National Park Lapel Pins: Art to Recall Your Adventures

“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.

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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.

2wyqra3l952.jpg.[pt]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.

How to Take Photos of Pins …also known as What is the Flower Icon On My Camera?

Invariably there comes a time where you need or want to take a photo of your pin, coin, lanyard, patch. Anything that may have a lot of detail but be pretty small in size.
The most common solution is to grab your camera and snap off a few pictures.
But wait…It’s all blurry. What happened?
Maybe you’ll just back up and send that photo.
Or crop it.
Hmm. Not very sharp.
What to do… What to do… Macrophotography! Here’s my “Twitter” explanation: Normal camera function has a focal length of about a foot. Macro enables the camera to focus on extremely (like 1/2″) close subjects.
• PS – that fits as a tweet!
• Double PS – The link regarding focal length WILL put you to sleep. Use with caution!
For this blog I’m using a 2008 Sony (DSC-H3) point and shoot. It has the macro button (the ubiquitous flower symbol) on the back.

Without the macro feature engaged the photo is a blur unless I hold the camera about a foot away. But… if I engage the macro it will focus even with the lens almost touching the pin!


Wow! That is SHARP!
And not just pins, it works for everything – here’s a coin photo without the macro…
and with the macro.
You can pick up every detail – even that the coin has soft enamel giving the coin an embossed colored look!
And patches, too; you can even see the detail of the stitching.
Two quick points to note:
1. NO ZOOMING! See that W and T. Make sure you are as wide (that’s the W) as possible on the shot.
2. NO FLASH! See this icon?
Push it till you get this icon!
Just make sure you are in a well lit area, and it helps to have a white background for pins (I used our office stationary but even copy paper will do).
But don’t just use it for pins and patches and coins! Macrophotography is great for nature photos, kids, and muchmuch more! Have fun out there friends!!
*Recognize the pin? Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne. Custom pin, custom packaged in a custom box. Fitting for the Number 1 Champagne in the world!!