The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird in the heron family, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands. This one is patiently waiting for a fish breakfast near Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.
Ever wonder where a pair of railroad rails are going, or where they came from? Pick a direction and hop on board. Taken at the beginning of my 2006 trip to the West.
Moro Rock is a granite dome in Sequoia National Park, California. A 400-step stairway, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is cut into and poured onto the rock, so that visitors can hike to the top. The stairway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The view from the rock encompasses much of the Park, including the Great Western Divide. Use of this trail is discouraged during thunderstorms and when it is snowing.