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.
The morning commute is a little different at #Yellowstone #NationalPark. Cameron Patrick captured this photo on a cold morning -- just after the #bison herd had waded through a river along side the road. The bisons' body heat caused the water to turn to steam in the cold air, creating the mist around the bison.
Photo by Robert Buman (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo by Kevin Dietrich (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)
Photo by Gary Eslinger, USFWS.
Happy National Public Lands Day! To celebrate the national day that is dedicated to playing, learning, serving and working on our public lands, we’re waiving the entrance fee for all national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands -- including the J. Clark Salyer Refuge (pictured here) in #NorthDakota. This 58,700 acre refuge has a diverse mix of habitats -- from grass prairie and marshes to sandhills and woodlands -- that help support waterfowl, migratory birds and other wildlife. Photo by Gary Eslinger (@USFWS).
America's first #nationalmonument, Devils Tower is a geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie in #Wyoming. David Lane (@drlane56) captured this amazing 16-image panorama of the monument illuminated by the #MilkyWay and green airglow. Of visiting #DevilsTower, David says: "From ancient stories of the Pleiades taking refuge at the top to the generations of Native Americas that held it sacred, it had a deep sense of age and a stoic nature that impressed me. It's so unexpected, so large in person, so steeped in traditions."
Photo courtesy of David Lane (@drlane56).
Photo courtesy of Joseph Taylor (@joe__taylor).
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!
Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo courtesy of Toby Harriman (www.tobyharriman.com).
Tunnel View in #Yosemite #NationalPark (@yosemitenps) provides one of the most famous views of the Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from the valley, with Half Dome in the background. Toby Harriman (@tobyharriman) snapped this photo from that viewpoint a few weeks ago on as low fog rolled into the valley -- capturing conditions he had always dreamed of. His favorite part of the photo: The climber's headlamp that is visible mid way up El Capitan on the left. Photo courtesy of @tobyharriman.
Photo by Daniel D'Auria (www.sharetheexperience.org).