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The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them) Part 2

Last week I presented “The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them).” I later realized that most people focus on the “most” or “least” of something, and that often leaves out the “next most” … Continue reading

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The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them) Part 1

Although the United States has over 400 locations administered by the National Park Service, there are only 59 that are official “national parks.” Of these 47 are located in the lower 48 states and are relatively accessible. Most people know … Continue reading

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2014 Countdown: 20 Favorite Wildlife Photos

In the long and proud tradition of year-end countdowns, I thought I’d mark the end of 2014 with a few of my own. This first series is “20 Favorite Wildlife Photos.” Out of all the wildlife I managed to photograph this year, … Continue reading

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Jamaican anole

The Jamaican anole (Squamata: Polychrotidae: Anolis grahami), also known as Graham’s anole, is one of seven native species of anole lizards found on the island of Jamaica. Females like the one shown here are relatively drab, sporting little more than black … Continue reading

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Black rat snake

Capable of exceeding eight feet (2.4 m) in length, black rat snakes (Squamata: Colubridae: Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta or Pantherophis obsoletus obsoleta) are one of the longest native snakes in the United States. It’s more common for adults to reach only about six feet (1.8 … Continue reading

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Canyonlands National Park

A large, maze-like wilderness of rocky mesas, cliffs, canyons, and rivers, Canyonlands National Park protects an amazing region of southeast Utah. Established in 1964, this park features breathtaking views, imposing landscapes, a fascinating range of geologic features, as well as a variety of … Continue reading

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Common side-blotched lizard

Common side-blotched lizards (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae: Uta stansburiana) can be found throughout much of the western United States and Mexico. They are abundant in arid and semi-arid regions, and are frequently encountered in rocky and sandy areas of desert shrublands and pinyon-juniper … Continue reading

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