Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
2/15/2017 - TREASURES FROM THE IACB: ALLAN HOUSER, MORNING SONG (1971)
Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994) created dramatic sculptures that are lyrical and capture the inner presence and spirit of Apache dancers, female figures, and other important images drawn from his childhood memories of stories told and songs performed by his father.
Born near Apache, Oklahoma, Houser was raised to be a cattleman on his family ranch. Ranching was a struggle in the Depression years, and it was necessary to work long days to make ends meet. To break up the monotony, Houser said, "[o]ccasionally, I would sit down and sketch something. Once, I used a pocket knife to carve a figure out of red cedar. It was of a man kneeling, hands on knees, as if singing a tribal song" (Katz 1980:103).
Houser eventually graduated from the Chilocco Indian High School in Newkirk, Oklahoma, and later attended the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico where he was introduced to Dorothy Dunn and the Studio School in 1934. Houser was trained as a painter and was one of several Native American artists selected in 1938 to create murals for the newly constructed Department of the Interior building, Washington, D.C. He later turned to sculpture during WWII while living in Los Angeles.
Houser recalled: "In my spare time I went to the Otis Art Institute. I didn't attend classes, but I studied the sculpture there. I met a sculptor who encouraged me, told me what tools I needed, got me interested in stone....Suddenly, I saw myself involved in the creative process. I began experimenting and saw that anything was possible" (Katz 1980:104).
Houser began teaching art in 1951 and eventually joined the faculty at the newly established Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, in 1962. During and after his tenure at the Institute, he helped inspire, mentor, and launch the artistic careers of many generations of Native American artists.
Houser completed Morning Song (bronze, H. 7”, A-72-102) in 1971. In describing the work he stated: "I did a piece in bronze called Morning Song. An older couple has danced the Apache Back and Forth, a social dance, most of the night. Now they sit and listen as the singers sing the morning song around the drums and the sun comes up. They're tired: They're in repose" (Katz 1980:107).
– Lars Krutak, PhD, Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Jane B. Katz (ed.). 1980 This Song Remembers: Self-Portraits of Native American in the Arts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.