(by Gary Litwin)
Mount Rainier National Park
Established March 2, 1899
Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops asio) are the smallest resident birds of prey in Shenandoah National Park, weighing only about 5-8 oz. (that’s a couple of candy bars). They are active all winter, leaving their cozy tree-cavity nests at night in search of food. In winter, there is usually an abundance of mice and shrews, but other mainstay dinner items are hiding out until spring: frogs, salamanders, small snakes, lizards, moths, caterpillars and other insects. Wiley Screech Owls have been observed on frosty autumn mornings walking around farm fields, picking off inert grasshoppers like grapes.
Photo: National Park Service
Early morning sunlight shines on Kanarra Creek Canyon walls. A precarious stairway helps hikers to go further into the canyon to other falls, a very “fun” experience.
Snow capped Lassen Peak lit by moon light in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to mold the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered.
Photo: Abhilash Itharaju
(by RH Miller)
Portal to the Stars (Arches National Park, Utah) by Marsel van Oosten.
(by Molly Wassenaar)
Sometimes a photo just screams “wow.” Here a Humpback Whale shows us how to be the center of attention in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
Photo: Ashley Lindley