, but it stays like dusk outside. Colin, the BLM employee I am with (& who is in the pic) is from Fairbanks & said they don’t even try July 4th fireworks there as its too bright to see them.”

A mom and her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Please remember that no matter how cute they look, bears are wild animals and can be dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you! This photo was taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the bears appear closer than they were. Please see http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm bear safety information.
Photo of bears in Cades Cove by Samuel Hobbs.

A mom and her cubs in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Please remember that no matter how cute they look, bears are wild animals and can be dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you! This photo was taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to make the bears appear closer than they were. Please see http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm bear safety information.

Photo of bears in Cades Cove by Samuel Hobbs.