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Panoramic view of the Blue Ridge (Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee)
October 3, 2012

Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee

Panoramic view (~270 degrees) looking across the Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee (from left to right).  The Valley and Ridge is in the distance (gap between mountains). 

The Piedmont and Blue Ridge provinces extend from southeastern New York to Alabama and include parts of eleven states in the Eastern U.S. and part of Washington, D.C. Blue Ridge

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Picture of the Outer Banks at sunset in South Carolina, November 2011
November 3, 2011

Outer Banks in South Carolina, November 2011

Picture of the Outer Banks in South Carolina, November 2011. 

The sun begins to set through the trees within the Outer Banks
November 2, 2011

Outer Banks in South Carolina, November 2011

The sun begins to set through the trees within the Outer Banks, South Carolina (November 2011).

Tangled web of prop roots from red mangrove trees, intermixed with black mangroves and white mangroves farther back in the photo
April 13, 2011

Mangrove forest, Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park

Tangled web of prop roots from red mangrove trees, intermixed with black mangroves and white mangroves farther back in the forest.  Mangrove forests cover much of the southwestern coastal region of Everglades National Park.  The red mangroves are the most salinity tolerant and grow with their prop roots in the water or within the range of high tide.

Image of Cypress trees during the dry season
October 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, October 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "dry" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

Image of cypress trees during the wet season
May 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, May 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "wet" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

Image of the sun shining through the tops of cypress trees
May 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, May 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "wet" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

An alligator rest on exposed limestone bedrock, sunning itself.
March 16, 2008

Alligator Resting in Afternoon Sun

Alligators are very abundant in the freshwater wetlands of Everglades National Park and can usually be seen along the Anhinga trail in the park, especially when water levels are low.  This ~5-foot gator is resting on exposed limestone bedrock alongside the trail.