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Browse articles that explore some of our favorite outdoor photography locations throughout the United States. Learn about the weather, the best time to shoot, how to get there and more, all from a photographer's perspective.


Thursday, June 1, 2006

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife And Fish Refuge, Mississippi

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge protects more than 240,000 acres in four states and is the longest wildlife refuge in the contiguous 48 states, stretching 261 miles along the Mississippi River from the Chippewa River in Wisconsin almost to Rock Island, Ill. Steep bluffs, interesting islands, ancient burial mounds, unusual flowers and migrating birds are just some of the photographic subjects waiting to be discovered. The Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, runs along both sides of the refuge, providing easy access to the refuge and adjacent public lands. Many public boat landings offer photographers with watercraft more options for exploring the area.

Monday, May 1, 2006

El Yunque Tropical Rain Forest, Puerto Rico

The Caribbean National Forest, locally known as El Yunque (the anvil), is located about an hour’s drive east of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital. Established in 1903 as the Luquillo Forest Reserve, El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the National Forest System. Relatively small at 28,000 acres, the forest’s highest elevations (about 3,500 feet above sea level) can receive more than 250 inches of rain per year.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Merrymeeting Marsh, New Hampshire

Among the many rivers, ponds and swamps in southern New Hampshire, the Merrymeeting Marsh in New Durham is a standout for photographers who have discovered the fun of shooting from a kayak. The Merrymeeting River flows out of Merrymeeting Lake and into Lake Winnipesaukee, opening up into a marshy expanse on the west side of Route 11, about 90 miles north of Boston. The parking lot and the easy put-in are just past the junction of Route 11 West and Ridge Road.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark, California

The out-of-this-world formations of the Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark have been used as a backdrop in a number of science-fiction films. There are about 500 towers of various shapes that reach as high as 140 feet above the base. The formations are the weathered remnants of tufa (a form of calcium carbonate) towers created under water between 10,000 and 80,000 years ago in an ancient lake that’s now dry.

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Unalaska, Alaska

Start with a lush volcanic island on the edge of the Bering Sea, add a dash of red foxes, a sprinkling of bald eagles and a healthy helping of emerald hillsides, and you can begin to picture the natural beauty of the Aleutian Island of Unalaska.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

Cedar Breaks National Monument is loosely sandwiched between two southwestern Utah national parks—Zion and Bryce Canyon. It towers 2,000 and 4,000 feet above these parks, respectively. The monument lies 22 miles west of Cedar City, Utah, about 60 miles east of Bryce Canyon, and about 80 miles north of Zion.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

West Texas is home to one of the state’s finest national parks, where you’ll find the highest point in the Lone Star State. Located about 100 miles east of El Paso, Guadalupe Mountains National Park rests on the New Mexico border. Hike the trails at this national park, photograph its wildflowers, observe its wildlife and, in essence, you’re exploring what once was an undersea reef.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Connecticut Highlands, Connecticut

Connecticut is primarily known for its seaports, exclusive New York suburbs and big insurance companies, but tucked away in the northwestern corner of the Nutmeg State is a mountainous region offering a landscape full of diverse photographic opportunities. Here, the Litchfield Hills rise up from the banks of the Housatonic River to create the Connecticut Highlands, which feature rolling farmlands, covered bridges, frothy white-water and 50-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota

Located along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of a series of picturesque parks located between Duluth and Grand Marais in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. If you’ve never been to northern Minnesota, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rugged landscape.

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