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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.

  • Vision of Glacier
    by 10
  • Travel at Own Risk
    by 9
  • Tallgrass Prairie
    by 9
  • Snow on Cedar Breaks
    by 9
  • Big Thompson Canyon Big Horn Sheep
    by 9
  • Brown's Park Colorado
    by 9
  • After Dust Roll
    by 9
  • Ramah, New Mexico
    by 8
  • Patagonia, AZ
    by 8
  • The Alvord Desert
    by 8
  • Peace
    by 8
  • Grand Mesa
    by 8
  • Nevada Roundup
    by 7
  • Marmot at Rainier
    by 7
  • Sunrise on the Salt Flats
    by 7
  • Evening at Cedar Breaks
    by 7
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
    by 7
  • Isabel Lake - Indian Peaks Wilderness
    by 7
  • "I saw god" Mt Moriah Winderness, Nevada THE TABLE
    by 7
  • Lost Coast, Gitchell Camp
    by 7
  • Wheeler Peak
    by 7
  • Dawn is Breaking
    by 7
  • Columbine (Colorado state flower)
    by 7
  • Stormy Teton Range
    by 7
  • Chimney Rock, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
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  • Hey U Guys
    by 6
  • Lunchtime
    by 6
  • Autumn: Bighorn
    by 6
  • Autumn: Deschutes
    by 6
  • The Keyhole
    by 6
  • The Buckskin
    by 6
  • Rock of ages
    by 6
  • Western Greeting
    by 6
  • Falls, Jasper N.P., B.C.
    by 6
  • Oregon Coast, Fall 2009
    by 6
  • tranquillity base
    by 6
  • Colorful Colorado Fall
    by 6
  • Young Montana Pronghorns
    by 5
  • Capitol Reef
    by 5
  • Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park
    by 5
  • Morning at Gates Pass
    by 5
  • Waves of Trees
    by 5
  • Malheur's Tree
    by 5
  • An Adorable Dirty Face
    by 5
  • Sunset, Moab
    by 5
  • Glacier Sunset
    by 5
  • hawk, blizzard, tin cup pass
    by 4
  • coral pink sand dunes, utah
    by 4
  • Looking West
    by 4
  • Chevy Seco
    by 4
  • Moon near Bishop
    by 4
  • East River Valley above Gothic
    by 4
  • Proud Eagle
    by 4
  • Hummingbird Moth
    by 4
  • Escalante Country
    by 4
  • Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
    by 4
  • Hiking Fins, Moab, UT
    by 4
  • Burrowing Owl
    by 4
  • Hovenweep Ruin
    by 4
  • wind power
    by 4
Vision of Glacier

Vision of Glacier

Layers of ancient sedimentary rock, stunted forest of subalpine fir, and magnificent snowcapped peaks give one something to reflect on at Glacier National Park.

Travel at Own Risk

Travel at Own Risk

Sign on a rugged desert road leading to Seminoe Reservoir in Wyoming.

Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass Prairie

Sunset on the prairie.

Snow on Cedar Breaks

Snow on Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Big Thompson Canyon Big Horn Sheep

Big Thompson Canyon Big Horn Sheep

A group of ewes traveling up Big Thompson Canyon, CO. Taken October 2006.

After Dust Roll

After Dust Roll

Mustang shaking off after rolling in dust....near Steens Mountain, Oregon

Patagonia, AZ

Patagonia, AZ

Stock tank reflecting the big sky of southern Arizona.

The Alvord Desert

The Alvord Desert

The Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon after a particularly wet winter. Steens Mountain, the future location of a new wind farm this fall, in the background.

Peace

Peace

A hand lettered sign among lupines along an Oregon back road.

Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa Colorado

Nevada Roundup

Nevada Roundup

A fall roundup on a gray day near "the loneliest highway in America."

Sunrise on the Salt Flats

Sunrise on the Salt Flats

Late winter sunrise on a flooded Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Evening at Cedar Breaks

Evening at Cedar Breaks

Late fall evening Cedar Breaks NM, Utah

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

One of the different views at Yellowstone

Isabel Lake - Indian Peaks Wilderness

Isabel Lake - Indian Peaks Wilderness

A beautiful destination for a summer day hike close to Boulder.

"I saw god" Mt Moriah Winderness, Nevada THE TABLE

"I saw god" Mt Moriah Winderness, Nevada THE TABLE

I was standing in a cluster of 3-4000 year old bristlecones when I saw the herd in the distance. In a rush to change lenses, I dropped one (fortunately) and they turned to look at me! The bristlecones in the distance are abt 2-3000 years old.

Lost Coast, Gitchell Camp

Lost Coast, Gitchell Camp

Taken at a remote camp on California's pristine Lost Coast.

Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park

Dawn is Breaking

Dawn is Breaking

Sunrise on Lake Powell

Columbine (Colorado state flower)

Columbine (Colorado state flower)

An unusual magenta colored columbine in Monument, Colorado.

Stormy Teton Range

Stormy Teton Range

Weather sneaks up on you when you live in the shadow of the Grand Teton. From clear skies to the pitch black heart of the storm and the beautifully backlit Teton Range in between, this panorama shows you the full range of nature's power.

Chimney Rock, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Chimney Rock, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Taken at sunset on a stormy day, F11 @ 1/250th sec. Canon 5D MkII, Sigma 50mm macro lens.

Hey U Guys

Hey U Guys

No matter where one looks, someone else may be on the outside.

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Black Necked Stilts feeding at Bear River NWR, Utah

Autumn: Bighorn

Autumn: Bighorn

Fall colors and a Wind River Range bighorn sheep

Autumn: Deschutes

Autumn: Deschutes

A steelhead angler taking in the late-day sun on Oregon's Deschutes River canyon.

The Keyhole

The Keyhole

Side canyon along the Paria river

The Buckskin

The Buckskin

A hike through Buckskin Gulch in Utah

Rock of ages

Rock of ages

Two ravens atop the rocks coming out of Sugarloaf Canyon near Boulder, Colorado.

Falls, Jasper N.P., B.C.

Falls, Jasper N.P., B.C.

Taken at the falls between the First and Second Geraldine Lakes, Jasper N.P, British Columbia

Oregon Coast, Fall 2009

Oregon Coast, Fall 2009

A shot of fog-shrouded cliffs along the Oregon Coast south of Cannon Beach

tranquillity base

tranquillity base

50 miles from the highway. Blackrock Desert, Nevada

Colorful Colorado Fall

Colorful Colorado Fall

October brings abundant fall color in the Colorado Rockies. Taken near Squaw Peak Pass, about 50 miles west of Denver.

Young Montana Pronghorns

Young Montana Pronghorns

This shot was taken with a long lens using slide film at the National Bison Range, at Moiese, Montana, about an hour north of Missoula. The area is not hunted, so the animals aren't very skittish. The steep and rugged loop road has always been worth the time.

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

Stunning rock formation in Capitol Reef, Utah.

Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park

Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park

A beautiful spring sunrise in Death Valley.

Morning at Gates Pass

Morning at Gates Pass

Gates Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona

Waves of Trees

Waves of Trees

Photo taken near Kebler Pass, Colorado

Malheur's Tree

Malheur's Tree

An interesting tree located in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge between Mud and Malheur Lake.

An Adorable Dirty Face

An Adorable Dirty Face

We call them Javelina. Other names are musk hog, Mexican hog and Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu)

Sunset, Moab

Sunset, Moab

Sunset in Arches National Park, Moab

Glacier Sunset

Glacier Sunset

Elizabeth Lake in Glacier National Park as the sun slipped away.

coral pink sand dunes, utah

coral pink sand dunes, utah

Wyethia in summer flower

Looking West

Looking West

Sunset on the Navajo reservation near Blue Canyon.

Chevy Seco

Chevy Seco

Chevy Detail-Arroyo Seco , NM

East River Valley above Gothic

East River Valley above Gothic

A beautiful view with clouds in the sky and running water

Proud Eagle

Proud Eagle

This Bald Eagle posed for me on highway 89 in Southern Utah just North of Kanab, Utah.

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird moth in garden, Santa Fe, NM.

Escalante Country

Escalante Country

View of Henry Mountains from Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Photo of Delicate Arch, taken from the north side of the neighboring canyon, showing the many visitors.

Hiking Fins, Moab, UT

Hiking Fins, Moab, UT

Late afternoon hike among the fins, outside of Moab, Utah

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing owls were living in burrows in a pasture no longer cultivated. As I walked along the irrigation ditch, this one would perch on the pipe fence and shout at me. Very impressive display of defense.

Hovenweep Ruin

Hovenweep Ruin

Two ravens atop a ruin wall at Hovenweep National Monument.

wind power

wind power

Cattle barn and windmill, Angles Camp, California