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usinterior Those of who live in the Arctic love the beauty of the northern winters, but there comes a time when spring fever hits, and the snow just can't melt fast enough. Here spring starts to arrive at the Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
Photo courtesy of Paxson Woelber, www.expeditionarguk.com #alaska #arctic #gatesofthearctic #brooksrange #landscape #landscapes #spring #nature #naturelovers #instanature #instawow #instacool #instagood #instalike #travel #hiking #explore #adventure #publiclands #nationalpark #bestoftheday #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #amazing #like #love #nofilter
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usinterior Arguably some of the planet’s most unique and spectacular geologic features are the narrow slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau — and the grand-daddy of them all is Buckskin Gulch in the BLM-managed Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness/National Monument. Straddling the Utah/Arizona border, this 13 mile long canyon is 400 feet deep and sometimes as narrow as six feet — not just at the bottom but all the way up to the canyon rims (thus the name “slot”). In places you can’t see the sky when looking up; only the sun’s indirect glow bouncing off the scalloped rock walls & creating an ever-changing colorful tapestry. Logs wedged between the narrow walls 20-30 feet above the stream-bed are a reminder to avoid the area during the summer monsoon, when flash floods combined with no escape routes make the canyon unsafe for hiking. Photo: @mypubliclands #slotcanyon #canyon #canyons #buckskingultch #pariacanyon #utah #arizona #hiking #camping #nature #naturelovers #instanature #travel #photography #beautiful #stunning #amazing #instawow #instacool #instagood #instalike #bestoftheday #picoftheday #love #like #nofilter 22h

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usinterior Here they come… welcome the first bison calves of 2014 to the National Bison Range Refuge in Montana! Weighing in at 40-50 pounds, these wee ones will stay red for a few months before turning brown. By the time we see them at the annual roundup in October, most will weigh between 250-350 pounds.

Photo: @USFWS
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usinterior Some of the best places to see last night's lunar eclipse were on America's public lands including Denali National Park and Preserve pictured here. Photo: Daniel A. Leifheit #eclipse #moon #bloodmoon #lunareclipse #publiclands #denali #nationalpark #alaska #nature #naturelovers #instanature #sky #darkskies #nightsky #instawow #instacool #instagood #instalike #instadaily #bestoftheday #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #love #like #amazing #beautiful #stunning #travel #explore 2d

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usinterior #Sunset over Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past weekend. Photo: Kristina Plaas. 2d

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usinterior Night sky photos from America's public lands always blow us away. This image was taken at Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park and includes Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way. Photo by @goldpaintphoto (www.goldpaintphotography.com) 3d

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usinterior At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

Photo: National Park Service
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usinterior "Share the road" takes on a whole new meaning in Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: National Park Service
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usinterior As spring grows ever-stronger, and snowfall makes way for rain at higher and higher elevations in the mountains, the Cascade Mountains begin to truly live up to their name. #MountRainier National Park contains hundreds of waterfalls, from tiny seasonal streamlets that curtain the roadside cliffs on the way up to Paradise, to the massive thundering cataracts that plunge off the upper mountain. This is one of my favorites: Silver Falls, a short hike above Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park, photographed in July of last year by Jeff Moore. 5d

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usinterior Who is planning to spend some time on America's #publiclands this weekend? We hope you get to relax like this perish in Glacier Bay National Park, #Alaska. 6d

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usinterior Peak bloom has arrived on the Tidal Basin!

Photo: Joe Milmoe (@USFWS) -- at National Mall and Memorial
Parks, Washington, DC
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usinterior There's nothing quite like witnessing the beginning of a new day. Here is yesterday's sunrise from Thornton Hollow Overlook (approx. mile 27.5 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park, #Virginia. 7d

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usinterior Cherry Blossoms are almost in full bloom on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. This weekend will be the perfect time to check them out!

Photo: Andrew S. Geraci
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usinterior We love this photo taken by Peter Eades last Sunday in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in #Colorado. 1w

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usinterior We are excited to announce our first Insta-Meet – and it’s pretty cool. A dozen followers of this account will be invited to participate in the re-opening of the Washington Monument on May 12, 2014! You will join in the opening festivities and be among the first to go to the top of the Monument since it was closed for repairs after the earthquake in ‘12. Oh, and we’ll throw in an awesome guided tour of the National Mall and all the monuments. We are looking for active Instagram users who will document the day in real time for their followers. To be considered, please go to www.doi.gov/InstaMeet and fill out the form. We look forward to meeting 12 of you on May 12! Photo: Diana Bowen - NPS 1w
  •   rhla82 thanks @seanalewis and @ogirl318. It just makes me sad to see our own government participating in trying to get freebies from artists when there are many talented photographers out there who could use work like this. I'm sure every single person who worked on restoring the Washington Monument were paid, yet the photographers who capture the event won't be paid in what's more lose all rights to their photos. Thanks for listening. 7d
  •   9_spades @rhla82 ...ask not what your country can do for you. 7d
  •   rhla82 @9_spades yeah cause people taking some Instagram photos and giving up all their rights to their photos are doing such a great service to their country. I don't know about that but they are certainly doing a disservice to artists and the respect of the profession. 6d
  •   davey_hambone @spamburgler 'Murrrrica 4d
  •   ryanmoormangw frankly, I would happily trade my imaging licensing for the opportunity to be one of the first back in the monument. 4d
  •   medevam Amazing opportunity. Fingers crossed! 2d
  •   madblubomber Awesome. I'd do it. Wish helicopter over DC was included. 🚁 3h

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usinterior Exciting News! 5 endangered Red wolf pups (4 female and 1 male) were born today in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina!! The Red wolf viewing platform will be closed for a few days to give the new Mom some quiet time to adjust with her pups. The Center and other areas on the Nebo Trail will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm. (photo by Sarah Dawsey, @USFWS) 1w

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usinterior Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, Petrified Forest National Park in #Arizona attracts geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists, just to name a few. The park is also haven for those searching for scenic vistas, wilderness, hiking, dark skies, and beautiful, vast landscapes. Discover your own passion at Petrified Forest!

Photo: Michael Reed (www.sharetheexperience.org)
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usinterior It is that time of year when Black Bears wake up from winter’s sleep in Rocky Mountains National Park! Bears will be lumbering across the park’s meadows and forests looking for food to eat. While Bear’s are omnivores around 80-90% of a Black Bear’s diet consists of vegetation and grubs. Their claws are shorter and more curved than other bear species, making perfect grips to climb trees. While hiking, look up and you may see one of the park’s Black Bears snoozing high up on a tree branch. Photo: VIP Schonlau 1w

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usinterior Viewed from the road, Joshua Tree National Park in #California only 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 for yourself!

Photo: Robb Hannawacker, NPS
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usinterior Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture. So, nature claimed it once again. What was viewed as a loss by early 20th century entrepreneurs became a huge gain for the wildlife, natural resources and the people of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
Photo: Dawn Kopp
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