A Photographer's Love Letter to the U.S. National Parks - @photosbykag

I'm in love with you. A deep and curious love that makes me want to explore you, time and time again! Today is your 100th Anniversary, and you look amazing!  Thank you for all you have given me. Thank you for always being there, silently urging me to explore and see more. You don't nag or pester, but you are always there. You are absolutely one of the best things that the United States has ever done. Setting aside open space for everyone to explore.

In the last 18 months, I've hiked and photographed Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon, and Manzanar (a National monument). You have inspired me to visit many other wonderful outdoor spaces including Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the Alabama Hills in California.

In an ever more crowded world, there is something magical about hiking with friends or alone through magnificent lands. The older I get, the more I crave the wonderful solitude the parks can offer. Photographing night skies in Yellowstone was a magical experience that reconnected me with the stars I had not seen in too long. Hiking the Narrows in Zion is otherworldly. Rocky Mountain National Park is so bountiful you cold spend ten lifetimes exploring it. All the parks have something to offer us, if we listen. On your birthday, I send a heart-felt thank you to the U.S. National Park System and all those who work to preserve the parks.

National Parks Photographs by Kevin Gilligan

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All images photographed with Tamron lenses. When I use a tripod it's a Manfrotto!

Kevin Gilligan is an award-winning landscape, portrait and sports photographer, Tamron Image Master and Manfrotto Ambassador. You can follow him on social media @photosbykag.

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