Happy Winter Solstice, 2016 Photo made while standing at the foot of Rainbow Mountain, Mount Wilson in the distance with the sun about to dip behind Oak Creek Canyon and in the foreground, glowing native plant Desert Needlegrass.
Rainbow Mountains, Sandstone Escarpment Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Spring Mountains Range, Las Vegas Nevada
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a stunning desert landscape in Nevada. The grey limestone of the La Madre Peaks contrasts beautifully with the red sandstone in Rainbow Mountains. About the area, photographer Bob Wick says: “It’s amazing to be in a wilderness setting looking at the Las Vegas Strip just 10 miles away as the crow flies.” Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands ).
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in Utah protects a unique transition zone – the meeting of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin Desert and Mojave Desert. Where these distinct landscapes overlap, unusual plants and animals have evolved, including flowers like the dwarf bearclaw poppy and Shivwits milk-vetch that grow nowhere else on earth. Explore the area’s flora, wildlife and spectacular desert scenery with more than 130 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Photo by Bob Wick @mypubliclands
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada – only 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip – entices visitors with a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, mountain biking and more. With so many recreational opportunities, there’s something for everyone. After a few straight days of rain and dark clouds, the skies cleared to create this serene sunrise over the area’s unique desert landscape. Photo courtesy of Josh Packer.
POLITICS: It’s 100 days to the 2015 General Election and as the campaigning gets into gear, Britain is poised to hear what parties from all sides of the political spectrum have to say on a key policy area: Creme Eggs.
Pointless Letters has been able to use key inside contacts to get a sense of what manifesto commitments will be made in the run-up to May:
CONSERVATIVES: “We pledge to index-link the price of Creme Eggs to Faberge Eggs, and will make it illegal for anyone on benefits to even look at one.”
LABOUR: “We promise we will never ever go to war to secure another country’s Creme Egg stockpiles or natural fondant reserves. Honest.”
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: “Please don’t throw them at us.”
UKIP: “You do all know they’re brown, right? Is no-one else worried about this?”
Covering 68,000 acres and extending along 35 miles of coastline in California, King Range National Conservation Area preserves the dramatic meeting of the land and the sea. This remote region is known as California’s Lost Coast and is only accessed by a few back roads. But it’s worth the effort! The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers and abalone divers. Photos by mypubliclands.
June #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover: Top 15 Places to Stargaze on the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM California
1. Amargosa Wild and Scenic River 2. Cadiz Dunes Wilderness 3. California Coastal National Monument 4. Carrizo Plain National Monument 5. Fort Ord National Monument 6. Kingston Range Wilderness 7. Little Black Sands Beach in King Range National Conservation Area 8. Lost Coast Trail at King Range National Conservation Area 9. North Maricopa Wilderness 10. Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area 11. Piper Mountains Wilderness 12. Point Arena-Stornetta in California Coastal National Monument 13. San Gorgonio Wilderness 14. Slinkard Wilderness 15. Whipple Mountains Wilderness
Thanks for following the June #conservationlands15 features on My Public Lands Tumblr, and our takeover of americasgreatoutdoors Instagram account (https://instagram.com/usinterior/). Stay tuned all week as the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits these top 15 California spots for stargazing and much more.
Red Rock National Conservation Area in Las Vegas The ideal location for a day trip in the fall when visiting Las Vegas. The weather is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and picnicking amongst stunning rock formations.
The harbor seals at King Range National Conservation Area in BLM California are awake and ready for the #conservationlands15 celebration.
Today, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip travels to King Range as the BLM, americasgreatoutdoors, partners and the local community celebrate the 15th Anniversary of our National Conservation Lands. The roadtrip will check out amazing views, trails and recreation fun, wildlife and more - so stay tuned.