Tag Archives: National Parks

Serenity in the West

In March 2017, I spent some time exploring the National and State Park lands of the American West.  We drove 4000 miles and visited 9 states. These photos are some of my favorite because of how peaceful these locations were in the off season.  We made it to Chimney rock right at sunset and had the place to ourselves, and we visited Scottsbluff National Monument early in the morning before others arrived. Most people go south for spring break, I went North and was rewarded with rustic quietness.

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Chimney Rock


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Niobrara River of Nebraska


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Spearfish Falls


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Valley of Scottsbluff


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River Running Black Hills


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Moon Set at Scottsbluff


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Coffee with the Presidents


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Scottsbluff Summit

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Ice Webs – Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks.  I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.

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Desert Black & White

 

McKittrick Trail in Guadalupe

 

Hello moon

 

cactus shells

 

McKittrick #2

 

Saguaro cacti

straight up

 

petrified giant

 

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Guadalupe Mountains N.P. McKittrick Trail. 

Hiking at noon in the desert isn’t the brightest idea. But we had plenty of company. This 4.8 round trip hike takes you through a canyon, along a creek, and has a 1930s cabin.    

  

  

Refreshing

   A trio of b/w images. 

   

    

A variety of plants 
  

Limestone shelf

  

Slate in a field of limestone
 

El Capitan

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Sequoias, Waterfalls, and Canyons

U.S. National Parks inspire and impress.

Granite shines…

Moro Rock - Sequoia N.P.

Moro Rock – Sequoia N.P.

In Kings Canyon

In Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Water sparkles…

Grizzly Falls Kings Canyon

Grizzly Falls Kings Canyon

Near Zumwalt Meadows in Kings Canyon

Near Zumwalt Meadows in Kings Canyon

Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon

Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon

Trees soar…

Sequoias

Sequoias

Sequoia N.P.

Sequoia N.P.

Sequoias

Sequoias

The parks tell stories…

Cedar

Cedar

carved messages

carved messages

horsetails outliving the dinosaurs

horsetails outliving the dinosaurs

The diameter of the largest tree on the planet

The diameter of the largest tree on the planet

Who can we thank for fighting for these parks?

John Muir statue at Muir Woods in San Francisco

John Muir statue at Muir Woods in San Francisco

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Exploring the American West

I spent one week in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona exploring the natural world. I have now visited all 48 of the lower U.S. States along with Hawaii.  The National Parks are truly one of the United States’ best ideas.

Out for a Stroll

Out for a Stroll

The Temple at the top in the distance...

The Temple at the top in the distance…

Grand Canyon

First Glimpse…

Paria

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Utah

Forty Miles of Dirt Road through the Escalante Staircase in Utah.

Forty Miles of Dirt Road through the Escalante Staircase in Utah.

Grosevenor Arch

Grosevenor Arch

Blue Sky at the Arch

Blue Sky at the Arch

National Park

Winter in Bryce Canyon

Mt. Charleston, Nevada

Twisted Rocks

Bleached Tree

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

South Rim

Colors of the Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Watch Tower at Desert View

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Gorgeous Colors

Gorgeous Colors

Sneaking a Peak

Sneaking a Peak

Lake Powell

Photographers

Escalante National Monument

Hoodoo

in Zion

in Zion

In Zion National Park

In Zion National Park

Zion

Straight Up to a Hidden Canyon

Death Valley

Mother Nature at Work

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