In the shadow of Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, 5,000-year-old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States, making for some great stargazing. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 12/30/15.
Low fog through Yosemite Valley and bright stars created this amazing moment at Yosemite National Park in California. Toby Harriman snapped this photo from the park’s Tunnel View. His favorite part of the photo: The climber’s headlamp that is visible mid way up El Capitan on the left. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/2/16.
Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. It preserves towering monoliths within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Magnificent views from highland trails and the Rim Rock Drive stretch from the colorful sheer-walled canyons and fascinating rock sculptures to the distant Colorado River valley. You might even see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Photo by Amy Hudechek. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/3/16.