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Washington Vista   Leave a comment

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Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest

Ruby Beach

Second Beach Sunrise

Wonder

Posted July 21, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Man On The Moon   Leave a comment

“The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us.”

– Walter Cronkite, 1969

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Distinguished Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong’s Out Of This World Souvenirs

Posted July 20, 2016 by henrymowry in Media

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Trail of Cedars   Leave a comment

In the Avalanche Lake area of Glacier National Park, abundant rainfall, prehistoric glaciers and rushing streams have combined to create a landscape of striking beauty and rich diversity. So much water allows nature to display vibrant colors –  from sparkling blue lakes to rich green forests. A hike on the Trail of Cedars is a great way to experience this gorgeous Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Steven Bumgardner. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/11/16.

In the Avalanche Lake area of Glacier National Park, abundant rainfall, prehistoric glaciers and rushing streams have combined to create a landscape of striking beauty and rich diversity. So much water allows nature to display vibrant colors – from sparkling blue lakes to rich green forests. A hike on the Trail of Cedars is a great way to experience this gorgeous Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Steven Bumgardner. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/11/16.

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Glacier National Park

Grinnell Formation

Grinnell Lake

Haystack Falls

Ninaistako

St Mary Falls

Two Medicine Lake

Which Is Prettier?

Posted July 20, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Delicate Arch   Leave a comment

A dazzling shot of one of the most famous geologic features in the world: Delicate Arch at Utah’s Arches National Park. After hiking for about 2.5 hours on a 3-mile route, Karen V. Peralta made her way to the iconic Delicate Arch. The storm clouds painted the sky above as rain drops showering the red rocks below, making the sun shine with all its might and leaving this breathtaking view of the arch, says Karen. “This photo was taken Memorial Day weekend of 2015, making it one of the most memorable weekends we've ever had exploring the beautiful Arches National Park.” Photo by Karen V. Peralta. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/8/16.

A dazzling shot of one of the most famous geologic features in the world: Delicate Arch at Utah’s Arches National Park. After hiking for about 2.5 hours on a 3-mile route, Karen V. Peralta made her way to the iconic Delicate Arch. The storm clouds painted the sky above as rain drops showering the red rocks below, making the sun shine with all its might and leaving this breathtaking view of the arch, says Karen. “This photo was taken Memorial Day weekend of 2015, making it one of the most memorable weekends we’ve ever had exploring the beautiful Arches National Park.” Photo by Karen V. Peralta. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/8/16.

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Arches National Park

Park Avenue

The Glory Of The Milky Way

Posted July 19, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

Early Beauties   Leave a comment

Posted July 18, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

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The Wonders Above & Below   Leave a comment

Glory   1 comment

Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs National Monument at sunset. Photo by Ryan Lima. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/13/16.

Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs National Monument at sunset. Photo by Ryan Lima. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/13/16.

Posted July 16, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

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Do All Lives Matter?   5 comments

Here I am, 7 months old. 1957. Deal with it.

Here I am, 7 months old. 1957. Deal with it.

Here’s the thing. I don’t really want to write a political blog, but today, I have to. If you want to tune out, then, please, go. No problem. Come back tomorrow and there will be pretty pictures of sunsets. Or animals. Or something.

Today, though, is my birthday. It’s my day. All day. And since this is my blog, every day, today I’m going to write about what I must. Please don’t mistake my typically light-hearted approach for a lack of caring about this serious and potentially explosive issue.

Today, I’m writing about things I’m not supposed to have an opinion on.

Today, I’m writing about Black Lives vs. Blue Lives vs. All Lives.

You see, I’m not black, so according to many I’m not supposed to have an opinion on black issues. It’s like the woman thing: I’m not one, so many believe that I should have no opinion on things that I can’t experience, such as pregnancy, or child-birth, or hormones.

Those perspectives have some validity. Some. Further, I’ve never experienced “driving while black,” so how can I know what it’s like to be truly afraid when being pulled over by a cop? Media reports would have me believe that too many cops just want to kill people of color.

If you believe the media, that is.

And, if you believe the media, Black Lives Matter has an important message that needs to get out. At this point, though, it’s very much at issue whether that message is helping us, or hurting us, as a society.

Here’s one thing that’s wrong with Black Lives Matter. The Movement, if I can call it that, feels that they have the right to say what they want whenever they want. They want to be rude and condescending if it suits their personal goals. They’ve interrupted public gatherings. They’ve blocked traffic on freeways. They’ve done all manner of things simply because they want to get attention for their cause. The Movement feels that they deserve more attention, because they aren’t getting enough consideration.

They want me to believe that Black Lives Matter … and I do. I did. My beliefs had nothing to do with a demonstration on I-70.

And I don’t know about you … but I’m certain that I learned that being rude is NEVER a way to get people to help you. At this point, it’s hard to care what BLM is concerned with when all I hear from them is racist screaming.

There’s another problem: the Movement has now been usurped by evil doers, like the sniper in Dallas. He used a BLM protest to target and kill policemen … and far too many people in the Movement act as if they are happy with that. OK with that. Not responsible for that.

They act like they’re getting attention now, so that’s a good thing. No matter what caused that attention to happen, and no matter what pain has resulted.

That, simply, shows a callous disregard for human suffering. That is unacceptable.

It’s not OK for black lives to be treated as having less than full value … but it’s also not OK for that tragedy to be used to justify the suffering of others. Yes, we have social issues that continue to need to be addressed. Political issues that need to be addressed. But harming more humans, other humans is not the answer. More deaths will not help any of us.

I don’t see the world in black & white. The world is much more nuanced than that … as Trevor Noah recently explained on The Daily Show (full video link is below):

Daily Show - Lives Matter

I am pro-human. I am pro-American.

I am anti-hate. Anti-discrimination. Anti-rudeness.

Those that seek to divide us are wrong.

We are human, and we all fall short of the glory of God. We humans make mistakes, every day. We must endeavor to end them, however, and strive to be fair to all of our fellow humans. OF COURSE our police should be fair to all. OF COURSE our citizens should be treated fairly and given every opportunity our freedom allows.

The Black Live Matters movement is a problem. They seem to believe that if they scream at people who are not their enemy, then they will achieve their goal. They seem to believe that everyone must embrace everything they say, yet they need not be responsible for how they are communicating their message of separateness and hate.

While BLM protestors were marching in Minnesota – just hours after the shooting in Dallas – they were chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry’em like bacon.” That incredibly insensitive, ill-timed message of hate has no place in our society.

Police should protect and serve all of us. However, it’s foolish to think that they do not need to be concerned with their safety while dealing with the great unwashed public of all colors … which includes evil doers. And unthinking drunks. And emotionally unstable criminals. And hallucinating drug users. And rude people who don’t think they need to obey instructions from anyone, including legitimate authority figures such as our police.

My nephew is a police officer, and he had an occasion for some community policing this week with a young black man who wants to be a police officer someday:

Paul Anderson, being a good cop on July 13, had these words, "I made a new friend today! He said he wants me to be a police officer when he grows up, so of course he got an Honorary Police Badge! He was so happy! "We may not mean something to everyone in the whole world, but some days we can mean the whole world to one person."

Paul Anderson, having an opportunity to do some great community outreach on July 13, had this comment: “I made a new friend today! He said he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, so of course he got an Honorary Police Badge! He was so happy!
We may not mean something to everyone in the whole world, but some days we can mean the whole world to one person.”

I trust Paul is a more accurate representative of our society than those hateful protestors in Minnesota. I believe he best represents us – Black. Blue. All of us.

End of political statements. You’re entitled to your opinion, too, so please feel free to send me your thoughts.

On your birthday.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the links below that offer a full spectrum of opinion on this issue.

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3 Boys 1 Blog & Me: When Suddenly No Lives Matter

Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers: Fundamentally Transformed

Fusion.net: The Next Time Someone Says “All Lives Matter” Show Them These 5 Paragraphs

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Golden State   1 comment

California's Redwood National Park. Photo by Aron Cooperman. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 6/28/16.

California’s Redwood National Park. Photo by Aron Cooperman. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 6/28/16.

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Redwood National Park

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Redwood National and State Parks

Posted July 14, 2016 by henrymowry in California, National Parks

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Painted Canyon   Leave a comment

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota honors President Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. Visitors can see Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch Site, where he spent the bulk of his time and where many of his conservation ideas grew. In the spirit of Roosevelt’s outdoorsy nature, the park also offers plenty of opportunities to explore through hiking, kayaking, biking, camping and more. Sunset shot of Painted Canyon Overlook courtesy of Robert Gjestvang. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/12/16.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota honors President Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. Visitors can see Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch Site, where he spent the bulk of his time and where many of his conservation ideas grew. In the spirit of Roosevelt’s outdoorsy nature, the park also offers plenty of opportunities to explore through hiking, kayaking, biking, camping and more. Sunset shot of Painted Canyon Overlook courtesy of Robert Gjestvang. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/12/16.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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