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.
Secretary Salazar Attends Main Interior Building's Renaming Ceremony
Jonah Udall and Senator Tom Udall read the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building Plague at the building's dedication ceremony on September 21st. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Robert Stanton, giving opening remarks at the Udall ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senators Jeff Bingaman and Mark Udall pictured with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senator Tom Udall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Former Wyoming Senator, Alan Simpson gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Mark Udall gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Jeff Bingaman gives his remarks at the Stewart Lee Udall dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaking at the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building dedication ceremony. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Denis and Jonah Udall on stage as Jonah performs "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,"written by Denis Udall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Udall family unveil the Stewart Lee Udall Interior building plaque. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar reading the Udall plague. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
Senator Tom Udall gives his closing remarks. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
The Udall family and audience members perform "This Land is Your Land." Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar honored the life and legacy of Stewart Lee Udall the main Interior building's dedication ceremony. Commemorating the legislation signed by President Barack Obama on June 8, 2010 designating the Department of the Interior Building as the “Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building,” the event was widely attended by family and friends of the Udall family.