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Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will permanently protect north-central Maine’s  awe-inspiring mountains, forests and waters for current and future generations. The approximately 87,500 acres that make up the new national monument is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski. What a great way to kick off the National Park Service’s next 100 years of conservation! Photos courtesy of Bill Duffy (top) and Scott Miller (middle & bottom).

Inspired by Nepal: Bringing some colour to the grey rock and ice world of the Bugaboos. 

While strands of prayer flags are commonplace in the Himalayas, I believe their spiritual meaning can be appreciated in alpine places across the world. For those of us whose hearts are ever drawn to the wild, all mountains are sacred places.

Crescent Spire, Bugaboo Provincial Park, BC Canada