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.
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.
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.
While SCUBA diving on the tropical island of Cozumel, Mexico, I encountered this beautiful gorgonion sea fan. I used my circular fisheye lens to compose it while shooting up into the tropical blue water.
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.
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.
Iceland is full of amazing landscapes, including countless waterfalls. Many have an aqua blue color from the glacially fed rivers such as this one under stormy skies.
Iceberg Absrtact #1
The icebergs at Jökulsárlón in Iceland can simply glow with blue light as their sculptured formations are simply beautiful.
Picture Peak Sunset
The beautiful geology found in the Painted Hills of central Oregon are quite striking. The ancient remains of volcanic activity exhibit a smooth, painterly quality which makes them a very photogenic landscape and perfect for intimate detailed scenes.
The Lost Forest
The trees here will be gone someday soon. The Boardman tree farm will give way to cows and irrigation crops. I am grateful for being able to see it in its fall color beauty at least once in my life.
Golden Forest Lines
The Boardman Tree Farm will one day no longer exist. But I was excited to photograph its orderly rows of trees using ICM, or intentional camera movement, to create this impressionistic image.
Cannon Beach Storm Clouds
The iconic rocks at Cannon Beach along the Oregon coast are often photographed, but I had never been there until May 2016. Here, I used a long exposure to smooth the passing clouds at sunset.
Vestiges of Autumn
The seasonal changes in Washington state can be swift and fleeting. As autumn turns to winter, the some trees lose their leaves as others still hold on to the last traces of color. Outside of Leavenworth, the evening mist created a dreamy scene with a roadside forest.
Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan Sunset Panorama
On this summer evening, the water was stilla t Picture Lake in the North Cascades. Mount Shuksan was fully lit by the last glimpes of sunset and reflected beautifully below. I photographed this panorama to remember the serenity of the scenery.
Sol Duc Cascade
The spring season offers beautiful greens in the forests of Olympic National Park. on the trail to Sol Duc Falls, I stopped to photograph this cascade with the forest as a backdrop.
Soft morning light at Asilomar State Beach in Monterey
The rugged shores of Asilomar State Beach in Monterey make for interesting landscapes. The long exposure softens the incoming waves from the Pacific ocean at sunrise.
Sailor Lake Sunset
The beauty found in the high Sierra Nevada mountains is inspiring. At Sailor Lake with Picture Peak in the distance, the sunset glows with color in a beautiful scene.
Within the wilderness areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains, one can feel fully immersed in nature. The idyllic setting of an alpine lake with craggy mountains as a backdrop is a wonderful place to spend a sunset.
Rattlesnake Gulch Sunrise
in the high desert of the Mono Basin, there is an area full of granite boulders and desert brush known as Rattlesnake Gulch. During one fall, I photographed the morning light at sunrise.
20 Lakes Basin Sunset #1
A small cascade flows into an alpine lake in the 20 Lakes Basin near Mammoth. The sunset filled the sky with warm light and a long shutter speed showed teh movement in the stormy clouds.
20 Lakes Basin Sunset #2
20 Lakes Basin near Mammoth offers amazing views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Filled with streams and alpine lakes, like in this landscape photo, this mountainous region is full of natural beauty.
20 Lakes Basin Sunset
The Sierra Nevada mountains offer amazing landscape scenery. In the 20 Lakes Basin near Mammoth, the sunset glows with golden light in the monsoon clouds during summer.
Little Lakes Valley Sunset
Near Yosemite lies the Little Lakes Valley. This backcountry wilderness is full of craggy mountains and cascades of flowing water, a true mountain landscape of the Sierra Nevada.
Light on Laurel
Dark storm clouds during sunrise contrast with glimpses of sunlight on Laurel Mountain. Convict Lake in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada mountains has beautiful scenery and is a wonderful place to visit.
Sunset Skies Over Mono Lake
A fiery winter sunset over South Tufa lights the sky with hues of pink and purple during a beautiful sunset at Mono Lake.
The Old Pier in Berkeley
Out at the end of the municipal pier in Berkeley, California, there is a view of an old pier. This old pier leads out towards Alcatraz, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Gates of Autumn
The fall colors at the Boardman Tree Farm are a sight to behold, a beautiful scene to wander into.
Pleasure Point Sunrise
While walking along East Cliff Drive in the Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz, the sky lit up with beautiful color at sunrise. The waves of the Pacific ocean and the Monterey Bay crashed along the coast as the day began.