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Beneath Cold Seas takes readers on a journey into the underwater wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

Beneath Cold Seas cover imageIn Beneath Cold Seas, one of the most impressive photography books we’ve seen in a long time, author and photographer David Hall captures the stunning underwater world of the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, home to the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any temperate or cold-water ecosystem on the planet.

The photographs in the book capture stunningly colorful jellyfish, crabs, kelp forests, salmon, sea lions, seals, octopi, starfish, and a diverse array of other types of sea life.

Beneath Cold Seas is unique in that it focuses on a cold water North American ecosystem. But cold water does not mean lack of color. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The photographs are filled with rich orange, yellow and blue tones. Despite the many books published each year featuring underwater photography from tropical and subtropical locations, very few books that feature photographs of cold water ecosystems have ever been published. This has much to do with the challenges associated with underwater photography in cold environments.

In addition to revealing the secretive beauty of the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest, the book is also a testament to the great talents of photographer David Hall, who worked for hours in cold, murky waters to capture the amazing life below the surface.

We’ve included a slide show of some of our favorite images here. For even more amazing shots from the book, check out this video.

August 10 is National S’mores Day

Oh, Ranger! S'mores board on PinterestChoco and mallow lovers rejoice! Today, August 10, is National S'mores Day. Celebrate by stocking up on some sweet treats and getting outside. Nothing beats toasting marshmallows over the campfire and customizing your own s'more as part of this tasty outdoor tradition.

Now Streaming: Alaskan Brown Bears Feasting on Salmon!

Watch Katmai’s brown bears from home via two live webcams

Gear Review: KEEN Turia

On a recent adventure in Central New York’s Finger Lakes region, I tested the KEEN Turia, a lightweight, comfortable adventure sandal that merges the technology of hiking shoes with the versatility of waterfront footwear.

Inn at the Presidio opens April 1

Inn at the Presidio is the first hotel to open in the Presidio of San Francisco, opens April 1. The inn occupies Pershing Hall, which was built in 1903 as bachelor officers’ quarters. It features several environmentally friendly features and is targeting LEED Gold certification.

October is American Cheese Month

We couldn't be happier! October 2011 marks the very first American Cheese Month, which means a whole 31 days chock-full of cheesy goodness.

Cute Critters! A (Friendly) Baby Black Bear Battle in Yosemite

Cute alert! Here is a great video of baby bear cubs wrestling in the middle of the road in Yosemite National Park.

These little bears are just so cute, we had to share! But, a word of caution—for the sake of these amazing critters and for your own safety, remember to always keep your distance from wild animals, especially mother bears and her cubs!

'People Make Parks' Gets Neighbors involved in Planning

Last week, I attended the launch of the People Make Parks website, a great resource for community members who want to get involved with the design of their local parks.

Effects of the Return of the Gray Wolf Hunt near Yellowstone

Last night on PBS NewsHour, I saw a great segment about the return of the gray wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, just along the borders of Yellowstone National Park.

The wolves of Yellowstone have been the subject of much attention in the region. They're adored by many park visitors and wildlife enthusiasts, but disliked by ranchers, who say their livestock are in danger because of the return of these predators.

Baby Critters!

Thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for posting an amazing collection of baby animal photos this morning. Here are a few of our favorites. You can view the whole set on their blog.


Did you know Lynx feet act like snowshoes, distributing their weight on the top of the snow? Credit: USFWS


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