Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: USGS Scientists Discover that the Threatened Gulf Sturgeon also Spawns in the Fall
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For the first time ever, USGS fish biologists have discovered that one species of North American sturgeon not only spawns in the spring, but as they have long hypothesized, also spawns in the fall. This discovery was recently reported in an advance online issue of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology in an article co-authored by Southeast Ecological Science Center (SESC) scientists, Michael Randall and Kenneth Sulak. The Gulf Sturgeon, protected under ESA as threatened, is a large, ancient and charismatic fish inhabiting seven natal rivers from Florida to Louisiana, well on its way to recovery in the Suwannee River. The paper is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2012.01960.x/pdf (POC: Rachel Pawlitz, 352-264-3554 or Mike Randall, 352-264-3521).