Joshua Tree National Park has some of the most beautiful sunsets, like this one captured by Manish Mamtani. Joshua Tree is also known for its unique rock formations (perfect for climbing) and its Joshua tree forests (rumored to be the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax). Chief ranger Jeff Ohlfs says that Keys View, with its panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, is a must. http://bit.ly/heartjoshuatree
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Happy 50th anniversary Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge (in Missouri) was officially established on August 11, 1964, to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.
The refuge covers 3,750 acres in the floodplain of the Mississippi river and is comprised of moist soil units, open water, wet meadows and bottomland forest habitats. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys as well as the Great River National Wildlife just to the north.
Photo: Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS
The last light of the day melts into the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.
Photo: National Park Service
This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).
Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)