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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 Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, Yosemite Valley, Cornus nuttallii, Yosemite National Park, California New Blue Spring and its travertine terraces, part of the Mammoth Hot Springs complex, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Kelp greenling, male.  Male kelp greenlings are brightly colored in contrast to the drab females, Hexagrammos decagrammus Kelp greenling, male.  Male kelp greenlings are brightly colored in contrast to the drab females, Hexagrammos decagrammus Round stingray, a common inhabitant of shallow sand flats, Urolophus halleri Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside Tyler Smith in heat two, Smith would go on to take second in the final round later in the day, Mavericks surf contest (second place), February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California Brown pelican in flight.  The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status.  In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis, Wolf Island Galapagos shark swims over a reef in the Galapagos Islands, with schooling fish in the distance, Carcharhinus galapagensis, Wolf Island Scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini, Wolf Island Scalloped hammerhead shark, black and white / grainy, Sphyrna lewini, Wolf Island Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females, Fregata magnificens, North Seymour Island Alaskan brown bear catching a jumping salmon, Brooks Falls, Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park A large, old brown bear (grizzly bear) wades across Brooks River. Coastal and near-coastal brown bears in Alaska can live to 25 years of age, weigh up to 1400 lbs and stand over 9 feet tall, Ursus arctos, Katmai National Park Two brown bears wait for salmon at Brooks Falls. Blurring of the water is caused by a long shutter speed. Brooks River, Ursus arctos, Katmai National Park, Alaska Brown bear (grizzly bear), Ursus arctos, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska Black skimmer forages by flying over shallow water with its lower mandible dipping below the surface for small fish, Rynchops niger, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge The Moon, Earth Orbit, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe Cardiff, Cardiff by the Sea, California Cardiff, Cardiff by the Sea, California Ponto, South Carlsbad, morning surf Ponto, South Carlsbad, morning surf Cardiff, morning surf, Cardiff by the Sea, California Antelope Canyon, a deep narrow slot canyon formed by water and wind erosion, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona Brown pelicans, breeding plumage (left) and non-breeding adult (right), sunrise.  This large seabird has a wingspan over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status, due largely to predation in the early 1900s and to decades of poor reproduction caused by DDT poisoning.  In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage with brown neck, yellow and white head and bright red gular throat pouch, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla 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 California sea lion, adult female, Zalophus californianus, La Jolla Ponytail Falls, where Horsetail Creeks funnels 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, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Blood red moon.  During total eclipse the moon lies in the full shadow of the earth (umbra) and receives only faint, red-tinged light -- sunlight which is refracted through the thin layer of smoke- and haze-filled air that is Earth's atmosphere.  August 28, 2007, Earth Orbit, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe Wire Pass trail.  The Wire Pass trail runs along a river wash through sandstone bluffs and scattered trees and scrub brush, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona Ancient Douglas fir trees in Cathedral Grove.  Cathedral Grove is home to huge, ancient, old-growth Douglas fir trees.  About 300 years ago a fire killed most of the trees in this grove, but a small number of trees survived and were the originators of what is now Cathedral Grove.  Western redcedar trees grow in adundance in the understory below the taller Douglas fir trees, Pseudotsuga menziesii, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Tofino, a small beautiful town on the edge of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Vancouver Island, aerial photo Fossil fish of the Eocene era, found in Fossil Lake, Green River Formation, Kemmerer, Wyoming.  From a private collection.  Order: Ellimmichyiformes: Family; Ellimmichthyidae; Diplomystus, Dipolomystus Sea otters mating.  The male holds the female's head or nose with his jaws during copulation. Visible scars are often present on females from this behavior.  Sea otters have a polygynous mating system. Many males actively defend territories and will mate with females that inhabit their territory or seek out females in estrus if no territory is established. Males and females typically bond for the duration of estrus, or about 3 days, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California A sea otter resting, holding its paws out of the water to keep them warm and conserve body heat as it floats in cold ocean water, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California A sea otter, resting and floating on its back, in Elkhorn Slough, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Sarah's Cavern, a natural sea cave hidden below sea cliffs in Carlsbad, opening onto a flat beach at sunset, inner walls adorned with graffiti San Diego city skyline at sunset, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Harbor Island.  A panoramic photograph, composite of four separate images San Diego city skyline, showing the buildings of downtown San Diego rising above San Diego Harbor, viewed from Point Loma at sunset, with mountains of the Cleveland National Forest rising in the distance. A panoramic photograph, composite of seven separate images Hotel del Coronado, known affectionately as the Hotel Del.  It was once the largest hotel in the world, and is one of the few remaining wooden Victorian beach resorts.  It sits on the beach on Coronado Island, seen here with downtown San Diego in the distance.  It is widely considered to be one of Americas most beautiful and classic hotels. Built in 1888, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 Bald eagle makes a splash while in flight as it takes a fish out of the water, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Bald eagle in flight, wing spread, aloft, soaring, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Bald eagle in flight, Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains in the background, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Homer, Alaska Two bald eagles in flight, wings spread, soaring, aloft, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Acorn woodpecker, female, Melanerpes formicivorus, Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Green Valley, Arizona Main Street buildings, Dechambeau Hotel (left) and I.O.O.F. Hall (right), Bodie State Historical Park, California Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island

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