Black-Water Country: Okefenokee Swamp

Imagine a place where unusual creatures swim through mirror-top waters and exotic plants sprout from floating islands. A place where thousands of creatures serenade the setting of the sun each day. Picture waters so dark and still that the surface seems to reflect images from another world, another time. It is a world more peaceful […]

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Oasis in the Desert: Experiencing Nature in Sabino Canyon

Ringed by four mountain ranges with magical names—the Santa Catalina to the north, the Santa Rita to the south, the Rincon to the east, and the Tucson to the west—the city of Tucson is surrounded by trails. Each one winds through the rugged and sometimes otherworldly landscape of the Sonoran Desert, where saguaro cacti stand […]

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Small Wonders: The Teeniest National Park Sites

National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller packages. With over 14 official designations and several unique titles, the National Park Service is very specific when it comes to defining their parks. Generally, the smaller national parks tend to have a greater connection […]

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Journey Home: The Story of Paton’s Birding Haven

“Journey Home – How a Simple Act of Kindness Led to the Creation of a Living Legacy” is the story about the kind and generous couple who welcomed strangers seeking to watch hummingbirds into their Patagonia, Arizona yard for decades, asking nothing in return. The story about how this remarkable place, which became known as […]

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A Great Migration: Bosque del Apache

It was a frigid November morning at New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge where we had joined dozens of ardent wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts, lined up tripod-to-tripod and scope to scope, ready and waiting for the action to begin. We were standing on an observation platform called Flight Deck overlooking a network […]

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Cades Cove: A Pioneer Paradise

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the ancient Southern Appalachians, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is almost as renowned for its well-preserved pioneer settlements as for its natural beauty. More than 90 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, and gristmills—have been preserved here, including the largest collection of log structures in the eastern United […]

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