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August 10, 2008

Wall Arch and Our National Parks

Filed under: Environment,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 4:50 pm

On my list of United States national treasures is our national parks maintained by the US National Park Service. It is truly at the top of the list of American accomplishments for preserving our environment and our history. I was reminded of this, this morning about our national parks when I read the story about the Wall Arch collapsing in the Arches National Park, Utah due to gravity and erosion. The Wall Arch is one of the most photographed places in our national parks and was a marvel to look at. It is unfortunate that this occurred, but there is no stopping the forces of nature.

Wall Arch

Wall Arch

When I read the article I immediately remembered the famous photograph by Ansel Adams entitled Moon and Half Dome. I have had a reproduction of this photograph hanging in my home since 1988. However, I seem to recall a few years back hearing about a partial collapse of Half Dome, but I cannot substantiate it.

Half Dome

Half Dome

The beauty of our national park system is truly amazing. I have enjoyed some of our national parks, mainly in the eastern United States, and mainly in the southern Appalachians. I have enjoyed many drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway beginning at Ashville, North Carolina and ending at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Along this part of the Blue Ridge Parkway I have enjoyed looking at the architecture of the Great Depression, visiting the Pisgah National Forest, taking in the fauna of the region, and hiking in the Devil’s Grave Yard, although my favorite stop along this leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway remains Looking Glass Mountain an absolute vision to behold and guiding post for Cherokee Indians and settlers to the region.

Looking Glass Mountain

Looking Glass Mountain

If you have not had the opportunity to visit any of our national parks anywhere in the United States, please do so. They are true national treasures and real visions of beauty.

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