Before They’re Gone

Three photographers train their lenses on a rapidly vanishing America.

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Silhouetted against the Florida palm trees, this cowboy has a yellow rain slicker lashed to his mount.

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Horses stop for a drink on the The Bar Crescent S Ranch in Hardee County.

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Cowboys camp along the Great Florida Cattle Drive, 2006.

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Cattle cross the wet pasture of the Adams Ranch.See more of Ward’s photographs at his website, www.carltonward.com. For more information on the LINC foundation, including more photographs, visit www.linc.us.

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The ice blocks that fall off the Childs Glacier are bigger than a bus.

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Old-growth forests are increasingly rare, but the fallen tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA, is a sign of a healthy forest.

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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline skirts the Brooks Range near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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The Copper River Delta is a major stopover for migrating birds.See more at www.wildnatureimages.com

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An alligator and wood stork in Florida tangoed for half an hour before moving on.

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The iconic shape of a bison in Wyoming was so clear that Belt could focus on the blizzard.

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A white-tailed deer in northern Wisconsin.

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This Mexican gray wolf, on an Arizona preserve, may be the last of his kind in America.These photographs are all from her book, Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands (National Geographic, 2002). See more at www.anniegriffithsbelt.com.