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The Natural West

Entries: (182)
Began: Feb 01, 2010
Ended: Mar 15, 2010

Check out these fantastic landscapes of the American West! Thanks to all participants who submitted and voted on these images.
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Winning Entry

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

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

by JR 59
59
5

Summer Perfection

Sunset on the Grand Mesa

by knute 25
25
3

countryhome

Carson Pass, California

by marsh 12
12
2

Wild in the Pryors

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

by karin811 20
20
2

Rebirth

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

by redrockhiker 63
63
2

Calico Hills, Red Rock Canyon

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

by redrockhiker 60
60
2

Bristlecone Pine

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

by sanchez8773 3
3
1

Jake watches the sunset.

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

by RacerReady 12
12
1

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.

by rlernst 14
14
1

Chiricahua Mountains

Sunset in the Chiricahua Mountains.

by LisaLouLou 14
14
1

Black Canyon Tree

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

by Uhlman 3
by Greg Poschman 17
17
1

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

by janaweber 2
2
1

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.

by peatland 12
12
1

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.

by chindi 30
30
1

Sand Dune Shades

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

by lhiatt 38
38
1

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds near the Crazy Mountains during a Montana Summer

by knute 6
6
1

tranquillity base

50 miles from the highway. Blackrock Desert, Nevada

by jdr 18
18
1

Yellowstone Colors

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

by keith_breazeal 16
16
1

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!

by Sam Camp of Campphoto.com 19
19
1

Arches National Park

View of La Sal Mountains photo © Sam Camp

by lydiawyoming 3
3

winter waning

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

by rhpayne 29
29

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.

by lhiatt 38
38

St. Elmo's Reflection

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

by vibramman 6
6

The Buckskin

A hike through Buckskin Gulch in Utah

by vibramman 2
2

Late Spring in Nevada

The Santa Rosa Range in Northern Nevada

by Tommyg 2
2

Sunset

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

by devawolfe 3
by Michael Hodges 5
5

Morning at Gates Pass

Gates Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona

by Michael Hodges 3
3

Shadow of the Cross

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

by Michael Hodges 3
3

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.

by Catherine Etherton 3
3

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.

by sanchez8773 2
2

Barn in Utah

Barn near Capitol Reef, Utah.

by GlennP 19
19

the wave

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

by SMPhoto 7
7

Sunrise on the Salt Flats

Late winter sunrise on a flooded Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

by rlernst 10
10

Hallett Peak

Aspens beneath the peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

by schnitzerphoto 6
6

Autumn: Deschutes

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

by schnitzerphoto 6
6

Autumn: Bighorn

Fall colors and a Wind River Range bighorn sheep

by mudpuppy 15
by LisaLouLou 13
13

Gunnison River in Black Canyon

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

by chindi 2
2

Taking it back ~ St. Elmo

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

by IGT 3
3

hairy woodpecker unfazed by maurading scrub jay

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

by lydiajball 10
by wrenchy 2
2

Sand

White Sands National Monument round Christmas time.

by cleary6717 4
4

Hovenweep Ruin

Two ravens atop a ruin wall at Hovenweep National Monument.

by radoak 3
3

Red Desert Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes in the Red Desert of Wyominig

by rlernst 9
9

Tallgrass Prairie

Sunset on the prairie.

by yrag 4
4

Proud Eagle

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

by schnitzerphoto 177
177

Summer: Wyoming Prairie

A timeless summer afternoon in Wyoming's Shirley Basin

by mudpuppy 17
17

AZ Sunset

Preamble to a peaceful night in the tent.

by LisaLouLou 9
9

Travel at Own Risk

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

by chindi 1
1

Isn't my canyon grand?

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

by IGT 1
1

aspen and snowberry tapestry

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

by cleary6717 6
6

Oregon Coast, Fall 2009

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

by cleary6717 5
5

Sunset, Moab

Sunset in Arches National Park, Moab

by radoak 1
1

Yellowstone Elk

Bull elk in Yellowstone Park

by radoak 7
7

Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park

by chilewoman 4
4

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.

by lauriewhite 8
8

Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa Colorado

by lauriewhite 9

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