Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Originally posted on The Life of Your Time:

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American bison bull near the Ridgeline Trail. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Dakota territory in 1883 and had no idea he was on the verge of a life-changing experience. As a young, urban New Yorker he initially had little on his mind other than bagging one of the last American bison.

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American bison near Beef Corral Bottom. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Along the way Roosevelt established a ranch in what would become North Dakota and developed a respect for the “strenuous life” and “perfect freedom” of the west. He also cultivated an awareness for the negative effects people were having on our few remaining wild areas.  As a result of these experiences he would spend the rest of his life working to preserve American wilderness for all people.

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Painted Canyon photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

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Fluorescent Lichens: Dazzling Creatures of Light

Originally posted on Canadian Museum of Nature - Blog:

One of the great things about traveling in far northern Ontario this July was the fact that our multi-disciplinary botany team included a lichenologist.

It was great because lichens are amazing, because lichen experts are very rare, and because there’s so much left to learn in lichenology that every lichen outing seems to result in spectacular discoveries.

Lichen growing taller than the moss around it.

Powdered funnel lichen ( Cladonia cenotea )—Just like in this photo, the specimen of powdered funnel lichen that we collected for exhibition at the museum is mixed with the common boreal feathermoss called big red stem ( Pleurozium schreberi ). Image: R. Troy McMullin © R. Troy McMullin

It was also great timing, because we’ve been making the (already ultra-cool) temporary exhibition Creatures of Light even better by adding material from the Museum of Nature’s research and collections… and as it turns out, some lichens are dazzling creatures of light.

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Open Gardens a Treat for the Public

Originally posted on Garden Walk Garden Talk:

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What does that mean to you? Here in Western New York it pretty much means a summer-long string of gardens open to the public, where gardeners invite in the public on designated days to view their private gardens. Many times these gardens are larger than the city gardens of Garden Walk Buffalo being in surrounding towns and villages. Others, like above are public gardens that are open without special invitation. Garden Walk Buffalo gardens do participate as well, but these are gardens visitors might not venture to because of distance and time. They are well worth the gas it takes to get there.

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Berchtesgaden National Park – Bavaria, Germany

Originally posted on Ian Hurley Photography Blog:

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As I researched Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in Germany’s Bavaria state it became more and more clear that we might have to deal with Mother Nature during our quick one-day visit. I watched the weather closely as our trip to Salzburg and Bavaria drew close. Somehow in the back of my mind I thought we would get lucky and get to experience some of those postcard-like views I had seen online.

Sadly that was not to be and we decided to cancel our planned hike up Mount Jenner in favor of the boat trip across Lake Königssee to St. Bartholomä. It turned out to be a very therapeutic trip and just what we were looking for. We did get to do some nice hiking that didn’t require the effort and time that Jenner would have taken us but still got us up close to the big mountains of the park. I certainly hope to make it…

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Yellowstone National Park – Part 1

Originally posted on 2014 Summer Trip:

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Yellowstone, America’s first and biggest national park, is probably also the most well-known park in the world. I remember seeing pictures of Old Faithful Geyser as a young child. I have visited it many times previously. Jane and I have also visited it at least 3 times. However, each visit, due to time constraint, we mostly only went through a part of the park and gave it the most cursory going over or we had only hit the most popular spots. For this trip, we decided to take our time and explore deeper and not in such a hurry. We had spent 10 days in total at Yellowstone. Yet when we left, we felt that we need to return and spend an even longer time there next time.

We left Grand Teton’s Lizard Creek Campground early in the morning. We were warned by the camp-host that all…

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