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.
Photos: New Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument
Secretary Salazar participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar takes a hard-hat tour of the new Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar chats with a construction worker. The Visitor Center is in the final stages of construction completion, the new exhibit hall is expected to open to the public on October 4. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar speaks to construction workers at Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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Secretary Salazar participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new 7,595-square foot Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument, on the border of Colorado and Utah. A recipient of construction funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new visitor center will feature exhibits explaining the monument and its features, an auditorium for programs and viewing of park films, a monument information desk, and the park bookstore.