It is the centennial celebration of our National Park Service! But do you know how exactly the park system came about and why? David Quammen over at National Geographic writes a wonderful article detailing the formation of the NPS and its inspiration. From 37 protected areas at its inception to over 400, the NPS is a vital organization that is dedicated to the preservation of not just the natural beauty around us, but our own history. Learn about its growth at the link. And make sure to read up on how photographer Stephen Wilkes captures his breathtaking park vistas. His composite images are staggering as much for their foresight and creativity as for the natural beauty they convey!