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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.

  • Dancing Marmots
    by 19
  • Yellowstone Colors
    by 18
  • Nevada Roundup
    by 7
  • Gold Country Poppies
    by 21
  • Wolf Moon
    by 16
  • hawk, blizzard, tin cup pass
    by 4
  • Bishop Creek, CA
    by 3
  • coral pink sand dunes, utah
    by 4
  • Fire in the Sky
    by 47
  • Wilson's Arch, Moab, UT
    by 43
  • Nymphalid
    by 44
  • Looking West
    by 4
  • Chevy Seco
    by 4
  • Patagonia, AZ
    by 8
  • Bell Mountain, N.M.
    by 1
  • Turtle Mountain
    by 1
  • Cactus, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    by 1
  • Chimney Rock, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    by 6
  • Mule Deer at Sunset
    by 14
  • Fall at Paradise, Rainier
    by 0
  • Marmot at Rainier
    by 7
  • Moon near Bishop
    by 4
  • Island In The Sky
    by 25
  • Sharing the Beauty
    by 15
  • Hey U Guys
    by 6
  • Weathered Warrior
    by 3
  • Sunrise on the Salt Flats
    by 7
  • Lunchtime
    by 6
  • Evening at Cedar Breaks
    by 7
  • Sand
    by 2
  • Sand - again
    by 1
  • Sand - yet again
    by 0
  • the wave
    by 19
  • Ramah, New Mexico
    by 8
  • Always Look Up
    by 10
  • cedar mesa spiderwort
    by 3
  • hairy woodpecker unfazed by maurading scrub jay
    by 3
  • aspen and snowberry tapestry
    by 1
  • Mush more than words
    by 12
  • Isn't my canyon grand?
    by 1
  • Young Montana Pronghorns
    by 5
  • Taking it back ~ St. Elmo
    by 2
  • Jake watches the sunset.
    by 3
  • Barn in Utah
    by 2
  • Capitol Reef
    by 5
  • Oxbow Bend, Revisited
    by 3
  • Cemetery
    by 18
  • Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park
    by 5
  • Ladder of Light
    by 3
  • Shadow of the Cross
    by 3
  • Travel at Own Risk
    by 9
  • Black Canyon Tree
    by 14
  • Gunnison River in Black Canyon
    by 13
  • Morning at Gates Pass
    by 5
  • SE AZ Sunset
    by 3
  • 5 wt. or 6?
    by 15
  • AZ Sunset
    by 17
  • Autumn: Bighorn
    by 6
  • Summer: Wyoming Prairie
    by 177
  • Autumn: Deschutes
    by 6
Dancing Marmots

Dancing Marmots

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

Yellowstone Colors

Yellowstone Colors

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

Nevada Roundup

Nevada Roundup

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

Gold Country Poppies

Gold Country Poppies

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

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!

coral pink sand dunes, utah

coral pink sand dunes, utah

Wyethia in summer flower

Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky

Sunset on Glendo Resevoir, WY

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.

Nymphalid

Nymphalid

Take at the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix AZ

Looking West

Looking West

Sunset on the Navajo reservation near Blue Canyon.

Chevy Seco

Chevy Seco

Chevy Detail-Arroyo Seco , NM

Patagonia, AZ

Patagonia, AZ

Stock tank reflecting the big sky of southern Arizona.

Turtle Mountain

Turtle Mountain

Sunset in Catron County, New Mexico

Cactus, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

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.

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.

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.

Island In The Sky

Island In The Sky

Clouds Filling the Green River Canyon, UT

Sharing the Beauty

Sharing the Beauty

It takes All of us sharing to make it work.

Hey U Guys

Hey U Guys

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

Weathered Warrior

Weathered Warrior

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

Sunrise on the Salt Flats

Sunrise on the Salt Flats

Late winter sunrise on a flooded Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Black Necked Stilts feeding at Bear River NWR, Utah

Evening at Cedar Breaks

Evening at Cedar Breaks

Late fall evening Cedar Breaks NM, Utah

Sand

Sand

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

Sand - again

Sand - again

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

Sand - yet again

Sand - yet again

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

the wave

the wave

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

hairy woodpecker unfazed by maurading scrub jay

hairy woodpecker unfazed by maurading scrub jay

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

aspen and snowberry tapestry

aspen and snowberry tapestry

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

Mush more than words

Mush more than words

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

Isn't my canyon grand?

Isn't my canyon grand?

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

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.

Taking it back ~ St. Elmo

Taking it back ~ St. Elmo

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

Jake watches the sunset.

Jake watches the sunset.

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

Barn in Utah

Barn in Utah

Barn near Capitol Reef, Utah.

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

Stunning rock formation in Capitol Reef, Utah.

Oxbow Bend, Revisited

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.

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.

Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park

Artist's Point - Death Valley National Park

A beautiful spring sunrise in Death Valley.

Ladder of Light

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.

Shadow of the Cross

Shadow of the Cross

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

Travel at Own Risk

Travel at Own Risk

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

Black Canyon Tree

Black Canyon Tree

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

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.

Morning at Gates Pass

Morning at Gates Pass

Gates Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona

AZ Sunset

AZ Sunset

Preamble to a peaceful night in the tent.

Autumn: Bighorn

Autumn: Bighorn

Fall colors and a Wind River Range bighorn sheep

Summer: Wyoming Prairie

Summer: Wyoming Prairie

A timeless summer afternoon in Wyoming's Shirley Basin

Autumn: Deschutes

Autumn: Deschutes

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