US Department of the Interior 09/21/2013
May 16. 2014
Here's what happened this week at Interior: a special ceremony on the National Mall to mark the reopening of the Washington Monument; Secretary Jewell joins Vice President Joe Biden in St. Louis as work continues on the revitalization of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; the Secretary travels to Des Moines, Iowa for a meeting of the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and wraps up her Iowa trip with a visit to the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge; drought-stricken California is getting $20 million in water reuse and reclamation projects; and Interior observes National Police Week.
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"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom. The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on this date in 1922. Let's celebrate with this photo by Andrew S. Geraci. 204. 05/30/2014
Let's end the week with this cute photo of saw-whet owls in Hanford Reach National Monument in #Washington. 203. 05/30/2014
Great photo of a lynx walking along a lake @DenaliNPS. #Alaska. 201. 05/29/2014
Looking for a wow photo? This picture of the Milky Way over Natural Bridges Natl Monument should do the trick. 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. 200. 05/28/2014
Stunning 40 minute exposure of the Milky Way traveling over Slinkard Wilderness Study Area in #California. 199. 05/28/2014
The Golden Gate Bridge opened 77 years ago (in 1937 )today. Here's an amazing photo @ Golden Gate Natl Recreation Area. 198. 05/28/2014
Sunrise from Thornton Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. 197. 05/27/2014
Happy Memorial Day. Today we honor those who gave their lives serving this great country of ours. 196. 05/26/2014
Sunrise over the beautiful Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in #Oklahoma. 195. 05/25/2014
#MemorialDayWeekend is the unofficial start of summer, so here's a warm weather pic from @SleepingBearNPS. Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history. Photo: Erin Waineo194. 08/24/2014
Secretary Sally Jewell
Visited America's newest Nat'l Monument - Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in NM! 193. 05/24/2014
Let's end the week with this really great photo of the night sky @GreatBasinNPS. #Nevada. 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. 192. 05/24/2014
One way to celebrate the naming of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Hike them w/ @SecretaryJewell. 191. 0524/2014
Hiking the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument with @Interior @SecretaryJewell （2nd from right) this morning. 190. 05/23/2014
Happy #WorldTurtleDay! Meet the bog turtle, one of the smallest/rarest in North America & found in Cherry Valley NWR. #Pennsylvania. 189. 08/23/2014
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." -John Muir. Photo taken on top of Divide Mountain in Denali National Park by Daniel A. Leifheit. 188. 05/22/2014
Wondering what America's newest National Monument looks like? Here's a great photo of the Organ Mountains. Today President Obama signed a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. By establishing the monument, the President permanently protected nearly 500,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic, and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans. A recent independent study found that a new national monument could generate $7.4 million in new economic activity annually from new visitors and business opportunities while preserving access for sportsmen, ranchers, and recreational users. Photo: Bureau of Land Management. 187. 05/21/2014
Looking for your next outdoor adventure? Check out the North Umpqua Wild & Scenic River in #Oregon. Ready to escape the hubbub of the city? Gather your fishing tackle, rafting oars, and hiking boots and head out to the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River. This awesome stretch of silky turquoise water tumbles along Highway 138 outside of Roseburg, Oregon. Here, you can truly enjoy the magic of nature and get away from the hubbub of city life. Enjoy! 186. 05/21/2014
Nice catch by this great egret白鹭 in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in #NewYork. @USFWSNortheast. 185. 05/20/2014
Spring is spectacular on America's public lands - especially in places like @YellowstoneNPS. 184. 05/20/2014
A spring day in Yosemite Valley @YosemiteNPS. #California. 183. 05/19/2014
If you visit @EvergladesNPS, you could witness gorgeous sunrises like this one. #Florida. America’s Everglades - The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty. Photo: National Park Service. 182, 05/19/14
Stunning sunrise and fog over @ShenandoahNPS. Did you know this park (and view) are only 75 miles outside of Washington, DC? Photo: Ed Knepley #Virginia. 181，。 05/18/2014
The California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California’s coast. The scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat within the Monument are protected by the Bureau of Land Management as National Conservation Lands.
Millions of people view the California Coastal National Monument from roads, beaches, bluffs, watercraft, or through one of the Monument Gateway Communities. Photo: Bob Wick. 180. 05/17/2014
Here's one last photo to end the week from @ZionNPS. Hope you get a chance to get outside this weekend! 179. 05/17/2014
Celebrate Endangered Species Day Today. Piping plovers breed on the shores of the northeast, and are extremely endangered. 178. 05/16/2014
Cool photo of a healthy ponderosa pine with woodpecker holes @YosemiteNPS. #nature #California. 177. 05/16/2014
Amazing photo of the Trona Pinnacles under the stars in the #California Desert. 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.” 176. 05/15/2014
Beautiful view of the moon over Mabius Arch in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. #California @BLMca. 175. 05/15/2014
Monument Cove in Acadia National Park. Photo: Sheryl Loesch. 174. 05/152014
Cool photo of a #volcano at night in #Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 173. 05/14/2014
One of the most beautiful national parks on the east coast, @AcadiaNPS. #Maine. 172. 05/14/20124
Kellys Slough NWR in #NorthDakota is the perfect place to take in the Milky Way after sunset. 171. 05/13/2014
This week, Glacier National Park turns 104. Please join us in wishing them a very happy birthday! Photo: Adam Jewell. 170. 05/13/2014
It’s a beautiful morning to reopen the Washington Monument! Join us today as we host our first-ever InstaMeet live from the National Mall! 12 followers of our Instagram account (www.instagram.com/USInterior) will join us in sharing behind the scenes photos and some of the first photos from the top of the Monument with the world. You can join in the conversation by following at #MonuMeet on Instagram and Twitter. Photo: Colin Winterbottom, Trust for the National Mall & the National Park Service. 169. 05/12/2014
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! We hope you all have as much fun today with your moms as this bison calf is having in Yellowstone National Park. Photo: Linda Dodge . 168. 05/11/2014.
Want a gorgeous #sunrise photo @YosemiteNPS? Check out his amazing photo from Jacob W. Frank. 167. 05/08/2014
An adult osprey guards its nest @NASAKennedy, part of Merritt Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. 166. 05/08/2014
Amazing shot on the beach from Assateague National Seashore. 165. 05/08/2014
Spring has arrived in Rocky Mountain National Park! @RMNPOfficial #colorado. 164. 05/08/2014
Want a gorgeous #sunrise photo @YosemiteNPS? Check out his amazing photo from Jacob W. Frank. 163. 05/07/2014
May is National Wetlands Month, including these salt marshes at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE. Dominated by grasses where rivers meet the sea, salt marshes are regularly flooded by salty tidal water. They rival tropical forests and cornfields as rich, highly productive ecosystems. Photo: Tim Williams, USFWS. 162. 05/07/2014
Amazing photo of a night heron in J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR by intern Libby Errickson. 161. 05/06/2014
#Sunrise over one of the hottest, driest & lowest places on Earth: @DeathValleyNPS. 160. 05/06/2014
Sunsets don't get much better than this one over @GrandTetonNPS. 159. 05/05/2014
To celebrate being named to the @TIME #Twitter140, here is an amazing photo from @JoshuaTreeNP. 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. 158. 05/05/2014
May the 4th be with you. Happy #StarWarsDay from @ArchesNPS! Photo: Jacob W. Frank. 157. 05/04/2014
Something you don't see every day. A double #rainbow over Great Sand Dunes National Park in #Colorado. The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! Photo: Eric Magayne. 156. 05/03/2014
Let's end the week with this gorgeous shot from @CraterLakeNPS. #oregon #nature . 155. 05/02/2014
This looks like a dangerous hike in Glen Canyon Natl Recreation Area, but all is not what it seems. Look again. 154. 05/01/2014
Today we’re happy to announce the winner of the 2013 Share the Experience photo contest (this contest is where we get a lot of the photos you see on this account)! This year’s grand prize winner comes to us from a family outing and according to Courtney; it almost didn’t happen as she was not sure she would take her phone with her on the kayak trip for fear of dropping it in the choppy lake. Lucky for Courtney, she decided to risk it and bring the phone to document the trip. Although she grew up in Michigan, this was Courtney’s first trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and she described it as being on her mom’s “bucket list.” Both Courtney and her mom are always up for adventure in the outdoors as Courtney describes it best by “Nature grounds you where you can get your perspective on life back. That’s what it does for me.” We could not agree more! Congratulations Courtney! 153. 05/01/2014
We're revealing the winner of @Interior's "Share the Experience" contest, ahead on @CBSThisMorning. (This isn't it). One of the stunning ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. #Wisconsin. 152. 05/01/2014
There are many stunning views @GlacierNPS & this one of Grinnell Lake is no exception. #Montana #Glacier. 151. 04/30/2014
These are Belding’s ground squirrels – sometimes called pot gut. They live on mountains in western United States. This pair was photographed by Jim Leonard at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. So, what do you think they are saying? 150. 04/30/2014
There have been some beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the past few days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These times also happen to be the best times to see wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, in Cades Cove. Photo: Sunset in Cades Cove by Kristina Plaas. 149. 04/29/2014
Nice catch @LakeClarkNPS photo: B. Gerasky. 148. 04/29/2014.
A "wow" photo of a summer storm in Anaktuvuk Pass @GatesArcticNPS. #Alaska. 133. 01/25/2014
Here's a stunning #sunset over @YosemiteNPS to end the week. #California. 113
There's nothing quite like an early morning in @GrandTetonNPSwaiting for the #sunrise. #Wyoming. 114
Nice way to end the work day. A beautiful #sunset over #Mississippi's Gulf Island National Seashore. 97
One of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of #NewMexico @WhiteSands_NPS. 115
Taking a break from winter shots: #Lightning strikes @CanyonlandsNPS. #utah. 116
There is nothing quite like a winter dawn in Crater Lake National Park. Photo: Shane Dignum. 117
Rather go to a Caribbean paradise than to the North Pole during the holidays? This beach at Maho Bay, on the north side of the island of St. John, recently was added to Virgin Islands National Park. The 225-acre beach and the hillside above it are the largest single addition to the park since it was created in 1956. The Trust for Public Land announced on December 18 that the area has been protected from development through a series of land sales to the National Park Service from 2009-2013 using federal monies from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Steven Simonsen Photography. 118
Think you don't get a lot of sun this time of year? Here is a photo @DenaliNPS taken yesterday at NOON. 119
Winter is one of the most beautiful times to visit America’s national parks like Rocky Mountain NP pictured here.
Photo: Heather Ryan. 120
Ah winter @GlacierNPS. Beautiful isn't it? #Montana. 121
Winter at Parker River NWR in #Massachusetts has a beauty all it's own. 122
Sometimes the calm after the storm is the most beautiful. 123
Ever wonder what an open river looks like at 35 BELOW zero? Here is the Nenana River @DenaliNPS this week. 124
Arches National Park in Utah is beautiful this time of year. Photo: National Park Service. 125
We will resist the "what does the fox say?" joke & just share this cute photo of a cascade fox @MountRainierNPS. 126
We love unique photos of famous locations. Here the moon rises over the Statue of Liberty. 127
The mixture of blowing snow and clouds creates a wintery scene on the divide in Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado. Clouds form due to orographic lift, when air masses rise as they hit mountain ranges and condense into these low clouds that blanket the peaks. Photo: Rocky Mountain National Park. 128
Travis Patterson captured this spectacular lightning and rain storm from the Snake River Overlook at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming to make it a weekly winner on the Share the Experience site. 129
While cold temperatures are dominating most of North America, Everglades National Park is blissfully located in a sub tropical environment. Have you planned your winter vacation? Maybe a 70’F sunset in Flamingo should be on your itinerary! Photo: National Park Service 130
Sometimes there are really no words for the beauty found in America’s great outdoors. This photo of the Narrows in Zion National Park was taken by Rick Randjelovic 131
One of the many things that make Grand Canyon National Park so amazing, is the night sky. The dark, dark, dark night sky. If you haven’t experienced it, then you are truly missing out. Due to very little light pollution, Grand Canyon has one of the darkest night skies around. Tonight is the peak of the Geminids meteor shower. Last night, the Geminids put on quite the show. Streaks of light were shooting across the sky above the canyon. It was a breathtaking sight. Photo provided by Erin Whittaker, Grand Canyon National Park 132
Here is another winning photo from the Bureau of Land Management - Nevada’s photo contest, which is helping to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday next year. This photo was taken by Michael Balen at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here’s what he had to say about the photo.
"I took the photo because of the intense profusion of wildflowers that bloomed in the area during spring 2013. The time of day offered low-angle sunlight and nearly perfect lighting and contrast conditions. The clouds added to the scene and the illumination of the Sheep Range in the background added to the sense of place. I was attempting to emphasize the contrast between the concept of the dry, brown desert and the unusual occurrence of abundant wildflowers in a place most people think of as generally devoid of life." 134
Let's end the day with a cool aerial photo of one of #Alaska's many #volcanoes, Iliamna @LakeClarkNPS. 135
If you like photos of snow on America’s public lands, we think you’ll love this one from Arches National Park in Utah. Photo: Corrie Lane. 136
There are few places better to see the aurora borealis than #Alaska. @BLMAlaska . 137
The temperature in Grand Teton National Park might have been around 20 BELOW ZERO yesterday morning, but it sure did make for a stunning photo! Photo: D. Lombard 138
Who is ready to enjoy snow on America’s public lands this winter? Here’s a great shot of someone backpacking across the snowpack in Glacier National Park. Photo: Taylor Baskin 139
There’s nothing quite like a fresh snowfall in Yosemite National Park. 140
There’s nothing quite like a fresh snowfall in Yosemite National Park. 141
Almost a year to the day since she laid her last egg, Wisdom has done it again! At almost 63, Wisdom is the oldest, banded wild bird in the world. Midway Atoll NWR is the nesting site for 71% of the world’s population of Laysan albatross. Watch live video of Wisdom laying her egg: http://bit.ly/19kfDEy and view more photos of Wisdom, her mate, and her egg: http://bit.ly/1hAU1fs. Photo: Pete Leary/USFWS。 142
Winter has arrived at the National #Bison Range in #Montana & the residents appear to be taking it in stride. 143
Happy Birthday, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! The iconic refuge, home to polar bears, moose and caribou, was established Dec. 6, 1960. In 1980 the federal government expanded it to its current 19.6 million acres, almost half of which are wilderness. Photo: Last Lake on Sheenjek River, Arctic Refuge, by Steve Hillebrand. 144
Let's end the day with another beautiful autumn photo. This one is from Gates of the Arctic NP in #Alaska. 145
Here’s one of the winners by Kent A. Lefevre of the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness. This is what he had to say about his photo. "The Rainbow Mountain Wilderness is one of my favorite places. This image was taken early in the morning after a winter storm swept through the Red Rock escarpment. The sun was beginning to burn off the low enveloping fog. The outside temperature was below freezing and it was snowing as I packed all my gear to the spot I had in mind near the Oak Creek Trail. As the fog lifted, I was amazed at the grand vista and the sheer beauty of this corner of Nevada." 146
This snowy #owl drew quite a crowd at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR yesterday. Judging by this photo we can see why! #NJ. 147
Here’s a break from the cold most of the U.S. is experiencing right now. Summertime in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo: Diane Carrigan (www.sharetheexperience.org) 01/23/14，57
How about a wow photo for your evening commute. The stunning @ZionNPS. #Utah 01/22/14， 58
mypubliclands: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, BLM-Idaho will highlight 50 adventures in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas throughout 2014. Each “Wilderness Wednesday” during this year of celebration, the public will find a new post on BLM Idaho’s Facebook page, suggesting a new idea for a wilderness adventure. All activities will also be featured on the BLM-Idaho website. Each wilderness adventure will identify the wilderness area and include a photo, brief description, suggested experience level, location and approximate time to complete. Posts will begin on January 22. Members of the public are encouraged to share their photos and experiences in Idaho’s wilderness by using #IdahoWilderness50. We will share our favorites on our Facebook page throughout the year. -Krista Berumen, BLM Idaho 01/22/14， 59
Bruneau River by Bob Wick ， 60
Bruneau River - Sheep Creek WSA， 61
Owyhee River Canyon , 62
Bruneau River by Bob Wick, 63
Bruneau Overlook by Bob Wick, 64
Star Watch Pole Creek Wilderness, 65
If you are a bird watcher, JN Ding Darling NWR in #Florida, 66
One of our favorite photos of El Capitan @YosemiteNPS. Breathtaking. #California, 67
Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Monday 01/20/2014
Photo: National Park Service, 68. Did you know that in honor of Martin L. King day, Monday is a fee free day for all National Parks? RT to spread the word! 68
Viewed from the road, this desert park hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see Joshua Tree National Park for yourself! Photo: Sarah Chah, 69
A great way to start off the weekend right. A gorgeous #sunrise over @DeathValleyNPS. 70
Visiting Rocky Mountain NP & being in high country makes you almost feel like you can touch the sky. 71
An amazing photo of a full moon over the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: NASA. 72
The beautiful Boneyard Beach in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. #SouthCarolina . 73
Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob. W Frank is one of them. 74
A Grizzly Bear crossing the Snake River at sunrise in the Grand Teton national Park. Photo: Donald Higgs. 75
Snow plows are a little different @YellowstoneNPS. 76
25" of new snow has fallen @CraterLakeNPS & it's absolutely beautiful right now. What a sight! 77
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes National Seashore offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration. Photo: Julie McKnickle， 78
Can you picture yourself on a trail in Glacier National Park, enjoying the quiet stillness of a winter’s day?
Photo: National Park Service
Snow + a rainbow + Yosemite National Park = this amazing photo. Photo: Leasha Hooker . 80
One of Alaska's beautiful National Parks: @GlacierBayNPS. #Alaska. 81
This stunning sunset is courtesy of Olympic National Park in Washington. Photo: Marco Crupi. 82
Another amazing #auroraborealis coming out of #Alaska. This one is from @DenaliNPS. 83
Need a break from the cold weather? Here are some of the 9500 acres of rainforest in Natl Park of American Samoa. 84
You know what is absolutely gorgeous during winter? Grand Teton National Park in #Wyoming. 85
This shot by Steven Gifford is amazing because bobcats – Lynx rufus – are elusive, nocturnal, mostly solitary – and rarely seen by people. They first appeared about 1.8 million years ago. Today, the beautiful cat – about twice as big as an average housecat – is still found in most of its historic range from southern Canada to northern Mexico. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial. Gifford took this photo at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana. 86
You know who doesn't mind the cold of #winter? The Bison @YellowstoneNPS. 87
It's looking mighty beautiful @SequoiaKingsNPS this time of year. #california #winter . 88
Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breath-taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival. Photo: Kerry Childers 89
The South Rim @GrandCanyonNPS is already looking beautiful in 2014. 90
Winter means fog on the #Oregon coast. Check out the beauty of Cape Meares NWR. 91
Watch out! A brown bear makes intimidating eye contact while chasing salmon @KatmaiNPS， Alaska. 92
A stunning view of the Wave in the Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness - uncropped and unenhanced. Photo: Adam Marland . 93
Nature at its finest. An amazing aurora borealis near Kanuti NWR in #Alaska. 94
Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view wildlife, and is also home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai’i. Visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird - the nēnē or endangered Hawaiian goose. Photo: Stephanie Sawyer 95
Happy new year everyone! From all of us at the U.S. Department of the Interior, we want to wish you a safe and happy 2014. Here is a beautiful Mesa Arch sunrise with the Washer Woman arch in the background at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Photo: Sarah Chah 96
One more best of 2013 before we hit the new year! A river runs through it at Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southeastern Utah. (Department of the Interior) 97
Time for one more photo in 2013. Here's a beautiful shot of the Narrows @ZionNPS. #Utah. 98
Twenty Five Miles South Of Alturas California. 99
California Coastal National Monument At Crescent City,California - Bob Wick,Instagram Guest Photographer. 100
The place where history meets Oregon's special places and makes them even more special – the Rogue River Ranch National Historic Homestead Site! 101
Fall in Southeast Idaho. 102
Shades of Ansel Adams. This striking photo @GatesArcticNPS was taken last summer by @the_sca intern Cadence Cook. 103
An amazing display of natures power as a lightning bolt tears through the sky over Devils Garden in Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. Captured during a 10 second exposure in the middle of a rain storm. 104
A lunar eclipse at Devils Tower December 10, 2011. Photo: David Porter. 105
One last cloud dances above the Grand as the sun sets behind the #mountains @GrandTetonNPS. #Wyoming. 106
Michael McRuiz is a weekly winner with a stunning photo of this island in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. 107
Visitors to @ZionNPS in the 1930s check out it's stunning beauty. #tbt #throwbackthursday #utah. 108
The night sky over Arches National Park in Utah. Photo: Jacob W. Frank Photography. 109
A stunning mangrove #sunset over Oyster Bay @EvergladesNPS. #Florida. 110
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us @interior! @GrandCanyonNPS #arizona. 111
If you like deep canyons and beautiful skies, then @BlackCanyonNPS in #Colorado is for you. 112
With much of the country experiencing cold temps, let's take a look back at summer @SleepingBearNPS. #Michigan
Snow storms look a little different @GrandCanyonNPS. #Arizona #weather
Let's end the week with a gorgeous #sunset from the 1st natl park east
of the Mississippi River, Acadia NP #Maine
Beautiful #autumn photo shared by @BLMNV near the Carson River in #Nevada.
Looking for a spectacular photo to end the day? Check out this amazing pic
by Nathan Mann @GrandCanyonNPS. 11/21/2013
In November of 1919, Congress passed an act that changed Zion National Monument to Zion National Park and “…dedicated [it] for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” 94 years later, we hope you’re still benefiting from and enjoying Zion National Park. 11/21/2013
Photo: National Park Service
Here's a stunning photo from Rocky Mountain NP to end the day. 11/20/2013
Fall is the perfect time to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and this photo proves it. 11/20/2013
Looking for a "wow" photo? Check out this pic of Wheeler Peak @GreatBasinNPS.
As fall progresses & the crowds subside, now is your chance to get North Window
@ArchesNPS all to yourself.
Let’s start the week off right with a beautiful sunrise photo from
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Photo: Nic Showalter (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Good morning from Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.
Photo: Dave Dill (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Let's end the week with this beautiful autumn photo @ZionNPS. #Utah #autumn
Traffic jams are a little different @YellowstoneNPS. #yellowstone #bison. 11/16/2013
When temperatures Yellowstone National Park dropped below freezing last week,
this bison woke up with a frost blanket. The bison’s heavy fur is perfectly adapted to winter conditions.
Photo: Tim Townsend. 11/15/2013
Love the southwest of the United States? You really need to check out this photo of Dripping Springs in NewMexico. 11/15/2013
A beautiful night for a hike in Arches National Park.
Photo: Jacob W. Frank (courtesy of the National Park Service.
Are these real "angry birds" or not? We will let you be the judge of this great photo from Ridgefield NWR. 11/14/2013
Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park,
it’s hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation’s capital.
500 miles of trails lead hikers to waterfalls, vistas, and the quiet of the woods.
Photo of Buck Hollow Overlook, September 2013, by the National Park Service. 11/13/2013
Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in #Washington and possibly the most
stunning as well. @MountRainierNPS 11/12/2013
Vibrant autumn view from the top of Champlain Mountain on a sunny October day at
Acadia National Park in Maine. 11/12/2013
Photo: Fiana Shapiro
Today we honor those who fought to protect our freedoms. In honor of Veterans Day,
all federal public lands are free today. We hope you all get a chance to go outside and enjoy them! 11/11/2013
. Grand Teton National Park photographed from Craig Pass in Yellowstone National Park. 11/10/2013.
Point Arena: uniquely Californian and absolutely beautiful. 11/9/2013
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a public listening session in Point Arena, California yesterday to hear from the community about their vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County.
The meeting comes on the heels of Secretary Jewell’s major speech on conservation where she emphasized support for locally-driven efforts to preserve and protect places that hold special meaning to communities across the country. Congressman Huffman, along with Congressman Mike Thompson, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, has introduced legislation to include approximately 1,255 acres of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the existing California Coastal National Monument. A Bureau of Land Management report estimates that outdoor recreation on the public lands in California contributed nearly $900 million to the economy in 2012.
Here's one from Wall Canyon in Nevada. @BLMNational. 11/8/2013
In honor of Veterans Day, access to all federal public lands is free this weekend.
Please share this post to help spread the word! 11/8/2013
Photo of sunset along the Tioga Road earlier this week in Yosemite National Park.
Do you like star gazing? We suggest a visit to the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge in #California. 11/7/2013
Here are our new environmental stewards - caring for public lands! Secretary Jewell on conservation:SecretaryJewell: "I'm here in the Bay Area w/ great ptnrs to kick off an effort to engage millions of young people on our public lands." . 11/7/2013
Amazing wildlife photo: a blue heron catches a garter snake at Ridgefield NWR in #Washington. @USFWSPacific. 11/7/2013
There's something special about a fall #sunrise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 11/6/2013
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (front in red) with Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge staff. — at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. 11/6/2013
The sunrise from Foothills Parkway East at 7:00 AM yesterday morning in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo: Nicholas Yarnell
Ever driven down Skyline Drive @ShenandoahNPS during the fall? It's definitely worth your time.
One of the best places to see fall colors in New England: Acadia National Park in Maine. 11/04/2013
Photo: Shruthi Venkatasubramanian (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Another stunning fall photo from America’s great outdoors. A Cottonwood tree
and sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. 11/03/13
Photo: Robert Dunn/USFWS
Autumn in Yosemite National Park. Photo: National Park Service. 11/02/2013
This land hasn’t always been so wild. Nature has reclaimed Seney National Wildlife Refuge
after being heavily logged, burned and ditched. 11/01/2013
Photo: Sunrise over Seney by Atlee S. Hart/USFWS.
Check out this amazing photo of sandstone from the Muddy Mountain Wilderness in Nevada. 10/31/2013
Photo from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. 10/31/2013. This afternoon Secretary Jewell will discuss her conservation vision for the country, noting that we have a moral obligation to act now to conserve and protect our national treasures for future generations and that some places are too special to develop. She will discuss efforts to strengthen the nation’s economy through healthy lands and waters, and will lay out steps Interior will take to engage the next generation.
The sun sets on a beautiful day at TRNP. @NatlParkService @NorthDakota . 10/30/2013.
No filter necessary for this stunning photo from Hazel Mountain Overlook @ShenandoahNPS. #Virginia #nature. 10/30/2013
Due to the lapse in appropriated funds, all public lands managed by the Interior Department (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.) will be closed. For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown. Photo of Yellowstone National Park: Al Nash， 10/01/2013
Photo of the Lincoln Memorial: Katherine Kelly， 10/01/2013
This photo by Bob Wicks (mypubliclands.tumblr.com) from the Upper Missouri Rivers Breaks National Monument in Montana is an example of the use of use of framing to add a sense of intrigue to the image by blocking part of the view – Viewers will look at the person in the “Hole in the Rock” and wonder what that individual is seeing. To access the Hole in the Rock and other amazing photogenic rock formations, one must take a multi-day float trip down the Upper Missouri Wild and Scenic River. You will be following the same route (albeit going downstream) that Lewis and Clark came up on their voyage of discovery. The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument hold a spectacular array of plant life, wildlife, unique geological features, endless recreational opportunities and significant historical and cultural values. The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the monument. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands (commonly call the Missouri Breaks) are defined in part by their history.
Happy National Public Lands Day everyone! Today， 09/28/2013， Saturday, is a fee free day on all National Parks,Wildlife Refuges and BLM lands, so please share this post to spread the word!
* Photo of the Alabama Hills Recreation Area in California by David Parry (www.sharetheexperience.org)
An eagle takes flight at sunrise in Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.
Photo: Don Holland (www.sharetheexperience.org)， 09/27/2013 10:53 AM EDT。
tunning southern night sky in Ofu Island in the National Park of American Samoa!
They get a brighter, richer view of the Milky Way in the Southern Hemisphere due to the location on the globe.
This is the only national park found in the Southern Hemisphere. 09/26/2013
Photo: National Park Service
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a Social Media Meetup on September 28, 2013 to celebrate National Public Lands Day. We invited you to share your photos, videos, and experiences volunteering this Saturday using the hastags #NPLD20 and #mypubliclands, and the BLM and the Department of the Interior will share them throughout the day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Yonder. For more information, check out blm.gov/npld
Photo of the Snake River in Idaho courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management. 09/25/2013
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Located along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of eleven divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 14,600 acres when land acquisition is complete. The proximity of the refuge to the coast and its location between the eastern deciduous forest and the boreal forest creates a composition of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Maine. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 09/25/2013
We can’t think of a better way to start of the week than sharing this fantastic
photo of sunrise over Shenandoah National Park. 09/24/2013
Photo: National Park Service
Happy first day of fall! We hope you get a chance to see some beautiful fall colors
on America’s public lands. For ideas of great places to see the fall colors this year
all across the country, click here. 09/22/2013
Photo of Grand Teton National Park by Isaac Cogdill.
The sun rising over Boulder Beach in Acadia National Park. 09/21/2013
Photo: Marco Crupi (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve - Gone are the shockingly bright pinks, yellows and purples of summer, replaced by deeper and darker reds, yellows, greens and the beginnings of brown, all of equal vibrancy and beauty. And soon, as the 34 degree weather and diminishing daylight would lead us to believe, a blanket of white will fall upon the landscape. Enjoy the change of seasons wherever you may be! 09/19/2013