• Opening day at Olympic Sculpture Park on January 2007 in Seattle, Locals come out in droves to celebrate the opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park, January 2007. The park is in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, close to downtown. Artwork in the Olympic Sculpture Park, a new venture with TPL and the Seattle Art Museum that transformed a brownfield site into a world class sculpture park in Seattle, WA. SAM. 2007, WA, Olympic Sculpture Park, Parks for People, King, Seattle, Olympic Sculpture Park_Seattle Art Museum, Benjamin Benschneider
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  • Visitors stand in a long line to enter the Santuario de Chimayo, Visitors stand in a long line to enter the Santuario de Chimayo, an historic adobe and wooden chapel still in use today in Chimayo, NM. The historic chapel is known as the "Lourdes of America," since it is believed by many people to have healing powers. TPL helped protect the Santuario's serene backdrop by conserving and transferring to Santa Fe County 17 acres of pasture behind the chapel. Funding for the project came from the county's $8 million bond measure of November 2000. Rio Arriba County, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, church, 2006, NM, Chimayo, Heritage Lands, Rio Arriba, Chimayo, Santuario de Chimayo, Historic Building, Don J. Usner
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  • Bianca leans against a Joshua tree near Joshua Tree National Park, Bianca leans against a Joshua tree near Joshua Tree National Park, Bianca leans against a Joshua tree after sunrise on the newly-protected property near the northern edge of Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, CA. Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree North Linkage. 2013, CA, Joshua Tree, Natural Lands, Joshua Tree, Near northern edge of Joshua Tree NP, Darcy Kiefel, 2013, CA, Joshua Tree, Natural Lands, Joshua Tree, Near northern edge of Joshua Tree NP, Desert | Recreation, Darcy Kiefel
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    Where some see a wasteland, desert people see a place worth protecting

    Take it from a guy who first came to the Mojave for a didgeridoo festival: “The desert breeds expression and creativity all year long.”

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