The Natural West

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Began: Feb 01, 2010
Ended: Mar 15, 2010

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

by — Photo I took of the Grand Prismatic Spring while visiting Yellowstone National Park.

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Kayaking Death Valley NP

Kayaking in the Badwater Basin after the El Niño rains of 2005

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Watch Out for Elk Crossing

An elk herd uses the "pedestrian" crosswalk in downtown Estes Park, Colorado. The elk have the "right of way" in town.

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Meeting of the Minds

We know what's in the pocket and we are bigger than you.

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Rush Hour

This is how cattle are moved in my neck of the woods...slowly, by men and women on horseback, no matter what motor vehicle comes along.

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View from Wind River Peak

Wind River Range, WY

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Red Desert Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes in the Red Desert of Wyominig

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White Mountain Wild Horses

Wild horses located on White Mountain, WY, on the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Loop. Taken May 12, 2008.

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The Great Expanse

Profile shot of Rusty the golden retriever staring out into Buffalo Gap National Grassland in North Dakota. It shows one of the common interactions we have with the natural West - travels with our companions to the wide open spaces.

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Gould

From the summit of Mt. Gould, Glacier National Park

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winter waning

This photo was taken in the Madison Valley, Montana in late winter of 2009.

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time passes

photo of an old homestead on HWY 22 in south central Washington.

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Monumental Undertaking

South on HWY 163 into Monument Valley

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Next Day Launch

Evening at Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River

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Oyster mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms in Santa Fe, NM.

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Resting

Mule deer near Dry Gulch Road

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Shadow of the Cross

A rustic cross marks the final Resting place of an early pioneer, near Dos Cabazos, Arizona.

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Ladder of Light

A Kiva Ladder provides access to a reconstructed Kiva at ancestral Pueblo ruins located at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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Oxbow Bend, Revisited

Surrounded in all four directions by forest fires, the smoke resulted in a beautiful sunset at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.

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Jake watches the sunset.

Jake watchesthe sunset, as sister Lizzie is nearby in Escalante, Utah.

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hairy woodpecker unfazed by maurading scrub jay

Mini drama captured in the juniper tree in my front yard near Dolores Colorado.

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Weathered Warrior

Just about anywhere in the west, these divisional markers, bear witness to the taming of the environment.

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Columbia River, OR

Hood River, OR

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Piney Creek Dreaming

This is an oil painting I created from a series of trips painting en plein air at Piney Creek in Story, Wyoming. Since I was a teenager, this spot has been among my most favorite places in all the world to seek out peace and serenity. Enjoy!

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bloom and bust

The sad history of the desert around Rock Springs, Wyoming with its ever hopeful return to the rejuvenation that only nature promises.

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Moose Creek Idyl

Autumn scene at Moose Creek Ranger Station, deep in the Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho; sprinklers gravity fed

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Devil's Canyon

Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, Grand Junction, CO. New Year's Day 2010

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The Brown Section

The colors of West Texas at sunrise. You have to get off Interstate 10 and walk around Balmorhea to see the beauty.

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Perfect Columbine

The trail to Mica Basin in the Zirkel Wilderness Area has always been a favorite. Annually I make the hike with the intention of capturing the perfect columbine photo for that year. This is from 2009.

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Sunset over the Grand Canyon

A last minute capture of sunset over the western edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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High Country Columbine

Gorgeous orange Columbine, found near Ward, Colorado. One of my personal favorites that truly depicts mountain living.

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Elk Crossing

A female elk boldly crossing the road outside Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Morning mist on the Flatirons

Flatirons of Boulder, as seen in the morning mist.

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Santa Fe sunset

Santa Fe, NM sunset.

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Canyon reflections

Red cliffs reflecting in the Dolores River, Gateway Canyon, Colorado

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Late Spring in Nevada

The Santa Rosa Range in Northern Nevada

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Sunset

The sun peeking through the clouds as a summer thunderstorm passes by.

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Barn in Utah

Barn near Capitol Reef, Utah.

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Taking it back ~ St. Elmo

A crumbling cabin in the ghost town of St. Elmo, Co, with aspen trees trying to surround it.

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Sand

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

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Forest Fire, Granby CO

Taken from Camp Chief Ouray

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Yellowstone Elk

Bull elk in Yellowstone Park

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Southwestern SpottedOwl

Southwestern (or Mexican) Spotted Owl in lower Sabino Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tucson, AZ

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Aspens, Kenosha Pass, Colorado

Late afternoon biking on the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass, Colorado

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Sunrise in Colorado

sun rise on Mt. Evans taken at 5:45 an

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A Fine Fall Day in the Aspens

This is the ground-level perspective of the view that everyone stops for along the Peak to Peak Highway above Nederland CO each Fall.

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A Fine Fall Day in the Aspens - Floating Gold

This is one of the ground-level perspectives of the view that everyone stops for along the Peak to Peak Highway above Nederland CO each Fall.

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WINTER HOME~Trap Door Spider

TRAPDORIS ARACHNIDA GIGANTIS keeps an eye out for its potential evening meal. Mostly subsisting on small rodents and birds, they have been known to dart out and grab deer, coyotes, or the unsuspecting cross-country skier!

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Isn't my canyon grand?

An early spring dusting of snow added to the majesty of The Canyon.

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aspen and snowberry tapestry

This photo was captured on the west side of the La Plata mountains in October of 2008.

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Sand - again

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

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Cactus, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

An unusual type of cactus. Shot at F22 to keep background in focus. Canon 5D Mk II, Sigma 50mm macro lens.

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Turtle Mountain

Sunset in Catron County, New Mexico

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New Mexico Impression

Taken from the foothills of Sandia Mtn. Looking west toward Mt. Taylor.

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Feb 2010

a freak 2 day snow storm in February brought this in.... The poor birds kept diving into the snow on the bird feeder.

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Sand - yet again

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.