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Cholla cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens, Opuntia, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah 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 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 Grand Prismatic Spring (left) and Excelsior Geyser (right).  Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water.  Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Paradise Falls tumble over rocks in Paradise Creek, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington 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 Yosemite Falls and rainbow, Half Dome in distance, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier sunset, viewed from Ricksecker Point, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake, Tipsoo Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Rainbow and clearing storm clouds, sunrise light on Manly Beacon, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California 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 Christine Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Humpback whale lunge feeding on Antarctic krill, with mouth open and baleen visible.  The humbpack's throat grooves are seen as its pleated throat becomes fully distended as the whale fills its mouth with krill and water.  The water will be pushed out, while the baleen strains and retains the small krill, Megaptera novaeangliae, Gerlache Strait Hammerhead sharks, schooling, black and white / grainy, Sphyrna lewini, Darwin Island Moutain climbers light see upon Mount Rainier, Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake, Tipsoo Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier and alpine wildflowers, Tipsoo Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Upper Yosemite Falls and lunar rainbow, moonbow. A lunar rainbow (moonbow) can be seen to the left of Yosemite Falls, where the moon illuminates the spray of the falls, Yosemite National Park, California Symphyllia brain coral on tropical coral reef, Fiji, Symphyllia, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island 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 Bridalveil Falls with a rainbow forming in its spray, dropping 620 into Yosemite Valley, displaying peak water flow in spring months from deep snowpack and warm weather melt.  Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Wahkeena Falls drops 249 feet in several sections through a lush green 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, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Roosevelt elk, adult bull male with large antlers.  This bull elk has recently shed the velvet that covers its antlers. While an antler is growing, it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone; once the antler has achieved its full size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. This dead bone structure is the mature antler, which is itself shed after each mating season. Roosevelt elk grow to 10' and 1300 lb, eating grasses, sedges and various berries, inhabiting the coastal rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, Cervus canadensis roosevelti, Redwood National Park, California Brain and staghorn corals on pristine Fijian coral reef, Acropora palifera, Symphyllia Clouds light up with blazing colors at sunset, La Jolla, California Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Paradise Meadows, wildflowers and Mount Rainier, summer, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington 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 Roosevelt elk, adult bull male with large antlers.  This bull elk has recently shed the velvet that covers its antlers. While an antler is growing, it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone; once the antler has achieved its full size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. This dead bone structure is the mature antler, which is itself shed after each mating season. Roosevelt elk grow to 10' and 1300 lb, eating grasses, sedges and various berries, inhabiting the coastal rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, Cervus canadensis roosevelti, Redwood National Park, California Rainbow in Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park Brain corals on tropical coral reef, Mount Mutiny, Bligh Waters, Fiji. Left brain coral is Symphllia, right bain coral is Platygyra lamellina, Platygyra lamellina, Symphyllia, Vatu I Ra Passage Rain hitting ocean surface from underneath, Grand Cayman Island Sunset on the Del Mar Bluffs and Train Tracks, with North County coastline. The highest peaks in the distance are Santiago Peak and Modjeska Peak, the pair commonly known as Saddleback Panoramic view from Vogelsang Pass (10685')  in Yosemite's high country, looking south. A hiker appears twice in this curious panoramic photo, enjoying the spectacular view.  Visible on the left are Parson's Peak (12147'), Gallison Lake and Bernice Lake, while Vogelsang Peak (11516') rises to the right, Yosemite National Park, California Panorama of Nameless Lake (10709'), surrounded by glacier-sculpted granite peaks of the Cathedral Range, near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park, California Mount Rainier is reflected in Upper Tipsoo Lake, Tipsoo Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington 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 Panorama of Vogelsang basin, surrounding Vogelsang Lake in Yosemite's High Sierra, viewed from near Vogelsang Pass (10685').  Left is Vogelsang Peak (11516'), Choo-choo Ridge is in the distant middle, and the western flank of Fletcher Peak is to the right, Yosemite National Park, California Humpback whale lunge feeding on Antarctic krill, with mouth open and baleen visible.  The humbpack's pink throat grooves are seen as its pleated throat becomes fully distended as the whale fills its mouth with krill and water.  The water will be pushed out, while the baleen strains and retains the small krill, Megaptera novaeangliae, Gerlache Strait Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Mount Rainier, southern exposure viewed from High Skyline Trail near Paradise Meadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Paradise Meadows, wildflowers and Mount Rainier, summer, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington   more ...

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