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    Posted June 14, 2014 by
    Dublin, Ohio
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The world's best national parks

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    The Best Idea America Ever Had


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer asarkar says one of the best ideas America has ever had is the institution of national parks. 'I hope that my report and photos will show a glimpse of the stunning beauty of the American national park [system] and will inspire people to visit these incredible lands and appreciate them,' he said.

    See 30 of the world's best parks on CNN.com
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    "By setting aside pieces of America's original wildland, we have protected our birthright for ourselves and given an enormous gift to the world." - Ruth Rudner from the iconic book "David Muench's National Parks".


    As a serious amateur photographer, I have visited a few of these lands of incredible natural beauty, 10 to be exact. It is not easy; photography is not the means that puts food on my table and the working hours of a landscape photographer are usually considered crazy. But it is all worth that one moment.


    "Man has created some lovely dwellings - some soul stirring literature....But he has not, in his cities, created a substitute for a sunset, a grove of pines, the music of the winds, the dank smell of the deep forest, or the shy beauty of the wild flower." - Harvey Broome, author of the "Out Under The Sky Of The Great Smokies".

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