Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach.

The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah.  The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only

The Wave, North Coyote Buttes.

Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Since this blue whale was approximately 80-90' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale close-up underwater portrait, taken breath-hold diving just a few feet away from the enormous blue whale with a fisheye lens.

North Pacific humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swim closely together just under the surface of the ocean.  The calf will remain with its mother for about a year, migrating from Hawaii to Alaska to feed on herring, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui

North Pacific humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swim closely together just under the surface of the ocean. The calf will remain with its mother for about a year, migrating from Hawaii to Alaska to feed on herring. Megaptera novaeangliae, Molokai, Hawaii.

Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome And Storm Clouds At Sunset, Yosemite Valley.

Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Male elk engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establish dominance over other males and attract females, Cervus canadensis, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Male elk bugling during the fall rut, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Cervus canadensis.

Sunrise glints yellow on breaking wave, dawn surf, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Sunrise glints yellow on breaking wave at the Wedge

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls. Yosemite National Park.

A rainbow appears in the mist of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.  At 308 feet, the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River is the tallest fall in the park.  This view is from Lookout Point on the North side of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  When conditions are perfect in midsummer, a midmorning rainbow briefly appears in the falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Rainbow, Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Mesa Arch, Utah.  An exuberant hiker greets the dawning sun from atop Mesa Arch. Yup, that's me, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park

Hiker atop Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Full grown, mature male coastal brown bear boar (grizzly bear) in sedge grass meadows, Ursus arctos, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Mature male coastal brown bear boar (grizzly bear) in sedge grass meadows. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Ursus arctos.

A kelp forest, with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds.  Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island

A kelp forest with sunbeams passing through kelp fronds. Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island, California.

A Florida manatee, or West Indian Manatee, swims slowly through the clear waters of Crystal River, Trichechus manatus, Three Sisters Springs

West Indian Manatee, swims slowly through the clear waters of Crystal River, Florida. Trichechus manatus.

Scalloped hammerhead shark swims over a reef in the Galapagos Islands.  The hammerheads eyes and other sensor organs are placed far apart on its wide head to give the shark greater ability to sense the location of prey, Sphyrna lewini, Wolf Island

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Wolf Island

A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Mexico's Baja California. Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and use it as a staging area before journeying farther into the Pacific ocean, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

Great White Shark, Guadalupe Island

California sea lions swim and socialize over a kelp-covered rocky reef, underwater at San Clemente Island in California's southern Channel Islands, Zalophus californianus

California Sea Lion, San Clemente Island

Light Beam in Upper Antelope Slot Canyon.  Thin shafts of light briefly penetrate the convoluted narrows of Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, sending piercing beams through the sandstone maze to the sand floor below, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona

Light Beam In Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, Navajo Tribal Lands

John Moulton barn at sunrise with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

John Moulton barn at sunrise with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Hawaiian spinner dolphin, resting herd swimming along reef, Stenella longirostris, Lanai

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin, Lanai

Caribbean reef shark, ampullae of Lorenzini visible on snout, Carcharhinus perezi

Caribbean Reef Shark, Bahamas

Owachomo Bridge and Milky Way.  Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106' high and spanning 130' wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Owachomo Bridge And Milky Way At Night

Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California, sunrise light just touching clouds and the Sierra Nevada. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky.  These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them

Sky Rock Petroglyphs at Dawn, Volcanic Tablelands, Bishop, California.

Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska

Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles. Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Alaska.

Yosemite Falls and rainbow, Half Dome in distance, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls, Rainbow And Half Dome From Yosemite Falls Trail

Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, Bahamas.

Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake, Tipsoo Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier Reflected In Tipsoo Lake, Tipsoo Lakes

Blue whale 80-feet long, full body photograph of an enormous blue whale showing rostrom head to fluke tail, taken at close range with very wide lens, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California

Blue whale 80-feet long. Kapow now that's a photo!

Delicate Arch at Sunset, Arches National Park

Delicate Arch At Sunset

Stars and the Milky Way over ancient bristlecone pine trees, in the White Mountains at an elevation of 10,000' above sea level. These are the oldest trees in the world, some exceeding 4000 years in age, Pinus longaeva, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Milky Way And Clouds Over Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Rainbow and clearing storm clouds, sunrise light on Manly Beacon, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California

Rainbow And Clearing Storm Clouds, Zabriskie Point

Mobius Arch at sunrise, framing snow dusted Lone Pine Peak and the Sierra Nevada Range in the background. Also known as Galen's Arch, Mobius Arch is found in the Alabama Hills Recreational Area near Lone Pine

Mobius Arch At Sunrise, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise, San Diego, California

Panoramic photograph of Broken Hill and La Jolla from Torrey Pines at sunrise

Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California

Sailing Stone On The Racetrack Playa

Giant redwood, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwood National Park.  The coastal redwood, or simply 'redwood', is the tallest tree on Earth, reaching a height of 379' and living 3500 years or more.  It is native to coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon within the United States, but most concentrated in Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California, found close to the coast where moisture and soil conditions can support its unique size and growth requirements, Sequoia sempervirens

Coastal Redwoods, Northern California

Water rushes through a narrow crack, in the red sandstone of Zion National Park, with fallen autumn leaves

Water Rushes Through A Narrow Crack, Zion National Park

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree at sunset, panorama, with storm clouds passing over the White Mountains.  The eastern Sierra Nevada is just visible in the distance, Pinus longaeva, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree, storm front passing over White Mountains, sunset, panorama

Panorama of Crater Lake from Watchman Lookout Station, panoramic picture. The Watchman Lookout Station No. 168 is one of two fire lookout towers in Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon. For many years, National Park Service personnel used the lookout to watch for wildfires during the summer months. It is also a popular hiking destination because it offers an excellent view of Crater Lake and the surrounding area

Panorama Of Crater Lake From Watchman Lookout Station, Crater Lake National Park

The Grand Tetons, reflected in the glassy waters of the Snake River at Schwabacher Landing, on a beautiful summer morning, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Panoramic photograph of the Grand Tetons, reflected in the glassy waters of the Snake River at Schwabacher Landing, on a beautiful summer morning.

Milky Way galaxy over Mobius Arch at night, Alabama Hills, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Mobius Arch And Milky Way At Night, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

The Milky Way galaxy above Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, night star field exposure

The Milky Way galaxy echoes the shape of Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park in this, night-time star field exposure.

La Tour Eiffel. The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, who designed the tower in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. The Eiffel tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world

La Tour Eiffel, The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Flowing water and fall cottonwood trees, along the Virgin River in the Zion Narrows in autumn, Virgin River Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

Flowing Water And Fall Cottonwood Trees, Virgin River Narrows

A giant sequoia tree, soars skyward from the forest floor, lit by the morning sun and surrounded by other sequioas.  The massive trunk characteristic of sequoia trees is apparent, as is the crown of foliage starting high above the base of the tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California

A giant sequoia tree soars skyward from the forest floor. Sequoiadendron giganteum. Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park.

Old Faithful geyser at sunset, at peak eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone, Upper Geyser Basin

Atlantic spotted dolphin, Stenella frontalis

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Bahamas

Sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, Sao Miguel Island

Sperm whale underwater, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. Physeter macrocephalus.

Panorama of Mount St. Helens, viewed from Johnston Ridge, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens Panorama, Washington.

Sea otters, resting on the surface by lying on their backs, in a group known as a raft, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California

Sea Otter, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Notre Dame de Paris. Notre Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris"), also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame, is a historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. Widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known churches in the world ever built, Notre Dame is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris

Notre Dame De Paris

Brooklyn Bridge cables and tower, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City

Statue Of Liberty, Statue Of Liberty National Monument

Great pyramids, Giza, Egypt.  Pyramids of Queens, Pyramid of Menkaure, Pyramid of Khafre, Pyramid of Khufu (left to right, front to back)

Great Pyramids Of Giza

Golden Gate Bridge, viewed from the Marin Headlands with the city of San Francisco in the distance.  Late afternoon

Golden Gate Bridge From Marin Headlands, San Francisco