spruce island

An eagle flies through a rainbow as a storm clears one of the many small islands on Lake Vermilion. The fifth largest lake in Minnesota, Lake Vermilion contains over 75 small public land islands covered with birch, pine and spruce. Some of the islands have boat-in campsites, and many are only large enough for one site, ensuring that you can have an entire island to yourself!    The Bureau of Land Management works with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe (also referred to as Chippewa) to protect traditional-use areas and cultural sites on the islands. The lake is popular for fishing and contains a diversity of species including largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike and perch. Photo by Bob Wick, (@mypubliclands) Bureau of Land Management.


fog over White Head, rock and soruce forms, Monhegan, Maine, Brownie Reflex 20, Ilford HP4+, Ilfosol 3 Developer, 5.31.16 by steve aimone


#mypubliclandroadtrip visits the botanical bonanza that is the O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden in Oregon!  

BLM manages the Spruce Reach Island, a 67-acre site situated between Hwy. 38 and the Umpqua River across from the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area.

The previous landowner, O.H. Hinsdale, planted hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas in an English woodland garden style. The garden is a historical resource that is potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  

This is truly a one-of-a-kind site to see! (BLM Oregon photos)


Some pictures from my trip to Maine. 

Maine is the northeasternmost state in the U.S., it is known for its rocky coastline, long maritime history and abundant parks and reserves, including the famed granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park.

Moose are plentiful in Baxter State Park, which encompasses towering Mt. Katahdin, endpoint of the Appalachian Trail. Deep, wide Lake Sebago and other Lakes Region waters are popular for fishing and boating.

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