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It’s Fun Fact Friday 2/21/2020!

The View Along Lost Mine Trail - 14mm

The view along the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, in Texas

Hey folks, it’s Fun Fact Friday! Here are some interesting facts for you about Big Bend National Park, in Texas.

  • There are over 60 species of cactus, 450 species of birds, 1,200 plant species, and 3,600 insect species found in this national park.
  • The name Big Bend comes from a bend in the Rio Grande River, which runs along the park boundary.
  • In 2012, the park was named an International Dark Sky Park, which means it’s awesome for star gazing.

I first visited this national park in 2013 and made 4 more trips there before moving out of Texas. I visited during the winter and spring, when the temperatures were at their most ambient. Late spring was awesome for blooming cactus. And, speaking of visiting, Big Bend is entering it’s busy season, so if you are planning to travel there anytime soon, you’d probably better have alternate lodging plans in case you can’t find an available campsite, according to an article published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler.

To read more of that article, click on the image at the top of this post.

Strawberry Pitaya Bloom

A strawberry pitaya bloom, Big Bend National Park, in Texas

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More Favorite Places For Photography In National Parks I’ve Visited

Dawn Over Oxbow Bend

Dawn at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Ok, I know many of you have visited at least one or two national parks in your lifetime, right? Did you take pictures? What were / are your favorite places that you return to time and time again for photography when you visit that park? I have my faves, and the National Parks Traveler has published my latest article about favorite places in some of the national parks I’ve visited. Perhaps my favorite places are yours, too?

To read the article, click on the image above.

A View Of Ruby Beach

A winter view of Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park in Washington state

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Capturing the wildlife at Fishercap Lake in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Montana

Shafer Canyon View 1

Looking out to Shafer Canyon in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah

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As The Colorado River Goes, So Go The Parks

The Colorado River At Navajo Bridge

As the Colorado River goes, so go the parks. Today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler has a fascinating article (with videos) about how climate change is affecting the Colorado River (seen in this image from Navajo Bridge at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) and Canyonlands National Park (no, that’s not the Colorado River – it’s the Green River – but it’s in Canyonlands, hence the inclusion). It’s definitely worth a read. The last two, short videos in the article are especially interesting.

To read the article, click on the top image.

After you’ve read the article, stick around and listen to Podcast Episode 53, which interviews the journalist/photographer assigned to the Colorado River Special Report. You’ll also hear about Grand Portage National Monument. Makes me want to go visit that national monument for myself.

To listen to the podcast, click on the image below.

Green River Overlook Scenery

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It’s Trivia Tuesday 2-4-2020!

An Evening View Of Pyramid Mountain And Landscape

It’s Trivia Tuesday! Did you know, in 1956, author Jack Kerouac spent time as a fire spotter for the National Park Service in North Cascades National Park, soaking in the solitude and getting inspiration for his books.

You can read more trivia and test your national parks knowledge with Quiz and Trivia #3 published in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler. Just click on the image above.

This image was taken from the Diablo Dam in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, a part of the North Cascades Complex. The mountain you see is called Pyramid Peak (I wonder why …).

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Can Lessons Learned From The White Island Eruption Be Applied To Yellowstone?

Geyser Eruptions CROP

Each of the two times I’ve visited Yellowstone National Park, I stood on the boardwalks of Upper Geyser Basin, marveling that I was standing above turbulent geothermal activity right beneath my feet, covered by fragile ground. I think people forget that, sometimes, which is why they do stupid shit like go off the boardwalks and try to get closer to the geysers and hot springs.

Today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler has the latest Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles column about New Zealand’s White Island eruption and the lessons learned that might be applied to Yellowstone. It’s a pretty interesting read, written by a U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist.

To read the article, click on the image above

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Scenic Science In The National Parks, And Some Bison Management

Black Growler Steam Vent And Ledge Geyser

I just finished listening to the National Parks Traveler’s Podcast Episode #51. Loved it! I had the book on pre-order already and am really excited about reading it when it becomes available. And of course, I love bison. If I didn’t think the hummingbird was my spirit animal, I would think bison were. Anyway, if you like wildlife, botany, geology, or bison, you should give this podcast a listen.

Just click on the image to be taken to the podcast site

As for this image, it was taken during my atumn trip to Yellowstone National Park. It’s what I first beheld when approaching Porcelain Basin, within the Norris Basin area. Those two steamers there are, I believe, Black Growler Steam Vent and Ledge Geyser. Correct me if I am wrong. I was looking at a map of the area and they seem to be in the same position as the two named entities.
 
For all that autumn is a less-visited time (relatively speaking) for Yellowstone, this particular area was pretty crowded, mainly with tour buses. So I had to stand there a bit in order to get a clear, non-peopled shot. That gorgeous turquoise water makes me think of glacier-fed waters, but in reality, these waters are hot and would literally skin you alive if you dipped a toe in them because they are so caustic.
 
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Earthquakes In Yellowstone

Mud Volcano Area

Mud Volcano area on a chilly autumn day, Yellowstone National Park

With my background in earthscience, I am always interested in the geology of national parks I visit. Today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler has an interesting article about earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park and how often they occur.

To read the article, click on the image above.

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