The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has unveiled an epic photo exhibit called “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places.” The exhibit features jury-selected images that perfectly capture the gripping beauty of America’s wildest natural spaces. The exhibit celebrates the Wilderness Act, an integral element of the U.S.A’s conservation efforts that, since its adoption in 1964, has protected more than 109 million acres of American wilderness. I am presenting you the most amazing ten photos of this contest that reveal America’s nature by it’s best. It is really magical, isn’t it?

Aurora Ridge Trail, Sol Duc Valley, Washington

Aurora-Ridge-Trail

via Pablo McCloud

Mountain Goat Kids, Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado

Mountain-Goat

via Verdon Tomajko

Brown Bear, Katmai Wilderness, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Brown-Bear

via Robert Amuroso

Bald Eagle, Glacier Bay Wilderness Area, Alaska

Bald-Eagle

via David Bahr

Capitol Peak, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado

capitol-peak-colorado

via Nate Zeman

Sunset Paddle, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

Sunset-Paddle

via Dawn M. La Pointe

Meadow of Wildflowers, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Meadow-of-Wildflowers

via John Richter

Snowy Egret, St. Marks Wilderness, Florida

Snowy-Egret

via Tara Tanaka

Aurora Borealis over Honeymoon Rock, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Gaylord Nelson Wilderness in Wisconsin

Aurora-Borealis

via Jeff Rennicke