The Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia is an amazingly beautiful and interesting trail. The Army Rangers complete the mountain portion of their training in the area near Dahlonega. The field they use for rapelling out of helicopters is next to the AT and you can hear them firing off rifles at all hours of the day. You won’t see them, but they are known to stalk hikers on the trail for practice.
The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway that winds through 31 miles of old growth forest. Lined with hundreds, if not thousands, of ancient coastal redwoods and offers travelers many opportunities to stop and hike through ancient redwood groves. Coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) are the largest living things on this planet, growing up to 350′ high and 15′ in diameter, and are as old as 2,000 years. The average age for the redwoods […]
The Tall Trees Grove in Redwoods National Park, located in Northern California near Orick contains some of the oldest and largest living things on Earth. This grove was untouched by loggers, preserving these trees for generations of future people.
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in located in central Kansas, just west of Emporia. This is one of the few remaining native prairies, unbroken by the steel plows of early settlers or modern farmers, and has existed as in this picture for millions of years. The ground grew 1″ every 600 years, and natural fires and the grazing of herds of bison limited the growth of trees. Not in this picture but off to my right […]
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located just West of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Named after the explorer, the park is now a home for a variety of wildlife, and is a primary stopping point for the great central migratory path. The 7 miles of water in the refuge remains from an earlier route of the Missouri River prior to efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to make the river more navigable. On any late Autumn day, […]
Dream Lake is located in the shadow of Long’s Peak (in the distance in this photo) in Rocky Mountain National Park. This lake is a few miles away, and about 2,000 feet above, the visitor parking center but well worth the journey. The mountain water is crystal clear and filled with rainbow trout. I shot this in mid-afternoon in late September on a Nikon D7000.
Grabbed this photo in mid-afternoon in October at Rocky Mountain National Park from the trail to Bierstadt Lake. The trail climbs nearly 2,000 feet from the road to a high mountain lake.