Autumn Sunset at Natural Bridges
The autumn sunset light fills the sky along with a crescent moon ove Natural Bridges beach. The low tide helps create reflections in the glassy sand.
The elegant and delicate nature of jellies continues to capture my attention and interest while SCUBA diving the emerald green waters of the Monterey Bay. These gracefal cnidarians, the sea nettles, often come in to the near shore in numbers, drifting with the current.
Two sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher, inspect the camera in a giant kelp forest off San Clemente Island. Southern California is home to the Channel Islands, where the temperate reefs and kelp forests are home to an amazing biodiversity of marine life.
Rugged Davenport Shores
The rocky shores near Davenport, California are a wonderful place to spend some quality outdoor time. Their rugged beauty mixed with the sights and sounds of the Pacific ocean make for some beautiful scenery.
Storm Over Natural Bridges
Well after sunset, the purple and blue hues of twilight filled the cloudy sky. The clouds flowed with the prevailing winds as the natural arch at Natural Bridges reflected in the sand.
While along the rugged and scenic central California coast, the storm broke at sunset. Streams of rain, or virga, lit up with colorful reds and oranges as wave from the Pacific ocean crashed onshore.
Simple Sunset by the Sea
Some evenings along the coast are simply spent watching the waves from the Pacific ocean wash ashore. The central California coast offers plenty of secluded and sandy beaches for enjoying the salty air and sounds of the sea.
Underwater Kelp Forest Self Portrait
While SCUBA diving in the beautiful kelp forests of San Clemente Island, I decide to turn the camera around and take a selfie, or self portrait. The temperate reefs in the southern Channel Islands are some of the most beautiful in the world.
Intentional camera movement produces an abtract view of a tree farm in eastern Orgeon. The golden hues of autumn shine brightly in the early morning light.
Panther Creek Falls
One autumn day, I found my way to Panther Creek Falls in southern Washington. It was raining, and I had been driving many hours. After a quick nap, the rain let up, and I made my way down the mossy green slopes to get nice and close to the rushing cascades.
Second Beach Tides
The outgoing tide at Second Beach flows out to sea towards a tree topped sea stack. The moody dark skies and rugged coastal landscape worked well in black and white. The smooth and textured contrasts of the shore complement each other so well.
Mountain Mood of the Sierra
While heading home from the eastern Sierra, the subdued moody light on Wheeler Crest required me to pull over and snap a few photos. The craggy mountain ridges with the low clouds made for a beautiful scene.
The Art of Kelp III
I never get tired of photographing giant kelp underwater. The golden blades and smooth bulbs create amazing contrasts and patterns.
The badlands at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley are truly amazing. I was fortunate to photograph them under fiery skies one sunrise in winter.
Sailor Lake Sunrise Reflections
After camping nearby, I awoke to a clear yet calm morning up in the John Muir Wilderness. The lake was as smooth as glass and the reflections of the craggy granite of Picture Peak were simply beautiful.
Wharariki beach is at the extreme northwest end of New Zealand's south island. It features two amazing archway islands just offshore the long stretch of sandy beach. During sunset, the sky's reflections in the sand made for a beautiful photo.
Motukiekie Wild Sunset
Motukiekie beach is a rugged coastal wilderness. I visited three times while traveling in New Zealand and never saw another person. On thie evening, the sunset grew in intensity as the waves ferosciously raced past me.
Brúarfoss Glacial Waterfall
Brúarfoss, or bridge waterfall is a beautiful location to visit and photograph in southern Iceland. The blue, glacial waters spill into a wonderful cascade with dark, volcanic rock surrounding it.
Icelandic Horse at Kirkjufell
One moring while out photographing along the Snaefellsnes peninsula near Kirkjufell, the sun broke through the clouds. Once it did, the landscape, and this horse, were bathed in golden light.
Hraunfossar in Fall
The autumn season is short lived almost anywhere, including Iceland. I was happy to catch a nice window of fall color while traveling to Iceland in September with some of the best views at Hraunfossar. Iceland's landscapes are amazing on their own, but with the autumn hues, it was spectacular.
Power of Dettifoss
Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The water comes from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, whose sediment-rich runoff colors the water a greyish white. The superlative of "most powerful" comes from its water flow times its fall distance. The water of the wide River Jökulsá falls for more than 144 feet, causing a massive, crashing spray.
Shadows of Iceland
The rugged south coastof Iceland is full of amazing landscapes. The rocky shores are contrasting with the misty ocean with distant mountains under a moody sky.
Waves rush past chunks of ice along the black sand beach of Jökulsárlón. The golden glow of sunset fades on the horizon of Iceland's south coast.
Landmannalaugar Geothermal Aerial
While on an aerial tour of Iceland's interior landscapes, one of the highlights was flying over Landmannalaugar and seeing the geothermal activity in the Rhyolite hills.
Faces of Iceland #1
Iceland's amazing landscapes are even more stunning from the air. I had an opportunity of a lifetime to fly over some of Iceland's interior landscapes. This image is a mirrored image and takes on the semblance of a face.
Iceland's interior landscapes are full of amazing geology. The Rhyolite mountains found in Landmannalaugar are especially beautiful and the patches of snow add to the scenery.