Tina posts a Wild challenge featuring the wildlife of Africa. My response features the designated Wilderness lands of America.
“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” — Edward Abbey
Sage Creek Wilderness, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” — definition of Wilderness from the Wilderness Act of 1964
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness, Colorado
“In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions, leaving no lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness. For this purpose there is hereby established a National Wilderness Preservation System to be composed of federally owned areas designated by Congress as “wilderness areas”, and these shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness, and so as to provide for the protection of these areas, the preservation of their wilderness character, and for the gathering and dissemination of information regarding their use and enjoyment as wilderness; and no Federal lands shall be designated as “wilderness areas” except as provided for in this Act or by a subsequent Act.” —from the statement of policy in the Wilderness Act of 1964
Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, Upper Peninsula Michigan
“There is just one hope for repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every inch on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom and preservation of the wilderness.” — Bob Marshall, Founder of The Wilderness Society
Beautifully captured, Scilla! Love the first one especially. 🙂
One of my favorites, too. Thanks, Amy! I’m getting an error message when I try to see your post. It actually showed up in my email inbox before Tina’s.
Sorry about the confusion, Scilla. It got scheduled ahead of time… will be re-posted this evening. 🙂
Beautiful post Priscilla – that opening image is incredible. And love the last quote.
Thanks, Tina. A bit of local WILD, but I’m totally jealous of your Africa adventure. I would be living my greatest fantasy if I ever went.
Never say never Priscilla!! It was my wildest fantasy goo 🙂
Keeping a positive thought!
Actually it was also MY greatest fantasy Priscilla. Never say never!!
The second one is my favorite – the black canyon with all those layers 💙and the blue in the layers are tasty
It’s so hard to take the depth and grandeur of a huge landscape and put it into a photo, but we try. Thanks for your comment!
yes – we try –
succeed – amiga
Oh, glorious – loved especially the first one!
A great choice for this week’s theme, Priscilla. I love your first shot in particular. The multicolored rock is fabulous.
The scenery at the Badlands is truly breathtaking. I think the name was invented to keep too many visitors from spoiling it.