Arches National Park
01/19/2017 at 17:10. Facebook
Winter brings the park contrast, stillness, and in many ways a chance to catch its breath. What does winter bring you? (mm)
People at U.S. Department of the Interior do some important--and pretty cool work--including our friends at Northern Colorado Plateau Network! (cw) [ On.doi.gov Link ]

15 Amazing Jobs at the Interior Department

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Reacting to Ranger PT's query, Jessie ponders... while sister Katie patiently holds his hat, for they're moving ever closer to attaining a coveted Arches' Junior Ranger Badge! #FolksofArchesProject (gr)
Day into night. (kt, photo Jacob W. Frank)
The sun sets on 2016 and the National Park Service centennial. Did you celebrate at Arches or another national park? We now enter a second century. What will the next 100 years bring? Where will you #FindYourPark in 2017? (cw) #NPS100
End of the year arch dusting compliments of maintenance staff Brett and Jonny. They are to be commended along with their team... for they also replaced many burned out light bulbs in the Visitor Center! Any New Year's projects on your docket? (gr) #FolksofArchesProject
On a chilly Arches' day, sending warmth to you and yours... May you have a wonderful holiday season! #ArchesWinter (gr, photo by Jared Erickson)
For the last 14 years, Arches National Park and the Northern Colorado Plateau Network have been monitoring natural springs in the park. Take a look at what they learned. [PDF] (cw)
The winter solstice is Dec. 21st at 3:44 am.This image shows the path of the sun from sunrise to sunset in 43 stacked photographs.Yearly, the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun.This occurance delivers the fewest sunlight hours of the year. (cw,gr) [ Apod.nasa.gov Link ]

APOD: 2007 December 22 - Tyrrhenian Sea and Solstice Sky

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With solstice around the corner, the moods of winter creep upon the land... December 21. #ArchesWinter
(gr, photo by Brett Lewis Allen)
Red rocks, green trees, purple mountains, white snow, gray clouds. A December kaleidoscope. (cw)
As if saying "A-ok, all is well"... Turret Arch basks in the evening light while being complimented by the snow capped La Sal Mountains. (gr, photo by R. Hannawacker)
Yesterday, students at HMK Elementary in Moab opened an exhibit called "Look Where We Live!" Every year 3rd and 4th graders spend time learning about, visiting, and creating artwork inspired by parks in our area. These are all plein air paintings the students created out in the field during their national park visits. (cw) #ArtsAfire #FindYourPark
Matt Hill and Tim Cooper drop by the Visitor Center in the waning hours of daylight. In a sense, their day is just beginning as the deepening darkness closes in... now it's time to absorb the night through a camera's eyes as they visit during one of their workshop pilgrimages to all 59 National Parks. #FolksofArchesProject #NightSky (gr)
Happy #WorldSoilDay! Biological Soil Crusts are a fascinating network of life that support our high desert plant and animal communities. Help protect our soil crusts by staying on trails, bare rock, or in sandy washes. (cw)
Our baby piebald deer is all grown up... and a beauty in her own right! (gr, photo by Michael Thompson)
“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (gr)
Bill Sycalik was inspired by the NPS Centennial to run a marathon in all 59 national parks. In what may be a two year endeavor, Arches was his 23rd marathon since beginning #runningtheparks on June 18th. "I want people to experience the power of nature to renew the body and spirit." ... you are invited to join him! #FolksofArchesProject (gr)
Thankful for: “There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.”
― Edward Abbey #OptOutside #FindYourPark (gr)
Find that portal to your happy place; #OptOutside on November 25th. #FindYourPark (ada)