Storage
Storage

Ready to store the grain against a foreboding sky in Swan Valley, ID. 

Grand Teton
Grand Teton

It was very grand on this day at Schwabacher’s Landing.

Wide Open Spaces
Wide Open Spaces

At over 11,500 ft this graded dirt road gives a wide open view to the White Mountain area of the Sierra Nevada just above the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone pines. The truck in the middle appears pretty small in this vast scenery.

Sage Advice
Sage Advice

It's always good to get out on a beautiful fall day and get off the beaten track a bit. This sagebrush, in full bloom, was found beside a dirt road in the scrub area off US395 near Tom's Place.

Hot Creek Morning
Hot Creek Morning

Nothing finer than being in the eastern Sierra looking upstream at the Hot Springs Creek with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop. A simple, unassuming bridge in the middle of weeds and sagebrush but one of my favorites.

Lean To The Center
Lean To The Center

This Bristlecone Pine is leaning toward the center of the Milky Way - our galactic core. Maybe good advice for all of us since the Bristlecone Pine can live thousands of years. From the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California.

Shark Set
Shark Set

Another sunset at the always intriguing Shark Fin Cove near Davenport, CA.

Day at the Beach
Day at the Beach

4 strollers enjoying a blustery day on the beach at Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Corner of the Field
Corner of the Field

A small corner of a field in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. Where did the sheep go?

Boat Bay
Boat Bay

the colorful boat storage in Oriental Bay in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Bay View
Bay View

looking across Hawke’s Bay to Napier, New Zealand from Waipatiki beach. #hawkesbay#waipatikibeach #newzealand #panorama

A Craggy Range
A Craggy Range

Temata Peak just outside Hastings, New Zealand. If you go, visit the winery nearby. #craggyrangewinery #newzealand#tematapeak

The Barber Shop
The Barber Shop

This is where you get your hair cut if you're a sheep on this farm in New Zealand near Ocean Beach. Not sure of the frequency of the haircuts as we saw some "fluffy" sheep and some sheered sheep during the winter. Felt a bit sorry for the sheered ones given the relatively low winter temperatures.

Last Light at Kairakau
Last Light at Kairakau

Long exposure of the sky above the beach at Kairakau, New Zealand.

Sheepless in Otane
Sheepless in Otane

not many sheep in this field near Otane, New Zealand but there were thousands in nearby fields.

NZ Beach
NZ Beach

A cloudy sunset on a deserted beach on the east coast on the northern island of New Zealand. 

Oh What a Night - Russian Style
Oh What a Night - Russian Style

Cruising the Volga-Baltiyskiy canal towards Lake Onega in northern Russia produced an epic night for sunsets in the large northern skies. www.davidrecht.net

Inspire
Inspire

An amazing monument at the Russian Cosmonaut Museum in Moscow, Russia. It is 350 tall, clad in titanium plates and depicts a rocket trailing exhaust and supported by Soviet era bas relief art.

Russian Night
Russian Night

A sunset in Russia on Lake Onega at about 62 degrees north latitude. Big skies and awesome color.

Mirador de Las Torres
Mirador de Las Torres

t truly was like a bay window view of the heart of Las Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia. The view is across Lago Nordenskjold to the very impressive Paine massif.

The Grey Way
The Grey Way

Walking across a gravel peninsula from the glacier boat debarcation point, you can take in the full scale of Patagonia, and Grey Lake after having just seen Grey Glacier which occupies 100 square miles and is at least 100ft thick.

Señor Moreno
Señor Moreno

The front of the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina from Argentina Lake. The face of the leading edge of the glacier can be as high as 240 feet.

Wanna Guanaco?
Wanna Guanaco?

This guanaco (sounds like "wanaco") was seen in Chilean Patagonia in the Las Torres del Paine national park. Guanacos, the original wild version of the domesticated llama and alpaca, number about 400K.

Target Lock
Target Lock

A bald eagle near Tenakee Springs, AK locks in on a food source below.

Weathered Windows
Weathered Windows

The almost constant rain and moisture in Oysterville, Washington has added a lot of character on these window frames and siding of the Oysterville Sea Farm.

I'll Keep an Eye Out
I'll Keep an Eye Out

Five tundra swans resting in a marsh on Svensen Island in the Columbia River Gorge just east of Astoria, OR. One seems to be on watch while the others use their long necks to stow their heads in their down and stay warm in the cold weather. www.davidrecht.net

Fly By
Fly By

A group of birds fly through the setting sun at Cannon Beach, OR.  

Sleeping Cats
Sleeping Cats

Pretty sure about letting sleeping dogs lie so we did the same with this cat.  A beautiful cheetah taking an afternoon rest near Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.  A shot from 2009.

Tree Hugger
Tree Hugger

This little guy might be pretty big by now. This shot of a lion cub from 2009 hanging out under the trees as Mom sleeps nearby. Near Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

Evening Gull
Evening Gull

A segull perches on a rock along Cannon Beach, OR.

Small Upon the Sea
Small Upon the Sea

A commercial fisherman working it off the coast of Ocean Shores, WA.

Criss Cross
Criss Cross

On the flat beach at Ocean Shores, WA, the waves roll in and criss cross themselves.

Stacking Up
Stacking Up

Late afternoon light falling on stacks of driftwood on Damon Point in the Ocean Shores area of Washington.  www.davidrecht.net

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Scaling Neko Harbor
Scaling Neko Harbor

Two zodiacs launched from the M/V Ushuaia on a Muench Workshops photo tour of Antarctica show the scale of the mountains and the glacial ice in Neko Harbor, Antarctica.

Floating Around
Floating Around

This huge iceberg is just floating around in the sea near the opening to Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  The scale of Antarctica is always impressive.   

Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor

The Sarah W. Verwork resting in a harbor on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  This 54 foot yacht regularly crosses Drake Passage between the tip of South America and Antarctica and sails to South Georgia Island as well as the Falklands.  These expeditions are probably for the more hearty adventurers.

It's My Marsh
It's My Marsh

A bald eagle perched on a sign seems to be protecting his marsh in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.  

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Landing Pattern
Landing Pattern

Geese, near and far, coming in for landings at the end of the day around the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Bonus: How many bald eagles can you see?    wwwdavidrecht.net

Last Light at the Refuge
Last Light at the Refuge

The last bit of light picks up the blues and golds on a chilly late afternoon at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge near Klamath Falls, OR.     www.davidrecht.net

Watchin' You
Watchin' You

A bald eagle eyeing me intently from his perch in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

Roiling Sea
Roiling Sea

Backlit waves crashing against the rocks late in the day at Gray Whale Cove, CA.   

Patagonia!
Patagonia!

At least part of it.  A view across the Lago Nordenskjold to Las Torres del Paine.

Fluke Watch
Fluke Watch

Chasing humpback whale flukes on a snowy day in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica.  Although summer, the black and white version makes this seem a cold and ominous scene.

Night Falls
Night Falls

Night falls over the Klamath River just outside Klamath Falls, OR.

Frosty Morning
Frosty Morning

The early light on a cold morning in the marshes of Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.     www.davidrecht.net

Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams

Two bald eagles dreaming of their next meal in a wetlands field in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

Lumbering On
Lumbering On

Logs stacked up for processing at a Roseburg Forest Products location in Weed, CA

Along the Road
Along the Road

A bald eagle watching for its next meal atop a power pole on Township Road outside of Klamath Falls, OR.

Skimming
Skimming

A great blue heron skims just above the water surface at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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Up Close
Up Close

This juvenile bald eagle making a quick turn after a ground take-off. He had just consumed a large meal, bone included (apparently for the calcium), as I watched from up close

Power Position
Power Position

This bald eagle at his rightful position at the top of a power pole along Township Road near the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge next to Klamath Falls, OR.

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Hi Guys!
Hi Guys!

This Chinstrap penguin seems to be our welcoming party at Hydrudga Rocks, Antarctica.  Seems to have a smile on his face and is glad to see us. None of the penguins in Antarctica exhibited fear of us.  Mostly they went about their business and, if necessary, waited for us to be clear of their path.

Rockin' It
Rockin' It

This chinstrap penguin is carrying another rock up to the nest.  They tend to do this all day long especially because other penguins are stealing from its nest when they are stealing from others' nests.  I bet some of these rocks have been carried dozens of times.  A bit comical to watch them work so earnestly at being thieves.     www.davidrecht.net

Egg Warmer
Egg Warmer

This chinstrap penguin is taking a short break from the 5-10 day stretch spent warming the egg. It takes about 5 weeks for a chinstrap penguin egg to hatch.  Half Moon Island, Antarctica

Whale Tail Impressions
Whale Tail Impressions

A humpback whale turning over a slow dive in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica. Who knew whales could be such "impressionists". www.davidrecht.net

Out in the Cold
Out in the Cold

3 Gentoo penguins standing out in the cold on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  Actually, it was summer so the temperatures were around 32F, probably very comfortable for these guys. 

Chinstrap Serenade
Chinstrap Serenade

Two chinstrap penguins serenading a third lying on a nest. Near Two Hummock Island, Antarctica.

Las Torres
Las Torres

The famed Las Torres in Las Torres del Paine national park in Chile.

Glacier Walking
Glacier Walking

The Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina is one of 48 glaciers in the area. Combined, the glacial area is the 3rd largest body of freshwater in the world. The cool thing about Perito Moreno is the catwalk system that allows you to walk the length of the glacier face. Cool AND cool.

Camino a los Cuernos
Camino a los Cuernos

The path towards the Dos Cuernos (Two Horns) that join with Las Torres (the towers) in Torres del Paine national park in Chile. 

Penguin Heights
Penguin Heights

These Gentoo penguins inhabiting a nice bit of real estate overlooking Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  Hidden dangers though as minutes before this photo an iceberg calved into the bay creating a tsunami wave that sent the little Gentoos running for higher ground.  

Hangin' in the Hood
Hangin' in the Hood

Several colonies of Gentoo penguins hanging out on a grey day on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Ice Ahead
Ice Ahead

Sailing into Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  It looks like an icy and forbidding landing spot.   

Antarctica!
Antarctica!

Antarctica! could use some more exclamation points.  It was that good.  On this afternoon as we cruised into Neko Harbor we had several hours of landscape shots like this from the deck of the Ushuaia.  Almost unbelievable.  

Thief!
Thief!

A south pole skua makes off with a Gentoo penguin egg from a colony on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  

Alone
Alone

A penguin stands alone atop an iceberg under a light snow in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica.

An Icy Perch
An Icy Perch

This small bird has found a large icy perch in the even larger expanse of Antarctic waters.  Shot near Lemaire Island, Antarctica.

Evening Flight
Evening Flight

A bird flying through the evening light in Antarctica near Neko Harbor and Lemaire Island.   <a href="http://www.davidrecht.net" rel="nofollow">www.davidrecht.net</a>

A Whale of a Time
A Whale of a Time

A great time chasing whales in a zodiac in the snow near Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Morning Swim
Morning Swim

A Gentoo penguin "porpoises" beside our Zodiak as we head back to our ship after a landing at Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Hangin'
Hangin'

My Friend Alex hanging in the halls of Stanford University.

Beaver Pond
Beaver Pond

A black & white of the beaver pond above Lundy Lake in the eastern Sierra.  www.davidrecht.net

A Leaner
A Leaner

This bare tree is leaning, possibly due to the activity of the beavers that have remade this stream to suit themselves. Shot above Lundy Lake in the eastern Sierra.

Entering Autumn
Entering Autumn

The entrance to a ranch tucked up against the White Mountains in the Chalfont Valley of the eastern Sierras.   

Autumn Bridge
Autumn Bridge

A small wooden bridge off Highway 395 in Coleville, CA .

Excavate, then Repair
Excavate, then Repair

Found this old VW bus in Benton Hot Springs apparently still waiting repair.  Looks like you would have to dig it out first, then repair.  Love the spider web-like broken windshields too.   

Blue Flow
Blue Flow

The Hot Creek River flowing through the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra of California. 

Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living things on earth, grow in strange, intertwined ways.  This branch crossed in front of the trunk of another tree and may be held hostage by its bark for 3-4 thousands years, the possible lifetime of these trees.  From the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California - one of the coolest places to explore anywhere.   

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A small pine trying to grow from a crack in the granite rock at Olmstead Point in Yosemite National Park.  Come back in 50 years and check it out.   

Upstream
Upstream

A view upstream of the middle fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.  Early fall evening beside Highway 2 with great light and clouds.  

Backlog
Backlog

A jumble of logs along the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.   

Autumn on the Flathead
Autumn on the Flathead

Clouds and autumn colors reflected on the north fork of the Flathead River in the western portion of Glacier National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

The Bend
The Bend

A bend in the north fork of the Flathead River just inside the western boundary of Glacier National Park.

Old Wood
Old Wood

An old truck too.  Both have been sitting in the old mining ghost town of Warren, ID since around 1930.  Abandoned after the gold ran out.

You Can't Help It
You Can't Help It

You can't help taking the easy photographs along with the difficult ones.  This shot of Lake Sherburne in the eastern portion of Glacier National Park is one of those shots you just can't help but take.

Small Fish, Big Pond
Small Fish, Big Pond

A lone fly fisherman on Bowman Lake in front of the awesome mountains of Glacier National Park.  www.davidrecht.net

Ready to Row
Ready to Row

This row boat seems ready to go but may have had its last row for the season as everything at Swiftcurrent/Many Glacier is closed up for the coming winter.

Beautiful Bowman
Beautiful Bowman

A long exposure of Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park.   

North Fork Flow
North Fork Flow

The North Fork of the Flathead River flowing through the western portion of Glacier National Park.  

Big View
Big View

An old cabin or barn on farmland at the foot of the eastern Sierra. Near Bishop, CA.  www.davidrecht.net

Time Gone By
Time Gone By

An old cabin outside of the historic town of Benton, CA. A gold and silver mining town starting in the 1850's was also a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop. It is now a small tourist town kept going by the Benton Hot Springs and the Paiute marijuana trailer.

Summer Streaming By
Summer Streaming By

The Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park streams along in late summer thanks to the abundant snow in winter. 

Rock Creek Flowers
Rock Creek Flowers

Wildflowers doing well at 10,000+ ft. around Rock Creek Lake in the eastern Sierra of California. 

Summer View
Summer View

Valley View in Yosemite National Park on a summer early afternoon in August.  Still a nice flow in the Merced River and a bit of Bridalveil Fall still cascading.  I can never resist stopping at Valley View for a shot or two on my way out of the valley.     www.davidrecht.net

On Top of the World
On Top of the World

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.   

Alkali Reflection
Alkali Reflection

Big reflection off of the Alkali Lake in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes. Did you notice the seagull?  www.davidrecht.net

Hot Creek
Hot Creek

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

Twisted Beauty
Twisted Beauty

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.

How Many Sunsets?
How Many Sunsets?

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.

Which Road?
Which Road?

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. 

Perspective
Perspective

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. 

Hot Creek Color
Hot Creek Color

Sagebrush color along the Hot Creek stream in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.

The Valley Below
The Valley Below

Looking down at the valley of Lermoos (in Austria) from the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitze, at almost 10K feet.    

The Hills Are Alive
The Hills Are Alive

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.   

Bavarian Mist
Bavarian Mist

A view of the church in Eschenlohe, Bavaria with the misty Alps in the background.  www.davidrecht.net

Two Churches of Achenkirch
Two Churches of Achenkirch

Two churches in the valley of Achenkirch, Austria against the backdrop of the Alps.     www.davidrecht.net

Smokin'
Smokin'

Steam floating over a huge travertine cascade at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP.  www.davidrecht.net

Moose Lock
Moose Lock

This moose is locked in on my presence while it forages on a winter day in Grand Teton NP.  

Let It Snow
Let It Snow

A panorama shot of Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon this past January during 10 days of heavy snowfall.   

Fast
Fast

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

Come On Up
Come On Up

A big horn sheep deftly roaming halfway up a rock wall just outside of Grand Teton NP in February 2017.    www.davidrecht.net

Picture a Painting
Picture a Painting

A young Japanese man working on a painting of the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on a autumn afternoon in 2007.  

Flight
Flight

A bald eagle near Sitka, Alaska in April, 2015 cruising over the water in search of fish.  www.davidrecht.net

Lunch
Lunch

Lunch -
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 Flow B+W
Gulfoss Flow B+W

Gulfoss waterfall in Iceland on a stormy day in September, 2015.

Dusty
Dusty

Another shot of the Dusty grain elevator in Dusty, WA in the hear of the Palouse.

Yellow Bridge Road
Yellow Bridge Road

A yellow railing casts a shadow on the a bridge over the Mosel River near Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

Truckin'
Truckin'

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

Washing Away
Washing Away

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.  

The Curve in the Road
The Curve in the Road

An aging barn at a curve in the road in the Palouse region of Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Barn with a View
Barn with a View

A barn amid the sculpted hills and fields of the Palouse. 

Sunset at the Granary
Sunset at the Granary

Sunset at the granary in Dusty, WA in the Palouse.

Banking It
Banking It

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

Snake Bridge
Snake Bridge

A railroad trestle bridge over the Snake River at the confluence of the Palouse River.

Fields and Sky
Fields and Sky

The green and yellow fields against the classic Palouse skies.     www.davidrecht.net

End of the Day
End of the Day

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

Saddle Barn
Saddle Barn

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

Window on The Palouse
Window on The Palouse

A window in an old barn near Rosalia in The Palouse region of eastern Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Abandoned
Abandoned

An old car left on an abandoned farm in The Palouse of eastern Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Endless Fields
Endless Fields

The fields of The Palouse in eastern Washington seem to go on forever. Along with the skies.

Tractor Painting
Tractor Painting

From the top of Steptoe Butte you can see interesting patterns made by the farmers below.     www.davidrecht.net

Time for Spring
Time for Spring

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. 

Behind the Tree
Behind the Tree

Shellburg Creek Watefall, OR, behind a tree.

Color My World
Color My World

A split tone colorization of the beach at Limantor in Drake's Bay, CA.

Tableau
Tableau

Long exposure in black and white of two table rocks along Limantour Beach at Drake's Bay. 

Hulled Out
Hulled Out

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.

Dunes
Dunes

Sand dunes sprouting wildflowers near Point Arena, CA.     www.davidrecht.net

Geologic Bowling
Geologic Bowling

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.

The Fence
The Fence

The fence blocking me from visiting Point Arena Lighthouse on the north coast in California.     www.davidrecht.net

Spring at Point Reyes
Spring at Point Reyes

Spring flowers blooming at the overlook to the shoreline of Point Reyes National Seashore.   

Spring Road
Spring Road

Wild flowers along the road near Hollister, CA. 

Yellowstone Winter
Yellowstone Winter

A stand of trees on the way to Yellowstone National Park in the winter.

Standing for Spring
Standing for Spring

A tree stands through winter in Grand Teton National Park waiting for the spring weather and new life.     www.davidrecht.net

Jackson Lake
Jackson Lake

A late season storm at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

Cascade
Cascade

The cascade of travertine near the top of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

Flow
Flow

The flow from Mammoth Hot Springs eventually spills down the side of the hill creating many different levels of travertine pools. 

Hot Spot
Hot Spot

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.

I'm Hungry Mom
I'm Hungry Mom

A young bison nursing in Yellowstone National Park.

The Wind In My Hair
The Wind In My Hair

A bison in Yellowstone National Park resting as the spring wind blows. 

Winter Gate
Winter Gate

An old gate trying to block the winter snow from moving on. 

Bison
Bison

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. 

Refuge
Refuge

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.

On the Range
On the Range

A fence line in Grand Teton National Park.

A Winter Day
A Winter Day

Mormon Row barn in Grand Teton National Park waiting through another gray winter day.

Gray Day
Gray 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.

Hanging On
Hanging On

Who knows how long this stump  lived overlooking Bryce Canyon or how long it will remain as a show of defiance to the elements.

Adapted
Adapted

This cactus has adapted well and thrives in the dry Valley of Fire just north of Las Vegas, NV.

Worn Out
Worn Out

On a cold January afternoon, this old tree appears all worn out as it looks over Bryce Canyon.

Sailing Bryce Canyon
Sailing 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.

Horsetail Falls - B+W
Horsetail Falls - B+W

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
Last Light

Last light of the day in Monument Valley, UT/AZ.

Heading to Lake Powell
Heading to Lake Powell

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.  

Moss Back Butte
Moss Back Butte

Just after a storm passed through, fresh snow in south central Utah makes for some spectacular scenery.

Dune Tracks
Dune Tracks

Tracks of OHVs heading towards Dumont Dunes near Death Valley, CA.

Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef

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

Dune Walk
Dune Walk

Footprints along the crest of a sand dune at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.

Waiting on the Dunes
Waiting on the Dunes

Photographers waiting on the light and the sunset at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, CA.

Dante's View
Dante's View

Sunset from Dante's View overlooking Badwater in Death Valley National Park. 

Certified OHV
Certified OHV

Believe it or not, Dumont Dunes, near Death Valley, is certified for Off Highway Vehicles.

Monumental Panorama
Monumental Panorama

A panorama from Artist's Point in Monument Valley, AZ/UT.

Hickman Bridge
Hickman Bridge

Capitol Reef National Park has the Hickman Natural Bridge (pictured).  I guess they moved all the arches to Arches National Park.

Don't Forget Your Mittens
Don't Forget Your Mittens

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.

Hoodoo Clouds
Hoodoo Clouds

Clouds over the hoodoos at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon indicated more overnight snow was coming.

River Bend
River Bend

A bend in the Colorado River as it winds its way down to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam near Page, AZ.  

Beautiful Bryce
Beautiful Bryce

Lucky enough to have the skies clear one afternoon at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

Inspiration
Inspiration

A large snow accumulation near Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Utah!
Utah!

Up on a mesa in southern Utah after a snowstorm.

Stalking Thor
Stalking Thor

A photographer lining up a shot for the famous hoodoo, Thor's Hammer, at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon. 

Bridge Lights
Bridge Lights

The eastern section of the San Francisco Bay Bridge from Treasure Island to Oakland.

Shark in the Water!
Shark in the Water!

You can just see its fin.  Near Davenport, CA.

End of Day
End of Day

The sun setting at the end of the day on the coast near Davenport, CA.

Shark Fin Revisited
Shark Fin Revisited

Another image from Shark Fin Cove near Davenport, CA where the rock resembles a shark's fin.

Broadway
Broadway

Broadway, one of the main aisles in the main cell block in the closed prison of Alcatraz.

Care For A Dip On Route 66?
Care For A Dip On Route 66?

A graffiti painted pool at an old KOA campground at Two Guns on the old, historic Route 66.

Standing in the Rain
Standing in the Rain

A rainy day at the Cantor Art Center where the Rodin collection is exhibited.

Raindrops
Raindrops

Water droplets collecting on the railing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University.

You Wanna Stop for Coffee?
You Wanna Stop for Coffee?

Another shot of the Twin Arrows Trading Post along historic Route 66 in Arizona.

Glide Path
Glide Path

Two sandhill cranes gliding in for a landing in a marsh at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Twin Arrows
Twin Arrows

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

Windscape
Windscape

A wind blown sand dune in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Sunset at the VLA
Sunset at the VLA

Sunset at the VLA -
A winter sunset in silhouette at the Very Large Array radio telescopes near Magdalena, New Mexico.

Flight
Flight

A sandhill crane flying over Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, NM.

Craning
Craning

A sandhill crane drinking at sunset in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Morning Flight
Morning Flight

Snow geese taking flight at sunrise in Bosque del Apache, NM.

Sand & Sky
Sand & Sky

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico can also boast of magnificent skies as well.

Where's Tippy Hedren?
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 to15 thousand snow geese in the Bosque area in early December this year.

Gaggle
Gaggle

A gaggle of snow geese in the early morning at Bosque del Apache, NM.

White Sands
White Sands

A cloudy day at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Sunset Pose
Sunset Pose

A backlit photo of sandhill cranes posing and feeding at sunset at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Fly In
Fly In

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.

Reaching Out
Reaching Out

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.

Tenaya Chill
Tenaya Chill

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.

Before Winter
Before Winter

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
Busy Beavers

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

Bright Night
Bright Night

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.

The Flow
The Flow

A stylized photo of the river grass that grows along the bottom of Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.

Tufa Glow
Tufa Glow

A tufa structure in Mono Lake glows at dusk.

Blue Mono
Blue Mono

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.

River Grass
River Grass

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.

Siberian Spring
Siberian Spring

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.
 

Bacteria Byway
Bacteria Byway

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

A Hot Heart
A Hot Heart

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.

Grand Flow
Grand Flow

The flow of hot water after the Grand Geyser in the Yellowstone Geyser basin does its thing.

Wired
Wired

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.

Walking to Spring
Walking to Spring

A woman walking the streets of Irkutsk, Siberia reflected in the puddles of melted snow.  A long winter is ending.

Charcoal
Charcoal

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.

Into the Abyss
Into the Abyss

The Abyss pool in the West Thumb thermal basin of Yellowstone National Park..

Teton View
Teton View

A panorama shot of the Tetons as a morning storm begins to clear.

Jackson Hole Fall
Jackson Hole Fall

A nice stand of color off a back road near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Hidden Pond
Hidden Pond

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.

Spiral Jetty
Spiral Jetty

An earthwork sculpture made by Robert Smithson in 1970 on the edge of Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Through the Trees
Through the Trees

One of the barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

Mormon Barn Fog
Mormon Barn Fog

A barn on the famous Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park swirled in fog.

But A Public View
But A Public View

A view of some private property with a very nice public view of some aspens in fall color.  Near Wells, NV.

Mission Coffee
Mission Coffee

A coffee house in The Mission district of San Francisco, CA.

The Mission
The Mission

An evening walkabout in The Mission in San Francisco.

Via Col Vento
Via Col Vento

A painted version of a photo near Varenna on Lake Como, Italy.

Ablaze
Ablaze

A stand of color from 2015 around North Lake near Bishop, CA.

Rooted
Rooted

The roots of a tree at Lake Tenaya in Yosemite National Park.

Big View, Big Sur
Big View, Big Sur

A view from McWay Fall/Julia Pfeiffer State Park north towards Big Sur.

Tufa Art
Tufa Art

Another take on the awesome tufa at Mono Lake, CA.

So Much To See
So Much To See

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

All Fanned Out
All Fanned Out

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

Valley View Again?
Valley View Again?

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

A Pint of Blood
A Pint of Blood

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.

The Old Salt Mine
The Old Salt Mine

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.

Tough Life
Tough Life

This dead tree must have had a hard time growing in such compromised soil in the Painted Hills or Oregon.

Painted Hills
Painted Hills

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.

Awesome Abiqua
Awesome Abiqua

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.

"Butte"iful
"Butte"iful

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.

Storage
Grand Teton
Wide Open Spaces
Sage Advice
Hot Creek Morning
Lean To The Center
Shark Set
Day at the Beach
Corner of the Field
Boat Bay
Bay View
A Craggy Range
The Barber Shop
Last Light at Kairakau
Sheepless in Otane
NZ Beach
Oh What a Night - Russian Style
Inspire
Russian Night
Mirador de Las Torres
The Grey Way
Señor Moreno
Wanna Guanaco?
Target Lock
Weathered Windows
I'll Keep an Eye Out
Fly By
Sleeping Cats
Tree Hugger
Evening Gull
Small Upon the Sea
Criss Cross
Stacking Up
A Bit of Light.jpg
Scaling Neko Harbor
Floating Around
Safe Harbor
It's My Marsh
Young Flight.jpg
Landing Pattern
Last Light at the Refuge
Watchin' You
Roiling Sea
Patagonia!
Fluke Watch
Night Falls
Frosty Morning
Field of Dreams
Lumbering On
Along the Road
Skimming
Hawk!.jpg
Up Close
Power Position
Take Off!.jpg
Hi Guys!
Rockin' It
Egg Warmer
Whale Tail Impressions
Out in the Cold
Chinstrap Serenade
Las Torres
Glacier Walking
Camino a los Cuernos
Penguin Heights
Hangin' in the Hood
Ice Ahead
Antarctica!
Thief!
Alone
An Icy Perch
Evening Flight
A Whale of a Time
Morning Swim
Hangin'
Beaver Pond
A Leaner
Entering Autumn
Autumn Bridge
Excavate, then Repair
Blue Flow
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Upstream
Backlog
Autumn on the Flathead
The Bend
Old Wood
You Can't Help It
Small Fish, Big Pond
Ready to Row
Beautiful Bowman
North Fork Flow
Big View
Time Gone By
Summer Streaming By
Rock Creek Flowers
Summer View
On Top of the World
Alkali Reflection
Hot Creek
Twisted Beauty
How Many Sunsets?
Which Road?
Perspective
Hot Creek Color
The Valley Below
The Hills Are Alive
Bavarian Mist
Two Churches of Achenkirch
Smokin'
Moose Lock
Let It Snow
Fast
Come On Up
Picture a Painting
Flight
Lunch
Gulfoss Flow B+W
Dusty
Yellow Bridge Road
Truckin'
Washing Away
The Curve in the Road
Barn with a View
Sunset at the Granary
Banking It
Snake Bridge
Fields and Sky
End of the Day
Saddle Barn
Window on The Palouse
Abandoned
Endless Fields
Tractor Painting
Time for Spring
Behind the Tree
Color My World
Tableau
Hulled Out
Dunes
Geologic Bowling
The Fence
Spring at Point Reyes
Spring Road
Yellowstone Winter
Standing for Spring
Jackson Lake
Cascade
Flow
Hot Spot
I'm Hungry Mom
The Wind In My Hair
Winter Gate
Bison
Refuge
On the Range
A Winter Day
Gray Day
Hanging On
Adapted
Worn Out
Sailing Bryce Canyon
Horsetail Falls - B+W
Last Light
Heading to Lake Powell
Moss Back Butte
Dune Tracks
Capitol Reef
Dune Walk
Waiting on the Dunes
Dante's View
Certified OHV
Monumental Panorama
Hickman Bridge
Don't Forget Your Mittens
Hoodoo Clouds
River Bend
Beautiful Bryce
Inspiration
Utah!
Stalking Thor
Bridge Lights
Shark in the Water!
End of Day
Shark Fin Revisited
Broadway
Care For A Dip On Route 66?
Standing in the Rain
Raindrops
You Wanna Stop for Coffee?
Glide Path
Twin Arrows
Windscape
Sunset at the VLA
Flight
Craning
Morning Flight
Sand & Sky
Where's Tippy Hedren?
Gaggle
White Sands
Sunset Pose
Fly In
Reaching Out
Tenaya Chill
Before Winter
Busy Beavers
Bright Night
The Flow
Tufa Glow
Blue Mono
River Grass
Siberian Spring
Bacteria Byway
A Hot Heart
Grand Flow
Wired
Walking to Spring
Charcoal
Into the Abyss
Teton View
Jackson Hole Fall
Hidden Pond
Spiral Jetty
Through the Trees
Mormon Barn Fog
But A Public View
Mission Coffee
The Mission
Via Col Vento
Ablaze
Rooted
Big View, Big Sur
Tufa Art
So Much To See
All Fanned Out
Valley View Again?
A Pint of Blood
The Old Salt Mine
Tough Life
Painted Hills
Awesome Abiqua
"Butte"iful
Storage

Ready to store the grain against a foreboding sky in Swan Valley, ID. 

Grand Teton

It was very grand on this day at Schwabacher’s Landing.

Wide Open Spaces

At over 11,500 ft this graded dirt road gives a wide open view to the White Mountain area of the Sierra Nevada just above the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone pines. The truck in the middle appears pretty small in this vast scenery.

Sage Advice

It's always good to get out on a beautiful fall day and get off the beaten track a bit. This sagebrush, in full bloom, was found beside a dirt road in the scrub area off US395 near Tom's Place.

Hot Creek Morning

Nothing finer than being in the eastern Sierra looking upstream at the Hot Springs Creek with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop. A simple, unassuming bridge in the middle of weeds and sagebrush but one of my favorites.

Lean To The Center

This Bristlecone Pine is leaning toward the center of the Milky Way - our galactic core. Maybe good advice for all of us since the Bristlecone Pine can live thousands of years. From the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California.

Shark Set

Another sunset at the always intriguing Shark Fin Cove near Davenport, CA.

Day at the Beach

4 strollers enjoying a blustery day on the beach at Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Corner of the Field

A small corner of a field in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. Where did the sheep go?

Boat Bay

the colorful boat storage in Oriental Bay in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Bay View

looking across Hawke’s Bay to Napier, New Zealand from Waipatiki beach. #hawkesbay#waipatikibeach #newzealand #panorama

A Craggy Range

Temata Peak just outside Hastings, New Zealand. If you go, visit the winery nearby. #craggyrangewinery #newzealand#tematapeak

The Barber Shop

This is where you get your hair cut if you're a sheep on this farm in New Zealand near Ocean Beach. Not sure of the frequency of the haircuts as we saw some "fluffy" sheep and some sheered sheep during the winter. Felt a bit sorry for the sheered ones given the relatively low winter temperatures.

Last Light at Kairakau

Long exposure of the sky above the beach at Kairakau, New Zealand.

Sheepless in Otane

not many sheep in this field near Otane, New Zealand but there were thousands in nearby fields.

NZ Beach

A cloudy sunset on a deserted beach on the east coast on the northern island of New Zealand. 

Oh What a Night - Russian Style

Cruising the Volga-Baltiyskiy canal towards Lake Onega in northern Russia produced an epic night for sunsets in the large northern skies. www.davidrecht.net

Inspire

An amazing monument at the Russian Cosmonaut Museum in Moscow, Russia. It is 350 tall, clad in titanium plates and depicts a rocket trailing exhaust and supported by Soviet era bas relief art.

Russian Night

A sunset in Russia on Lake Onega at about 62 degrees north latitude. Big skies and awesome color.

Mirador de Las Torres

t truly was like a bay window view of the heart of Las Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia. The view is across Lago Nordenskjold to the very impressive Paine massif.

The Grey Way

Walking across a gravel peninsula from the glacier boat debarcation point, you can take in the full scale of Patagonia, and Grey Lake after having just seen Grey Glacier which occupies 100 square miles and is at least 100ft thick.

Señor Moreno

The front of the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina from Argentina Lake. The face of the leading edge of the glacier can be as high as 240 feet.

Wanna Guanaco?

This guanaco (sounds like "wanaco") was seen in Chilean Patagonia in the Las Torres del Paine national park. Guanacos, the original wild version of the domesticated llama and alpaca, number about 400K.

Target Lock

A bald eagle near Tenakee Springs, AK locks in on a food source below.

Weathered Windows

The almost constant rain and moisture in Oysterville, Washington has added a lot of character on these window frames and siding of the Oysterville Sea Farm.

I'll Keep an Eye Out

Five tundra swans resting in a marsh on Svensen Island in the Columbia River Gorge just east of Astoria, OR. One seems to be on watch while the others use their long necks to stow their heads in their down and stay warm in the cold weather. www.davidrecht.net

Fly By

A group of birds fly through the setting sun at Cannon Beach, OR.  

Sleeping Cats

Pretty sure about letting sleeping dogs lie so we did the same with this cat.  A beautiful cheetah taking an afternoon rest near Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.  A shot from 2009.

Tree Hugger

This little guy might be pretty big by now. This shot of a lion cub from 2009 hanging out under the trees as Mom sleeps nearby. Near Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

Evening Gull

A segull perches on a rock along Cannon Beach, OR.

Small Upon the Sea

A commercial fisherman working it off the coast of Ocean Shores, WA.

Criss Cross

On the flat beach at Ocean Shores, WA, the waves roll in and criss cross themselves.

Stacking Up

Late afternoon light falling on stacks of driftwood on Damon Point in the Ocean Shores area of Washington.  www.davidrecht.net

Scaling Neko Harbor

Two zodiacs launched from the M/V Ushuaia on a Muench Workshops photo tour of Antarctica show the scale of the mountains and the glacial ice in Neko Harbor, Antarctica.

Floating Around

This huge iceberg is just floating around in the sea near the opening to Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  The scale of Antarctica is always impressive.   

Safe Harbor

The Sarah W. Verwork resting in a harbor on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  This 54 foot yacht regularly crosses Drake Passage between the tip of South America and Antarctica and sails to South Georgia Island as well as the Falklands.  These expeditions are probably for the more hearty adventurers.

It's My Marsh

A bald eagle perched on a sign seems to be protecting his marsh in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.  

Landing Pattern

Geese, near and far, coming in for landings at the end of the day around the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Bonus: How many bald eagles can you see?    wwwdavidrecht.net

Last Light at the Refuge

The last bit of light picks up the blues and golds on a chilly late afternoon at the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge near Klamath Falls, OR.     www.davidrecht.net

Watchin' You

A bald eagle eyeing me intently from his perch in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

Roiling Sea

Backlit waves crashing against the rocks late in the day at Gray Whale Cove, CA.   

Patagonia!

At least part of it.  A view across the Lago Nordenskjold to Las Torres del Paine.

Fluke Watch

Chasing humpback whale flukes on a snowy day in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica.  Although summer, the black and white version makes this seem a cold and ominous scene.

Night Falls

Night falls over the Klamath River just outside Klamath Falls, OR.

Frosty Morning

The early light on a cold morning in the marshes of Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.     www.davidrecht.net

Field of Dreams

Two bald eagles dreaming of their next meal in a wetlands field in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

Lumbering On

Logs stacked up for processing at a Roseburg Forest Products location in Weed, CA

Along the Road

A bald eagle watching for its next meal atop a power pole on Township Road outside of Klamath Falls, OR.

Skimming

A great blue heron skims just above the water surface at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Up Close

This juvenile bald eagle making a quick turn after a ground take-off. He had just consumed a large meal, bone included (apparently for the calcium), as I watched from up close

Power Position

This bald eagle at his rightful position at the top of a power pole along Township Road near the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge next to Klamath Falls, OR.

Hi Guys!

This Chinstrap penguin seems to be our welcoming party at Hydrudga Rocks, Antarctica.  Seems to have a smile on his face and is glad to see us. None of the penguins in Antarctica exhibited fear of us.  Mostly they went about their business and, if necessary, waited for us to be clear of their path.

Rockin' It

This chinstrap penguin is carrying another rock up to the nest.  They tend to do this all day long especially because other penguins are stealing from its nest when they are stealing from others' nests.  I bet some of these rocks have been carried dozens of times.  A bit comical to watch them work so earnestly at being thieves.     www.davidrecht.net

Egg Warmer

This chinstrap penguin is taking a short break from the 5-10 day stretch spent warming the egg. It takes about 5 weeks for a chinstrap penguin egg to hatch.  Half Moon Island, Antarctica

Whale Tail Impressions

A humpback whale turning over a slow dive in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica. Who knew whales could be such "impressionists". www.davidrecht.net

Out in the Cold

3 Gentoo penguins standing out in the cold on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  Actually, it was summer so the temperatures were around 32F, probably very comfortable for these guys. 

Chinstrap Serenade

Two chinstrap penguins serenading a third lying on a nest. Near Two Hummock Island, Antarctica.

Las Torres

The famed Las Torres in Las Torres del Paine national park in Chile.

Glacier Walking

The Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina is one of 48 glaciers in the area. Combined, the glacial area is the 3rd largest body of freshwater in the world. The cool thing about Perito Moreno is the catwalk system that allows you to walk the length of the glacier face. Cool AND cool.

Camino a los Cuernos

The path towards the Dos Cuernos (Two Horns) that join with Las Torres (the towers) in Torres del Paine national park in Chile. 

Penguin Heights

These Gentoo penguins inhabiting a nice bit of real estate overlooking Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  Hidden dangers though as minutes before this photo an iceberg calved into the bay creating a tsunami wave that sent the little Gentoos running for higher ground.  

Hangin' in the Hood

Several colonies of Gentoo penguins hanging out on a grey day on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Ice Ahead

Sailing into Neko Harbor, Antarctica.  It looks like an icy and forbidding landing spot.   

Antarctica!

Antarctica! could use some more exclamation points.  It was that good.  On this afternoon as we cruised into Neko Harbor we had several hours of landscape shots like this from the deck of the Ushuaia.  Almost unbelievable.  

Thief!

A south pole skua makes off with a Gentoo penguin egg from a colony on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.  

Alone

A penguin stands alone atop an iceberg under a light snow in Bancroft Bay, Antarctica.

An Icy Perch

This small bird has found a large icy perch in the even larger expanse of Antarctic waters.  Shot near Lemaire Island, Antarctica.

Evening Flight

A bird flying through the evening light in Antarctica near Neko Harbor and Lemaire Island.   <a href="http://www.davidrecht.net" rel="nofollow">www.davidrecht.net</a>

A Whale of a Time

A great time chasing whales in a zodiac in the snow near Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Morning Swim

A Gentoo penguin "porpoises" beside our Zodiak as we head back to our ship after a landing at Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Hangin'

My Friend Alex hanging in the halls of Stanford University.

Beaver Pond

A black & white of the beaver pond above Lundy Lake in the eastern Sierra.  www.davidrecht.net

A Leaner

This bare tree is leaning, possibly due to the activity of the beavers that have remade this stream to suit themselves. Shot above Lundy Lake in the eastern Sierra.

Entering Autumn

The entrance to a ranch tucked up against the White Mountains in the Chalfont Valley of the eastern Sierras.   

Autumn Bridge

A small wooden bridge off Highway 395 in Coleville, CA .

Excavate, then Repair

Found this old VW bus in Benton Hot Springs apparently still waiting repair.  Looks like you would have to dig it out first, then repair.  Love the spider web-like broken windshields too.   

Blue Flow

The Hot Creek River flowing through the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra of California. 

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living things on earth, grow in strange, intertwined ways.  This branch crossed in front of the trunk of another tree and may be held hostage by its bark for 3-4 thousands years, the possible lifetime of these trees.  From the Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California - one of the coolest places to explore anywhere.   

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A small pine trying to grow from a crack in the granite rock at Olmstead Point in Yosemite National Park.  Come back in 50 years and check it out.   

Upstream

A view upstream of the middle fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.  Early fall evening beside Highway 2 with great light and clouds.  

Backlog

A jumble of logs along the North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.   

Autumn on the Flathead

Clouds and autumn colors reflected on the north fork of the Flathead River in the western portion of Glacier National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

The Bend

A bend in the north fork of the Flathead River just inside the western boundary of Glacier National Park.

Old Wood

An old truck too.  Both have been sitting in the old mining ghost town of Warren, ID since around 1930.  Abandoned after the gold ran out.

You Can't Help It

You can't help taking the easy photographs along with the difficult ones.  This shot of Lake Sherburne in the eastern portion of Glacier National Park is one of those shots you just can't help but take.

Small Fish, Big Pond

A lone fly fisherman on Bowman Lake in front of the awesome mountains of Glacier National Park.  www.davidrecht.net

Ready to Row

This row boat seems ready to go but may have had its last row for the season as everything at Swiftcurrent/Many Glacier is closed up for the coming winter.

Beautiful Bowman

A long exposure of Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park.   

North Fork Flow

The North Fork of the Flathead River flowing through the western portion of Glacier National Park.  

Big View

An old cabin or barn on farmland at the foot of the eastern Sierra. Near Bishop, CA.  www.davidrecht.net

Time Gone By

An old cabin outside of the historic town of Benton, CA. A gold and silver mining town starting in the 1850's was also a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop. It is now a small tourist town kept going by the Benton Hot Springs and the Paiute marijuana trailer.

Summer Streaming By

The Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park streams along in late summer thanks to the abundant snow in winter. 

Rock Creek Flowers

Wildflowers doing well at 10,000+ ft. around Rock Creek Lake in the eastern Sierra of California. 

Summer View

Valley View in Yosemite National Park on a summer early afternoon in August.  Still a nice flow in the Merced River and a bit of Bridalveil Fall still cascading.  I can never resist stopping at Valley View for a shot or two on my way out of the valley.     www.davidrecht.net

On Top of the World

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.   

Alkali Reflection

Big reflection off of the Alkali Lake in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes. Did you notice the seagull?  www.davidrecht.net

Hot Creek

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

Twisted Beauty

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.

How Many Sunsets?

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.

Which Road?

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. 

Perspective

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. 

Hot Creek Color

Sagebrush color along the Hot Creek stream in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.

The Valley Below

Looking down at the valley of Lermoos (in Austria) from the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitze, at almost 10K feet.    

The Hills Are Alive

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.   

Bavarian Mist

A view of the church in Eschenlohe, Bavaria with the misty Alps in the background.  www.davidrecht.net

Two Churches of Achenkirch

Two churches in the valley of Achenkirch, Austria against the backdrop of the Alps.     www.davidrecht.net

Smokin'

Steam floating over a huge travertine cascade at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP.  www.davidrecht.net

Moose Lock

This moose is locked in on my presence while it forages on a winter day in Grand Teton NP.  

Let It Snow

A panorama shot of Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon this past January during 10 days of heavy snowfall.   

Fast

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

Come On Up

A big horn sheep deftly roaming halfway up a rock wall just outside of Grand Teton NP in February 2017.    www.davidrecht.net

Picture a Painting

A young Japanese man working on a painting of the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on a autumn afternoon in 2007.  

Flight

A bald eagle near Sitka, Alaska in April, 2015 cruising over the water in search of fish.  www.davidrecht.net

Lunch

Lunch -
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 Flow B+W

Gulfoss waterfall in Iceland on a stormy day in September, 2015.

Dusty

Another shot of the Dusty grain elevator in Dusty, WA in the hear of the Palouse.

Yellow Bridge Road

A yellow railing casts a shadow on the a bridge over the Mosel River near Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

Truckin'

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

Washing Away

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.  

The Curve in the Road

An aging barn at a curve in the road in the Palouse region of Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Barn with a View

A barn amid the sculpted hills and fields of the Palouse. 

Sunset at the Granary

Sunset at the granary in Dusty, WA in the Palouse.

Banking It

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

Snake Bridge

A railroad trestle bridge over the Snake River at the confluence of the Palouse River.

Fields and Sky

The green and yellow fields against the classic Palouse skies.     www.davidrecht.net

End of the Day

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

Saddle Barn

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

Window on The Palouse

A window in an old barn near Rosalia in The Palouse region of eastern Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Abandoned

An old car left on an abandoned farm in The Palouse of eastern Washington.     www.davidrecht.net

Endless Fields

The fields of The Palouse in eastern Washington seem to go on forever. Along with the skies.

Tractor Painting

From the top of Steptoe Butte you can see interesting patterns made by the farmers below.     www.davidrecht.net

Time for Spring

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. 

Behind the Tree

Shellburg Creek Watefall, OR, behind a tree.

Color My World

A split tone colorization of the beach at Limantor in Drake's Bay, CA.

Tableau

Long exposure in black and white of two table rocks along Limantour Beach at Drake's Bay. 

Hulled Out

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.

Dunes

Sand dunes sprouting wildflowers near Point Arena, CA.     www.davidrecht.net

Geologic Bowling

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.

The Fence

The fence blocking me from visiting Point Arena Lighthouse on the north coast in California.     www.davidrecht.net

Spring at Point Reyes

Spring flowers blooming at the overlook to the shoreline of Point Reyes National Seashore.   

Spring Road

Wild flowers along the road near Hollister, CA. 

Yellowstone Winter

A stand of trees on the way to Yellowstone National Park in the winter.

Standing for Spring

A tree stands through winter in Grand Teton National Park waiting for the spring weather and new life.     www.davidrecht.net

Jackson Lake

A late season storm at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

Cascade

The cascade of travertine near the top of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

Flow

The flow from Mammoth Hot Springs eventually spills down the side of the hill creating many different levels of travertine pools. 

Hot Spot

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.

I'm Hungry Mom

A young bison nursing in Yellowstone National Park.

The Wind In My Hair

A bison in Yellowstone National Park resting as the spring wind blows. 

Winter Gate

An old gate trying to block the winter snow from moving on. 

Bison

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. 

Refuge

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.

On the Range

A fence line in Grand Teton National Park.

A Winter Day

Mormon Row barn in Grand Teton National Park waiting through another gray winter day.

Gray 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.

Hanging On

Who knows how long this stump  lived overlooking Bryce Canyon or how long it will remain as a show of defiance to the elements.

Adapted

This cactus has adapted well and thrives in the dry Valley of Fire just north of Las Vegas, NV.

Worn Out

On a cold January afternoon, this old tree appears all worn out as it looks over Bryce Canyon.

Sailing 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.

Horsetail Falls - B+W

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

Last light of the day in Monument Valley, UT/AZ.

Heading to Lake Powell

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.  

Moss Back Butte

Just after a storm passed through, fresh snow in south central Utah makes for some spectacular scenery.

Dune Tracks

Tracks of OHVs heading towards Dumont Dunes near Death Valley, CA.

Capitol Reef

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

Dune Walk

Footprints along the crest of a sand dune at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.

Waiting on the Dunes

Photographers waiting on the light and the sunset at Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, CA.

Dante's View

Sunset from Dante's View overlooking Badwater in Death Valley National Park. 

Certified OHV

Believe it or not, Dumont Dunes, near Death Valley, is certified for Off Highway Vehicles.

Monumental Panorama

A panorama from Artist's Point in Monument Valley, AZ/UT.

Hickman Bridge

Capitol Reef National Park has the Hickman Natural Bridge (pictured).  I guess they moved all the arches to Arches National Park.

Don't Forget Your Mittens

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.

Hoodoo Clouds

Clouds over the hoodoos at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon indicated more overnight snow was coming.

River Bend

A bend in the Colorado River as it winds its way down to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam near Page, AZ.  

Beautiful Bryce

Lucky enough to have the skies clear one afternoon at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.     www.davidrecht.net

Inspiration

A large snow accumulation near Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Utah!

Up on a mesa in southern Utah after a snowstorm.

Stalking Thor

A photographer lining up a shot for the famous hoodoo, Thor's Hammer, at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon. 

Bridge Lights

The eastern section of the San Francisco Bay Bridge from Treasure Island to Oakland.

Shark in the Water!

You can just see its fin.  Near Davenport, CA.

End of Day

The sun setting at the end of the day on the coast near Davenport, CA.

Shark Fin Revisited

Another image from Shark Fin Cove near Davenport, CA where the rock resembles a shark's fin.

Broadway

Broadway, one of the main aisles in the main cell block in the closed prison of Alcatraz.

Care For A Dip On Route 66?

A graffiti painted pool at an old KOA campground at Two Guns on the old, historic Route 66.

Standing in the Rain

A rainy day at the Cantor Art Center where the Rodin collection is exhibited.

Raindrops

Water droplets collecting on the railing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University.

You Wanna Stop for Coffee?

Another shot of the Twin Arrows Trading Post along historic Route 66 in Arizona.

Glide Path

Two sandhill cranes gliding in for a landing in a marsh at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Twin Arrows

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

Windscape

A wind blown sand dune in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Sunset at the VLA

Sunset at the VLA -
A winter sunset in silhouette at the Very Large Array radio telescopes near Magdalena, New Mexico.

Flight

A sandhill crane flying over Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, NM.

Craning

A sandhill crane drinking at sunset in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Morning Flight

Snow geese taking flight at sunrise in Bosque del Apache, NM.

Sand & Sky

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico can also boast of magnificent skies as well.

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 to15 thousand snow geese in the Bosque area in early December this year.

Gaggle

A gaggle of snow geese in the early morning at Bosque del Apache, NM.

White Sands

A cloudy day at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Sunset Pose

A backlit photo of sandhill cranes posing and feeding at sunset at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

Fly In

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.

Reaching Out

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.

Tenaya Chill

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.

Before Winter

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

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

Bright Night

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.

The Flow

A stylized photo of the river grass that grows along the bottom of Hot Creek in the Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra.

Tufa Glow

A tufa structure in Mono Lake glows at dusk.

Blue Mono

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.

River Grass

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.

Siberian Spring

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.
 

Bacteria Byway

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

A Hot Heart

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.

Grand Flow

The flow of hot water after the Grand Geyser in the Yellowstone Geyser basin does its thing.

Wired

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.

Walking to Spring

A woman walking the streets of Irkutsk, Siberia reflected in the puddles of melted snow.  A long winter is ending.

Charcoal

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.

Into the Abyss

The Abyss pool in the West Thumb thermal basin of Yellowstone National Park..

Teton View

A panorama shot of the Tetons as a morning storm begins to clear.

Jackson Hole Fall

A nice stand of color off a back road near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Hidden Pond

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.

Spiral Jetty

An earthwork sculpture made by Robert Smithson in 1970 on the edge of Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Through the Trees

One of the barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

Mormon Barn Fog

A barn on the famous Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park swirled in fog.

But A Public View

A view of some private property with a very nice public view of some aspens in fall color.  Near Wells, NV.

Mission Coffee

A coffee house in The Mission district of San Francisco, CA.

The Mission

An evening walkabout in The Mission in San Francisco.

Via Col Vento

A painted version of a photo near Varenna on Lake Como, Italy.

Ablaze

A stand of color from 2015 around North Lake near Bishop, CA.

Rooted

The roots of a tree at Lake Tenaya in Yosemite National Park.

Big View, Big Sur

A view from McWay Fall/Julia Pfeiffer State Park north towards Big Sur.

Tufa Art

Another take on the awesome tufa at Mono Lake, CA.

So Much To See

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

All Fanned Out

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

Valley View Again?

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

A Pint of Blood

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.

The Old Salt Mine

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.

Tough Life

This dead tree must have had a hard time growing in such compromised soil in the Painted Hills or Oregon.

Painted Hills

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.

Awesome Abiqua

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.

"Butte"iful

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.

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