A cloudy day at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
A wind blown sand dune in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
One of the smaller islands off of Olkhon island in Lake Baikal during the mid winter freeze over. Lake Baikal is in Siberia, Russia and, in spite of being 50 miles wide and 375 miles long, freezes over completely in the winter.
Shards of ice are common on Lake Baikal. During the freezing of the lake there can be relatively warmer temperatures where the wind and currents cause the forming ice sheets to break up and then refreeze. During the break up shards of ice will be blown around and can pile up in odd patterns. There are also areas on the lake where ice shard fields encompass many square miles of area and create a real challenge to finding a safe path to drive through.
Even after the ice thaws I don't think this old hulk is very lake worthy. On frozen Lake Baikal near Khuzhir on Olkhon Island.
There are innumerable opportunities to shoot interesting ice slab formations on Lake Baikal
An ice fisherman near the town of Ust-Barguzin on the shore of Lake Baikal in Siberia. He and his friend spend their days fishing on stools behind a small windbreak, smoking cigarettes, and, I assume, drinking something to keep warm.
A blurred shot of birch trees standing through the long winter near Maloye Goloustnoye, Siberia.
Beams of light inside the Kazan Cathedral in Irkutsk, Russia
Often the most famous photo opportunities are difficult to shoot because they have already been shot from every angle. This is the famous St. Basil's Cathedral at the end of Red Square in Moscow shot through the gates of the State Historical Museum.
Some of the golden domes atop the Great Kremlin Palace just off Red Square in Moscow, Russia
A photo of Horsetail Fall in Yosemite Valley during the February "Firefall". This phenomenon occurs in mid to late February given the right conditions of water flowing over El Capitan to make the fall, the precise position of the sun and sun angle against the fall and the El Capitan wall. All of this comes together to create a "fire" of water that can range from yellow to orange to deep red depending on the day. This has become a popular photographic shoot with over 250 persons jostling for position on the bank of the Merced River yesterday. I arrived at 1.45pm for the approximately 5.20pm "show" and could only get a position that made the fall partially blocked by trees.
The classic, if not over shot, photo from tunnel view in Yosemite National Park on a chilly January evening. A few streaming clouds behind Half Dome picked up the last pink of the sunset.
A stitched panorama of El Capitan and the Three Brothers in the morning light reflected in the Merced River. Yosemite National Park.
This was taken on one of the last days that Glacier Point road was open. There were only 4 cars in the parking lot - a huge contrast to summer crowds. The clouds shown multiplied later and produced a bit of snow as I left the park. There has also been snow since then resulting in the road being closed for the winter
Upper Yosemite Fall late afternoon.
An earthwork sculpture by Robert Smithson created in 1970 on the shore of the Great Salt Lake, UT.
A bale of barbed wire on an old fence in the historic Mormon town of Chesterfield, ID. Chesterfield lies exactly on the main route of the Oregon trail
An old workshop in the abandoned and historic town of Chesterfield, ID. Inside was an untouched workshop from decades ago comprised of artisan tools, old parts and lots of dust.
The Heart Spring pool in Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful Geyser basin. Like many of the springs in the geyser basin, Heart Spring's water temperature is just below the boiling point.
The flow of hot water from the Grand Geyser in Yellowstone Geyser Basin
A fence separating properties in the Mormon Row area of Grand Teton National Park.
A barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.
A tufa structure in Mono Lake glows at dusk.
The stream above Lundy Lake in the eastern Sierra has had extensive remodeling done to it thanks to the beaver community that has built several dams and lodges
A panoramic view down to Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra. Long a sentinel of the fight for water between southern California and northern California, Mono Lake is still well below the level agreed to in 1994 and about only half of the volume of what it was in the early 1900s. It remains a habitat for millions of birds and exotic algae and brine shrimp due to its high alkalinity. The tufas that have formed in the lake make it a draw for tourists.
A stylized photo of the river grass that grows along the bottom of Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra
Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierras, runs a bit warm due to the hot springs from the Mammoth thermal basin that are upstream. As a result, I believe, there are long, long strands of river grass thriving in Hot Creek
A night shot of one of the radio telescopes (another in the background) in the Very Large Array located near Magdalena, NM. The radio telescopes are all on railways (as you can see in this photo) so that they can be moved and configured for different listening parameters
Pete Aguereberry must have said that each morning as he got up to work his goldmine in the vast desert of Death Valley National Park. Not a lot of people around in the early 1900s and little in the way of local activity, entertainment or social events.
I think Abiqua is one of the more impressive waterfalls in Willamette Valley (although I have only seen a dozen or so). The rust colored basalt columns are really a stunning frame to a good sized waterfall, both height and width. In addition, there is adventure in just getting to Abiqua Falls. 10 miles on a gravel road, 2.5 miles off roading on rocks and then a half mile hike down to the river that requires a rope guide in the steeper spots. Finally, a quarter mile jumping rocks along the river. A great experience.
On a trip to Oregon to shoot waterfalls, I found Butte Creek Falls after a stop at the somewhat remote Abiqua Falls. Almost missed this but was rewarded with a number of good shots at this also remote waterfall near Silverton, OR.
A close up of a rooftop in Tallinn, Estonia.
Although the windows are closed so you couldn't see out from the inside, I think there is so much for us to see on this wall. What is the history of these scars? In Tallinn, Estonia.
Probably a middle aged (1000-2000 years?) and still growing Bristlecone Pine in the Patriarch Grove of the White Mountains. The gnarled trunks are always interesting
Another trip to the mining ghost town of Bodie, CA. No matter how many times you visit, there are always new things to photograph. I missed this day bed on my previous visits.
A sandhill crane drinking at sunset in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
A backlit photo of sandhill cranes posing and feeding at sunset at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
Where's Tippy Hedren? -
A morning blast off of snow geese (not crows) from a small marsh just north of the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Regular visitor to Bosque, Jim Palmer (jimpalmerphotogrpahy.com), estimated between 10 to 15 thousand snow geese in the Bosque area in early December this year.
An evening fly in of sandhill cranes to one of the marshes in the Bosque Del Apache wildlife refuge near Socorro, NM. Thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese gather in this area from November through February.
A mass of snow geese that have just left one of the marsh ponds in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refugre in New Mexico.
Snow geese taking flight at sunrise in Bosque del Apache, NM
A sunset view over Tomales Bay north of San Francisco where oysters are the prime product.
The often photographed McWay Waterfall in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA.