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The fall colors are showing at Blue Lake in North Cascades National Park in Washington. Photographer Albert Yang described the scene he captured: “The lake was so still I almost felt like I had to hold my breath to embrace it. I was searching for fall colors and these larch trees were just gorgeous. It was my first time exploring this area and I know I will return many, many times in the future.” Photo courtesy of Albert Yang.

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According to Cory Evans, Park Superintendent for Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, Texas, during a statewide disaster, Texas State Parks waive entry fees and offer shelter to evacuees. Evans, who would normally be monitoring campers and day use visitors during Labor Day Holiday weekend, is instead coordinating volunteer groups and helping with the basic needs of evacuees.

“It has been great to see the overwhelming response from the local community,” says Evans.

Roughly 7,500 people have sought shelter at Texas State Parks since the state parks opened to evacuees on Aug. 24, before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, according to Stephanie Garcia, a representative with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Seeking Shelter, Harvey Evacuees Stay In State Parks

Photos: Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

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Comics Sonnet #1: On Rockford, Illinois & the nearby rural areas. (Drawn in Somerville, MA)