Will This Park Be Gone in 2050?

By Eilene Lyon This National Park could literally vanish during your lifetime. The Everglades National Park was the first national park set aside to protect a threatened ecosystem. The “River of Grass” has been heavily impacted by removal of water to serve the needs of Florida’s burgeoning population. As a result, changing habitat has led... Continue Reading →

National Parks 2013 – 2017 – Part 3

By Eilene Lyon It’s been a couple weeks since my last post about National Parks and other public lands.  As I mentioned before, I highly encourage you to learn more about the history of these places and the threats they face by clicking on the links below. Let’s start with Glacier National Park (feature photo... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong with Transplanting?

By Eilene Lyon First, this post is not about putting vegetables in your garden, though I’ll point out that there are many reasons you shouldn’t put non-native ornamentals in your yard.  The problems we have here in the western U. S. with tamarisk and Russian olive are an illustration of what can go wrong. Rather,... Continue Reading →

Oasis

By Eilene Lyon When you think "oasis," perhaps it conjures an image that starts out as a rippling, liquid mirage on the horizon surrounded by dunes of hot, red sand.  As you get closer, it resolves itself into a cluster of palm trees surrounding a cool, blue pool of crystalline water.  You dismount from your... Continue Reading →

National Parks 2013 – 2017 – Part 2

By Eilene Lyon These are more of the parks and other public lands I’ve visited over the past five years, minus the political lecture (see Part I).  To learn more about issues affecting these places, click on the links.  The image above is the White Canyon in Bears Ears National Monument (2017). This 1.3 million... Continue Reading →

National Parks 2013 – 2017 – Part 1

By Eilene Lyon I'd like to share some images from the parks I've visited over the past five years.  Some are not National Parks, but have other designations such as National Monument, National Preserve, National Recreation Area, etc.  But all are protected as public land for ALL Americans (and people from other countries are welcome... Continue Reading →

A Special Tree Hug

By Eilene Lyon Last year I visited several national parks, as I do every year.  This photo shows bristlecone pines in  Great Basin National Park.  Yes, I was there hugging trees.  It’s true.  But there were no witnesses (other than the trees), so you’ll have to trust me on that.  When I peered out of... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑