“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir.
It’s summer again and for some that means gassing up the car and hitting the road for the iconic American road trip. And what road trip is complete without a visit to one of our beautiful national parks?
The magnificence of our national parks can be experienced in countless ways. Some are content to quietly stand before the greatness of the parks and commit the moment to memory. Others capture the moment with a camera, hoping to relive that sensation each time they look upon the photo. And for others, they commit themselves to immortalizing the beauty of the parks’ by purchasing and wearing a beautifully designed lapel pin. The lapel pins can be purchased at every national park across the country. They are beautifully and simply crafted pieces of art usually capturing an iconic feature or a simple piece of landscape of the park. The colors used and the beautiful landscape represented on each pin makes them quite sought after and collectable and the perfect piece of memorabilia from a special trip.
The beauty and grandeur of the parks have inspired many major works of art, photography, and literature. One of the most iconic works of photography were that of Ansel Adams’s taken in Yosemite National Park. Adams’s images of ageless trees and monumental mountains evoke a realm of timeless beauty preserved in national parks. The beautiful black an white photographs were the first of there time and the start of a larger campaign to protect and preserve the parks. Some of these images are recalled and captured on the beautiful collectable lapel pins that are for sale in Yosemite National Park.
Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite in 1916, at the age of fourteen, and returned every year throughout his life. It was in Yosemite that he fell in love with Western wilderness and became a photographer; he made more photographs at Yosemite than at any other place. Adams died in 1984 in Monterey, California. Shortly after his death, the Minarets Wilderness south of Yosemite National Park was renamed the Ansel Adams Wilderness in his honor. A special lapel pin was created in honor of the event (see pin pictured left, created by PinSource.)
No matter who you are, there are endless ways to connect with the beauty of national parks. They function as cultural icons of heritage and identity and, for many, they preserve the pristine essence and pioneering spirit of the United States. The lapel pin can serve as a unique way to commemorate your adventures and recall wonderful memories. Not only are they miniature works of art, they are an affordable and unique way to remember your summer road trip.
To get you started on your lapel pin collecting adventure, here’s a great article from National Parks Foundation of The Four Ultimate National Park Road Trips.
Learn more about Ansel Adams Yosemite.