The new posters pay homage to the 1930s originals.
America’s national parks have been enthralling visitors for over a century. The very first park to be established was Yellowstone, which was described by Ferdinand Hayden in his 1871 survey as a ”land of wondrous beauty.” There are now 58 national parks around the U.S., covering an astonishingly diverse 84 million acres of land. It’s not hard to understand why some ambitious tourists make the effort to visit every single one of them.
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Also, from Mental Floss_A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John takes a look at some of America's great National Parks!
From: YouTube Defenders of Wildlife
The first pic is of Opal Creek which really is opalesque in color. The second is Traditional, the third just strange, the fourth twisted.
Found at, and taken directly from except fr the photo and the illustration, Atlas Obscura
Pando the Trembling Giant
The Trembling Giant, or Pando, is a enormous grove of quaking aspens that takes the “forest as a single organism” metaphor and literalizes it: the grove really is a single organism. Each of the approximately 47,000 or so trees in the grove is genetically identical and all the trees share a single root system. While many trees spread through flowering and sexual reproduction, quaking aspens usually reproduce asexually, by sprouting new trees from the expansive lateral root of the parent. The individual trees aren’t individuals, but stems of a massive single clone, and this clone is truly massive. Spanning 107 acres and weighing 6,615 tons, Pando was once thought to be the world’s largest organism (now usurped by thousand-acre fungal mats in Oregon), and is almost certainly the most massive. In terms of other superlatives, the more optimistic estimates of Pando’s age have it as over one million years old, which would easily make it one of the world’s oldest living organisms.
Unfortunately, the future of the giant appears grim. According to Paul Rogers, an ecologist at Utah State University in a October 2010 article in the Deseret News, the Trembling Giant is in danger. While the mature stems of Pando routinely die from the eternal problems of pests and drought, the regenerative roots of the organism that are responsible for Pando’s resilience are under attack as well. Rogers reported a marked absence of juvenile and young stems to replace the older trunks, blaming overgrazing by deer and elk. Without new growth, to replace the old, the Trembling Giant is vulnerable to a catastrophic, sudden withering and shrinking. Rogers confessed, “It’s slipping away very quickly.”The quaking aspen is named for its leaves, which stir easily in even a gentle breeze and produce a fluttering sound with only the slightest provocation. The effect of this in Pando, multiplied over the tens of thousands of trees and hundred acres, can be unnerving, giving a real sense of life to the ancient, dying, trembling giant.
Jimmy and his dad, Tim, made a raised bed and installed a drip system during winter break last December. Jimmy then planted his seeds in wee pots and took them back with him to UC Santa Cruz where he nursed them for a couple of months or so before bringing them back home to plant, as I recall, during spring break. The above photo is the garden's May appearance.
The corn is called jewel corn and will look like the picture to the right that I snagged off of the internet. I found out about this particular corn about three years ago and sent Jimmy a link to their site, but because of demand, he didn't receive the seeds he had order for nearly two years. Timing them properly for planting, getting the raised bed done etc, took another year.
The following photos were taken a month after the establishment-shot photo above so, in June.
There are tufts so, YAY!!! In the second photo, I tried to capture the movement of the corn brought on a very nice breeze.
The sunflowers had aged quite a bit from May until June, which is a little sad because they looked their best while Jimmy was still at school. This is how they looked by the time he got home.
Marigolds, I think with a little flag.