Big Bend National Park
The serious birder of the 21st century is a bit of an amateur polymath. There’s no doubt a thorough knowledge of bird identification is essential, but there’s a host of ancillary disciplines that make for more rewarding and successful birding.
Critics Say Legislation Penned In The Name Of Homeland Security Could Trample National Parks, Other Federal Lands
Legislation written with the intent of bolstering homeland security wouldn't succeed at that, but could trample national park lands and other federal acreage, according to critics.
With the National Park Service's 100th birthday little more than a year away, the agency and the National Park Foundation are beginning to rollout the celebratory campaign, urging Americans to "Find Your Park."
Mud season is here. In most national parks above the Mason-Dixon Line, and quite a few south of that line, it can be a messy time. Choosing a destination can be problematic due to the weather in general and the snow line specifically.
We all know about the more charismatic of the endangered and threatened bird species. Trail closures in Acadia National Park and Big Bend National Park remind us that Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs in parks across the country. Piping Plovers are diminutive shorebirds that bring outsized responses of both appreciation and consternation when their nesting causes beach closures in the national seashores along the Atlantic.
Some portions of Big Bend National Park in Texas will be closed in the coming months to give peregrine falcons a little solutide during their nesting season.
I’ve managed to get around North America quite a bit during my five years as a serious birder. At least it seems like I have. When I plot a map of every checklist I’ve ever entered at eBird, it looks like I’m neglected large swaths of the continent. What’s with the interior plains? The west coast south of Olympic National Park? Alaska isn’t even on the map because there were no pins there, so I cropped it out.
Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.
Getting into Big Bend National Park in Texas could be a little bit more expensive next year, as officials are proposing a $5 increase in the daily entrance fee for vehicles and a $2 increase in the backcountry camping fee.
Yet another wayward soul intent on making their illegal mark on a national park has been done in by their need to promote their vandalism.
What’s your ideal place to stay for a wintry escape into the National Park System? Is it a cozy cabin with fireplace and ample wood, or perhaps something in a warmer climate with views of sun-kissed turquoise waters? Or does your desire lie somewhere in-between? Fortunately, the park system is large and diverse. Finding that perfect home-away-from-home for a winter adventure may come down to deciding if you like it cold and snowy, or hot and sandy.
It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law in 1964, but the question remains: Why has so much land within the National Park System not been designated as wilderness?
RVers who enjoy America's national parks know that most government campgrounds weren't designed to accommodate today's recreational vehicles. However, some exceptions exist, especially in the vast open lands west of the Mississippi. Here are the best national park campgrounds for RVs in California, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
Opposites do attract...the viewer's eye. Rebecca Latson offers up a few more handy techniques for you to try out during your next visit to a national park.
How and where you choose to focus on your image can make a huge difference in how a viewer perceives your national park photo. Rebecca Latson provides some tips for helping you do just that.
Trying to find that ideal day pack in which to store your camera as well as snacks, water, jacket and guidebook? Rebecca Latson thinks she may have found such a pack with the Rotation 180° Panorama by Mindshift Gear.
Bears have been acrobats in circuses for generations, and watching this black bear sow and her cub at Big Bend National Park, it's obvious their talents come naturally.
When capturing those landscapes and wildlife images in a national park, don't forget to throw in a few macro-type shots for good measure. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson demonstrates different ways to achieve these "super" close-ups.
Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River claim 245 miles of this renowned river. And while many of those miles wend their way through rugged and remote canyon country, sections of the river nevertheless are on the state of Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. The primary concern is high total dissolved solids (high salinity), but bacteria can be a problem in the very upper reach.
The photographs you take while visiting a national park tell a story to your viewers, with or without accompanying words, as explained in this Big Bend tale by Rebecca Latson.
Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.
Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.
Happy Holidays, everybody! It’s almost the end of the year and after digging up some extra vacation days from beneath the couch cushions, I decided to take a mid-December road trip to Big Bend National Park