Hi ann, I'm surprised you've only been to 7 National parks. Your comment made me stop and count the National Parks I've visited - 22. Not all of them were photo destinations - some were just to rubber neck.

These National Parks are a great resource for the U. S.

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- From: "ann sanfedele" <ann...@nyc.rr.com>
Subject: Re: December PUG is up!

But a gorgeous one! I counted the parks I've been to in North America
and there are 7 of them.. (two of the same park, amazingly - YOHO)
including mine, of course...
Love the caribou at Denali, Ken - and Brian's Pinnacles leaps out at
me... but so much prettiness throughout.

My personal favorite is for a very personal reason.. (in addition to it
being a lovely shot)
I think I know those ravens at the Painted Desert!
WHen did you take the photo, Jan?
I named the one in front "Sam" .. Ok, maybe it isn't Sam and his wife,
but I made friends with a Raven on the blue mesa overlook in the late
80's - He was stealing crackers from me then I couldnt resist (what you
are not supposed to do) feeding him. A couple of years later, nearing
the overlook , I saw a raven overhead and called out to him..
damned if he didn't come in for a landing, right in front of me... much
to the delight of RIchard's daughter who was traveling with us.

While it is unlikely Sam recognized me and was just looking for anyone
to give him a handout, the ranger
said it was entirely possible it was the same guy, as ravens settle in
to favorite places and also mate for life.

I took this photo of Sam in 1990 - and it got dolled up for inclusion in
my book of poetry..


If you are curious about the verse I wrote for him ...


I forgot how to do tinyurl .. sorry

sorry for the outpouring of emotion... Sam was an important part of my life


On 12/5/2017 4:47 PM, Brian Walters wrote:
G'day all,

A late surge of submissions got us up to a reasonable number - all very good,
showing the diversity of National Parks in several countries.

View here:


(you may need to refresh your browser if you see the previous gallery there).

Note: The automated submission process usually works well but it's not
infallible. So, if you made a submission and you don't see it in the gallery,
let me know.


First up for 2018: 'Shadow'.

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