Best of the ’Net: The Photo Lovers’ Edition

Best of the Net, Photo Lovers' Edition

Best of the ’Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online.

Last weekend I dusted off my camera and adventured outside in the warming weather here in Virginia. I am by no means a professional, but I realized each of us can be a photographer. By taking images that intrigue us, we save memories that we want to keep, share our travels with others, and tell stories, all with just a click of our camera. This week’s list is about capturing our national parks with images. What stories do your photos tell?

  1. For photography enthusiasts, here is a competition for you! The Wilderness Forever Photo Contest is open from May 6 to September 3, 2013. This contest celebrates the creation of the Wilderness Act, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Fun fact: In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, and it now protects more than 100 million acres!
  2. Doing your part. This image from Alaska National Parks’ Facebook page tells me a story of our national park rangers’ dedication to our parks. This law enforcement ranger is pictured doing his part in keeping our Gates of the Arctic National Park clean! Thank you to him and all our national park rangers for protecting our parks every day.
    A national park ranger hauls trash out of Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska
  3. Sometimes images tell us a dramatic story. This Google Timelapse demonstrates a dramatic change over the last 28 years in the development and water level around Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Las Vegas (the top image). Lake Mead NRA is described by the National Park Service as “a startling contrast of desert and water, mountains and canyons, primitive backcountry and busy marinas.” Talk about a diverse experience and a shocking change in the landscape!
  4. The Department of Interior is charged with protecting America’s great outdoors, including our national parks. As you know, our national parks are amazing places to capture stunning vistas, beautiful sunsets, amazing wildlife, stark landscapes, and more. Check out DOI’s Instagram feed here! You will not be disappointed!
  5. Friends of Acadia have used some of their stunning images of this northeast park to truly enhance their new website. The site now features a new blog, a slideshow of visitor photos, easy navigation, and great photos of one of our favorite places. Take a tour of their site!

Find something fun about national parks on the ’net? Let me know!

About the Author

Senior Coordinator for Online Communications Megan Cantrell

Megan Cantrell is social media manager for NPCA and loves to bike, hike, and volunteer in our national parks as much as she can.