Where’s the best place to look for wildlife when visiting America’s public lands? Sometimes you have to look where you least expect. Case in point: This pic of bobcat hiding in a cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. Photo by National Park Service.


It’s International Dark Sky Week 2015!

The Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in Arizona, jointly managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and National Park Service, is a vast remote landscape where the only nighttime light comes from the stars. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) recognized the unspoiled quality of its pristine and breathtaking night skies with an official IDA designation as “Parashant International Night Sky Province,” joining an elite group of other international Night Sky Places around the globe.

Enjoy the starry skies over the Grand Canyon Parashant along with other BLM lands that, while not official IDA sites, offer stunning views of the Milky Way. #SeeBLM #findyourpark

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Long star trails stretch across the sky above our tent in White Sands during this 7 hour long exposure on film.  This park becomes incredibly quiet at night as they close the gates completely and only the few people who are willing to backpack into the dunes get to stay in the park.

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico - March 2015

Shot Notes:

Provia 100f 4x5, 75mm Super Angulon
7 hours at f8, no filters

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is gorgeous in the spring! Located in south Arizona, Organ Pipe Cactus protects 516 square miles of Sonoran Desert. In the spring, the park’s landscape is carpeted in wildflowers – like yellow poppies, blue lupine and magenta common owl’s clover. Photo courtesy of Ed Cooper.

After exploring Arches national park, we decided to drive in Colorado, unplanned. We were about 30 minutes from the border so took a scenic, but long drive down the Colorado river. We made it past the border and ticked off our fifth state! And then went to McDonald’s.

We decided we had to do more than visit Macdonalds in Colorado so we stopped at a coffee shop for some tea to refuel and then drove to Colorado’s National Monument. Once again unbeatable scenery


A hidden gem in America’s Pacific Northwest is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. Called an amazing treasure, Cascade-Siskiyou covers more than 62,000 acres and is best known for the unique landscapes created by the convergence of species from the high deserts of the Northern Great Basin to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Coast. 

As BLM photographer Bob Wick said: “This area is a botanist’s dream where the Cascade, Great Basin and Coast Range-Klamath ecosystems come together. You can turn a corner and go from walking through a dense mossy red fir forest to sagebrush and mountain mahogany in a few feet.”

Pictured here are some of the stunning views from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including the sun, full moon, Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock, all captured May 3, 2015. Photos by Bob Wick, mypubliclands.


This traveler is strolling through the Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon. Look at the color on those piles! The units are highly altered ash layers, erupted from volcanoes in the area.


Happy Earth Day 2015 from the BLM!

Enjoy a snapshot of your amazing public lands - #noplacelikehome.

Whether you #hike #ride #climb #bike or #volunteer, share your own nature photos today with tag #NatureSelfie.

Today, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine to honor 100 years of the National Park Service. To date, the President has protected more land and water than any other president in history—commitments that will protect our land, water and wildlife for future generations:


The White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.