Channel Islands, California
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Channel Islands, California

April 1, 2005 | Text And Photography By Sara Lind

Sitting off Southern California’s populated coast, the Channel Islands are an inverted oasis of spectacularly natural beauty. The eight Channel Islands offer wilderness treasures ready for exploring most of the year.

Hill Country, Southern Texas
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Hill Country, Southern Texas

March 1, 2005 | Text And Photography By Alice C. Garland

Southern Texas is situated in an optimal region for wildflowers. Field after field of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers are found hugging the rolling hills between Fredericksburg, Lampasas and Brenham. Austin, the state capital, sits in the middle of the triangle formed by these three towns.

Turnagain Arm, Alaska
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Turnagain Arm, Alaska

January 1, 2005 | Text And Photography By Scott McGee

Alaska. Just the mention of the word conjures visions of boundless wilderness, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife. Just down the road from Anchorage lies one of Alaska’s most accessible photographic gems—Turnagain Arm.

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

December 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Efrain M. Padró

Comprised of 45,000 acres of badlands, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico is located about 35 miles south of Farmington. Geologically speaking, this wilderness is as remote an area as a photographer is likely to explore.

Terry Badlands, Montana
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Terry Badlands, Montana

November 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Carol Polich

The Terry Badlands look like the rest of eastern Montana from I-94: flat-topped buttes and a few erosion cracks in the sandstone cliff walls. Taking the Terry exit and proceeding north on Highway 253 for less than a mile and after crossing the bridge over the Yellowstone River, the gravel road sign heading west reads: “Scenic View.” As you travel through flat, prairie lands, you see isolated buttes scattered in the distant landscape. After a few miles, the earth becomes more rugged.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

October 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Ryan Taylor

While most travelers believe the Florida Keys come to an end at Key West, 69 miles farther west you’ll find seven tiny islands that make up Dry Tortugas National Park. These islands retain an air of rich wildness and history unmatched anywhere else in the Keys. Discovered in 1513 by Ponce de León, the Tortugas were named for the sea turtles that still cruise the waters today.

Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana
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Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

September 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By John Boyer

In southeastern Indiana lies one of the state’s most rugged and photogenic areas. Clifty Falls State Park occupies 1,416 acres west of the historic Ohio River town of Madison. The main attraction is the spectacular, three-mile-long, 300-foot-deep canyon of Clifty Creek, cut into the high bluffs towering above the Ohio River. Most of the canyon lies within the 178-acre Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve.

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
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Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

August 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Kenny Clarke

Cedar Breaks National Monument covers 6,100 acres and lies 23 miles east of Cedar City in southern Utah. At more than 2,000 feet deep, the spectacularly colored Cedar Breaks amphitheater is laced with delicately eroded spires, fins, hoodoos and natural arches, the by-product of millions of years of sedimentation and erosion. The canyon’s rim soars at more than 10,000 feet in elevation and is forested with spruce, subalpine fir and quaking aspen.

Garden Of The Gods, Colorado
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Garden Of The Gods, Colorado

July 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Kenneth Wyatt

Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, just west of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is one of the top photo destinations for travelers to this area. This free city park is an easy 60-minute drive south of Denver. To reach the park, exit from Interstate 25 onto Garden of the Gods Road, head west and turn south on 30th Street. The splendor unfolds before your eyes as you approach the golden sandstone formations, with magnificent Pikes Peak as a backdrop.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey
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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

June 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Jay Goodrich

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located only 26 miles from the center of Times Square in New York City. Part of the suburbs near the town of Morristown, N.J., the refuge was formed when environmentalists and developers collided over the construction of a jetport in the 1950s. The Great Swamp Committee came to the rescue; it raised more than a million dollars to purchase the first 3,000 acres of land, which it then donated to the Department of the Interior.

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

May 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Rick Brown

Waterton Lakes National Park is a land of serrated mountains, rolling prairies and mirror-like glacial lakes. Located in Alberta, Canada and directly north of Glacier National Park, Watertonis similar to its more familiar sister park and, in fact, the two are managed cooperatively as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. However, Waterton contains a more extensive road system, more prairie land and more easily found lowland wildlife than Glacier.

Chama River Canyon Wilderness, New Mexico
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Chama River Canyon Wilderness, New Mexico

April 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Charles Klingsporn

Established in 1978, the 50,000-acre Chama River Canyon Wilderness is located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The terrain is typical of the high-country desert Southwest, with red sandstone cliffs and a variety of vegetation due to the mix of desert and canyon river terrain. The areas along the riverbed, at about 6,500 feet above sea level, are piñon-juniper and cedar woodland. The higher elevations on the cliffs, up to 8,100 feet, consist mostly of ponderosa pine and fir.

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Muddy Mountains, Nevada
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Muddy Mountains, Nevada

March 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Alan Martz

The Muddy Mountains are located northeast of Las Vegas and include Valley of Fire State Park, well known for its colorful vistas. But the Muddies continue south of the park to the lesser known Buffington Pockets, which feature many of the same sandstone formations. The colorful layers and surprising textures and forms are found in the outcroppings of Aztec Sandstone, some of which have been quarried for decorative rock. This slick-rock country includes white domes, and red, orange and white “rainbow”-layered rock that are in sharp contrast to the towering dark gray cliffs to the east.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas

January 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Erik Aagaard

Enchanted Rock is an enormous, 640-acre pink granite dome located between Llano and Fredericksburg in the Hill Country of central Texas, about 90 miles north of San Antonio. It’s part of the Llano Uplift, a large region of granite bedrock that rises out of the surrounding limestone. Over the last several million years, erosion has exposed this 425-foot-high, billion-year-old dome and its smaller sister domes.

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