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.
Shooting stars and the twinkle of the Milky Way are nature’s own fireworks! Enjoy the show every night in your Rocky Mountain National Park. Happy 4th of July weekend!
(photo taken by Ranger JWF at Bear Lake)
The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu” in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States.
Photo: Manish Mamtani (www.sharetheexperience.org)
In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park in Nevada to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.
Photo: National Park Service
Ken Lee took this fantastic photo from the California Desert National Conservation Area. Here’s what he had to say about it. “A heavenly nocturnal show of the movement of the stars with the glow of the little town of Trona below. I had driven four hours to see this, a privilege to see the night sky without too much light pollution, utterly magical. The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the Mojave Desert of California, its unusual landscape consisting of hundreds of tufa spires rising from a former lake bed, stark mountains bracketing the formations.”
Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota was established in 1936 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The 1270 acre refuge serves as an important migration corridor for waterfowl and shorebirds. In 2003, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network designated the refuge as a Regional Shorebird Reserve. It’s also not a bad place to catch the Milky Way after sunset.
Photo: Ian Jamieson (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Some of the best dark sky photography happens on America’s public lands. This photo from Joshua Tree National Park by Manish Mamtani is a perfect example.
May the fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars day from Arches National Park!
Photo: Jacob W. Frank
Did you know that fees are waived this weekend on all of America’s National Parks? Share this photo of Rocky Mountain National Park to help spread the word!
Photo: Pat Gaines