To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, we asked members of the DC Focused photography community to share their favorite image and memory from a national park. Of course, some of our members were quick to point out that the NPS does far more than manage America’ 59 national parks. It also oversees many national monuments, historic places and, of course, the National Mall here in D.C.
While the images are stunning, what we love about these photos are the memories they evoke and the emotions associated with them.
To the men and women who help protect and preserve our shared heritage, thank you and here’s to another 100 years!
“Grand Canyon July 2016. We did a cross country trip this summer from WA down to CA and across to VA. I loved that the people in this photo are all taking pictures. I thought it was neat.”
“Haven’t been shooting much this summer, but soon will change that. Here’s one from the Pacific Northwest – Olympic National Park.”
“This photo was taken from Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park. I went there early morning hoping to catch the sunrise, but the morning light over the misty hills got my attention.”
“Shot of the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone, clicked a few weeks back.”
“It’s not the greatest photo I’ve taken but if I had to pick a favorite photo from a national park, it’d be this one from the Badlands. Taken at sunrise on my first day visiting the park, I was astonished by how long sunrise lasted in the park as the shadows and contours created strong contrasts of shadows and light that danced and continuously changed the view of the park. If there was ever a national park that “spoke to me”, it’d be the Badlands which left quite an impression on the vastness of the space and the rugged beauty of the geology formed over thousands and thousands of years.”
“I took this two years ago in Redwood National Park on the drive up to the Yurok Tribe for work. It was an absolutely gorgeous summer day, so I was unable to witness any of the fog and mist that make for so many iconic redwood forest photos. If you have never walked among redwoods, you owe it to yourself to do so. There are only a few places I’ve been where I’ve felt so at peace.”
“One of my best vacations ever was two years ago when my great friend Jeanette Gibbon Mehall and I drove across Idaho visiting sites and parks along the way. We visited Craters of the Moon (National Monument and Preserve) and City of Rocks National Reserve. Both parks were awesome… especially if you love geology–its geomorpohological history is fascinating. I was curious about Idaho because of my friend, but never realized it would be as interesting and beautiful as it actually is… it’s way more than potatoes. I probably would not have known that without Jeanette and the National Park Service.”
“It was three years ago, my last major trip shooting with a mirrorless (Olympus PEN 3). My wife and then 3-year-old daughter and I went to the Grand Canyon for two days, but just made it in time for the sunset. Little did we know it was also the same day as the full moon, which was quite a treat. I hope to make it back some day and really rip it up with my camera, I’ve learned a lot since then.”
“We went exploring in Meridian Hill Park, which is administered by the National Park Service. Our family picnic quickly turned into an escape from stormtroopers, captured in this photograph.”
“This is from a project I’m working on and is my favorite so far. This was taken with Aerochrome, a color infrared film that Kodak produced and was used by the government, forestry services, etc for aerographic photography. Depending on the health of the vegetation would determine the shade of red in the finished photo. I feel this goes along well with President Roosevelt’s love of nature and nature preservation.”
“This past winter I visited Maui for the first time and made the early morning trip up to the summit of Haleakalā National Park (U.S. National Park Service) to watch the sunrise (along with many other tourists) above the clouds at 10,023 feet.”
“Death Valley March 2016: Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes. Anyone who hasn’t hiked a sand dune must at least once. It looks easy but it’s not!”
“Lots of bison tred the Yellowstone region; when I visited with my family a few years ago, we observed herds of them, as well as solitary creatures, around and on the roads of the park. And even outside it, we saw one blocking road and then later a couple walking alongside with cowboys riding horses behind them. Buffalo are almost like Yellowstone pigeons, except they leave bigger droppings and charge when they get mad.”
“We moved from California to DC in 2014 and stopped by the Grand Canyon for a couple nights. If I remember correctly, this is a view along South Rim.”
“My favorite national park photo: Taken at Crater Lake National Park while hiking the Watchman Trail. Amazing natural beauty at every turn!”
“Birds Eye View…This shot of the Blue Ridge was taken a couple of years ago from the back porch of the lodge/cabin we were staying at at Shenandoah National Park.”
For my 30th birthday, I ventured to what seemed a reasonable visit – Jail. This cell block was home to some of the most notorious criminals. I framed the shot as such and did it black & white to convey the solitary/stark mood that Alcatraz invokes while touring the cell blocks.
“During the Summer hours, the Washington Monument (the Monument is managed by the National Park Service) remains open until 10:00 pm, so I planned a visit in time to see the moon rising over the city.”
“We have a tradition of traveling with my sister’s family to a different national park each year, right around the Labor Day weekend. We’ve missed the last two years because of the birth of our daughter and a trip to Asia but we’re really looking forward to start this tradition up again, especially as our daughter gets old enough to appreciate the beauty of our national parks. This image was taken at sunset at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.”