Posts in Category: National Parks

Highs and Lows

Big Bend National Park, TX

Heavenly

Mt. Rainier, WA

Maybe the smallest gorge

Avalanche Creek Gorge, Glacier National Park, MT

Playground

Waterskiers, Lake Powell, UT

Maybe, the smallest library

A library, Polebridge, MT

An embedded emerald

Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park, MT

Bye

A squirrel and tourists, Glacier National Park, MT

Mark of time

A tree trunk, Bryce National Park, UT

A tree trunk, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

A tree with deep-trenched bark that could only be made by time.

A bounty killer

A Mosquito Hunter Dragonfly, Everglade National Park, FL

A Mosquito Hunter Dragonfly, Everglade National Park, FL

A quiet realm

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Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hello bunny

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A rabbit, Arches National Park, UT

A fluffy rabbit was staring at its visitor with its huge but cute eyes.

A bio-thermometer

Black Pool, West Thumb Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Black Pool, West Thumb Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Different species of bacteria thrive in the water zones with different temperatures that are visually indicated by different colors of corresponding species.

Long lasting

A creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Thank you, my friends

A coyote, Death Valley National Park, CA

A coyote, Death Valley National Park, CA

A mother coyote bid farewell to the people that helped her.

Time could create

Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, UT

Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, UT

Being constantly eroded by rainfall and river, the deep canyon has been formed such like it was cut by a sharp cleaver.

Balance

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, UT

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, UT

Change

A Gooseberry Jellyfish, Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, TX

A Gooseberry Jellyfish, Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, TX

A beached Gooseberry Jellyfish is changed into a crystal-clear ball that focuses the sunlight into a halo. To some extent, this is the climax of its life.

It’s so cool!

A lizard, Canyonland National Park, UT

A lizard, Canyonland National Park, UT

Under a scorching sun heat, a little lizard found its cool comfort zone, and enjoyed it.

A Mustang in the wild

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A Mustang, Capitol Reef National Park, UT

A role model couple

Wild Turkeys, Cataloochee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Wild Turkeys, Cataloochee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

A Turkey couple graze in the valley.

Who want to play chess?

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Arrays of hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

The colorful hoodoo formations mimic alignments of chess pieces.

Magic

Sky and a grassland during magic hour, Canyonlands National Park, UT

Sky and a grassland during magic hour, Canyonlands National Park, UT

U turn

Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Horseshoe Bend, AZ

24/7

A lighthouse with red beacon, Acadia National Park, Maine

A lighthouse with red beacon, Acadia National Park, Maine

A lighthouse sending red signals is on duty 24/7, which is very necessary on such a rocky coastline.

Not more or less, just perfect

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Foliage covered in morning fog, Great Smoky National Park, NC

The dense fog accumulated during the night was retreating under the exposure of morning sunlight. When it was just about the disappear completely, the perfect light condition created a special filter that desaturated the warm colors of the trees and gave them a brisk look.

Meaningful death

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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY

A forest killed by hot springs vacated the environment for other creatures, just such as the bacteria living in the hot water.

To the master

Layered rocks, Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Layered rocks, Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

A diagonal line was formed by the edge of colored rock layers due to erosion. The image composition was inspired by a masterpiece, Approaching Shadow, created by Fan Ho, a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor.

You look tasty

A black bear, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A black bear, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A black bear, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A black bear, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A black bear that was feeding on acorns was suddenly distracted by the visitors nearby. Fortunately, its appetite and craving were not distracted.

It’s so hot

Smoky forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Smoky forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Fog retreated from the forests when exposed to the morning sunlight. It’s like the forests were steaming, which is a perfect example how this park got its name.

How do you like my eyeliners

A bison with charming eyeliners, Grand Teton National Park, WY

A bison with charming eyeliners, Grand Teton National Park, WY

After a soothing dust bath, a bison wears naturally made eyeliners around its moisturized eyes, which delivers a less ferocious but more charming look.

See you tomorrow

Sunset seen from Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Sunset seen from Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

A feather fallen on a rock

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA

A piece of cloud looks like a feather resting on the top of El Capitan.

The show today is called Eating

A squirrel eating a pine cone, Acadia National Park, ME

A squirrel eating a pine cone, Acadia National Park, ME

A squirrel eating a pine cone, Acadia National Park, ME

A squirrel eating a pine cone, Acadia National Park, ME

A little squirrel chose a colorful stone as the stage to display his best-seller performance, eating a pine cone. It was a great show, however, too short, because he ate so fast.

We need a roof

A fungi-infested tree bark, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A fungi-infested tree bark, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A unknown type of fungi grows from the grooves of a living tree bark.

Flowing life

A emerald-colored hot spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY

An emerald-colored hot spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY

A seemingly dead hot water creek is actually full of life, the bacteria that is vividly emerald-pigmented.

Catch me if you can

A pronghorn doe, Grand Teton National Park, WY

A pronghorn doe, Grand Teton National Park, WY

A pronghorn doe frequently checked on her stalker to prevent being approached.

Tug of war

A rocky coast, Acadia National Park, ME

A rocky coast, Acadia National Park, ME

In a typical scene in the Maine coast, the rugged sharp rocks are trying to pierce the ocean while being eroded by the tidy water relentlessly. Who is gonna win?

One is enough

A maple leaf on a moss-covered rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A maple leaf on a moss-covered rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A single piece of fallen leaf, instead of a whole colorful forest, can also tell the coming of fall.

I’m lonely :(

A lone tree in the meadow, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

A lone tree in the meadow, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Endless

CA

A Road, Death Valley National Park, CA

A typical road in Death Valley that stretches out to the skyline.

No Trespassing!

A chipmunk, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

A chipmunk, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

A little land owner tried to intimidate the intruder with its ferocious appearance.

Sup!

A female deer in Shenandoah National Park, VA

A female deer, Shenandoah National Park, VA

A doe raised its head while foraging at dusk.

It’s good to have pink in this way

Racetrack Playa under strange pink light, Death Valley National Park, CA

Racetrack Playa under strange pink light, Death Valley National Park, CA

In a very brief moment right before sunset, the sun light hit the vast but thin cloud that acted like a huge diffuse box. The spectrum was filtered with nothing left but pink color that dyed the entire sky and ground.

I’m taller than you

Joshua trees, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua trees, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

A heart, broken or not?

Blue Mussel shells, Acadia National Park, ME

Blue Mussel shells, Acadia National Park, ME

A romantic heart made by two blue mussel shells.

Silky spirit

Grotto Falls, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

Grotto Falls, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

A very crowded spot. It took forever to have a clear shot, but it’s worth it.

Once upon a time in the West

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

A deserted gold rush town is now a ghost town and protected as a historic site.

How

Moving rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, CA

Moving rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, CA

Moving rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, CA

Moving rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, CA

The mysterious movements of rocks in Death Valley.

Artistic but tragic

Treeline in Great Smoky National Parks, TN

Treeline in Great Smoky National Parks, TN

A perfect example of infestation caused by alien insects. The dead trees (white) among the trees still alive form an artistic pattern.

Best swimming pool ever

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Beautiful water on a gorgeous summer day. My dad said this is the best water he has ever swim in.

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