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Natioal Parks, America

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Natioal Parks, America

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Natioal Parks, America

  1. 1. National Parks of America
  2. 2. Here is the ExtraordinaryFew nations can boast 58 NationalParks like the USA.I have confined my tour to thosevisited, plus one put on my wish list.All located in California or adjacentand encroaching.Alaska & California have the mostwith eight each.
  3. 3. Yosemite National ParkLocated Southern California withincredible scenery, flora and faunawhich lives in harmony with thehuman visitors, provided welladopted rules are followed.The Ranger service, which is anational body exercise great careand attention to ensure safety.
  4. 4. DimensionThis park is roughly the size of theU.S. State of Rhode Island andcontains thousands of lakes andponds.95% is designated ‘Wilderness’.Yosemite Valley covers 1% and thisis where most visitors arrive andstay.They recorded 4 million in 2011
  5. 5. El Capitan Mountain Yosemite
  6. 6. Half Dome Mountain Yosemite
  7. 7. Tunnel View, Yosemite
  8. 8. O’Shaughnessy Dam Yosemite
  9. 9. WaterfallsYosemite is famous for its highconcentration of waterfalls in a smallarea.The ‘Yosemite Falls’ is the highest at2,425 feet whilst the ‘Ribbon Falls’has the longest vertical drop at1,612 feet
  10. 10. Yosemite Falls
  11. 11. Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite
  12. 12. Mirror lake, Yosemite
  13. 13. Wildlife AboundsThe following slides depicts a limitedexample of the species found.Hunting is prohibited albeit theirsanctuary, safety and protection isafforded by the wilderness aspecttogether with the officers of the‘National Park Service’.
  14. 14. Bighorn Ewe Yosemite
  15. 15. Mule Deer, Yosemite
  16. 16. Marmot, Yosemite
  17. 17. Yosemite in Winter
  18. 18. Southern California - Winter
  19. 19. Grand CanyonContinuing the tour our next visittakes us to the Grand Canyon.Truly awe inspiring in its size andscale.So diverse and obviously difficult totraverse on foot.But mind boggling
  20. 20. Considered one of the SevenNatural Wonders of the WorldFor thousands of years, the area hasbeen continuously inhabited byNative Americans who builtsettlements in its many caves.The Pueblo people considered theGrand Canyon a holy site and madepilgrimages to it
  21. 21. South Rim, Grand Canyon
  22. 22. Eagle Rock, Grand Canyon Tell me Why !
  23. 23. Eagle Rock, Grand Canyon
  24. 24. Guano Point, Observation Platform, Grand Canyon
  25. 25. Pueblo Cliff Dwellings & Granaries
  26. 26. Grand CanyonNot ExpectedBeautiful
  27. 27. Striking -- Grand Canyon
  28. 28. White Water Rafting Grand Canyon
  29. 29. Desert Watchtower, Grand Canyon
  30. 30. Toroweap Falls, Grand Canyon
  31. 31. Colorado River
  32. 32. Hopi’s House, Grand Canyon
  33. 33. Hoover DamOnce known as BOULDER DAM.Completed during 1935 and turnedover to the Federal Government in1936 to be renamed after PresidentHerbert Hoover.Building the dam cost over ahundred lives.
  34. 34. Hoover Dam
  35. 35. Hoover Dam Upstream
  36. 36. Hoover Dam Memorial, Grand Canyon
  37. 37. Grand CanyonNavigate This
  38. 38. Preservation of the SpeciesTo date endeavouring to maintainthe Condors within California theU.S. authorities have spent 35milliondollars.Considered a good investment andsupported by the visiting tourists.Note – These birds have an averagewing span of 12 feet.
  39. 39. Condor in Grand Canyon
  40. 40. MajesticProtectedCostly
  41. 41. Rescue Services, Grand Canyon
  42. 42. Yellowstone National ParkEstablished by U.S. Congress andsigned into law by President UlyssesS. Grant on March 1st 1872.Widely held to be the first nationalpark in the world.Despite its established status littlewas implemented to protect it formany years.
  43. 43. YellowstoneMy favourite Park.John Muir, a Scots born immigrantpersuaded Teddy Roosevelt tosafeguard this unique area andpreserve its natural beauty formankind by legislation, hence theprotection afforded by the NationalPark Service.
  44. 44. Teddy Roosevelt & John Muir
  45. 45. Toulumne River, Yellowstone
  46. 46. Lower Basin AreaThis area is subject to geothermalactivity which draws visitors mainlyto view the exquisite display ofcolours erupting from the ground andthe various named geysers.The Park Rangers constantly warnthese visitors ‘Stick to the ApprovedPathways’.
  47. 47. Beehive Geyser, Yellowstone
  48. 48. Yellowstone Prismatic Springs
  49. 49. Paint Pots – Wide Angle
  50. 50. Paint Pots - Close
  51. 51. Fountain Geyser
  52. 52. Geyser Activity
  53. 53. Old Faithfull, Yellowstone Every 91 Minutes
  54. 54. The Most Popular
  55. 55. Monmoth hot Springs Yellowstone
  56. 56. Yellowstone North gate
  57. 57. Pronghorn Deer, Yellowstone
  58. 58. A Real Fisherman
  59. 59. Bison in Winter
  60. 60. Bison at Hot Springs
  61. 61. WolvesWolves were re-introduced to thepark in an effort to maintain thebalance of nature as predators andthus curtail the culling of deer.Surrounding Ranchers have rebelledand constantly illegally slaughter,when afforded the opportunity.The Bison also drift from the Park.
  62. 62. The New Predator
  63. 63. Grey Wolf Running in Snow Yellowstone
  64. 64. Coyote, Yellowstone
  65. 65. A Rattler, Yellowstone
  66. 66. A True Grizzly Bear
  67. 67. A Grizzly in Yellowstone
  68. 68. Wildfire in Yellowstone
  69. 69. Wildfire 1988, Yellowstone
  70. 70. Wildfire Pyrocumulus Clouds
  71. 71. Elk in Winter, Yellowstone
  72. 72. Yellowstone in Winter
  73. 73. Death Valley National ParkThe Second Park visited.A total contrast, truly desolate andagain unique in its formation.
  74. 74. Hermit’s Arch
  75. 75. The Arches, Death Valley
  76. 76. Lightning Strikes
  77. 77. Camping in the Arches
  78. 78. Courthouse Tower
  79. 79. Borax Wagons, Death Valley
  80. 80. Transporting Borax
  81. 81. Zabriskie Point Badlands Death Valley
  82. 82. Desert Cactus
  83. 83. Odd AttractionsDevil’s Cornfield. Thickly clumpedstems of arrowweed form the ’cornshocks’.A popular nearby area is the ‘Devil’sGolf Course’, a rocky, salt encrustedarea where only the devil could playgolf
  84. 84. Devil’s Cornfields,Outcrops
  85. 85. Devil’s Golf Course Death Valley
  86. 86. Amongst the Dunes Death Valley
  87. 87. Racetrack, Death Valley
  88. 88. Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
  89. 89. Death ValleyHole in the Rock - Hideout
  90. 90. Sequoia National ParkThe land of the GIANT REDWOODtrees.To be seen to be believed.They are so immense they dwarfhuman visitors.
  91. 91. Kaweah Gap, High Sierras Sequoia
  92. 92. Shasta Cascade, Sequoia
  93. 93. Sequoia Park Attraction‘The Tunnel Log’ is a tunnel cutthrough a fallen giant sequoia tree.The tree which measured 274 feettall and 21 feet in diameter, fellacross the park in 1937.A tunnel was cut 8 feet tall and 21feet wide to make the road passable.
  94. 94. Tunnel Tree, Sequoia
  95. 95. Sherman Tree Trail Sequoia
  96. 96. General Sherman, Sequoia
  97. 97. Crystal Caves, Sequoia
  98. 98. Cougar, Sequoia
  99. 99. Moose, Sequoia
  100. 100. Alaskan Moose
  101. 101. Shake & Bake
  102. 102. Time to Finish Thank you

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