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Lawsuit Filed Over Administration's Border Wall, Claims It Will Adversely Impact National Parks

The Trump administration's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal aliens out of the country has drawn a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, who claim that wall if constructed would impact millions of people, endangered species, and national parks.

Photography In The National Parks: My Favorite Photos Of 2016

The new year is a time to reflect on events and photos from the previous year. How did you fare photographically for 2016? Do you have any particular favorite images? Why are they your favorites? After reviewing 2016, photographer Rebecca Latson presents her favorite images captured during that year with an explanation of why she likes each one, including camera settings, accessories used, and reasons for photographing the image.

Three Days In Big Bend National Park

Quiet spreads across Big Bend National Park during the winter months, both in the lack of visitors to this grand rumpled slice of parkland in southwestern Texas as well as audibly. Silence pervades the Chihuahuan Desert, both day and night. The wind blows, but it’s felt more than heard. The Chisos Mountains are quiet as well. The cactus and Ocotillo plants look drab and thornier than usual without their brilliant spring blooms to grace and hide the sharp spikes. Cooler temperatures prevail, and occasional snow- or hail-storms punctuate the season.

Photography In The National Parks: The Great Rewards Of Lowered Expectations

When you and your camera visit a national park known for its vista or wildlife, you tend to carry with you some pretty high expectations of framing in your viewfinder that perfect shot of a bear or wolf. Sometimes, though, you might not see what you hoped to see. What then? Photographer Rebecca Latson urges you to lower those expectations just a little bit and focus on other things within that national park, and ultimately you will come away with some great imagery despite those dashed expectations.

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