The Haleakalā Silversword, called Āhinahina in Hawaiin, can only be found growing on Maui at elevations above 2100 feet in volcanic cinder. They can live anywhere between 3 to 90 years, sometimes more. In 1992 the plant was considered an endangered species, it was nearly extinct due to overgrazing and people taking them as souvenirs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hawaii is home to a vast array of endemic species - meaning they can be found nowhere else on earth. Because the Hawaiin islands aee 2300 miles from the nearest mainland, the plants and animals have no need for a defense mechanism. There are no land based predators on the islands and very few poisonous plants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#maui #hawaii #picoftheday #photooftheday #igmers #explore #travel #nationalpark #island #nature #ipreview @preview.app
The Jasper Skytram is the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada. It takes you to Whistlers Mountain which is 7,470 ft above sea level at its lowest elevation. Hiked to the summit to reach a final height of 8,080 ft.
It is named after the Hoary Marmot (7th picture) that are known for making a whistling call. Amongst other animals I managed to capture the Ptarmagon (not pictured) and a chimpmunk just hanging out.
You can see the Town of Jasper in the fourth picture. Crazy to think people just decided to set foot there in 1813 and build a community.
Reached the summit looking forward (9th picture) and looking back at where we took the tram up (10th picture). At this point I remembered we needed to make our way back down aswell...
Beautiful mt.Tsagaan suvarga (4074m).
Altai 5 bogd national parl, Mongolia.
On top of the World (almost!) 😂🌍
I continued hiking past Wanda Lake that afternoon (see prev post) and got over Muir Pass.
After a short rest inside the stone shelter hut on top of the pass, I started my way down the other side.
My plan was to hike another 5 miles or so. BUT... Then I came across Lake Helen just on the other side of the pass. She's the 2nd of John Muir's daughters. Something about that lake captivated me
The experience I had there is to be told in a separate chapter or post
Here, the sun setting over one of the mountains surrounding lake Helen. Enjoy the silence
Sheep and very sweet lambs in the field. Grasmere, Lake District
Yes, the water was that blue.
Incredible morning watching the sun rise onto Moraine Lake earlier in the trip. It's such a fantastic place, as is the rest of the Rockies! Very grateful for being able to witness all this magic.
The large trees at #MuirWoods
National Monument in #California
are coastal redwoods, the tallest of all living things. Undisturbed, #redwoods
can grow taller than the Statue of Liberty and live longer than 1,200 years. Looking up at these incredible trees in an unforgettable experience. As John Muir said, “Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.” Photo by #NationalPark
Service. #travel #FindYourPark #usinterior
24 years old today! The last year has been chalk full of life experiences and adventure, which is just the way it should be. From quitting my desk job to spending a winter skiing Colorado’s best mountains, to now exploring this beautiful country in a van, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Here’s to another year of making memories, meeting wonderful people and living life to its fullest 🎉
Die Wasserfall-Wanderung in Husedalen, dem Tal der Wasserfälle, war unser nächstes Ziel. Als Ausgangspunkt für diese Tour durch den Hardangervidda Nationalpark haben wir uns den Campingplatz mit der bisher wohl schönsten Lage ausgesucht: direkt am Fjord, eingerahmt von eindrucksvoll hohen Bergen und keine 15 Meter Entfernung vom Zelt zum Strand. Außerdem standen Brennholz und ein Ruderboot zur freien Verfügung bereit. Bei diesem Ausblick und dem Service konnten wir über den rauen Wind, der hier herrschte, hinwegsehen.
On this day in 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War -- the First Battle of Manassas -- was fought on several hills not far from a critical railroad junction in #Virginia
. Over 60,000 soldiers got their first experience of combat, “Stonewall” Jackson earned his nickname and almost 900 dead men foreshadowed the carnage to come. Walking the fields at #Manassas
National Battlefield Park (@manassasnps
) helps us better understand that hot, bloody day and the conflict that tore America apart. Photo courtesy of Buddy Secor. #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #history #nationalpark
A little color to brighten up your Monday. I have a bit of the blues since I’m back from my road trip across America. I’m trying to get reacclimatized to summertime in Miami— aka feels like temperatures of 100° and humidity levels that are off the charts 😅😅 I didn’t miss that, but I will admit it does feel good to be home.
The source of all of the water that tears down Maligne Canyon’s (actually pronounced Ma-lane by the locals) not surprisingly comes from Maligne Lake, but not all of the water comes from this iconic sapphire body of water. Over 16 km away Medicine Lake every year would fill with snow melt and then drain like someone had pulled the stopper on a tub. There were some odd attempts in the past to plug the drain below the lake. Apparently old mattresses, sand bags and bundles of magazines were used to try and stop the water from draining away. None of them worked. Following this due was added to the water to try to determine where it all went - one main outflow (via over 16km of underground caves and rivers) is the turbulent Maligne Canyon. I wonder if there are still mattresses at the bottom of the lake.
Another lake. But shot differently
I just can't get tired of all this blue. Hope that you neither. (Though worry not. New views are soon to come as well)
The Sierras are rich with lakes, especially at the foothills of mountain passes, as the snows melt .
On each side of Muir Pass lie lakes named after his 2 daughters
This one is Wanda Lake