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It’s Fun Fact Friday, 3-27-2020!

Painted Hills GeologyPainted Hill Badlands And Sutton MountainsRed BedTwo Red Beds

It’s Fun Fact Friday! Here’s some interesting facts for you if you happen to visit John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon.

In the first photo, that’s the first hill you’ll see that will get your attention as you drive past the sign welcoming you to the Painted Hills Unit. The top of this hill is capped with a volcanic tuff called the Picture Gorge Ignimbrite. This tuff is 28.7 MILLION years old.

The other images show other sides to this same hill as you drive further along the gravel road into the Painted Hills Unit. The red and tan soils are called paleosols, and the red paleosols are indicative of a warmer, wet, tropical to subtropical climate, while the tan soils represent a cooler, drier, more temperate climate.

Those blue-ish shadowed mountains in the background of a couple of the images are the Sutton Mountains.

And now you know!

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It’s Take A Trail Thursday

The View Along The Story In Stone TrailThe Leaf Hill TrailThe View UptrailThe Path To The PalisadesWhere Will That Boardwalk Take You

Ok, so how about instead of Throwback Thursday, let’s make it “Take A Trail Thursday.”

Can you guess which trails these are? Hint: they are all from a national monument in Oregon.

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Tour A National Park From The Comfort Of Your Couch

Enjoying The View At Bryce Point

Enjoying the view at Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

What do you do when you aren’t near a national park but you are dreaming of a park’s gorgeous landscape, amazing skies, and fresh air? You take a virtual tour!

Published yesterday is an article I wrote for the National Parks Traveler about virtual tours available online by the National Park Service, with lots of links for you to use and tours to take without ever leaving your home.

To read the article and use the links, click on the image above.

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When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

A Forest Fire Sunrise Over Lake McDonald

A forest fire sunrise at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, in Montana

You’ve planned months or even a year ahead for that once-in-a-lifetime trip to a particular national park. Your arrival, however, may coincide with smoky landscapes from a forest fire, near or far. Don’t let that deter you from enjoying your stay and using your camera. My latest photography column published in the National Parks Traveler provides ideas to help you get WOW-worthy shots on even the haziest of days.

To read the article, click on the image above.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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More National Park Campground And Facilities Closures

Late Afternoon Storm Clouds And Sunlight Over The Painted Hills

Afternoon storm clouds and sunlight over the Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, in Oregon

Hey folks, if you are considering a national park, national monument, national recreation area, national historic site visit anytime soon, you might want to check out the latest article in the National Parks Traveler, with a list of more campground and facilities closures.

To read the article, click on the image above.

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Park Superintendents Given Authority To Manage Coronavirus – Facilities Closing

Morning In The Park

If you are planning a trip soon (this weekend, next month, next two months) to a national park, then you’ll want to read the article just published by the National Parks Traveler. Park Superintendents have finally been given authority to do as they see fit regarding the best way to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus in the national parks. As such, many visitor facilities, shuttle systems, and entrance stations are closing, and concessionaire-led activities are also being canceled.

To read the article, click on the image above.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Green Anemones

Green anemones at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park in Washington

Forest Greens and Browns

Moss-covered trees in a lowland interior forest of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

Furled And Unfurled

Unfurled fern fronds against a bokeh’d background of open fern fronds in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Leafy Greens

Green ground cover in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park in Washington

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are out and about (and a good distance apart from any other hiker) in a nationanl park or national monument or national forest, then after viewing the wide-angle vistas before you, take a look at the greenery that makes up the scenery, since it’s the little things that flesh out a landscape’s Big Picture.

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of all your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold.” … of course, you might have to engage in some sort of shillelagh fight with a leprachaun to get that pot of gold for yourself, but I know you can do it.

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