I am Judy Gutlerner, living in Amherst Massachusetts, U.S.A., a retired music teacher.
Some of our favorite family vacations have been to visit some of the National Parks where we learned to appreciate and understand the Natural World.
Some of the most magnificent places to visit in America are our National Parks. These are beautiful places that have been preserved and protected by the federal government. There are 300 million acres of such lands and 58 National Parks, located all around the country. Some plants and animals have had their habitats diminished, but in these parks, they can safely exist and thrive.
The first National Park preserved was Yellowstone, which was considered to be the first National Park in the world in 1872. It is the most popular of the parks.
Because of how vast the United States is, these parks reflect almost every type of landscape, from ocean to forests, mountains, canyons, deserts, etc. For example, there is the Petrified Forest National Park in New Mexico where you can see fossilized, petrified trees of stone, a Redwood National Park of California where you can find the largest trees in the world, in Southern California you can visit the Joshua Tree National Park where you will see the most unusual trees, one of a kind in the world, in the Southwest region of the country you can visit 2000 natural stone arches at Arches National Park, etc.
I have visited many of these National Parks and have always marveled at their breathtaking beauty and landscapes. Here are some photos I took from Death Valley National Park where the wildflowers were blooming coming up from the driest of earth, where there is only 2 inches a rainfall a year. Those sand mountains were incredible to see. In the other photo, you will see examples of a Joshua tree, which is the photo I have chosen for my icon.
Have you ever visited one of our National Parks? if so, please tell us about it and share your photos too.
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