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Wasserfallboden by Alex Karamanov

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As you enter Zion National Park from the east, Mt. Carmel Highway offers spectacular views and ever changing landscapes as you zig-zag your way down into the park’s canyon. Ian Barin captured this pic from above the winding road at sunset this past June. Photo courtesy of Ian Barin.

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Waterfall Trail, Cloudland Canyon State Park by Jason Parker
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Lying at the foot of Lookout Mountain in North Georgia, Cloudland Canyon State Park is bristling with things to do. Its namesake, a picturesque gorge, is easily viewed from the parking area, but those more adventurous types have a plethora of trails to enjoy which provide access to numerous scenic locales. The best of these can be accessed on the waterfall trail, a short but steep hike down into the canyon floor which visits two waterfalls and also provides picturesque views of the canyon floor. Though the length of the trail would seem no challenge to experienced hikers, the ascent, a nearly vertical and containing hundreds of steps, is nothing to be trifled with, as I found out the hard way while hiking before I had properly hydrated myself.

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Ravens at Natural Bridge (Bryce Canyon National Park) by Mark Stevens
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These two ravens were curious explorers of the people in the parking area. I’d read in many places how one had to be ever watchful as ravens are known for their “trickster” like behavior. These two did not disappoint as they wandered around…

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Autumn leaf by Alex Karamanov