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 Jewell Leads U.S. Delegation at Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue
Secretary Jewell greets Dan Larson of the State Department and members of the U.S. Delegation, as she arrives in Majuro for the Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewel, along with U.S. Ambassador Thomas Armbruster, greets a member of the security team as she arrives at the Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue in Majuro. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell, U.K. Minister of State Hugo Swire, and U.S. Ambassador Armbruster speak with participants during the Post-Forum Dialogue before beginning the full session. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell listens to remarks given by the delegate from the People's Republic of China during the Post-Forum Dialogue. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
After participating in the Post-Forum Dialogue, Secretary Jewell and members of the U.S. delegation attended bilateral meetings with some of our closest partners in the Pacific. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell attends a bilateral meeting with President Remengesau of Palau. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell meets with President Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell speaks with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand after attending bilateral meetings with our Pacific partners. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell and Ambassador Armbruster attends a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Shih of Taiwan. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary Jewell presents a gift to the host of the Pacific Islands Forum meetings, President Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall islands. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
After attending a series of meetings, Secretary Jewell visited Rongelea Atoll moi fish farm, the prototype of an aquaculture project, funded in part by the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Areas. Photo Credit: Lois Shelden
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell led the U.S. government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on September 6 in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, highlighting and building upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific.