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Breaking wave, fast motion and blur, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Breaking wave, fast motion and blur, The Wedge.
Image ID: 14355  
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 20605  
Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 00140  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Humpback whale breaching, near Molokai, Hawaii. Megaptera novaeangliae.  It is suspected the breaching often has a communicative purpose which depends on the behavioral context of the moment, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Add To Light Table The Second Wave at sunset.  The Second Wave, a curiously-shaped sandstone swirl, takes on rich warm tones and dramatic shadowed textures at sunset.  Set in the North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah, the Second Wave is characterized by striations revealing layers of sedimentary deposits, a visible historical record depicting eons of submarine geology, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Add To Light Table
Humpback whale breaching, near Molokai, Hawaii. Megaptera novaeangliae. It is suspected the breaching often has a communicative purpose which depends on the behavioral context of the moment.
Image ID: 00205  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph. The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth.
Image ID: 02304  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
The Second Wave at sunset. The Second Wave, a curiously-shaped sandstone swirl, takes on rich warm tones and dramatic shadowed textures at sunset. Set in the North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah, the Second Wave is characterized by striations revealing layers of sedimentary deposits, a visible historical record depicting eons of submarine geology.
Image ID: 20606  
Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
 
Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah Add To Light Table
Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad.
Image ID: 17679  
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 15122  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm. Zion Canyon.
Image ID: 12450  
Location: Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park, Utah, USA
 
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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table 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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table 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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table
Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail.
Image ID: 12634  
Location: Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 13319  
Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
 
Mesa Arch, Utah. An exuberant hiker greets the dawning sun from atop Mesa Arch. Yup, that's me.
Image ID: 18036  
Location: Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table Horsetail Falls backlit by the setting sun as it cascades down the face of El Capitan, February, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00627  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02411  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Horsetail Falls backlit by the setting sun as it cascades down the face of El Capitan, February, Yosemite Valley.
Image ID: 07048  
Location: Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California Add To Light Table Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten Add To Light Table Paradise Falls tumble over rocks in Paradise Creek, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington Add To Light Table
Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow.
Image ID: 12631  
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Venus comb murex. Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found.
Image ID: 12970  
Species: Venus comb murex, Murex pecten
 
Paradise Falls tumble over rocks in Paradise Creek.
Image ID: 13867  
Location: Paradise Creek, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA
 
Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night.  Oceanside This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table Tiny hikers atop Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California.  Near Stovepipe Wells lies a region of sand dunes, some of them hundreds of feet tall Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Oceanside Pier at dusk, sunset, night. Oceanside.
Image ID: 14628  
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA
 
Tiny hikers atop Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California. Near Stovepipe Wells lies a region of sand dunes, some of them hundreds of feet tall.
Image ID: 15577  
Location: Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Hiker in North Window, sunset, western face. North Window is a natural sandstone arch 90 feet wide and 48 feet high.
Image ID: 18159  
Location: North Window, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
 
A SCUBA diver swims through a giant kelp forest which is tilted back by strong ocean currents.   Giant kelp, the fastest plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Ocean sunfish recruiting fish near drift kelp to clean parasites, open ocean, Baja California, Mola mola Add To Light Table Humpback whale breaching with pectoral fins lifting spray from the ocean surface, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
A SCUBA diver swims through a giant kelp forest which is tilted back by strong ocean currents. Giant kelp, the fastest plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Image ID: 01107  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Ocean sunfish recruiting fish near drift kelp to clean parasites, open ocean, Baja California.
Image ID: 03267  
Species: Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
 
Humpback whale breaching with pectoral fins lifting spray from the ocean surface.
Image ID: 03854  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa.  Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California Add To Light Table Brown booby flying over Rose Atoll at sunset, with dark colorful storm clouds and other birds in the background, Sula leucogaster, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Add To Light Table A white tern, or fairy tern, alights on a branch at Rose Atoll in American Samoa, Gygis alba, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary Add To Light Table
2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa. Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006.
Image ID: 15299  
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
 
Brown booby flying over Rose Atoll at sunset, with dark colorful storm clouds and other birds in the background.
Image ID: 00914  
Species: Brown booby, Sula leucogaster
Location: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary, American Samoa, USA
 
A white tern, or fairy tern, alights on a branch at Rose Atoll in American Samoa.
Image ID: 00871  
Species: Fairy tern, Gygis alba
Location: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary, American Samoa, USA
 
Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California Add To Light Table Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, 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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset.
Image ID: 09938  
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
 
Hotel del Coronado with holiday Christmas night lights, 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.
Image ID: 27396  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 28570  
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona, USA
 


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