The Natural West

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Entries: (182)
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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Summer Perfection

Sunset on the Grand Mesa

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countryhome

Carson Pass, California

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Wild in the Pryors

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

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Rebirth

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

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Calico Hills, Red Rock Canyon

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

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Bristlecone Pine

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

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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.

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Sand Dune Shades

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

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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.

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tranquillity base

50 miles from the highway. Blackrock Desert, Nevada

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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

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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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Arches National Park

View of La Sal Mountains photo © Sam Camp

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Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds near the Crazy Mountains during a Montana Summer

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Chiricahua Mountains

Sunset in the Chiricahua Mountains.

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Black Canyon Tree

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

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Jake watches the sunset.

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

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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!

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Yellowstone Colors

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

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Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP

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

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Kayaking Death Valley NP

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Glacier Sunset

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

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Columbine (Colorado state flower)

An unusual magenta colored columbine in Monument, Colorado.

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Colorful Colorado Fall

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

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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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Illuminated Old Growth

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

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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.

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Badlands Bison

Lone bison in the South Dakota badlands.

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Sudden Gold.

Bigleaf maple leaves in autumn, northwestern California.

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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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Forest Fire, Granby CO

Taken from Camp Chief Ouray

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Columbia River, OR

Hood River, OR

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View from Wind River Peak

Wind River Range, WY

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Dawn is Breaking

Sunrise on Lake Powell

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wind power

Cattle barn and windmill, Angles Camp, California

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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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Oregon Coast, Fall 2009

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

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Hovenweep Ruin

Two ravens atop a ruin wall at Hovenweep National Monument.

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Sunset, Moab

Sunset in Arches National Park, Moab

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Evening in the Well of Souls

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

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Red Desert Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes in the Red Desert of Wyominig

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Yellowstone Elk

Bull elk in Yellowstone Park

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Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park

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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.

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Amigos

Young wild Mustang bachelor stallions near Steens Mountain, Oregon

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After Dust Roll

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

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Sparring Mustangs

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

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Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa Colorado

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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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Big Thompson Canyon Big Horn Sheep

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

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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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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.