This bristlecone pine stands atop a hill in the Patriarch Grove of the White Mountains. The grove is at 11,300 ft so this bristlecone fights the winter cold, snow and wind at around 11,500 ft. and still thrives in the poor soil.
Big reflection off of the Alkali Lake in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes. Did you notice the seagull? www.davidrecht.net
Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra is partially fed by a thermal source so it is hot all year round. www.davidrecht.net
A human could see around 30,000 sunsets in a lifetime. An old bristlecone pine may have see as many as 1.5 Million. Just another day for these bristlecone pines at the top of the White Mountains range in California.
This bristlecone pine resides at about 11,000 ft. in the Patriarch Grove of the White Mountains. Amazing trees that can survive the altitude, poor soil, and brutal winters for thousands of years. Perhaps the twisted growth patterns are the result of these struggles.
I took the one to the right but now want to go back and take the one to the left. Dirt roads are special and usually more interesting. In the wide open high country southeast of Mono Lake on the way to Benton, CA.
A low angle shot of an ancient Bristlecone pine in the Patriarch Grove of the White Mountains. Additional perspective is that this tree may already be 1000 years old and could live to be 4000 years old. Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth.
Sagebrush color along the Hot Creek stream in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.
Looking down at the valley of Lermoos (in Austria) from the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitze, at almost 10K feet.
We couldn't hear Julie Andrews singing, she was over in Austria, but this field near Ettal, Germany in Bavaria made us think of her.
A view of the church in Eschenlohe, Bavaria with the misty Alps in the background. www.davidrecht.net
Two churches in the valley of Achenkirch, Austria against the backdrop of the Alps. www.davidrecht.net
Steam floating over a huge travertine cascade at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP. www.davidrecht.net
This moose is locked in on my presence while it forages on a winter day in Grand Teton NP.
The pronghorn (technically not part of the antelope family) is considered the fastest animal on earth in terms of sustained speed. Although the cheetah may be faster in short bursts, the pronghorn can run up to 55mph for .5 miles and above 35 mph for over 4 miles. This pronghorn was resting in Yellowstone NP just outside the Roosevelt arch. www.davidrecht.net
A panorama shot of Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon this past January during 10 days of heavy snowfall.
A big horn sheep deftly roaming halfway up a rock wall just outside of Grand Teton NP in February 2017. www.davidrecht.net
A young Japanese man working on a painting of the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on a autumn afternoon in 2007.
A bald eagle near Sitka, Alaska in April, 2015 cruising over the water in search of fish. www.davidrecht.net
A photo from April 2015 of a bald eagle grabbing lunch in Alaska near Sitka, AK. Shot while on a photo tour with Juan Pons on the awesome yacht Northern Song.
Gulfoss waterfall in Iceland on a stormy day in September, 2015.
Another shot of the Dusty grain elevator in Dusty, WA in the hear of the Palouse.
A yellow railing casts a shadow on the a bridge over the Mosel River near Traben-Trarbach, Germany.
The Palouse Fall gorge was created at the end of the last ice age as periodic floods washed away soils in this area of Washington state.
An old truck in an old barn in the Palouse. No telling how long it is has been there but this homestead hasn't been lived on in many years. www.davidrecht.net
An aging barn at a curve in the road in the Palouse region of Washington. www.davidrecht.net
A barn amid the sculpted hills and fields of the Palouse.
Sunset at the granary in Dusty, WA in the Palouse.
Granaries are used to bank various crops until they can be transported or released to the market at an appropriate time for sale. This granary is in LaCrosse, WA in the Palouse region. www.davidrecht.net
A railroad trestle bridge over the Snake River at the confluence of the Palouse River.
The green and yellow fields against the classic Palouse skies. www.davidrecht.net
Not a barn for saddles but the partially collapsed roof line has a saddle shape to it. Wonder how many years before this barn deteriorates to the point of total collapse. Near St. John in The Palouse. www.davidrecht.net
An old farm house shot at the end of the day in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. Looks like the house is at the end of its day as well. www.davidrecht.net
A window in an old barn near Rosalia in The Palouse region of eastern Washington. www.davidrecht.net
An old car left on an abandoned farm in The Palouse of eastern Washington. www.davidrecht.net
From the top of Steptoe Butte you can see interesting patterns made by the farmers below. www.davidrecht.net
The fields of The Palouse in eastern Washington seem to go on forever. Along with the skies.
Early spring is the time for roses. This one is in the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, voted the top rose garden in the US in 2010. This rose is a Mardi Gras.
Shellburg Creek Watefall, OR, behind a tree.
A split tone colorization of the beach at Limantor in Drake's Bay, CA.
Long exposure in black and white of two table rocks along Limantour Beach at Drake's Bay.
The hull of the Point Reyes has seen better days as it sits grounded on the banks of Tomales Bay near Point Reyes National Seashore.
Sand dunes sprouting wildflowers near Point Arena, CA. www.davidrecht.net
The fence blocking me from visiting Point Arena Lighthouse on the north coast in California. www.davidrecht.net
Bowling Ball Beach on the north coast of California is home to these round concretions that first form inside sedimentary rock. They work themselves free over time and have collected on the beach.
Spring flowers blooming at the overlook to the shoreline of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Wild flowers along the road near Hollister, CA.
A stand of trees on the way to Yellowstone National Park in the winter.
A tree stands through winter in Grand Teton National Park waiting for the spring weather and new life. www.davidrecht.net
A late season storm at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
The flow from Mammoth Hot Springs eventually spills down the side of the hill creating many different levels of travertine pools.
The cascade of travertine near the top of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. www.davidrecht.net
The travertine cascades at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. It takes hundreds of years for calcium carbonate from the underground source of hot water to rise up and be deposited.
A young bison nursing in Yellowstone National Park.
A bison in Yellowstone National Park resting as the spring wind blows.
An old gate trying to block the winter snow from moving on.
This bison in Yellowstone National Park wanted to cross the road near Cooke City. He proceeded to amble down the road for a couple of miles - obviously easier than working through snow.
The National Elk Refuge outside Jackson, WY. Currently about 8800 elk are wintering there. Sleigh rides are available to get up and close with the elk.
A fence line in Grand Teton National Park.
Mormon Row barn in Grand Teton National Park waiting through another gray winter day.
On a day in Grand Teton National Park, the clouds and fog obscured any view of the mountains, So, shoot abstracts in B+W.
This cactus has adapted well and thrives in the dry Valley of Fire just north of Las Vegas, NV.
Who knows how long this stump lived overlooking Bryce Canyon or how long it will remain as a show of defiance to the elements.
On a cold January afternoon, this old tree appears all worn out as it looks over Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon has a number of prominent features that people have ascribed names or resemblances to. In this photo there is "Sunken Ship" in the back right as well as "Boat Mesa" in the back left.
Shot in 2016, this is a B+W version of Horsetail Falls doing its reflective thing against the wall of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
Last light of the day in Monument Valley, UT/AZ.
This small river running through White Canyon must have been bigger at one time to cut through the rock as it has. This joins the Colorado River about a mile downstream at Hite which then flows into Lake Powell.
Just after a storm passed through, fresh snow in south central Utah makes for some spectacular scenery.
Not one of the most well known national parks, Capitol Reef in south central Utah encompasses some of the Waterpocket Fold which is a 65 million year old fold of the earth's crust. Millenia of erosion has exposed the striking colors and shapes. www.davidrecht.net
Tracks of OHVs heading towards Dumont Dunes near Death Valley, CA.
Footprints along the crest of a sand dune at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.
Sunset from Dante's View overlooking Badwater in Death Valley National Park.
Photographers waiting on the light and the sunset at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, CA.
Believe it or not, Dumont Dunes, near Death Valley, is certified for Off Highway Vehicles.
A panorama from Artist's Point in Monument Valley, AZ/UT.
Capitol Reef National Park has the Hickman Natural Bridge (pictured). I guess they moved all the arches to Arches National Park.
Clouds over the hoodoos at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon indicated more overnight snow was coming.
A bend in the Colorado River as it winds its way down to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam near Page, AZ.
As much as they have been photographed, you still can't help but shoot the Mittens (West and East) in Monument Valley - especially at sunset.
Lucky enough to have the skies clear one afternoon at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park. www.davidrecht.net
Up on a mesa in southern Utah after a snowstorm.
A photographer lining up a shot for the famous hoodoo, Thor's Hammer, at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon.
A large snow accumulation near Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.
The eastern section of the San Francisco Bay Bridge from Treasure Island to Oakland.
You can just see its fin. Near Davenport, CA.
The sun setting at the end of the day on the coast near Davenport, CA.
Another image from Shark Fin Cove near Davenport, CA where the rock resembles a shark's fin.
Broadway, one of the main aisles in the main cell block in the closed prison of Alcatraz.
A graffiti painted pool at an old KOA campground at Two Guns on the old, historic Route 66.
Water droplets collecting on the railing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University.
A rainy day at the Cantor Art Center where the Rodin collection is exhibited.
Another shot of the Twin Arrows Trading Post along historic Route 66 in Arizona.
Two sandhill cranes gliding in for a landing in a marsh at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
Along the Historic Route 66 you can find many gems like the old cafe and gas stop of Twin Arrows. They don't make them like this anymore. www.davidrecht.net
Sunset at the VLA -
A winter sunset in silhouette at the Very Large Array radio telescopes near Magdalena, New Mexico.
A sandhill crane flying over Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, NM.
A wind blown sand dune in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Snow geese taking flight at sunrise in Bosque del Apache, NM.
A sandhill crane drinking at sunset in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico can also boast of magnificent skies as well.
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 to15 thousand snow geese in the Bosque area in early December this year.
A gaggle of snow geese in the early morning at Bosque del Apache, NM.
A cloudy day at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
A backlit photo of sandhill cranes posing and feeding at sunset at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
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 night shot of one of the radio telescopes 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.
Although this looks like a warm day, it was quite chilly prior to a storm coming in later in the day. No one was at Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park since it was one of the last days Tioga Pass road was open for the season.
This was taken on one of the last days that Glacier Point road in Yosemite National Park 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.
Busy Beavers -
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. www.davidrecht.net
Mono Lake on the night of the super moon, November 14, 2016. A bright night that lit up the snow on the tops of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Yosemite National Park.
A tufa structure in Mono Lake glows at dusk.
A stylized photo of the river grass that grows along the bottom of Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.
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.
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 photo from March, 2016 taken in the town of Ulan-Ude, Russia. The windows reflect some warmth of a coming spring against a wall of windows and two trees that reflect the harshness of the winter just passed.
Effluent from the Abyss Pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin flows down a slight hill to Yellowstone Lake. Some bacteria thrive in the hot waters of thermal effluent. Depending on the water temperature, the bateria will display with varying colors as in this flow. davidrecht.net
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 after the Grand Geyser in the Yellowstone Geyser basin does its thing.
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.
A woman walking the streets of Irkutsk, Siberia reflected in the puddles of melted snow. A long winter is ending.
A charcoal sketch styled processing of a photo of the Berry Fire in Yellowstone National Park. The Berry fire was caused by lightening in late July 2016 and eventually burned over 21,000 acres of forest.
The Abyss pool in the West Thumb thermal basin of Yellowstone National Park..
A panorama shot of the Tetons as a morning storm begins to clear.
A nice stand of color off a back road near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
On recent trip to Wyoming, I drove up the east side of Lake Tahoe in route. I just caught a glimpse of some water through the trees and discovered a small pond just off the road with some great autumn reflections.
An earthwork sculpture made by Robert Smithson in 1970 on the edge of Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah.
One of the barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.
A barn on the famous Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park swirled in fog.
A view of some private property with a very nice public view of some aspens in fall color. Near Wells, NV.
A coffee house in The Mission district of San Francisco, CA.
An evening walkabout in The Mission in San Francisco.
A stand of color from 2015 around North Lake near Bishop, CA.
A painted version of a photo near Varenna on Lake Como, Italy.
The roots of a tree at Lake Tenaya in Yosemite National Park.
A view from McWay Fall/Julia Pfeiffer State Park north towards Big Sur.
Another take on the awesome tufa at Mono Lake, CA.
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. www.davidrecht.net
The great mining ghost town of Bodie, CA is still full of treasure. This old car says a lot about what people gave in search of fortune. www.davidrecht.net
Sometimes places are so good you just have to keep going back to shoot them again. This one from Valley View along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. www.davidrecht.net
This shot of Upper Yosemite Fall cost me some blood. This backwater area created by a previous higher flow of the Merced River was swarming with mosquitos.
Eden Landing near Hayward, CA used to be a major producer of salt. In recent years millions of dollars are being spent to reconvert the salt drying ponds back to natural bay wetlands.
This dead tree must have had a hard time growing in such compromised soil in the Painted Hills or Oregon.
The Painted Hills, one of the seven wonders of Oregon, are layered soils left behind from the days when this area was actually a flood plain. The red colored soil comes from the era when the flood plain was warm and humid. There are also fossil remains from that same ear of camels, early horses and even rhinoceroses.
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 to just get 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 recent 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.
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.
The 3000 foot granite monolith of El Capitan is reflected in the Merced River on the floor of Yosemite Valley.
The Three Brothers along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
A stitched panorama of El Capitan and the Three Brothers in the morning light reflected in the Merced River. Yosemite National Park.
On a late winter day, the fog swirls around the Yosemite Valley floor and El Capitan.
A night shot of one of the abandoned buildings in Rhyolite near Death Valley National Park and even closer to Beatty, Nevada. It was a boom town mining town in the early 1900s that, at it's peak, had around 3500 inhabitants.
Looking down towards Badwater Basin in Death Valley from just off Daylight Pass Road. Not too many commuters out at sunrise.
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.
A long abandoned car at Aguereberry Camp in Death Valley National Park. Aguereberry Camp was worked by Pete Aguereberry (a Basque from France) from around 1905 until his death in 1945. The Eureka Mine on this site was moderately productive for gold.
A view from Aguereberry Point high above the lowest part of Death Valley National Park.
I ran into (almost literally) a group of burros on the Daylight Pass Road near Beatty, Nevada near Death Valley National Park. I did not pay attention to the "Burro Crossing" highway sign I saw previously but became a believer. These two burros (out of about 10) stood their ground and seemed to be pretty bored by my photo activity. I bet they're used to it.
Sunset from the Daylight Pass Road that descends from Rhyolite to Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.
The sun shining beyond one of the walls of Mosaic Canyon near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.
One of the buildings in the get-rich-quick town of Leadfield in Death Valley National Park. Leadfield was famous the fradulent promotions to draw people there even going as far as advertising steamboats on the almost always dry Amargosa River.
The old supply store in Leadfield, a defunct, get-rich-quick scheme from the 1920s in Death Valley National Park.
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. Next year.
The often photographed McWay Waterfall in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA.
In Big Sur, CA where the February 9th temperature was 75 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky.