“A mountain is the best medicine for a troubled mind. Seldom does man ponder his own insignificance. He thinks he is master of all things. He thinks the world is his without bonds. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Only when he tramps the mountains alone, communing with nature, observing other insignificant creatures about him, to come and go as he will, does he awaken to his own short-lived presence on earth.”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The low, smooth white sand dunes are contrasted in size and appearance by the jagged rock of the San Andres Mountains. But also the sand dunes are contrasted between light and dark by their wind-blown curves.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
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The Coronado National Forest is comprised of nearly two million acres in six counties in Arizona and New Mexico and has several mountain ranges including the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains. The forest has eight wilderness areas, canyons and desert landscape. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking. Nearby is Saguaro National Park and the city of Tucson.
Coronado National Forest, AZ
The straight lines of these stairs and bridge invite the hiker to come close to the flowing waters of Little Clifty Falls. Twenty years ago or so these stairs and the bridge weren’t there. Hikers crossed over by walking across the top of the waterfall. Oddly I never felt scared (of the height) and the rocks didn’t seem too slippery. The bridge does give it character but I still prefer to be close to the falls, to touch and experience it.
Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana
sun – SHINE
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Glacier National Park, Montana
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Roadside rest area, US 8, central Wisconsin
Sunlight BETWEEN the trees
Eighteen Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota
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U-Shaped valleys are just what they sound like – a valley shaped like a “U”. These valleys are the result of glaciers carving further into an existing depression created from a river called a v-shaped valley. The valley is transformed from gradually sloping side to steep sides and a flat bottom. Rivers often remain from glacial melting that replace the original river. U-shaped valleys are found at high mountain altitudes worldwide.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington