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NATIONAL PARKS (Photography)
The US National Parks are a treasure. Each National Park had to be established by an act of the United States Congress. The first one was Yellowstone National Park, whose establishment was signed into law by President Ulysses Grant in 1872. There are a total of 60 of them, a handful of which have visited so far. By this time, we'd have done many more, were it not for COVID-19.
For me, hiking and photography do not mix well. When in conflict, hiking always gets preference. That's what had happened with Grand Teton NP, which we had visited in the summer of 2018. The hiking was awesome, so I didn't take any "hobby" photos. However, I'll post some great "memory" pictures from Grand Teton in the "Hiking and Traveling" section.
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
The quintessential Delicate Arch
After a long hike, and right before arriving at the next attraction, I happened to look back. It was high noon - with arguably the worst possible lighting conditions for photography. The god of photography must have meant well, and provided me with this awesome cloud formation to use as the backdrop.
The Three Gossips (in the background)
A partial view of the The Parade of Elephants.
The Delicate Arch
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
This is the largest, and probably the most diverse, National Park in the 48 contiguous States. I only have one picture from this National Park because in my one and only visit the priority was on hiking (over photography). But we have every intention to go back in the future....
Mesquite Flat Dunes, February 2018
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA
Back in 2012 we spent several days at Glacier NP as part of a 3-week road trip from Minnesota to Palo Alto, CA. The hikes were simply unbelievable.
Saint Mary Lake (the second largest lake in Glacier NP) with Wild Goose Island in the center
Another shot at Iceberg Lake, under the same difficult lighting conditions.
YELOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
We did Yellowstone NP twice. The first time in 2012, as part of a 3-week road trip from Minnesota to Palo Alto, CA, when we had also done Glacier NP (see above). The second time in the summer of 2018, when we had combined it with Grand Teton National Park.
The first time, we did hardly any hiking. Instead, we had simply engaged in the typical touristy activity of driving from one attraction to the other, and take pictures. This doesn't go well with me for long. But the landscape is so impressive, that one cannot but spend some time visiting those spots and capturing some pictures. See for yourself some impressions from 2012 and 2018.