ENVIRONMENT
12/31/2014 02:44 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2014

The 10 Best Photos From The Department Of The Interior's Instagram Account In 2014

We've seen some stunning photos of America's public lands pop up on the Department of the Interior's Instagram account over the past year, including some striking animal shots and glorious nightscapes.

The agency is tasked with protecting more than 500 million acres of public lands and waterways across the country, including a wide breadth of national parks, from Acadia to Yosemite.

Take a look at the top 10 Instagram posts on the Interior Department's account from 2014, and follow along throughout the new year @usinterior.

Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.
Photo courtesy of Cameron Patrick.
Photo by Robert Buman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is our second photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd. This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

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Photo by Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo by Gary Eslinger, USFWS.

Photo courtesy of David Lane (@drlane56).

America’s public lands, like #Yosemite #NationalPark in California (pictured here), are some of the best places for stargazing. Joseph Taylor (@joe__taylor) captured this stunner of the endless #MilkyWay galaxy floating above the granite monoliths -- Washington Column and #HalfDome -- in @YosemiteNPS’s Stoneman Meadow. "To be a part of a beautiful moment on Earth like this one is always breathtaking, but to capture it with my camera was incredible,” says Joseph. Want to be featured on @USInterior’s Instagram account and our other social media channels? Tag us in your amazing images of national parks, wildlife refuges (@usfws) or @mypubliclands, and we could end up sharing your photo of America’s public lands!

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Taylor (@joe__taylor).

"If it isn't God's backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIP Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers

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Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo courtesy of Toby Harriman (www.tobyharriman.com).
Photo by Daniel D'Auria (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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