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    Only pictures from national parks are acceptable in this thread. I would like know which park the pictures belong to, but other than that no other comments are required. However, if you've been there and feel the need to share the experience, please do. For examples I'm going to start with Acadia National Park, because I love coast lines and lakes.

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    Sable Island, Nova Scotia, becomes a national park.





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    Lake Morraine, Banff National Park

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    Administration Building, Banff National Park.

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    These are a few from some of the dozen or so that I've actually visited.

    Crater Lake




    Iceberg Lake at Glacier National Park


    About a 5 mile hike from the Many Glacier Hotel. In the summer of '78 I took a 5 day backpacking trip through glacier that ended up taking me on the other side of the cliffs behind the lake in this picture. Later, I found out that there was a spur trail that I could have taken that would have allowed me to look down on the lake from the top of the Cliffs.

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    Redwood National park

    This building has an interesting history. It's on a hill overlooking the Coast. It is actually part of a radar installation from WWII that was disguised to look like a farmhouse and out building.
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    I can only say as a kid I would have love climbing these rocks.

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    I can't remember if this lighthouse photo was posted in the Lighthouse topic or not but it was a great picture.

    Sunset at Bass Harbor Lighthouse Acadia National Park Maine

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    As much as I like a good snowy picture, I would plan any visit during the warmer months.

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    I could just sit and watch big surf break on the rocks for hours.

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    I can just picture myself with a friend or two getting ready to fish here.

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    Normally I'd think this was a sunset, however it's on the wrong coast.

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    One can only dream about taking a balloon trip over a great park.

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    Another great surf on the rocks picture.

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    What a great picture.

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    I have a strong urge to give that rock a push.

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    Well, I don't have any professional photos of the places I've been. Hope you don't mind personal ones.

    This was my view horseback riding through Nantahala National Forest:


    This was hiking along the northern Washington coast. I remember it being cold and misty. It was around Neah Bay, which is not a park, but rather an Indian Reservation. Had to have permission to go there, but it was worth it. Best smoked salmon I ever had. They were out in the frigid bay casting nets by hand.


    This is a shot of Mt. Hood from Lost Lake in Mt. Hood National Forest. We took our dog and he had a great time camping. Unfortunately, it got really cold at night and he is a short hair. It was one of my most memorable camps because we had to let him under our blankets to snuggle so we could all stay warm. He snored all night long, but I swear I've never slept better.


    Same forest, this is the view where we camped near the Columbia Gorge at the beginning of our trek:


    Sunset from the campsite the first night:


    From Willamette National Forest on one of our mountain climbs:


    From our campsite:


    Of course, I have the obligatory hard drive full of photos from Yellowstone as well. I really enjoyed this lake we stopped at during our trek:


    We also hiked through Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on our honeymoon. This is Mendenhall Glacier:


    This is a shot of the forest itself. Since it's technically a rain forest, it was lush and green and really beautiful:




    Seems like I have millions of these kinds of photos from camping and hiking. It's my favorite thing in the world to do. To just be out in the woods with no one else around for miles. Just me, my wife, a tent, some food, maybe the dog if he's up for it. I don't get to do it as much anymore. Seems like whenever I'm out in the woods now I'm working and that's just not as much fun.
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    Taken at Yosemite National park from Glacier point



    North Cascades National Park
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    I've never been to the Grand Canyon and I really want to see it up close sometime soon.

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    Clinging to a Clifftop in Trinidad, California

    From an isolated stretch of the coast north of Trinidad, California, the mussel-peppered granite of Patrick's Point projects into the Pacific Ocean. Made raw by perpetual blasts of cold wind, the point is covered in a forest of mushroom-decked pine and spruce stands. Some lay in disarray, their trunks shredded by winter storms. Hike the edge of the park along the eroding Rim Trail and scan the horizon for the tell-tale spout of a migrating whale from the peak of Wedding Rock, a hundred feet above crashing waves. Climb wet cliffs and sea-stacks for commanding views of the sea, on the rare occasion that the fog lifts. Yurok dancers perform a traditional Brush Dance in Sumeg Village nearby. An abundant supply of translucent stones are waiting to be sifted through at Agate Beach, beneath a great sandstone bluff at the north end of the headland. From here, surfers paddle a quarter-mile through rocks and fierce surf to the point break, where the winter storms toppling the trees above sometimes bring forty-foot waves.

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    From an isolated stretch of the coast north of Trinidad, California, the mussel-peppered granite of Patrick's Point projects into the Pacific Ocean. Made raw by perpetual blasts of cold wind, the point is covered in a forest of mushroom-decked pine and spruce stands. Some lay in disarray, their trunks shredded by winter storms. Hike the edge of the park along the eroding Rim Trail and scan the horizon for the tell-tale spout of a migrating whale from the peak of Wedding Rock, a hundred feet above crashing waves. Climb wet cliffs and sea-stacks for commanding views of the sea, on the rare occasion that the fog lifts. Yurok dancers perform a traditional Brush Dance in Sumeg Village nearby. An abundant supply of translucent stones are waiting to be sifted through at Agate Beach, beneath a great sandstone bluff at the north end of the headland. From here, surfers paddle a quarter-mile through rocks and fierce surf to the point break, where the winter storms toppling the trees above sometimes bring forty-foot waves.

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    We had stopped at this wonderful State Park for a couple of days of camping after traveling over 2,000 miles on a summer road trip through 3 states and back. We have been camping and hiking this state park sense my wife and I were little kids. We’ve been loyal to this park and have brought our own children here sharing memories and allowing them to create their own. This park is right on the Pacific Ocean very close to the California Oregon border, is always fogging creating some excellent, creative photo opportunities. Hope you enjoy this photo as much as we do.

    Located 25 miles north of Eureka California, Patrick's Point is a park located in the heart of California's coast redwood country.

    The park's dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows.

    A dramatic shoreline ranging from broad sandy beaches to sheer cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean offers great opportunities to explore tide pools, search for agates and driftwood, watch whales, sea lions and brilliant sunsets.

    The park offers several miles of hiking trails, a recreated Yurok Village, a native plant garden, visitor center, three family campgrounds, 2 group camps, a camp for hikers and bicyclists, and 3 group picnic areas.

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    40 - 65 degrees during summer.
    35 - 55 degrees during winter.

    Patrick's Point has night and morning fog almost all year. During the summer it sometimes doesn't lift for days at a time although beautiful, crystal-clear days can often be enjoyed in spring and fall.

    Rainfall averages about sixty inches a year, most of it falls between October and April.
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    In northern California the Elk herds are "feeling" the Springtime. The big males run the herd back and forth across the marsh. This "one horn" male is tearing and tossing the wet grass, as to show his frisky state.

    As you drive up Hwy 101 from Patrick's Point to Crescent City, you'll see an outrageous amount of these Elk. They seem to out number the cows seen in the fields!! Amazing...
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    The Grand Canyon is one I have been to, along with

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    Photographer's Note


    This is another road trip photo from Patrick's Point SP, where we have been going sense our kids were 3 months old and they are now in their late 30's. The mist is something that can get really thick and when camping, during the night, the mist drops off the trees above and falls on the ground and your tent, sounding like it is pouring down rain outside. You can see the outlook rock that allows hikers and campers to see (when the mist has lifted) the tops of the beautiful trees and the valley floor below and on clear days, beaches for miles and miles. Below are more information on this beautiful State Park and some information on the rim trail that is challenging but extremely gorgeous.

    Have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend everyone!!

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    Though Patrick’s Point State Park is positioned in the heart of the redwoods, other trees—Sitka Spruce, Douglas fir, and red alder—predominate on the park’s rocky promontories. The state park takes its name from Patrick Beegan, who homesteaded this dramatic, densely forested headland in 1851.

    For hundreds of years the Yurok spent their summers in the Abalone Point area of the headlands. The Yurok gathered shellfish and hunted sea lions. A variety of game and a multitude of berries that were plentiful in the surrounding forest.

    The area now called Patrick’s Point also had some spiritual significance to the native people. According to the Yurok belief, Sumig, the spirit of the porpoises, retired to Patrick’s Point when humans began populating the world.

    Rim Trail follows an old Indian pathway over the park’s bluffs. Spur trails lead to rocky points that jut into the Pacific and offer commanding views of Trinidad Head to the south and Big Lagoon to the north.

    Directions to trailhead: Patrick’s Point State Park is located thirty miles north of Eureka and five miles north of Trinidad. Exit Highway 101 on Patrick’s Point Drive and follow this road to the park. Once past the park entrance station, follow the signs to Palmer Point.

    The hike: The trail plunges into a lush community of ferns, salmonberry, and salal. The scolding krrrack-krrrack of the Steller jay is the only note of dissent heard along the trail.

    Abalone Point is the first of a half-dozen spur trails that lead from Rim Trail to Rocky Point, Patrick’s Point, Wedding Rock, Mussel Rocks, and Agate Beach.
    Take any or all of them. (These side trails can sometimes be confused with Rim Trail; generally speaking, the spurs are much more steep than Rim Trail, which contours along without much elevation change.)

    From Patrick’s Point and the other promontories, admire the precipitous cliffs and rock-walled inlets. Gaze offshore at the sea stacks, a line of soldiers battered by the surging sea. Seals and sea lions haul out on the offshore rocks, which also double as rookeries for gulls, cormorants and pigeon guillemots.

    Rim Trail meanders through a tapestry of trillium and moss, rhododendron and azalea. Sword ferns point the way to a grove of red alder.

    Rim Trail ends at the north loop of the Agate Beach Campground road.

    Hikers wishing to explore Agate Beach should continue a short distance along the road to the signed trailhead for Agate Beach Trail. This short, steep trail switchbacks down to the beach.

    In marked contrast to the park’s rocky shore that you observed from Rim Trail, Agate Beach is a wide swath of dark sand stretching north to the state parks at Big Lagoon.

    Beachcombers prospect for agates in the gravel bars and right at the surf line. These agates are a nearly transparent variety of quartz, polished by sand and the restless sea. Jade, jaspar and other semiprecious stones are sometimes found here. One more noteworthy sight is the huge quantity and unique sea-sculpted quantity of the driftwood on this beach.
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    Yosemite National Park Firefalls (I did get to watch the firefalls when I was about 10 years old).

    Photography is all about the light, and photographers know that finding the best light is key to taking amazing pictures. Most of the time, they are talking about sunrise and sunset. But occasionally, there will be a combination of subject, weather and light that only come together once in a great while. One of those subjects is Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park.

    The Firefall, as it is known was made famous by landscape photographer Galen Rowell. Many photographers have tried to emulate his work, but few have succeeded. It takes a combination of weather, location and angle of the sun for everything to come together. At the right time of day on a few weeks of the year, the setting sun strikes the falls in such a way as to make them glow red.

    The first and most important factor is that Horsetail Falls has to be flowing. This only happens when the snow above El Capitan is melting from late January through March. Also, there needs to have been enough snow and it melting quickly enough to get a flow of water through the falls.

    Next, the sun has to be in the right position, which occurs in a narrow window from January through February. The light is at its best in the last week of February. Just before sunset, the sun’s rays provide that reddish golden glow. Of course, you also need fairly clear skies so the sun can reach the falls, and no low clouds or fog blocking the view.

    The most popular location from which to view and shoot the falls is the El Capitan picnic area which is located between Yosemite Lodge and El Capitan. The picnic area is accessible from Northside Drive, which is one way going west from Yosemite Lodge toward El Capitan. There is a small clearing close by that gives a view of the falls. Just follow the crowd of photographers. You will want to arrive at least two hours before sunset to find a parking spot. There is not another location with a view of the falls that also offers parking. This is also a shot where a tripod is highly recommended as you want to continue shooting as the light begins to fail.

    A glowing red shot of Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park is one of those once in a lifetime shots that photographers everywhere dream of.








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    Winding road of Lassen Peak Highway (i.e., Highway 89) to drive up in Lassen Volcanic National Park with
    gorgeous views along the way. Driving along this road, you are treated with some awesome scenery as you're
    going up to over 8,000 ft elevations. If you love outdoor, this place is very picturesque.
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    The Bumpass Hell at about 8,000-ft elevation in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is the largest, most
    extensive and famous volcanic hydrothermal area in this national park and is a must see! It is a 16-acre deep
    bowl of turbulent landscape of roaring, smoking fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud
    pots, boiling pools, sizzling “frying pans” (shallow, vigorously boiling pools of clear water), steam vents,
    pseudo-geysers and steaming ground with sulfuric gas (the gas that makes rotten eggs smell). This photo is
    taken at the rim of the 16-acre bowl and looking down into the bowl. It is a view from the rim at the end of the
    hiking trail.



    The visitors descend from the rim down the steep slope into the bottom of the bowl for closer views of various
    volcanic features in Bumpass Hell. A prominent steam plume marks the site of Big Boiler, the largest fumarole
    (steam and volcanic-gas vent) in the park. It is freaking fantastic.
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