Egmont Key Island State Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

Egmont Key is accessible only by boat, so my fellow photographer and I boarded the tour boat and set out to photograph the historical island. It features a working lighthouse, gopher tortoises and ruins of an old army fort.

Colorado’s Cherry Creek State Park near Denver

Huge, 4000-acre park in the Denver metro area hosts wildlife and recreational activities for us humans, including boating, fishing, ice-fishing, horseback riding, hiking and even model-plane flying. Open year-round!

Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Located on Florida Highway 301 in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers 2990 acres of hiking, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, swimming and more. Lots of Florida flora and fauna for a very reasonable price.