- Posted June 14, 2014 by
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The world's best national parks
The Best Idea America Ever Had
- 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".