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There are about 19 islands around Acadia National Park in Maine. However only five of them (Mount Desert Island, Isle summer Haut, Bar island, Baker island and little Cranberry island) have public access.
Most of the islands are nesting ground for birds and can only be observed by boat or from air.
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A Northern Harrier hunting low over a marsh is one of the most distinctive raptors in flight. They were formerly know as the ‘Marsh Hawk’ The Marsh Hawk can fly low and nearly silent, plunging onto unsuspecting prey on the ground. This is due to the owl-like facial disk which provides directional hearing which helps in detecting prey in tall grass or low-light conditions, and its soft feathers that helps for quiet flight. During the 1950’s and 1960’s Marsh Hawks across the United States exhibited reproductive failure resulting from contamination with pesticide DDT. In 1980’s the population of Marsh Hawks declined to less than 50 breeding pairs statewide in NJ. Due to the population declines and the destruction of natural habitats, the Marsh Hawk is now listed as endangered in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut and threatened in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts State in the United States. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’ Also visit @regretiyerproductions @shravanregretiyer & shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories from the natural world.

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Riders with impressive horsemanship perform thrilling horse riding stunts at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, a unique dinner and show experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Join me Shravan Regret Iyer @shravanregretiyer3lenses and explore ‘This is America’ Also visit @regretiyerproductions @shravanregretiyer & shravanregretiyer.com for more immersive stories from the natural world.
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On top of the world. Looks like a familiar scene from King Kong?
Photographed in Karnataka, India
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Despite the cold and the thin air, a family of five members walk on deadly snow turned into black ice on the Kashmir valley in the inner Himalayas. As the glaciers melt in the higher Himalayas, waters pours in the crevices and carved tunnels inside the ice.
Life for these mountain people has always been a challenge. More so with the earthquake induced landslides caused by the Indian plate continuously moving north under the Eurasian plate at a rate of 45mm a year.
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Vessel shop on wheels. A motorist is carrying vessels in his vehicle in a perfect balance.
Photographed in Karnataka, India.
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This is the United States tallest and deepest underground waterfalls about 145-foot. Discovered accidentally in 1928 within the Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, today Ruby Falls today attracts over half a million visitors each year.
The stream is fed by both rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountains until finally joining the Tennessee River.
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