Mind Travel: National Park Week and Earth Day

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

~Annie Leibovitz


Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Β ~Native American Proverb


Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

~Wallace Stegner


Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

~ Jay Inslee


Landscape Photography, National Park, Earth Day, Inspiration, Travel



National Park Images: Grand Canyon, South Rim | Minerva Terraces, Yellowstone | Bryce Canyon, Utah | Badlands, South Dakota | Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico |

Olympic, Washington | Half Dome, Yosemite | Capitol Reef, Utah | Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite



Virtually celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd and National Park Week, April 18-26, 2020.

Helpful links to learn more about the environment and conservation:Β 

The Nature Conservancy

National Park Service

World Wildlife Fund

National Wildlife Federation

Every day is Earth Day.



Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Photography, TravelTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. Beautiful perspectives… Thanks for sharing your love for Nature. x

  2. Your photos were so magnificent that I was wishing I could just jump into them. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  3. Wonderful landscapes Jane, the richness of color and texture is quire amazing! Explore is my fav.

  4. Simply Wow Jane. What a wonderful celebration of your wonderful National Parks. Thank you.

  5. Fantastic! Your photos convey the epic nature of the landscapes. Good to be reminded of such spaces while we are confined during lockdowns.

  6. If this was a calendar, I’d buy it on the spot. I have been fortunate to visit a few national parks, I have seen so many photos, but nothing like this❣️

    • How nice of you to say, Dina. Thank you very much. These are some favorites– I’m happy you’ve been to some of them. Dreaming of the days when we will be able to return. Your visit here is much appreciated. Take care. ❀️

  7. Wonderful tribute, Jane. Your images and quotes remind us of that they are one of our greatest national treasures. I hope you are well, too, and staying safe.

    • Thank you, Patti. It’s been great to revisit these images and imagine going back to these amazing parks. Happy you enjoyed. We are faring as well as we can– hope the same for you and yours. πŸ’™

  8. My mouth literally dropped. Marvel indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Stunning captures of these magnificent National Park, Jane. Mind travel– Love it!

  10. Marvelous! Such a lovely post. This brightens up my mood 😍

  11. Once again a stunning tribute Jane

  12. National Parks – wonderful places. (Except for the crowds.) I guessed ’em all except the last one, and it’s been way too long for most of them. Lovely, evocative shots.

    • Hi Dave, That’s so great that you guessed them all. The last of our feet could be along any nice stream. Aren’t we all dreaming of those days to come. Happy you enjoyed this tour of our great parks. So many to see! Thank you so much and I hope you are faring well.

  13. You’ve deftly captured the fantasy within each of your subjects here.

  14. Marvelous way to celebrate and cherish the wonders and beauty of this earth.

  15. Wonderful collection to celebrate the parks and the beauty of our Earth, Jane. I wish more people would honor the planet as expressed by your choice of the Native American proverb.

  16. A fitting tribute, Jane, good for you! And how fun to see a Jay Inslee quote! πŸ˜‰ Do I have a favorite? Maybe “Revere” and “Preserve.” I like the way the green bits in “Preserve” add interest. But my REAL favorite is the last photo! πŸ™‚

  17. Beautiful pictures, Jane. The one that really knocks me flat is Applaud – wowee! And Admire is excellent too. Adrian

    • Thanks, Adrian. Minerva Terraces (Applaud) at Yellowstone is the most astounding thing to see. So glad you enjoyed this tribute- they bring back great memories of better days….we will get back to them someday. 🌎

  18. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come give your mind a little vacation with Jane’s photos

  19. A wonderful tour of the National Parks – some of these I have visited, others I haven’t yet but they’re all on my list! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  20. Amazing pictures! There are a lot of fine details in the first picture. Great capture of the light inside the cape.

  21. Marvel? Cherish? We must! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  22. Fabulous views (and I even recognised some of them) of your lovely parks. And I love the captions too. Maybe now we have experienced being confined to our homes we will understand the importance of these open spaces and that we need to protect them. Maybe we should all go into quarantine for a month every year and give nature time to breathe! Fewer aeroplanes and cars would be a good result.

    • Hi Jude, The silver lining in this crisis is the positive effect it is having on our environment. There have been some fascinating news stories about the clear air and also the wildlife running free. I like your idea of a month long breather each year for the planet. We know now that we can do it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. πŸŒŽπŸ’š

  23. Love these, Jane….

    Sent from my iPad


  24. Wow! Awesome and inspiring photography, Jane!

  25. Wonderful photo’s! of wonderful places; thanks for sharing, Jane. Wish I had the money to go there..; or even better: wish everything was free. πŸ™‚

  26. Beautiful story with magnificent photos!

  27. Jane, thank you for the virtue trip through your fantastic images. It makes me itch to go on trips.

  28. Wow! These are stunning images!!!

  29. Truly wonderful photos Jane. They make me want to visit/revisit some of these places.

  30. Beautiful photos, Jane. I have a photo similar to your Grand Canyon, but not as good from 1968 roll film days. It would be a long while before I graduated to a 35 mm SLR. πŸ™‚

    Our blue-green gem, she is much more resilient than we give her credit for. Unfortunately, it’s taken a pandemic to get here from there. The canals of Venice and Milan are so crystal clear they can see the fish swimming. The perpetual haze over the LA Basin is no more with much fewer cars on the road. And, the sheen one sees in the waters of the Persian Gulf is largely gone. It becomes a matter of how we can keep it all when the “normal” returns.

    • Hi David, Ah, those first camera days… I bet they have a wonderful vintage look. You are so right, our planet is getting a much needed breather and so is our wildlife. Silver linings. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. πŸŒŽπŸ’š

  31. Those are all enticing national park images. The Grand Canyon photo is especially colorful.

  32. I agree, EVERY day is Earth Day. Isn’t it nice that She is getting a break from us lately? πŸ˜‰
    Gorgeous images, Jane, beautiful reminders to do all we can to help make the world work for all our relations. ❀

    • Thank you, Eliza. Yes! And it’s obvious that with a cohesive effort, at a minimum, the air quality is the best it’s been in decades. Glad you enjoyed my park landscapes- much appreciated. πŸ’™

  33. Beautiful, Jane, brightens up my day! I’m longing so much to go out and explore. At least two more weeks….Hope all is safe with you and yours! Marcus

    • Thank you so much, Marcus. Nice to hear from you. Good for you that you see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are in week 7 and no light yet. We are faring well, thanks, and hope you are, too.

  34. Stunning

  35. A beautiful nod to Mother Nature Jane. I sometimes wonder if everyone were able to experience the parks whether we might see a greater respect for our poor earth. If only.

    • Thanks, Tina. When I post, it’s with hope that the photographs bring more awareness and appreciation. And, of course, motivation to go. πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed- I know you’ve been to many of them.

  36. So beautiful, Jane. My heart yearns to travel. We were supposed to go to Alaska in early July, but it’s going to have to wait.

  37. Breathtaking captures, Jane ❀

  38. Thank you so much for taking me vicariously to all of the beautiful parts of this country which I’ve never seen!

  39. Gorgeous photos! I’m itching to go to Capitol Reef NP!

  40. You have got it all in the USA…quite breathtaking, all of it and more.

  41. Breathtaking! We are of the same mind today honoring Mother Earth! Feel free to link up!

  42. Stunning textures! simply love it πŸ™‚

  43. Gorgeous tributes to the scenery and beauty of the national parks. And that picture of the shoes: just another reminder of the best way to see the parks — walk them!

  44. Beautiful post, Jane. ❀ Love how you labelled each image with a word to celebrate Mother Earth. πŸ™‚

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