Public Domain Images Online

Give credit. Pay nothing.

Posts Tagged ‘Yellowstone National Park’

Happy Birthday, Philip Pullman

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 19, 2010

October 19 is novelist Philip Pullman’s birthday. I started looking for public domain images on the internet when I was compiling a guide to his trilogy, His Dark Materials. So today I’ve decided to indulge myself and return to have a look at some of these.

The characters in His Dark Materials move between worlds. One of them is ours, and one, the setting of the first novel, Northern Lights in the UK and The Golden Compass in the US, is a lot like ours, but has a number of intriguing differences. One is that the soul or conscience, the essence that distinguishes humans, called a dæmon, is externalized in the form of an animal. In childhood a person’s dæmon can change forms, but once puberty is reached, it settles in one species’ form.

In the course of the story, the main character, Lyra, matures into a young woman. As a child, one of her dæmon Pantalaimon’s favorite forms was that of a pine marten, and that is what Pan settles as. Here, courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is a delightful image of a pine marten.

 Pine Marten. By Erwin and Peggy Bauer. FWS

Another wonderful dæmon is Hester, whose person is Lee Scoresby, a brave and compassionate aëronaut. Hester settled as a hare, and this jackrabbit at Yellowstone National Park reminded me of her. 


 Jackrabbit. By W.L. Miller for the National Park Service

In Lyra’s world, history has taken a different route as well, but some of the peoples, if not nations, are the same as in ours. Lyra’s father tells her he’ll bring her back a carved walrus tusk from his travels to the Arctic, and one of the windows connecting her world to ours is not far from Nunivak, Alaska. So I was pleased to find this image in the Library of Congress:

The ivory carver--Nunivak

The ivory carver–Nunivak by Edward Curtis, 1929. LC-USZ62-74131

A turquoise ring of his mother’s  is important to Lee Scoresby and Stanislaus Grumman, who in our world was an explorer but when he accidentally found himself in Lyra’s took instruction from a Siberian shaman.

Navajo silversmith

  Navajo silversmith by William J. Carpenter, 1915. LC-USZ62-99580

 Goldi shaman priest and assistant

Goldi shaman priest and assistant by William Henry Jackson, 1895.  LC-USZC2-6391

Posted in Exploration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Historical, Library of Congress, National Park Service, People, Places | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

National Parks: WPA Federal Art Project Posters

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 15, 2009


The National Park Service [NPS] was the beneficiary of several initiatives under the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration [WPA], primarily through the work accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps in building roads and facilities in the parks.  Among the posters produced under the auspices of  the WPA Federal Art Project, some featured the NPS. A few of these are presented here. All are courtesy of the Library of Congress; number identifiers are listed at the post’s end.

While the next two do not name a national park, they seem likely based on Carlsbad Caverns and Arches.

Number identifiers

goats: ppmsca-23061

Grand Canyon: ppmsca 13397

Ft. Marion: ppmsca-13396

Lassen: ppmsca-13398

Zion: ppmsca-13400

Yellowstone: ppmsca 13399

cave: LC-USZC4-4243. Artist: Alexander Dux

arches: LC-USZC2-831. Artist: Frank S. Nicholson.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on National Parks: WPA Federal Art Project Posters

National Parks: Early Views of Western Parks

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 13, 2009

Here are a few images of several Western National Parks dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all courtesy of the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. Digital catalog numbers are listed at the bottom of this post.

Climbing in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

I don’t know what to make of this caption from the Library of Congress’s bibliographic record, or, more to the point, what to make of that Christmas tree amid all the splendor of the trees surrounding it: “Flathead Indians holding pre-Christmas family gatherings on the west side of Glacier National Park, in the dense forest of evergreen trees that skirt the Rocky Mountains.” Don’t the people look a bit underdressed for December in the Rocky Mountains?

Wawona tunnel tree, Upper Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, California

“The fallen monarch, surrounded by Co. F, 6th Cavalry U.S.A., Mariposa big tree grove, Yosemite Valley National Park, Calif.” 1900

Interior of H.E. Klamer’s curio store, Yellowstone, 1909

President Theodore Roosevelt at Liberty Cap, Yellowstone, 1903

“Desecration of our national parks–A scene that may be witnessed if the Yellowstone Park is leased to speculators.” This illustration by W.A. Rogers appeared in the Jan. 20, 1883 issue of Harper’s Weekly.

Library of Congress ID Numbers:

stagecoach: cph 3b43413

Rainier: LC-USZ62-100874

Xmas: LC-USZ62-8999

tree tunnel: LC-USZ62-97301

fallen tree: USZ62-63620

store: USZ62-92911

Roosevelt: ppmsca-18930

Harper’s: USZ62-122812

Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Places, WPA | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on National Parks: Early Views of Western Parks

National Parks: Ansel Adams

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 9, 2009

If you watched episode 5 of Ken Burns’  The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, you may recall that the renown landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902 —1984) once worked for the National Park Service. Prior to that assignment, Adams was with the Sierra Club, and in that capacity, he lobbied Harold Ickes, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Interior, to preserve Kings Canyon, a remote area east of Fresno, California,  as a national park.

Kearsage Pinnacles, Kings River Canyon (Proposed as a national park), California, 1936. ARC Identifier 519921

Adams’ work for the NPA focused in particular on the Western National Parks, especially Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Great Rocky Mountains, and Glacier. The Ansel Adams Gallery and the NPS Yosemite National Park site include biographies of Adams, and his life was the subject of another production for PBS’s American Experience production, Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, written and directed by Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother.

For the most part, Ansel Adams’s work is not in the public domain. However, the National Archives holds 222 copy negatives of Adams’s work for the government, and these 222 images are. According to the Archival Description for “Ansel Adams: Photographs of National Parks and Monuments,”

The original negatives were retained by Ansel Adams. Reproductions of items in this series are made from copy negatives produced by the National Archives. The photographic prints in this series are in the public domain. In correspondence dated August 18, 1942, from Adams to E. K. Burlew, First Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior, Adams states that the photographs are the property of the U.S. Government.

All images in the post are by Ansel Adams, all courtesy of the National Archives.

View from river valley towards snow covered mountains, river in foreground from left to right, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. ARC Identifier 519905

View with rock formation in foreground, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. ARC Identifier 519881

View from North Rim, 1941, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. ARC Identifier 519901

Full view of mountain, Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana. ARC Identifier 519866

Mountain partially covered with clouds, Glacier National Park, Montana. ARC Identifier 519860

View of cactus and surrounding area Saguaros, Saguaro National Monument, Arizona. ARC Identifier 519975

Old Faithful Geyser Erupting in Yellowstone National Park. ARC Identifier 519994

“The Giant Dome, largest stalagmite thus far discovered. It is 16 feet in diameter and estimated to be 60 million years old.” Hall of Giants, Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. ARC Identifier 520029

Posted in Historical, National Archives, National Park Service, Places, Plants | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »