It’s been 15 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but the images of that day remain clear. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Because of the actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard the fourth plane, Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol was saved. In New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and across the country, people will gather today to remember the depth of our loss and the strength of our resolve. By visiting these places and hearing their stories, those who were taken will never be forgotten. Photo from the Flight 93 National Memorial by Tami Heilemann, Interior.
To explore Glacier National Park along with Jacob, follow @jacobwfrank on Instagram. Check out #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 to learn more about this year’s Worldwide InstaMeet, taking place this weekend, where people explore and share photographic tips while taking photos and videos together.
Landscapes stretching across endless horizons make up Jacob W. Frank’s (@jacobwfrank) office. He works as a visual information specialist (aka park photographer) at Glacier National Park in Montana. After seeing a flier for a national parks internship in college, Jacob changed his major: “I realized, wow, you can get paid to work in national parks. I didn’t even realize that was a thing.” Jacob headed out to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, taking a camera along for the journey — only after his mother’s insistence.
For this weekend’s Worldwide InstaMeet, Jacob will host photographers and nature lovers for a sunset meet at Lake McDonald, one of his favorite spots in the park. “I think a lot of people are drawn to the idea of getting to take a picture with the park photographer,” he says about sharing the best locations. “They feel like we’re giving them the inside scoop.” #LifeOnEarthWWIM13
Happy Centennial today to our National Parks!! Today marks the 100th birthday from their founding in 1916! 🎉 🏞 Pictured here are Owl and Bear @brycecanyonnps
We have been lucky to visit @grandtetonnps and @yellowstonenps recently on our #coralandtuskretreat, and earlier this summer Owl and Bear adventured with our Wholesale Account Manager @aliciascardetta to @grandcanyonnps @zionnps and @brycecanyonnps. Our parks are awe inspiring places and we are so glad they are being celebrated today and this year as their centennial!! 🎉#findyourpark #goparks #nps #nps100 #nationalparks #brycecanyon #brycecanyonnationalpark (at Bryce Canyon National Park)
Avalanche Lake at Glacier National Park in Montana is your perfect summer escape. Surrounded by old growth cedar and hemlock forests, the cool water of the lake takes the edge off the warmth of the sun. Marvel at the reflections in the lake and listen as the wind plays its symphony in the trees of this natural amphitheater. Photo by Tim Rains, National Park Service.
It’s the best time of year! The first baby bison of spring was recently spotted at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Calves are orange-red in color and can walk within 3 hours of birth. Before long, nursery groups of calves will romp around together, but never far from their mothers’ watchful eyes. Video by Deb Lee Carson, National Park Service.