Have you ever seen lightning make such crazy shapes? This bolt looks like a Tyrannosaurus rex getting ready to chomp a formation at Blue Mesa in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Monsoons usher in summer lightning, so explore safely and be sure to check the weather. Photo by Hallie Larsen, National Park Service.
Thériault Jean-François’s photo project, Public Park, takes you on a dreamlike tour of vacant French parks by night. Just beautiful.
In my neighborhood they are everywhere. The majority are hidden behind rows of property or behind woodland. Really difficult to find them by car, you have to explore a little bit, take your bike and find the trails that bring to the fields. It’s always surprising to come across huge parks where we least expect it.
Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! For the last century, the National Park Service has protected America’s Best Idea, ensuring current and future generations can experience the country’s natural, cultural and historic treasures. The birth of the National Park Service can be traced to back to June 30, 1864, when the federal government set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias – land that would later become Yosemite National Park in California. Photo by Lesli Cohan (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Summer in the PNW? Yes, please! And there’s no better place to explore than North Cascades National Park in Washington. The park is part of more than 2 million acres of wilderness, including nearby Mount Baker Wilderness (pictured here). Enjoy the solitude, peace and challenge that hiking in this beautiful park and surrounding wildernesses offer. Remember to walk lightly in all wilderness areas, so that many generations more may discover this place too. Photo courtesy of Dene Miles.
A hillside in southern Scotland has been transformed from an
abandoned industrial site into a Universe-themed public park, complete
with models of black holes, the Milky Way galaxy, and comet’s tails that you can walk through.
The Crawick Multiverse
is 80 km south of Glasgow in the countryside of Dumfries and Galloway.
Set over 55 acres, the park is a modern take on Neolithic monuments such
as Stonehenge, which paid tribute to the movements of the Solar System -
but this time the focus is on the latest advances in physics, such as
chaos theory and the idea of parallel universes.
“One theory of pre-history is that stone circles frame the far hills
and key points, and while I wanted to capture today’s cosmology, not
yesterday’s, I was aware of this long landscape tradition,” landscape
architect Charles Jencks, who created the park, told BBC Earth.
Jencks was given the land by the Duke of Buccleuch and
Queensberry after the coal mine shut down, because they didn’t know what
else to do with the muddy hillside. It had ridges cut into it and
nothing seemed to grow there.
As excavation started, it revealed thousands of half-buried
boulders that Jencks decided to turn into huge, science-inspired
Two of the biggest models are of the Milky Way and Andromeda
galaxies, which people can walk through in an attempt to graps the scale
There’s also a mound where mudstone slabs trace a spiral path up
to the top that represents the multiverse. Along the way, some of the
slabs are carved out to symbolise other potential universes where
different physical laws apply.