The U.S. Department of Interior has been showing off your public lands and wildlife over the last several months with an amazing collection of photos on the agency’s Instagram feed. While there’s no doubt America’s national parks and other wild places lend themselves to terrific snapshots, it’s a fantastic surprise to find a government website feautring so many beautiful images taken by technically adept photographers.
While many professional photographers are not wild about Instagram’s filters and square aspect ratio, the beauty of the Interior photos shines through, regardless of format or filters.
Not surprisingly, some of the best pictures are from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and nearby areas like the National Elk Refuge. Also not surprisingly, a lot of those shots are of bison, the Tetons and bison in front of the Tetons.
If you’re a fan of beautiful pictures of scenic places and amazing wildlife, you owe it to yourself to take a look. And to convince you, we’ve included our 10 favorite Yellowstone and Grand Teton images from Interior’s collection.
UPDATE: The Grand Teton photo above by Donald A. Higgs is entered in an online contest for federal recreation lands photos. Show come love and go vote for it. Click here and then log in using Facebook to vote.