Tag: National Park Service

When the Light, Shadow and Stars Aligned: Standing Where Ansel Adams Stood

There was frost on the tent when we awoke at 5 a.m. As we climbed back up to the tripod location, the landscape felt newly familiar. All the uncertainty of the dark dissolved, like shadows in a nightmare. Now I saw the view as Adams had seen it. Although I couldn’t yet know for sure, […]

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Yosemite National Park Closed Amid Record-Setting Snow

Yosemite National Park, an iconic symbol of American wilderness, has seen plenty of snow in its 133-year history. But the snow drifts piling up there this week have been extreme, and they’ve kept the park closed for five days and counting. The storms hitting the area over the last week or so have coincided with […]

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A Brief History of Spying With Balloons

A Chinese balloon seen hovering over Montana this week has been described as an “intelligence-gathering” airship by the Pentagon and a stray civilian research airship by China. Whatever its intended use, the balloon offers a reminder of how for more than a century, governments have used balloons for surveillance and observation, most often during times […]

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