Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Overview

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Nevada is one of the newest additions to the National Park Service, having been established in 2014 as a national monument. Given its recent addition to the park service, the site is still under developed and there is little in the way of interpretative or visitor services. It is one of four National Park Service Sites in Nevada.
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Travel Photography Academy Webinar: Photographing People with Darlene Hildebrandt

Every month over at the Travel Photography Academy, we do a travel photography webinar with a professional photographer, interviewing them with an eye on their type of photography, what they would share with beginning photographers no matter their focus, and talking about how they get some of their best shots.

Usually, the webinars are only available to the public when they are live. This time we decided to offer up the entire webinar to the public.

This month, I hosted Darlene Hildebrandt and she graciously agreed to join our webinar on photographing people. Darlene’s specialty is photographing people both in natural lighting in their native environments.

Listen to these tips and more in the webinar.
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11 Amazing North American National Parks That Hardly Anyone Visits

The national parks of the United States and Canada are some of the greatest in the world. However, most of the attention is taken up by the superstar parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Banff. Each of these parks gets millions of visitors per year, and visiting during the peak season it’s like visiting an amusement park.

These popular parks are not the only parks, however. There are some amazing parks in North America which get only a fraction of the visitors of the popular parks. Often times these parks are hard to reach and are expensive to get to. Sometimes, they just aren’t on anyone’s radar because they haven’t become popular.

I have visited all 11 of the parks listed here as part of my quest to visit every national park in North America.
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Global Travel Conspiracy, Episode 44 – Update!

After a year away, I’m bringing back the Global Travel Conspiracy!

I had some issues with the podcast network which was producing the show so I walked away from it. I didn’t get screwed over or anything, it just wasn’t a good fit.

Recently, I got access to the show and we decided to relaunch it. We’ll be uploading all the old episodes over the next few weeks and then start recording new episodes going forward. The Global Travel Conspiracy will be focused on travelers and my thoughts about traveling. About half the shows will be interviews and half will be monologue shows.

Even though I have 43 past episodes, I’m basically starting from scratch as far as iTunes is concerned, so reviews and comments are welcome. If you used to subscribe, you will have to subscribe again as the feed is totally different.

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Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves

Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves: My 321st UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription or the Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel:

The four Mount Carmel caves (Tabun, Jamal, el-Wad, and Skhul) and their terraces are clustered adjacent to each other along the south side of the Nahal Me’arot/Wadi el-Mughara valley. The steep-sided valley opening to the coastal plain on the west side of the Carmel range provides the visual setting of a prehistoric habitat.

Located in one of the best preserved fossilized reefs of the Mediterranean region, the site contains cultural deposits representing half a million years of human evolution from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present. It is recognized as providing a definitive chronological framework at a key period of human development.

Archaeological evidence covers the appearance of modern humans, deliberate burials, early manifestations of stone architecture and the transition from hunter-gathering to agriculture. The attributes carrying Outstanding Universal Value include the four caves, terraces, un-excavated deposits and excavated artifacts and skeletal material; the Nahal Me’arot/ Wadi el-Mughara landscape providing the prehistoric setting of the caves; el-Wad Terrace excavations, and remains of stone houses and pits comprising evidence of the Natufian hamlet.

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