Mark Burns spent five years visiting all 59 of the United States' national parks. Captured in stirring black and white images, his landscape photography project was completed just in time for the National Park Service's centennial celebration. “It's a time to reflect on the rich history of our national parks,” Burns said of his 160,000-mile journey, “but it's also a time to plan wisely for the next 100 years.” Glacier Bay's wild coastline, Death Valley's parched terrain, and Yellowstone's surging geysers are all pictured in searing detail. One image from each park is currently being exhibited at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until September 5th. A selection can be found below. [20 photos total]

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"Topeka Glacier," Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Mark Burns) #
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"Fort Jefferson Corridor," Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida (Mark Burns) #
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"Wotan's Throne Sunset," Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Mark Burns) #
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"Rialto Beach Seastacks," Olympic National Park, Washington (Mark Burns) #
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"Saguaro Vista," Saguaro National Park, Arizona (Mark Burns) #
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"Zabriskie Point—Manly Beacon Evening Vista," Death Valley National Park (Mark Burns) #
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"Yosemite Valley—Tunnel View," Yosemite National Park, California (Mark Burns) #
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"Bryce Canyon Sunrise—Thor's Hammer," Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (Mark Burns) #
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"Joshua Tree at Intersection Rock," Joshua Tree National Park, California (Mark Burns) #
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"Black Sand Basin—Study #1," Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Mark Burns) #
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"Logan Pass Vista," Glacier National Park, Montana (Mark Burns) #
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"Lone Juniper—Panorama Point," Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (Mark Burns) #
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"Mesa Arch Dawn," Canyonlands National Park, Utah (Mark Burns) #
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"Schwabacher's Landing—Morning Reflections," Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Mark Burns) #
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"Mount Rainier—Late Spring Morning," Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (Mark Burns) #
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"Turret Arch—Morning Sky Contrails," Arches National Park, Utah (Mark Burns) #
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"Funnel Creek Bears," Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Mark Burns) #
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"El Capitan Peak," Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas (Mark Burns) #
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"Denali Vista," Denali National Park, Alaska (Mark Burns) #
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"The Watchman—Virgin River," Zion National Park, Utah (Mark Burns) #

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