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

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

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

Half Dome And Storm Clouds At Sunset, Yosemite Valley.

Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad

Cresting wave and morning sun, Carlsbad, California.

Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Temple Of Sinawava

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

Old Faithful geyser, sunrise.  Reaching up to 185' in height and lasting up to 5 minutes, Old Faithful geyser is the most famous geyser in the world and the first geyser in Yellowstone to be named, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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.

Horsetail Falls backlit by the setting sun as it cascades down the face of El Capitan, February, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Falls In Winter, Sunset's Last Light, Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls From Cook's Meadow, Yosemite Valley.

Paradise Falls tumble over rocks in Paradise Creek, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Paradise Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise Creek

Aspen trees display Eastern Sierra fall colors, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen Trees, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains

Hiker in North Window, sunset, western face.  North Window is a natural sandstone arch 90 feet wide and 48 feet high, Arches National Park, Utah

Hiker in North Window, sunset, western face. North Window is a natural sandstone arch 90 feet wide and 48 feet high. Arches National Park, Utah.

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome From Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

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

Bristlecone pine displays its characteristic gnarled, twisted form as it rises above the arid, dolomite-rich slopes of the White Mountains at 11000-foot elevation. Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Pinus longaeva, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Bristlecone Pine, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

A hiker admiring the striated walls and dramatic light within Antelope Canyon, a deep narrow slot canyon formed by water and wind erosion, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona

A hiker admiring the striated walls and dramatic light within Antelope Canyon, a deep narrow slot canyon formed by water and wind erosion.

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.

Townsley Lake (10396'), a beautiful alpine lake sitting below blue sky, clouds and Fletcher Peak (right), lies amid the Cathedral Range of glacier-sculpted granite peaks in Yosemite's high country, near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park, California

Townsley Lake In The High Sierra, Yosemite National Park.

The Teton Range is reflected in the glassy waters of the Snake River at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The Teton Range is reflected in the glassy waters of the Snake River at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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, Arizona, North Coyote Buttes

The Virgin River flows by autumn cottonwood trees, part of the Virgin River Narrows.  This is a fantastic hike in fall with the comfortable temperatures, beautiful fall colors and light crowds, Zion National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Flows By Autumn Cottonwood Trees, Virgin River Narrows

Cathedral Range peaks reflected in the still waters of Townsley Lake at sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California

Cathedral Range peaks reflected in the still waters of Townsley Lake at sunrise, high country near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow.  The Merced  River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow. The Merced River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls. Yosemite National Park.

Mesa Arch spans 90 feet and stands at the edge of a mesa precipice thousands of feet above the Colorado River gorge. For a few moments at sunrise the underside of the arch glows dramatically red and orange, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch at Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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

Rainbow And Clearing Storm Clouds, Zabriskie Point

Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad

Heaving tube, wave breaks across the morning sun, Carlsbad, California.

Aspen trees cover Bishop Creek Canyon above Aspendel, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Milky Way galaxy arches over Arch Rock on a clear evening in Joshua Tree National Park

The Milky Way galaxy arcs over Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park.

Bryozoan grows on a red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island

Bryozoan grows on a red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Lophogorgia chilensis, California.

Archangel Falls in autumn, near the Subway in North Creek Canyon, with maples and cottonwoods turning fall colors, Zion National Park, Utah

Archangel Falls In Autumn In Zion National Park

Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above.  San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix

Abstract surfgrass in motion, underwater movement and blur, San Clemente Island, California.

Vogelsang Peak (11516') at sunset, reflected in a small creek near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in Yosemite's high country, Yosemite National Park, California

Vogelsang Peak At Sunset From Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park

Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island

A school of blacksmith swims over a red gorgonian growing on a rocky reef. California.

Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills, seen here at night with swirling star trails formed in the sky above due to a long time exposure, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Mobius Arch In The Alabama Hills, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

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

The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, 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 In The North Coyote Buttes

Sunrise light on Turret Arch viewed through North Window, winter, Arches National Park, Utah

Sunrise light on Turret Arch viewed through North Window, winter.

Joshua Trees in early morning light, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees at dawn, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park.

Ancient bristlecone pine tree, rising above the arid, dolomite-rich slopes of the Schulman Grove in the White Mountains at an elevation of 9500 above sea level, along the Methuselah Walk.  The oldest bristlecone pines in the world are found in the Schulman Grove, some of them over 4700 years old. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Pinus longaeva, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

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

Bridalveil Falls at sunset, with clouds and blue sky in the background.  Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite drops 620 feet (188 m) from a hanging valley to the floor of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Valley

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend at sunrise, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park.

Fly fishing below Gibbon Falls. This flyfisherman hiked up the Gibbon River to reach the foot of Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Flyfishing At Gibbon Falls, Gibbon River

A rainbow appears in the spray of Riverside Geyser as it erupts over the Firehole River.  Riverside is a very predictable geyser.  Its eruptions last 30 minutes, reach heights of 75 feet and are usually spaced about 6 hours apart.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Riverside Geyser And Rainbow, Upper Geyser Basin

Sol Duc Falls.  Sol Duc Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Olympic National Park, seen here from a bridge that crosses the canyon just below the falls. Surrounding the falls is an old-growth forest of hemlocks and douglas firs, some of which are three hundred years in age, Sol Duc Springs

Sol Duc Falls, Sol Duc Springs

Upper Yosemite Falls near peak flow in spring.  Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet tall (730m) is the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest in the world.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls, Spring, Yosemite Valley

Mobius Arch at sunrise, with Mount Whitney (the tallest peak in the continental United States), Lone Pine Peak and snow-covered Sierra Nevada Range framed within the arch.  Mobius Arch is a 17-foot-wide natural rock arch in the scenic Alabama Hills Recreational Area near Lone Pine, California

Mobius Arch At Sunrise, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, Yucca brevifolia

Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park.

The Virgin River flows by autumn cottonwood trees, part of the Virgin River Narrows.  This is a fantastic hike in fall with the comfortable temperatures, beautiful fall colors and light crowds, Zion National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Flows By Autumn Cottonwood Trees, Virgin River Narrows

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

Sunset and boulders, Joshua Tree National Park.  Sunset lights the giant boulders and rock formations near Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree N.P

Sunset and boulders, Joshua Tree National Park, panorama.

Mono Lake sunset, tufa and clouds reflected in the still waters of Mono Lake

Tufa and clouds reflected in the still waters of Mono Lake.

Three Sisters Springs depicted in an underwater landscape with sand, clear water and trees, Crystal River, Florida

Underwater landscape, Three Sisters Springs, Florida.

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

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch Sunrise

Boulders and sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.  The warm sunlight gently lights unusual boulder formations at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Boulders And Sunset In Joshua Tree National Park

The Milky Way galaxy arcs above Arch Rock, panoramic photograph, cylindrical projection, Joshua Tree National Park, California

The Milky Way galaxy arcs above Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park in this high resolution panoramic photograph.

Joshua Trees silhouetted against predawn sunrise light, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees Silhouetted Against Predawn Sunrise Light, Joshua Tree National Park

Kelp fronds and pneumatocysts.  Pneumatocysts, gas-filled bladders, float the kelp plant off the ocean bottom toward the surface and sunlight, where the leaf-like blades and stipes of the kelp plant grow fastest.  Giant kelp can grow up to 2' in a single day given optimal conditions.  Epic submarine forests of kelp grow throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island

Kelp Fronds And Pneumatocysts, San Clemente Island

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

Snow-covered Lone Pine Peak framed within Moebius Arch, dawn.

Eureka Dunes.  The Eureka Valley Sand Dunes are California's tallest sand dunes, and one of the tallest in the United States.  Rising 680' above the floor of the Eureka Valley, the Eureka sand dunes are home to several endangered species, as well as "singing sand" that makes strange sounds when it shifts.  Located in the remote northern portion of Death Valley National Park, the Eureka Dunes see very few visitors

Eureka Dunes

Star trails and Arch Rock. Polaris, the North Star, is at the center of the circular arc star trails as they pass above this natural stone archway in Joshua Tree National Park, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Star trails and Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park

A sliding rock of 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

A Sliding Rock Of The Racetrack Playa

Yellow cottonwood trees in autumn, fall colors in the Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park

Yellow Cottonwood Trees In Autumn, Virgin River Narrows

Narada Falls cascades down a cliff, with the flow blurred by a time exposure.  Narada Falls is a 188 foot (57m) waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park

Narada Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

La Jolla Cove and earth shadow at dawn.  Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise

La Jolla Cove And Earth Shadow At Dawn

Cathedral Rocks at sunrise, reflected in a spring meadow flooded by the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California

Cathedral Rocks is reflected at sunrise in a sidewater of the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California.

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.

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Beach, sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Salt polygons.  After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California

Salt Polygons, Badwater

Eureka dune grass, and rare and federally endangered species of grass  endemic to the Eureka Valley and Eureka Sand Dunes.  The Last Chance mountains, lit by sunset, as visible in the distance.  Swallenia alexandrae, a perennial grass, grows only in the southern portion of Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, in Inyo County, California, Swallenia alexandrae, Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park

Eureka Dune Grass, Eureka Dunes

International Space Station flys over Death Valley shortly after sunset, Earth Orbit, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe

The International Space Station flys over Death Valley shortly after sunset.

Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake now dried and covered with dessicated mud, Death Valley National Park, California

Racetrack Playa

Star trails and Arch Rock.  Polaris, the North Star, is at the center of the circular arc star trails as they pass above this natural stone archway in Joshua Tree National Park

Star trails and Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park.

Mount Whitney and Lone Pine Peak are framed by Lathe Arch in the Alabama Hills at sunrise, California, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

Lathe Arch, Mount Whitney And Lone Pine Peak, Alabama Hills Recreational Area

The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, 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 In The North Coyote Buttes

The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, 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 In The North Coyote Buttes

Christine Falls is a 69 foot (21m) waterfall in Mount Rainier.  The lower section of Christine Falls is  known for the bridge that spans across it, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Christine Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

Snow covers the rocks and cliffs around Lower Yellowstone Falls in winter. 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, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Earth Shadow lies over Point La Jolla at dawn

Earth Shadow Lies Over Point La Jolla At Dawn

Yosemite Falls and star trails, night sky time exposure of Yosemite Falls waterfall in full spring flow, with star trails arcing through the night sky, Yosemite National Park, California

Star trails appear over Yosemite Falls in this 40 minute time exposure, Yosemite Valley, California.

Yosemite Falls reflected in flooded meadow.  The Merced  River floods its banks in spring, forming beautiful reflections of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls is reflected in a flooded meadow created by heavy spring water levels in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California.

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

Sunset over Garden of the Gods, Arches National Park

Sunset Over Garden Of The Gods

Grand Prismatic Spring displays brilliant colors along its edges, created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The outer orange and red regions are the coolest water in the spring, where the overflow runs off.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin

Enormous driftwood logs stack up on the wide flat sand beaches at Kalaloch, Olympic National Park, Washington

Kalaloch Beach

Ruby Beach, sunset lights up the trees along the beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Ruby Beach

Broken Hill with the Pacific Ocean in the distance.  Broken Hill is an ancient, compacted sand dune that was uplifted to its present location and is now eroding, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Broken Hill, Torrey Pines, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines State Park, viewed from high above the Pacific Ocean near the Indian Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines Sandstone Cliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Lophogorgia chilensis, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island

Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.

A view of an underwater forest of giant kelp.  Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy.  Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest.  Lush forests of kelp are found through California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island

A View Of An Underwater Forest Of Giant Kelp, San Clemente Island

Kelp canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island

Giant Kelp, San Clemente Island

East face and shoreline of southernmost morro, daybreak, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

Butterfly Cove, Sunrise, Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Lower Yosemite Falls in spring, Yosemite National Park, California

Lower Yosemite Falls In Spring

The Tuolumne River flows serenely through Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra. Lembert Dome is seen in the background, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome From Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

Unicorn Peak at sunset, seen from Tuolumne Meadows.  Cockscomb Peak rises in the distance, Yosemite National Park, California

Unicorn Peak at sunset, seen from Tuolumne Meadows. Cockscomb Peak rises in the distance.

Mammoth Peak and alpine meadows in the High Sierra are reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park

Mammoth Peak, Yosemite, Tioga Lake

Sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, with sandhill cranes silhouetted in reflection in the calm pond.  Spectacular sunsets at Bosque del Apache, rich in reds, oranges, yellows and purples, make for striking reflections of the thousands of cranes and geese found in the refuge each winter, Grus canadensis, Socorro, New Mexico

Sunset At Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

The Milky Way rises in the sky above the Toadstool Hoodoos near the Paria Rimrocks.  Rimrock Hoodoos, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah

Milky Way and Toadstool Hoodoos, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California Poppy, Del Dios

Waves wash over sandstone reef, clouds and sky, La Jolla, California

Waves wash over sandstone reef, clouds and sky, Windandsea, La Jolla, California.

Research pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography SIO, sunset, La Jolla, California

Research Pier At Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Sio

Upper Antelope Canyon slot canyon, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona

Fantastic light in Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, Arizona.

Ferns grow below coastal redwood and Douglas Fir trees, 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

Ferns Grow Below Coastal Redwood And Douglas Fir Trees, Redwood National Park

T.A. Moulton barn with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

T.A. Moulton barn at sunrise, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Ocean surface panorama, glassy calm ocean water offshore of California, clouds and sky

Ocean Surface Panorama

Convict Lake sunrise reflection, Sierra Nevada mountains

Convict Lake Sunrise Reflection

Horseshoe Bend. The Colorado River makes a 180-degree turn at Horseshoe Bend. Here the river has eroded the Navajo sandstone for eons, digging a canyon 1100-feet deep, Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend. The Colorado River makes a 180-degree turn at Horseshoe Bend. Here the river has eroded the Navajo sandstone for eons, digging a canyon 1100-feet deep.

Joshua trees and star trails, moonlit night. The Joshua Tree is a species of yucca common in the lower Colorado desert and upper Mojave desert ecosystems, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees And Star Trails, Joshua Tree National Park

Devil's Postpile, a spectacular example of columnar basalt.  Once molten and under great pressure underground, the lava that makes up Devil's Postpile cooled evenly and slowly, contracting and fracturing into polygonal-sided columns.  The age of the formation is estimated between 100 and 700 thousand years old.  Sometime after the basalt columns formed, a glacier passed over the formation, cutting and polishing the tops of the columns.  The columns have from three to seven sides, varying because of differences in how quickly portions of the lava cooled, Devils Postpile National Monument, California

Devil's Postpile, Devils Postpile National Monument

The Milky Way galaxy arcs over Arch Rock on a clear evening in Joshua Tree National Park

Arch Rock and Milky Way, Joshua Tree National Park.

White Dome Geyser, rises to a height of 30 feet or more, and typically erupts with an interval of 15 to 30 minutes. It is located along Firehole Lake Drive, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

White Dome Geyser, Lower Geyser Basin

Mount Rainier rises above Reflection Lake, afternoon, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier And Reflection Lake

Delicate Arch, dusted with snow, at sunset, with the snow-covered La Sal mountains in the distance.  Delicate Arch stands 45 feet high, with a span of 33 feet, atop of bowl of slickrock sandstone, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

Explosion of California Poppies, San Diego.

Rocky shallows in Jackson Lake with Mount Moran in the background, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Rocky shallows in Jackson Lake with Mount Moran in the background, Grand Teton National Park.

Pack ice, a combination of sea ice and pieces of icebergs, Weddell Sea

Pack Ice, Weddell Sea

Sandstone "fins", eroded striations that depict how sandstone -- ancient compressed sand -- was laid down in layers over time.  Now exposed, the layer erode at different rates, forming delicate "fins" that stretch for long distances, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona

Sunset on sandstone fins, Navajo Tribal Lands, Arizona.

Iceberg, ocean, light and clouds.  Light plays over icebergs and the ocean near Coronation Island

Beautiful Iceberg At Coronation Island

Tabular iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula, near Paulet Island, sunset

Incredible tabular iceberg, Paulet Island, Antarctica.

Lower Antelope Canyon, a deep, narrow and spectacular slot canyon lying on Navajo Tribal lands near Page, Arizona, Navajo Tribal Lands

Lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Lands

Iceberg detail, at sea among the South Orkney Islands, Coronation Island, Southern Ocean

Iceberg Detail With Wave Washing Over Ice, Coronation Island

Iceberg detail, at sea among the South Orkney Islands, Coronation Island, Southern Ocean

Stock Photo Of Two Large Icebergs, Coronation Island

Iceberg, ocean, light and clouds.  Light plays over icebergs and the ocean near Coronation Island

Coronation Island

Iceberg, ocean, light and clouds.  Light plays over icebergs and the ocean near Coronation Island

Coronation Island

Aspen trees, with leaves changing from green to yellow in autumn, branches stretching skyward, a forest, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen Tree Forest, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Wildflowers on Mount Washburn, on the north side of Dunraven Pass near Tower Junction, Helianthella uniflora, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Wildflowers On Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

Madison River steaming in the cold air, sunrise, autumn, tall grasses and golden light, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Madison River steaming in the cold air, Yellowstone National Park.

Sunrise light on clouds

Sunset and cotton-candy clouds, storm is coming.

Sea Caves, the famous La Jolla sea caves lie below tall cliffs at Goldfish Point.  Sunrise

Sea Caves, La Jolla

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

Photo Of The Wave, North Coyote Buttes

Sunset, clouds and ocean, Sea of Cortez

Clouds, ocean and sand plains, no land in sight

Clouds, ocean and sand plains, no land in sight. Bahamas.

Water and light, steel gray reflections, ripples and patterns, Frederick Sound

Steel gray reflections, abstract light patterns, Frederick Sound, Alaska.

Clouds and sunlight, Maui

Sunset over the Auau Channel, Maui, Hawaii.

Cloud formations at sunset

Sunset colors, abstract.

Sunlight and clouds are visible through the clear ocean waters of the Northern Bahamas

Sunlight and clouds are visible through the clear ocean waters of the Northern Bahamas.