Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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).
Secretary Salazar Unveils Ansel Adams Murals at the Department of the Interior
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WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled an exhibit within the corridors of the Department of the Interior of 26 never-before installed murals taken by famed photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams. The images, part of the Ansel Adams: The Mural Project 1941-1942, have been installed on the first and second floors of the Department as originally envisioned by the artist and then-Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes.
“Through Adams' artistry, he demonstrated not only the ‘grandeur and influence of the Natural Scene' – as he so eloquently put it – but the benefits of conservation, sound direction, and stewardship of those resources,” said Secretary Salazar. Secretary Ickes first met Adams at a 1936 conference on the future of national and state parks. A keen student of both conservation and art, Ickes soon thereafter acquired Adams' mural-sized triptych, Leaves, for display in his personal office.
So impressed was Ickes with the photographer, he commissioned the artist in 1941 to produce a series of photographic murals for installation in the new Department headquarters. With the advent of World War II, the Department canceled the project and never installed Adams' photographs.
The spectacular images were taken at some of the American West's most iconic sites including the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks as well as Boulder Dam. There are also captivating images of Navajo and Pueblo Indians.
Upon taking office, Secretary Salazar directed the installation within the corridors of the Main Interior Building. “It is my hope that visitors from across our great nation now will have a chance to see the blessings of America's great outdoors through the lens of one of America's greatest artists”
The original photographs (signed exhibition copy by Adams) are stored at the National Archives to ensure their preservation and protection.
A photo slide show of the prints will be available on our website at www.doi.gov at 6:30pm EST.