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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.

  • Summer: Wyoming Prairie
    by 177
  • A Prayer For Wild Things
    by 132
  • Calico Hills, Red Rock Canyon
    by 63
  • Bristlecone Pine
    by 60
  • Summer Perfection
    by 59
  • Fire in the Sky
    by 47
  • Nymphalid
    by 44
  • Wilson's Arch, Moab, UT
    by 43
  • Cabins on Ohio Pass Road
    by 42
  • Telluride Leaves
    by 41
  • St. Elmo's Reflection
    by 38
  • Lenticular Clouds
    by 38
  • Sand Dune Shades
    by 30
  • Ferns & Aspen
    by 29
  • Afternoon Siesta in Stanley Basin
    by 27
  • countryhome
    by 25
  • Island In The Sky
    by 25
  • Snow Tree
    by 23
  • East River Near Gothic
    by 21
  • Gold Country Poppies
    by 21
  • Rebirth
    by 20
  • Arches National Park
    by 19
  • the wave
    by 19
  • Dancing Marmots
    by 19
  • Cemetery
    by 18
  • Yellowstone Colors
    by 18
  • Badlands Bison
    by 17
  • Patience
    by 17
  • AZ Sunset
    by 17
  • Cedar Breaks Star Trails
    by 16
  • Wolf Moon
    by 16
  • Illuminated Old Growth
    by 15
  • Crossing the tree line
    by 15
  • Calmness
    by 15
  • Morning at Moraine Lake.
    by 15
  • 5 wt. or 6?
    by 15
  • Sharing the Beauty
    by 15
  • There is a Fungus Among Us!
    by 14
  • Defiance
    by 14
  • Waimea Canyon
    by 14
  • Bull Moose in the Tetons
    by 14
  • Chiricahua Mountains
    by 14
  • Black Canyon Tree
    by 14
  • Mule Deer at Sunset
    by 14
  • Sparring Mustangs
    by 13
  • Gunnison River in Black Canyon
    by 13
  • Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP
    by 12
  • After the Storm
    by 12
  • Morning Ambience of Western Larch
    by 12
  • Evening in the Well of Souls
    by 12
  • Starry Night
    by 12
  • Wild in the Pryors
    by 12
  • Thermal Pool in Yellowstone
    by 12
  • Mush more than words
    by 12
  • Amigos
    by 11
  • Late afternoon juniper
    by 11
  • Vision of Glacier
    by 10
  • Sudden Gold.
    by 10
  • Canyonlands Sunset
    by 10
  • Hallett Peak
    by 10
Summer: Wyoming Prairie

Summer: Wyoming Prairie

A timeless summer afternoon in Wyoming's Shirley Basin

A Prayer For Wild Things

A Prayer For Wild Things

Toulouse Geese have made a home where the hot springs flow in to the Big Horn River at Thermopolis, Wyoming. Surrounded by ice and snow they bask in the warmth from the natural hot springs.

Calico Hills, Red Rock Canyon

Calico Hills, Red Rock Canyon

This place is only 17 miles west of the Las Vegas strip.

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine, North Loop Trail (10,000 ft.) Mt. Charleston area, Las Vegas, NV

Summer Perfection

Summer Perfection

Sunset on the Grand Mesa

Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky

Sunset on Glendo Resevoir, WY

Nymphalid

Nymphalid

Take at the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix AZ

Wilson's Arch, Moab, UT

Wilson's Arch, Moab, UT

About 250 ATV miles taking pictures in some very remote places just to get this shot off the highway from the truck.

Cabins on Ohio Pass Road

Cabins on Ohio Pass Road

The weathered old cabins make for a stark and dramatic contrast with the fall foliage,

Telluride Leaves

Telluride Leaves

Water droplets collecting on Aspen leaves after a fall storm in Telluride, CO

St. Elmo's Reflection

St. Elmo's Reflection

One of the many old cabins from the ghost town of St. Elmo, Colorado

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds near the Crazy Mountains during a Montana Summer

Sand Dune Shades

Sand Dune Shades

An afternoon in Sand Dunes Nat. Park. Unforgettable light.

Ferns & Aspen

Ferns & Aspen

This was along the road near Horse Ranch Park west of Kebler Pass. The light filtered through the fall aspen leaves on the now yellow ferns was captivating.

Afternoon Siesta in Stanley Basin

Afternoon Siesta in Stanley Basin

A quarter mile outside of Stanley Idaho, on a sunny February afternoon, the local elk herd takes a break. Not bothered by the proximity of the town or the road, they pose for the occasional photo in their high meadow paradise.

countryhome

countryhome

Carson Pass, California

Island In The Sky

Island In The Sky

Clouds Filling the Green River Canyon, UT

Snow Tree

Snow Tree

Lone bison after a winter snowfall in Yellowstone National Park

East River Near Gothic

East River Near Gothic

At this point, the East River is but a mountain stream and presents an interesting contrast with the fall foliage, rocks, and the clouds in a blue sky.

Gold Country Poppies

Gold Country Poppies

Poppies line the foothills in Amador County. The view was absolutley stunning.

Rebirth

Rebirth

The Big Island of Hawaii in 2008 as she is expanding herself!

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

View of La Sal Mountains photo © Sam Camp

the wave

the wave

The wave is a compressed sandstone formation in the vermillion cliffs wilderness. Northern Arizona.

Dancing Marmots

Dancing Marmots

A pair of Hoary Marmots dance with joy in the summer wildflowers of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Cemetery

Cemetery

While photographing in the Crested Butte cemetery, my eye was drawn to this fox. She was quite aware of my presence and continued hunting the entire time I was working.

Yellowstone Colors

Yellowstone Colors

The sun reflects in oddly named "Black Pool", in Yellowstone National park.

Badlands Bison

Badlands Bison

Lone bison in the South Dakota badlands.

Patience

Patience

This bob cat waited for 3-4 hours for a hare to stir in the doorway of its hole. she was joined by her adult cub who shared the stake out and stole the prey. I photographed and filmed the entire successful hunt and you can see it here- or HCN can link to it if you prefer. http://www.vimeo.com/9265181

AZ Sunset

AZ Sunset

Preamble to a peaceful night in the tent.

Cedar Breaks Star Trails

Cedar Breaks Star Trails

The North Star stands in the center of this photograph while all other stars seem to swirl about it. At over 10,000 feet in elevation, Cedar Breaks is one of the greatest locations to view stars in the west.

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon

The full "Wolf" Moon rising above the snow covered California Sierra Nevada Mountains is always awesome, but the addition of the simultaneous brilliant red sunset than was reflecting off the snow, rocks, and trees was a bonus. The photo was taken on Hwy 88's Bear River Scenic Overlook in Amador County, California. Moon rise was just south of Lake Tahoe from this vantage point. What a view it was!

Illuminated Old Growth

Illuminated Old Growth

Lowland old growth forest (Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and western redcedar) along the Staircase Rapids Trail, Olympic National Park.

Crossing the tree line

Crossing the tree line

The last of the larches before you cross the tree line and into the pure granite bowls of the Enchantments in the Washington Cascades.

Calmness

Calmness

Even thou its the rugged of the lava, the massive roar an clash of the Maui ocean there is still a Calmness at this spot!

Morning at Moraine Lake.

Morning at Moraine Lake.

This photo was taken at first light at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park Canada.

Sharing the Beauty

Sharing the Beauty

It takes All of us sharing to make it work.

There is a Fungus Among Us!

There is a Fungus Among Us!

This red mushroom was about the size of a U.S. quarter and had emerged from some very soggy ground. The cloverleaf-like plant adjacent and behind the mushroom is marsh cinquefoil, a rare plant in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The site was an uncommon fen (peatland) located on the western slope of the Indian Peaks, Colorado.

Defiance

Defiance

A lone prairie sunflower stands tall in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Hawaii's Grand Canyon, also has the wettest spot on earth! Averaging more than 426 inches of rain a year.

Bull Moose in the Tetons

Bull Moose in the Tetons

A mature bull moose browses at sunset near the Teton Range in winter.

Chiricahua Mountains

Chiricahua Mountains

Sunset in the Chiricahua Mountains.

Black Canyon Tree

Black Canyon Tree

Weathered tree on the north rim of the Black Canyon above the Gunnison River in Colorado.

Mule Deer at Sunset

Mule Deer at Sunset

These impressive trophy bucks were caught grazing south of Kiowa on the high plains of Elbert County before a spectacular Colorado sunset.

Sparring Mustangs

Sparring Mustangs

Young Mustang Stallions engage in "practice" battles.....near Steens Mountain, Oregon

Gunnison River in Black Canyon

Gunnison River in Black Canyon

View from the north rim of the Black Canyon looking west and down to the Gunnison River.

Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP

Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP

Lowest place in North America (-282 ft) after unusually heavy spring rains flood the valley floor.

After the Storm

After the Storm

North Face of the Grand Teton. Photo taken just after a thunderstorm from the shoulder of Mt. Moran on our attempt to climb the peak via the CMC route.

Morning Ambience of Western Larch

Morning Ambience of Western Larch

In the Northern Rocky Mountains and Eastern Cascades, the western larch (a deciduous conifer tree) provides us with beautiful autumn displays. This was taken in the Selkirk Mountains in northeastern Washington.

Evening in the Well of Souls

Evening in the Well of Souls

A tarn on the continental divide at Independence Pass at sunset. Storm on eastern slope.

Wild in the Pryors

Wild in the Pryors

Weanlings, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana, 8/2009

Thermal Pool in Yellowstone

Thermal Pool in Yellowstone

Taken 15 feet away from an extended monopod and self timer.

Mush more than words

Mush more than words

The annual Pinedale Classic Sled Dog Race is the howl of the town.

Amigos

Amigos

Young wild Mustang bachelor stallions near Steens Mountain, Oregon

Late afternoon juniper

Late afternoon juniper

Pollock Bench trail, McInnis Canyons NCA, Grand Junction, CO

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.

Sudden Gold.

Sudden Gold.

Bigleaf maple leaves in autumn, northwestern California.

Canyonlands Sunset

Canyonlands Sunset

View of Salt Creek area and Island in the Sky Mesa photo © Sam Camp 2002

Hallett Peak

Hallett Peak

Aspens beneath the peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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