Natural World photos

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Multnomah Falls.  Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States.  Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall making it Oregon's number one public destination, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall making it Oregon's number one public destination.
Location: Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19313  
Panorama dimensions: 12453 x 4705
Horsetail Falls drops 176 feet just a few yards off the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Horsetail Falls drops 176 feet just a few yards off the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.
Location: Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19318  
Wahkeena Falls drops 249 feet in several sections through a lush green temperate rainforest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Wahkeena Falls drops 249 feet in several sections through a lush green temperate rainforest.
Location: Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19324  
Triple Falls, in the upper part of Oneonta Gorge, fall 130 feet through a lush, beautiful temperate rainforest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Triple Falls, in the upper part of Oneonta Gorge, fall 130 feet through a lush, beautiful temperate rainforest.
Location: Triple Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19326  
Ponytail Falls, where Horsetail Creeks drops 100 feet over an overhang below which hikers can walk, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Ponytail Falls, where Horsetail Creeks drops 100 feet over an overhang below which hikers can walk.
Location: Ponytail Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19337  
Latourelle Falls, in Guy W. Talbot State Park, drops 249 feet through a lush forest near the Columbia River, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Latourelle Falls, in Guy W. Talbot State Park, drops 249 feet through a lush forest near the Columbia River.
Location: Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
Image ID: 19347  
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, 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.
Location: Alabama Hills Recreational Area, California
Image ID: 21729  
Mono Lake sunset, tufa and clouds reflected in the still waters of Mono Lake
Mono Lake sunset, tufa and clouds reflected in the still waters of Mono Lake.
Location: Mono Lake, California
Image ID: 26977  
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California
Image ID: 02435  
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean.
Species: Blue shark, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 01078  
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean.
Species: Blue shark, Macrocystis pyrifera, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 01081  
El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite Valley.
Location: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
Image ID: 05413  
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. 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.
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona
Image ID: 28561  
Milky Way arches over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky. (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect.  Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park)
Milky Way arches over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky. (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect. Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park).
Location: Arches National Park, Utah
Image ID: 27850  
Lower Antelope Canyon, a deep, narrow and spectacular slot canyon lying on Navajo Tribal lands near Page, Arizona, Navajo Tribal Lands
Lower Antelope Canyon, a deep, narrow and spectacular slot canyon lying on Navajo Tribal lands near Page, Arizona.
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona
Image ID: 28559  
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.
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona
Image ID: 18009  
Clouds light up with blazing colors at sunset, La Jolla, California
Clouds light up with blazing colors at sunset.
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 04819  
Milky Way and Stars through Wilson Arch. Wilson Arch rises high above route 191 in eastern Utah, with a span of 91 feet and a height of 46 feet, Moab
Milky Way and Stars through Wilson Arch. Wilson Arch rises high above route 191 in eastern Utah, with a span of 91 feet and a height of 46 feet.
Location: Wilson Arch, Moab, Utah
Image ID: 29275  
Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Image ID: 29304  
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, panoramic photograph, cylindrical projection.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Image ID: 26848  
Panorama dimensions: 6121 x 10275
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, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island
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.
Species: Red gorgonian, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Image ID: 25394  
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, 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.
Location: Alabama Hills Recreational Area, California
Image ID: 27627  
Delicate Arch and the Moon at Sunset.  The moon and clouds, with stars showing faintly in the sky, as sunset fades into night. (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect.  Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park)
Delicate Arch and the Moon at Sunset. The moon and clouds, with stars showing faintly in the sky, as sunset fades into night. (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect. Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park).
Location: Arches National Park, Utah
Image ID: 27859  
Salema schooling amid kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Xenistius californiensis, Catalina Island
Salema schooling amid kelp forest.
Species: Salema, Macrocystis pyrifera, Xenistius californiensis
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 01022  
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 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.
Location: Narada Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Image ID: 28720  
Rattlesnake Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon that is part of the larger Antelope Canyon system. Page, Arizona, Navajo Tribal Lands
Rattlesnake Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon that is part of the larger Antelope Canyon system. Page, Arizona.
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona
Image ID: 36039  
Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect.  Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park)
Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah (Note: this image was created before a ban on light-painting in Arches National Park was put into effect. Light-painting is no longer permitted in Arches National Park).
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Image ID: 29294  
Rising sun creates the photographers shadow on a sandstone wall, Valley of Fire State Park
Rising sun creates the photographers shadow on a sandstone wall.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 26474  
Yosemite Falls reflected in a meadow pool, spring, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite Falls reflected in a meadow pool, spring.
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
Image ID: 27745  
Breaking wave, tube, hollow barrel, morning surf
Breaking wave, tube, hollow barrel, morning surf.
Image ID: 19534  
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