Back in the 1960s Elliott Key was slated for development. Since all other Florida Keys had been carpeted with hotels, restaurants, and neighborhoods, the developers ran into opposition by conservationists and local residents who wanted to see the area remain natural. The name “Spite” derives from the fact that the developers cut a six-lane highway right down the middle of the island in an attempt to destroy any of the natural appeal that it might have—to spite the conservationists. However, this did not stop the by-now popular anti-development movement and in 1968 Biscayne National Monument was created and plans for any further development came to an end.⠀
The National Park Service bills the Spite Highway Trail as the only true hiking trail in Biscayne National Park, with the other four being nothing more than short nature walks. The trail is no longer six lanes wide, but a one-lane wide swathe through the forest still runs right down the middle of Elliott Key. (nationalparkplanner.com)⠀
📍: Spite Highway, Elliott Key, Biscayne National Park, FL⠀
📅 : February 2018⠀
Great blue herons are waders, typically seen along coastlines, in marshes, or near the shores of ponds or streams. They are expert fishers. Herons snare their aquatic prey by walking slowly, or standing still for long periods of time and waiting for fish to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. Though great blue herons hunt alone, they typically nest in colonies. They prefer tall trees, but sometimes nest in low shrubs. Females produce two to seven eggs, which both parents protect and incubate. Chicks can survive on their own by about two months of age. (natgeo)⠀
📍: Everglades National Park, FL⠀
📅 : February 2018⠀
Researchers at the South Florida Natural Resource Center for the National Park Service, found that mangrove forests have two to three times the net carbon trapping ability of many other forests, making them an important player in the fight against climate change.⠀
As leaves fall from trees, they decompose and the trapped carbon slowly drains back into the atmosphere. Mangrove leaves drop into the water. Lower oxygen levels in that water means that leaves decay more slowly than they would in air. The leaves also serve as a primary food source for a variety of animals like worms, shrimp, fish and crabs. These animals transport that carbon to deeper water. Deeper still if they are eaten by larger animals. When they die, they sink to the bottom where their carbon remains trapped indefinitely. (nps)⠀
📍: Biscayne National Park, FL⠀
📅 : February 2018⠀
Yesterday I got a call from the outside world, but I said no in thunder. I was a dog on a short chain and now there’s no chain.
- Jim Harrison
This was where I met Romy. I can't remember what I said that started the conversation, but what was supposed to be a 3 hrs hike turned into 5.
-Winter Wildlife Feature II-
While bison display some impressive adaptations for surviving winter, they, along with other ungulates, share one significant disadvantage during the winter, a lack of speed and agility in deep snow. While this may sound more like an inconvenience, it becomes a matter of life and death when your main predator appears to move through the snow as if it wasn’t there. This is the distinct winter advantage of the wolf. Wolves are made for winter. While their prey struggle and sink in the snow, wolves float relatively effortlessly on the surface. Their secret lies in the design of their paws. A wide round shape, and thin webbing between each toe enables each paw to function as a snowshoe. In the search for prey, a pack of wolves may cover 30 snow covered miles in a day.
Biscayne National Park is more than exquisite aquamarine waters, it's also home to the Maritime Heritage Trail, which offers an exciting opportunity to explore the remains of some of the park's many shipwrecks. ⠀
Six wrecks, spanning nearly a century and a wide variety of sizes and vessel types, have been mapped, brochures have been produced and mooring buoys have been installed. The newest addition to the trail is the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse. (Nps)
📍: Biscayne National Park, FL⠀
📅 : February 2018⠀
The thing about being strong is that you have to believe to be true. It’s all in your head and you are stronger than you think. #MondayMotivation
📷: Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I simply love this picture. It’s happy to look at, it’s like a smooth, shiny, perfect rainbow 🌈 of colors and reflections, still but yet so alive. No one other than Mother Nature can achieve this level of “amazingness”
📝: For great overall views, there is now a new short trail that takes you to that hill you can see behind the spring in this picture—the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail. If visiting for the first time, I recommend doing both the boardwalk (from where I took this picture) and the overlook trail. The Grand Prismatic Spring is for me the most unforgettable sight of Yellowstone National Park. It’s the third largest spring in the world at 112m/370ft wide and it’s deeper than a 10-story building.
Did you know that several U.S. #Presidents traveled to or near the Oneida Carry at one point or another? This list includes, but is not limited to: ‣‣ George #Washington came to the site in 1783 to see the remains and look for land to purchase.
‣‣ James Madison and James Monroe came to the location in 1784 to witness and participate in the signing of the Treaty of 1784.
‣‣ In 1853, at the age of 17, future president Grover Cleveland spent time at his mother's home in Holland Patent, NY; only 10 miles away from the remains of the fort. He was at a crossroads in his life and was trying to plan his future career. ‣‣ Sadly, in spring of 1865, President Abraham #Lincoln's body was carried over the Oneida Carry as his funeral train rolled through on its way to Springfield, Illinois. ‣‣ Theodore #Roosevelt traveled through the area several times during the late 1800s and early 1900s, at one point staying at the Stanwix Hall Hotel, built on grounds of the old fort. He even came through Rome, NY in 1901, on his way to Buffalo (shortly after President William McKinley was mortally wounded at the World Fair), not knowing that he would be sworn in as President of the United States shortly thereafter. ‣‣ John F. #Kennedy stood on the steps of the Oneida County Courthouse building (a block away from the remains of the fort) while on his 1960 presidential campaign.
#PresidentsDay#DidYouKnow#FortStanwix#Parks101#TR#JFK#history#RomeNY 📷 credit: @rhsfriendsofthefort@NationalParkGeek
At Brooks Camp, brown bears congregate to feed on sockeye salmon in the Brooks River during summer. Three wildlife viewing platforms along the #river offer safe and spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities while minimizing our potential impact on the bears. NPS Photo W. Artz @katmainpp
Port Alsworth is home to #LakeClarkNationalPark and Preserve's Field Heaquarters and Visitor Center. From there, you can experience some of the incredible wilderness and scenery that the park is known for. If you're planning a trip to Port Alsworth, be sure to come prepared. Port Alsworth is not connected to a road system and there are no grocery stores. NPS Photo K. Lewandowski @lakeclarknps
4 36083:49 PM Jan 31, 2018
I started climbing recently, and to put it mildly - I'm a little obsessed. Something about moving over rock, being so focused on a singular action, & the feeling of accomplishment if you're able to solve that one puzzle piece.
Needless to say, I'm looking at these mountains in my backyard with brand new eyes.
Any climbers out there? Would love to hear some of your favorites spots!
Please follow me: @hikingloversx
5 4826 days ago
Experiencing geysers, wildlife and beautiful scenery at Yellowstone National Park from the saddle of a bicycle proved to be one of the most memorable experiences of my cross-country trip a few years ago. Traveling through the park in August had its downsides: hordes of tourists, many of them in RVs the size of buses, made navigating the traffic in the park quite stressful at times. Yet, opportunities like seeing Silex Spring, with its pale blue color and steam rising from the close to 200F hot water, made it all worth it. @yellowstonenps | @nationalparkservice | #yellowstonepledge
9 836:06 AM Jan 10, 2018
It's going to be like 80 degrees F today in Louisville and I'm over here like... mountains and snow, please?
Great Sand Dunes National Park in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. @greatsanddunesnps
5 4623 hours ago
"Don’t just sit here and look cute!” (A.K.A. an unofficial motto for #DitchYourResolutionDay 2018)! 😊🐇 Don't feel bad about resolutions that may already be slipping. You can always swap them out for some #FindYourPark-inspired ones! There are still more than 11 months to complete some very attainable park-focused goals. See the details in our bio. #EncuentraTuParque [📷: Walter Bonora in @RockyNPS via @Share_the_Experience]
97 67303:06 AM Jan 18, 2018
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