Our 13 Favorite Photos from 2013

From Park E-ventures, January 2014

Here at Park E-ventures world headquarters, we see hundreds and hundreds of photos every year. In its own way, each of these images captures the natural beauty, cultural richness, conservation ethic, and human warmth that imbue these national parks.

But a select few photographs make our short list of favorites. They are the images that delight, amaze, and startle us again to the wonders of our parklands.

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We hope you enjoy some of the best images from 2013 (click to view larger versions), and wish you many, many more picture-perfect moments in our parks in 2014!

Just when we think we’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge from every possible angle, a whole new perspective—like this one, from Fort Baker, with Lime Point Lighthouse in the foreground—dazzles us all over again
By Mason Cummings

On an introductory park tour for new staff, the sky offered this most glorious welcome at Point Bonita
By Yakuta Poonawalla

At the Muir Woods Earth Day volunteer event, 77-year-old Paul Gurian shows the power of giving makes a soul strong—at any age
By Mason Cummings

At the other end of the spectrum, even the littlest ones can make a big difference in the wide spaces of our national parks

For the lucky ones among us who work at—or commute through—Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio, this fairyland-like sight never fails to enchant
By Mark Pothier

A canine connoisseur of modern art pays homage to one of the pieces by Mark di Suvero on Crissy Field
By Maria Durana

Given the difficult light environment of Muir Woods and the bird’s camouflage, this photo of a barred owl (an invasive species at “war” with the northern spotted owl) was not easy to capture
By Alison Taggart-Barone

In the words of the project coordinator who captured this image: "Sunrise invasive plant work in Mount Tamalpais State Park. 5:30 am alarm is brutal but worth it for the views!"
By Catey Ritchie

Water drops bejewel some lupine, the host plant for the endangered mission blue butterfly
By Yakuta Poonawalla

A Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteer snapped this photo in the Headlands; no one saw why the bobcats went up the pole, or when they came down
By Robyn Boothby

Two of the most-photographed icons in the park (Alcatraz and the Golden Gate) are captured in an astonishing, fresh way, thanks to a blanket of stars—and Persian carpet (Drosanthemum floribundum)
By Alison Taggart-Barone

During her visit to Crissy Field, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell shares a joyful moment with Park Stewardship restoration intern Marcela Maldonado
By Charlotte Fiorito

It’s been a long and fulfilling year at the Parks Conservancy—time to relax, take stock of all we’ve accomplished together, and look to an even brighter future!

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Beautiful Photos, all...times two, Yakuta! Hope we meet again in 2014! And thanks, Flash, for "explaining" the bobcats {]:-) 
Submitted by James Osborne on December 31, 2013 
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Beautiful photos,all!  
Submitted by Rachel Lorenz on December 30, 2013 
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Thanks for making my day! 
Submitted by Charlotte Hennessy on December 28, 2013 
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Incredibly beautiful photos. The photographers helped me see the parklands in a brand new way. PS the bobcats are up the pole because the female is going into heat. She scurried up the pole and has backed up against the insulators to keep the male away until she's ready...or comes back with more bling. 
Submitted by Flash on December 28, 2013 
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Beautiful! Thank you. 
Submitted by Jo Ann S. Cobb on December 27, 2013 
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Awesome! I'm so honored to be associated with EBRPD as an instructor and appreciate all you do! 
Submitted by Jayah - POLES for Mobility on December 27, 2013 
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Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement; we really appreciate your support--and hope to see you in the parks throughout the coming year! @Paul Friedman: That's an excellent idea; we'll try our best to collect that information in the future. 
Submitted by Parks Conservancy on December 27, 2013 
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What a wonderful collection of photos depicting the various wonders of the GGNRA. Many thanks to the Park Conservancy for their support of this amazing place. 
Submitted by Maureen Pinto on December 26, 2013 
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So many lovely shots, such as the Rob Hill campground photo - even if it includes vile ivy (and, no, I don't find eucalyptus trees as offensive - in my life it's the ivy that has spread and enveloped everything in its way like kudzu). 
Submitted by Ione on December 26, 2013 
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Love the rainbow 
Submitted by Austin Conkey on December 26, 2013 
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the bobcat photo is remarkable. Many th nks for this collection  
Submitted by Lesli Preger on December 26, 2013 
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Lovely and inspiring photos. It would be nice if you included "shot with... camera, lens, exposure?). 
Submitted by Paul Friedman on December 26, 2013 
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Thank you for making this such a an incredibly beautiful area with all the effort that it takes to keep it that way! 
Submitted by Renate on December 26, 2013 
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Love these. Makes me want to get up and go to/be in all the spots right now! Thanks for all the hard work everyone pours into these precious places. Keep up the good work!! 
Submitted by BH on December 26, 2013 


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