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More Favorite Places For National Park Photography

The beautiful, cold, clear, turquoise water of the Stehekin River winds its final mile through a portion of North Cascades National Park before emptying into the head of Lake Chelan and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. During my visit to the small, isolated community of Stehekin, a favorite place for photography was at High Bridge, the dividing line between the national park and the national recreation area.


You can learn more of my favorite places for national park (and national monument) photography in the latest article published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler. Some of these places have partially or completely reopened to visitors, so if you decide to go out with your camera, please do so safely and at a safe distance from others.
Who knows? My favorite places might become yours, or my favorite places might already be your favorite places!

To read the article, click on the image above.


Oh, if you use Instagram, go on over to @national_parks_traveler and check out the video I posted of the Stehekin River. Yes, I’m still maintaining and posting to the Traveler’s Instagram site. Show the Traveler some love and start following the account.


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If You Must Get Out On Memorial Day Weekend ….

Looking through the window at Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park

If you really must get out this Memorial Day weekend, then it’s worth a check with the National Parks Traveler to see which parks are open and how much of those parks are accessible. Mesa Verde National Park will open this Sunday, but the cliff dwellings will not be accessible. That said, other parts of the park will be accessible.

To find out what national park units are open, click on the image above.

I’ve only visited Mesa Verde once, but it was a cool trip and I did lots of stuff while there. I took most of the guided cliff dwelling tours (like the one pictured here, of Balcony House) and a guided backcountry tour to Mug House (also very cool) as well as a twilight tour of Cliff Palace. I checked out the ruins on the ground, too, in addition to those above the ground. The scenery is stark and beautiful. The sunrises are gorgeous – especially at Park Point Overlook. I stayed at Far View Lodge, which was very nice … except for the part about finding a black widow spider on the bathroom wall – that shook me a little bit. All in all, it was a great trip and one I recommend if you are interested in learning about the culture and architecture of an ancient people.

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A Kemp’s Ridley Hatchling Release

A highlight of my summer visit to Padre Island National Seashore a few years ago was the opportunity to photograph a public Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling release into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you are thinking of attending a public viewing of the releasing of these nacho-sized little guys, however, you’ll have to wait until 2021, as all public viewings have been canceled for this year due to the coronavirus. As you can see in the last photo, there is definitely NO social distancing of the 700 – 1200 participants who attend these viewings. On that particular day I took the photo, there ended up being 900 people.

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/05/sea-turtle-releases-padre-island-national-seashore-summer-wont-be-public

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A Children’s Book And A National Parks Quiz

Forest Floor Colors

Fruiticose lichen and sphagnum moss on Acadia’s forest floor

You can learn a lot from children’s books, you know. That’s one of the things Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer did: go to the library and read books from the children’s section. So, in this latest quiz and trivia piece I penned for the National Parks Traveler, I used a children’s book about national parks for most of the information in the quiz. Click on the image and go on over and check it out. See how much you know, and how much you learn. One of the questions deals with what you see in the photo above, which was taken of the forest floor when I visited Acadia National Park, years ago.

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Take the National Monuments Quiz

Painted Hills On An Overcast Day 2

It’s time to exercise your national park brain muscles, folks, and try your knowledge on this latest quiz and trivia piece I’ve penned for the National Parks Traveler. Ah, but wait, the quiz and trivia are not about national parks – it’s all about national monuments this time! See how much you know.

To take the quiz, click on the image above

And, while you are there, perhaps you’d be willing to show the Traveler some love on this #GivingTuesday and help the Traveler continue to provide daily news coverage not only of our national parks and protected lands in general, but how this coronavirus pandemic is affecting them (and it is, believe me).

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/05/support-news-coverage-national-parks-and-protected-areas

As for this photo – well, it was taken in the only national monument I’ve had a chance to visit (and photograph): John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This is from the Painted Hills Unit.

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3 Days In John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Painted Hills On An Overcast Day 3

So, what can you do and see in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon, if you only have 3 days? Plenty! Check out my latest article published in the National Parks Traveler.

To read the article, click on the image above.

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National Parks Quiz and Trivia #5

Monday Morning Blues

Whatsa matter? Got the Monday morning blues? Feel as bored as the two bears in the image above look? Why not finish your morning beverage while testing your national parks knowledge with the latest quiz and trivia piece I’ve written that’s published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler. You might be surprised at how much you know and you’ll certainly learn something.

To take the quiz and read the trivia, click on the image above.

Image: a mother bear (sow) and her cub resting on the cool pebbles near the shore of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

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