A green roof on Chicago's City Hall.
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Blooming cherry blossom trees at Hirano Shrine.
The moon silvers the waves washing Kalalau Beach.
Na Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii.
A green roof with layer of waterproof material that controls drainage.
New York City, New York.
Fireworks illuminate the gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, France.
The southern end of the High Line starts at Gansevoort Street.
Chelsea, New York City, New York.
Fourth of July fireworks over the Hudson River and the High Line.
A Japanese bridge over Claude Monet's water lily garden.
An old movie set in the badlands of Old Pahreah Townsite.
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah.
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A green roof on an organic cooperative food store.
A hospital's green roof overlooks the Rhine River.
Claude Monet's water lily garden.
The High Line, a park built on a section of abandoned rail line.
Tropical night flowering water lilies at Longwood Gardens.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Regulations require all new, flat-roof buildings to have green roofs.
A man lifting a pumice rock in Mount Saint Helens' Pumice Plain.
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington.
A green roof on the terrace outside a Manhattan office penthouse.
Torn from hills, thousands of dead trees still float on Spirit Lake.
Illuminated fountain display in the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens.
From Norway Pass, alternating glimpses of destruction and rebirth.
Torn from the hills, dead trees still float on Saint Helens Lake.
A bus shelter in downtown San Francisco supports a tiny living roof.
San Francisco, California.
The green roof helps make this solar-powered house energy efficient.
Islington, London, England.
Kalalau Valley from Phihea Trail.
Koke'e State Park, Kauai, Hawaii.
On the regreening Pumice Plain, the elk population has soared.
The High Line glides across the bustling avenues of Chelsea.
A military-style barrier fence on a local rancher's land.
Waiahuakua stream tumbling 4,000 feet from source to sea cave.
Mount St. Helens, flanked by Mount Adams and Mount Hood.
An iridescent double rainbow arcs over the Kalalau Valley.
A classical statue at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate.
Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Wildflowers bloom on a hill near the dome of Mount Saint Helens.
A crew removes tumbleweeds from a slope in East Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, California.
A rainbow arcs over Kaula Laka Heiau, a sacred altar.
Vegetable planters on a department store's green roof.
Bamboo and mango tree in Hanakapiai Valley.
Border agents have smoothed the sand so they can track migrants footprints.
San Luis, Arizona.
State Route 504 leads to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
The rock-covered Kalalau Beach at sunset.
The Kalalau Valley from Pu'u o Kila in Na Pali Kona Forest Preserve.
A green roof on a terrace in London.
A circular stairway, Stairway to Heaven, in Edward James' surrealist garden.
A mural of Saint Helens with its summit intact.
Castle Rock, Washington.
Nurtured and shaded by the old forest, a new forest rapidly grows.
Moonrise over Mount Saint Helens.
North Fork Toutle River and watershed.
Natural recovery and planted forest growth.
The crater of Mount St. Helens flanked by Mount Adams.
A chef at a Vancouver hotel harvests apples ripening among highrises.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Ash-laden sediment clogs the North Fork Toutle River valley bottom.
Nurtured and shaded by the old forest, a new forest grows.
A living wall on the side of a four-story building.
A waterfall cascading into a pool.
Sunset bathes the cliff walls of the Kalalau Valley.
A Tokyo rooftop is planted to offset global warming.
One of many apartment houses newly constructed along the High Line.
Friends meet on a High Line portion overlooking the Hudson River.
Tropical day flowering water lilies at Longwood Gardens.
A stone wall along the Escalante River.
A hotel with a green roof.
A coin-operated telescope at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
A sign for the Mount Saint Helens Motel.
Aerial view of Coldwater Lake.
Steps leading to Windy Ridge Viewpoint.
A photographer takes a dip in Spirit Lake.
A rainbow trout swimming in Spirit Lake.
The crater of Mount Saint Helens.
A bride poses at the High Line's Gansevoort Street entrance.
The third and last segment of the High Line is a jungle of weeds.
A border wall illuminated by stadium lights.
A cowboy riding herd near Escalante National Monument.
A Tokyo hotel combines rooftop plants with solar electric panels.
Queen's Pond, a small, encircled reef area in Polihale State Park.
Polihale State Park, Kauai, Hawaii.
A lone tumbleweed on a sand dune near The Totem Pole and Yei bi Chei rock formations in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona.
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