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It’s Pollinators Week! Pollinator plants and insects (such as this Echinacea and bumblebee) are busy gathering pollen. The pollen baskets are easily seen on it's hind legs.

The pollen basket or corbicula is part of the tibia on the hind legs of certain species of bees. They use the structure in harvesting pollen and returning it to the nest or hive. Bzzzzzzzzzz! (USDA photo by Lance Cheung) #pollinators #pollinatorsweek #bumblebee #pollinatorsandflowers #nature
This large, natural waterfall on Fossil Creek is the destination of an easy, one mile hike on Waterfall Trail. A large, deep pool at the base of the fall is a popular swimming hole.

Fossil Creek produces 20,000 gallons of water a minute from a series of springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. This permanent water source has created a stunningly beautiful, green riparian zone rich with flora and fauna at the bottom of this arid canyon in Arizona's high desert, located in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona. (Forest Service photo by Deborah Lee Soltesz) #ForestH20 #getoutdoors #waterfall #naturephotography #natureart #fossilcreek #arizona
It’s National Fishing and Boating week. What are you catching out there? Aaron Baker goes fly fishing in the Davidson Campground, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung) #fishing #pisgahnationalforest #northcarolina #flyfishing
A spooky dense fog in the upper elevations of the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. (Photo courtesy of Warren Reed) #forestphotography #natureart #pisgahnationalforest #northcarolina #spooky
Misty fog comes through Feather River, below Middle Fork on the Plumas National Forest, California. (Forest Service photo by Tim Palmer) #fog #naturephotography #natureart #plumasnationalforest #california
Clean off those hiking boots and get ready to go outside. A couple of backpackers stop to take in the view on their way to Alpine Lake in Redfish Lake Canyon on the Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho. (Forest Service photo by Nate Lowe) #hiking #getoutside #sawtoothnationalforest #Idaho #redfishlakecanyon
Felecia Amundsen toasts a bagel on a campfire on the Dark Canyon Wilderness on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah. 
Dark Canyon Wilderness is noted for its diversity including beautiful forest and desert scenery and rich biological, geological and archeological resources. 
Dark Canyon Wilderness can be seen through a variety of backpacking trips from short in-and-out trips to longer five to seven-day trips for experienced backpackers.
#camping #recreation #darkcanyonwilderness #mantilasalnationalforest #utah (Forest Service photo by Charity Parks)
A beautiful sunrise on the Twin Sister Mountain on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. 
The Mt. Baker Wilderness has thirteen glaciers that cover the mountain and shares the landscape with other popular climbing destinations: Twin Sister Range, Tomyhoi Peak, and Ruth Mountain. It is accessible by more than 50 miles of trail. (Courtesy photo by Andy Porter)  #mountbakersnolqualmienationalforest #washington #majesticmountains #twinsistersmountain #natureart #naturephotography
Spring has sprung! Balsamroot bouquet in full bloom overlooking the eastern gorge on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon. (Forest Service photo by Alyssa Thornburg) #spring #smelltheflowers #columbiarivergorge
Is your breakroom this tranquil and serene? Protect our public lands and find yourself when you work for nature. Visit the Working with Us section of our website to learn more (link in profile). #WorkForNature #ForestService #Federal #Government #Purpose #Forest #Careers #Opportunity #Service #Nature #USDA #Visit #Travel #Woods #Reflection #Leadership #Experience #Stream #SodaCreek
Firefighters participate in more than 80 hours of critical training at the beginning of each fire year, on subjects ranging from weather and tools to logistics and physical training. But how do they prepare for the fire year mentally? 
Firefighters from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado spent a day on site discussing lessons learned from the South Canyon Fire, a wildfire that took the lives of 14 wildland firefighters near Glenwood Springs on July 6, 1994. Talking about these heartbreaking losses serves as a reminder that our first goal is to return home safely from every assignment. (USDA Forest Service photo) #firefighter #wildfire #training #ArapahoandRooseveltNationalFores #colorado
A majestic view of winter dusk on the Inyo National Forest, California. (Courtesy photo by John Magluyan) #california #inyonationalforest #majesticmountains #naturephotography #natureart #nationalforest #forestservice #mountains