Carmel Canyon Goblins
A waxing crescent moon sets over Goblin Valley and the silhouette of Carmel Canyon Goblins. Goblin Valley, Utah.
King of the Cattails
The Bull Moose are grouped up in the Teton Valley. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The famous Moulton Barn dressed in formal white attire. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Craters of the Moon National Park.
Snow on the Snake
The Snake River recieves her first snow of the Winter. Snake River near Rigby, Idaho.
All Things Being Equal
I'm sometimes told that I don't add enough people to my photographs and that people add interest and scale to an image, but I usually just don't see a scene that way. However, the way I envision a scene doesn reflect my understanding of the importance of those I love in my life and my knowledge that they are the essence of my existence. Slot Canyon at Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah.
Isn't it Grand
The South, Middle, and of course the Grand Teton. To the North of the Grand is Mt. Owen and Teewinot Mt. Grand Teton National Park.
I always considered myself almost literate when it comes to the wild things in my beloved Idaho and so I was surprised recently when my cousin Charles Miller posted an image of 9 painted turtles on a log. Come to find out, and as most already suspected, I am short of being almost literate and Idaho does indeed have painted turtles... who knew. A Painted Turtle sunning on a log (in Idaho).
The rain falls over the Snake River as the sun prepares to rest until morning in the West.
On the Hunt
A Red Fox hunts for ground squirrels in Grand Teton National Park.
Morning Glow on the Snake
The sun rises over beaver ponds on the Snake River.
Mt. Moran and the Tetons with a still frozen Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Long-eared Owl Chick
A Long-eared Owl chick gives a bored stare to the freak with the camera.
An Osprey literally hangs in the air to give special visual attention to potential prey.
Times Square, NYC.
The Eyes Have It
Long-eared Owl with chicks.
Long-eared Owl in Flight
A Red Fox in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
One World Trade Center also known as the Freedom Tower from the National September 11 Memorial. Lower Manhattan, NYC.
A Red Fox successfully hunts for Ground Squirrels in Grand Teton National Park.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
The organ pipes and interior architecture at St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC.
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York.
Across the Hudson River is a great view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline including the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). Shot from the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
I was totally unprepared for the sheer number of people in Times Square on a warm Saturday afternoon. My personal bubble is now one third of what it used to be. Times Square, NYC.
Ghosts Among Us
Grand Central Station, New York City, NY.
Farmington Bay, Utah.
Land of Lines
Many of the sand pictures that speak to me are all about the leading lines, curves, and shadows. I hope that I've captured some of what I admire in sand pictures with this image. Egin Sand Dunes, Idaho.
I have a new obsession, but I will refer to my new obsession as a goal... that sounds so much more worthy. My "goal" is to take some good pictures at the Egin Sand Dunes which I've always loved and are conveniently located only a short drive away. It probably makes sense to make obsessions (goals) easily attainable when you are truly lazy. Egin Sand Dunes with looming storm.
It is a mostly unspoken truth that life can be brutal and harsh. The surroundings can be beautiful, the intensions pure, the goals admirable, and still, tragedy and accidents happen. It has always been that way and may always be that way. We can fret and concern ourselves with the what-ifs or don't-evers, or we can keep doing what needs to be done. Recently, at least thirty head of elk crossing Palisades Reservoir fell through the ice and died. Tragic, yes, but will the remaining herd stop crossing the frozen water every year in their migration? No, and either should we. After all, life is full of risk and only because there is risk are we able to find reward... live it to the fullest.
Worlds Without Number
Egin Sand Dunes.
The setting sun casts deep shadows on the Egin Sand Dunes.
By the Sweat of Thy Brow
FIRST PRIZE WINNER in National Geographic - 2010 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest.
A Warning Voice
Ok, so these aren't the real Smoky Mountains, but both smoke and mountains are present. The smoke is from a nearby controlled burn. Teton Mountain Range, shot from Schwabacher Landing.
Outdoor Photographer "2010 Your Favorite Places Finalist"
While in South Africa we observed some wonderful wildlife scenes, but Leopards mating was among the top for me. When Leopards mate, they mate every 15 to 20 minutes for up to 5 days. This male was apparently tired, worn out, or the bell had not yet rung, and he snarled viciously every time the female came near.
Half and Half
Padre Bay, Lake Powell
Sticky Geraniums and Mount Moran
Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park
First Snow at Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hasn't Even Grown Into Her Nose Yet
A baby White Rhinocceros and mother in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Lake Powell on the Utah/Arizona border.
Bull Elk in Velvet
Evening Shadows on the Palouse
Wildflowers at Gibson Meadows
North of the Tetons and Mt. Moran on FR 261 from Ashton, Idaho to Flagg Ranch, Wyoming lies over 30 miles of dirt forest road which includes some beautiful back country.
The Power Beyond
Lightning from Padre Bay in Lake Powell.
Des Moines, Iowa
Tastes Like Chicken
A fledgling Sharp Shinned Hawk eats bird of unknown origin, but suspected to be a Robin.
First Snow on Tetons
Teton Mountain Range
Night Scene (Des Moines River)
Alaskan Love Affair
American White Pelicans at Sunset.
This is a re-post of one of my favorite images before I learned how to control low light noise re-done with some of the tools I use today.
I know it is foolish to put human emotion in wildlife (Anthropomorphism), but I just can't view this image without thinking of a construction crew watching a pretty girl walk by the jobsite.
Des Moines, Iowa
We Must All Make Our Way
Morning Light and Dew Drops (B&W)
Bull Elk at early morning on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.
South East Shore, Maui
Cottonwood & Russian Olive in Fall Colors
These young Mountain Goats (kids) apparently believe that the best way through the deep snow is to run fast and push the one in front of you.
Bald Eagle (HDR)
Sand Rain and Fog
The Light Shineth in the Darkness
Railroad Bridge in Fog
After much digging, this Yellowstone National Park Grizzly Bear finds a Mole snack
Snow Drifts and Long Shadows
It's My Idaho
Horse Portrait (Framed)
Great Bend of the San Juan River
The Great Bend of the San Juan River as viewed from the top of Grey Mesa, Utah while doing a Jeep trip on Hole in the Rock Trail.
The Hole in the Rock Trail is part of a very rugged journey, traveling West to East taking six months, made by the Mormon pioneers to settle the Four Corners area by Blanding, Utah.
Calling Me to Distant Places
Few people want to drive the back roads to get to the Upper Pahsimeroi Valley which is East of Mt. Borah and Leatherman Peak (the two highest mountains in Idaho... but it is well worth the trip.
Spring Love in Winter
Spring Time on the Madison
Madison River in Yellowstone National Park
Ordinary Life Consists of Many Small Extraordinary Events
With a looming snow storm over the Madison River in the distance, Spring 's persistance is melting snow and greening the grasses.
Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park.
This Yellow-bellied Marmot and friends were enjoying Spring in Yellowstone National Park. To me, this just a plain old Rock Chuck, but Marmot sounds so much more exotic.
Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Sponsored by Eagle Claw fish hooks
Sunset Below the Clouds
Haleakala Summit, Maui, Hawaii
Wake Boarding at Lake Powell (Ryan)
Cascade Creek at Sunset
North of the Tetons and Mt. Moran on FR 261 from Ashton, Idaho to Flagg Ranch, Wyoming lies over 30 miles of dirt road which includes some beautiful back country and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. All of the falls are trail accessed.
Twin Yearling Alaskan Brown Bear in Denali National Park, Alaska
Life is Good
Shades of Green and Grey
Tetons at Sunrise
This low angle shot is only inches away from the Lake Powell sandstone which is now underwater. It amazes me that a massive lake that has more shoreline than the West Coast of the United States can raise over a foot a day with river runoff. If you haven't had the opportunity to explore this wonderful place, you need to add it to your bucket list.
Grand Teton is the highest mountain peak in Wyoming at 13,747 feet above sea level. To the right (out of frame) are the Middle Teton and Little Teton peaks. The Teton range lies just East of Idaho's Eastern border and just inside Wyoming's Western border. This image was taken from the Idaho side.
The Schwabacher Redemption
Salmon Fishing in the Fog
This Alaska Brown Bear eats to his fill during the Silver Salmon run in the Port of Valdez. He was actually only interested in the salmon eggs and there were seagulls and bald eagles anxious to pick up the spoils.
Snow Drifts and Long Shadows
Upper Mesa Falls
Behind Every Dark Cloud...
Ominous rain clouds threaten the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, but in the end it just sprinkled a bit turning the sand a beautiful rich brown.
Leap of Faith
View of the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend Overlook which is located South of Page, Arizona.
Full curl Bighorn Sheep
Alaska Brown Bear in Denali National Park, Alaska
180 degree view of the moonless night sky looking straight up from the high Idaho desert.
A beautiful bull elk standing on a carpet of new lodge pole pines in the aftermath of the Yellowstone fires years ago.
Is it just me, or does this Turkey Vulture remind you of Tina Turner's Character in Beyond Thunderdome?
Portrait of a Coyote
This guy was catching grasshopers and enjoying a warm Autumn day.
Upper Antelope Canyon
South Fork of the Snake River
This gorgeous chocolate colored Bighorn Ram is the largest I've ever seen.
Tetons in Evening Light
Water & Velvet
Bull Moose crossing the Gibbon River
Teton Mountain Range from the Harriman State Park Area in Island Park, Idaho.
White Sands, New Mexico
Winter run-off raises the water level of the South Fork of the Snake River.
Sunrise in Padre Bay
Light Painting with Fire
As I was shooting the rising moon at Lake Powell, house-boaters across the bay celebrate Labor Day with fireworks lighting up the red rock.
Dawn on Lake Powell
Room with a View
Nothing beats waking up on a houseboat in Lake Powell.
Blue Water, Red Rock, & Moonlight
Lake Powell skyscrapers on a moon lit night
Fall River Sunset
Near Sheep Falls on Fall River
Padre Bay in Lake Powell with Houseboats in the distance
Upper Antelope Canyon
Sheep Falls on the Fall River
A Bull Elk bugling
After the Harvest
The Tetons from Island Park
A sunrise view of the Tetons taken from the Henry's Fork of the Snake River by Harriman State Park in Island Park, Idaho.
Outstanding In His Field
I drive by this little log cabin in the quakies, close to the Idaho Montana border, every time I drive to Yellowstone. For years and years as I
Mile Marker 18
Water Droplet on Pine Needle
Grand Prismatic Spring
Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.
A Trumpeter Swam during take off on the Teton River
Importance of Leadership
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” - John C. Maxwell. A mother Trumpeter Swan and her youngsters.
North American River Otter
Fire and Ice
Moose Head Lodge
The Magnificent Mountain Goat
American Dog Derby in Ashton, Idaho
North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion National Park
Zion National Park's Big Bend with the Organ in the middle, Angels Landing to the Right, and the Great White Throne to the left.
Kolob Canyons at Sunset
What better example of faith do we have than the seed, the farmer, and the trust of rain.
Hill and Dell
Tetons in Spring
The Tetons always provide a beautiful majestic view, but to me the Spring contrast of the greens and still snow covered mountains is the epitome.
Mormon Row in Spring
The Tetons from Mormon Row.
Tetons and Snake River
While I'm glad that I didn't have to think of names for all the beautiful wildflowers, someone really messed up when they named this one Northern Mule's-ears.
A few from Red Rock Road in Montana.
Dragonflies and Wildflowers
Bumble Bee and Indian Paintbrush
Tetons from Blacktail Ponds
Calliope Hummingbird (Adult Female)
Smallest humming bird in North America.
Demolition by Duration
This farm homestead slowly dissapears by time. Bancroft, Idaho.
The Beauty of Reloading
Tetons by Moonlight
Teton Mountain Range
Lake Powell Dawn
A view East from Padre Bay with Cookie Jar in the distance.
Man Behind the Curtain
For me, the ofttimes low clouds of Alaska is the epitome of peaceful calm and unlike anywhere else I've been.
I've heard that only 15% of the people who visit Denali get to see Mount Mckinley because of the weather or clouds, so I was lucky to have the opportunity to photograph her in all of of her majesty. Mount McKinley or Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet above sea level and the third most prominent peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of US state of Alaska, it is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.
The Road to Seward
Blueberry Fields Forever
Denali National Park
Denali National Park with Mount McKinley in the background
Seriously Seeking Season
Fall and Winter overlap near Yellowstone National Park
Brown Bear Bushwacking
Alaska Brown Bear in Denali National Park
The Road to Denali
View of Mount McKinley (or Denali) from inside Denali National Park, Alaska.
Susitna River Panorama
Stitched 9 picture panorama of the Susitna River with Mount McKinley looming in the background.
Distant Lands Are Calling My Name
Trumpeter Swans in all of the popular sizes
On the final day of the year for Yellowstone National Park, I stopped at a site I normally drive by and captured Gibbons Falls... maybe I should have stopped sooner.
Tetons from Gros Ventre Road
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Monument Valley in Rain
The Grand Canyon from Desert View.
Window to White Rim
Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park, Utah. If you look closely, you can see the White Rim Trail winding its way around the canyon rim below.
The Long and Winding Road
One of my favorite places (and songs). The Shafer Switchbacks are the start (or end) to one of the funnest bike/jeep roads that I know of. The approx. 100 mile White Rim Trail, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Horseshoe Bend Sunrise
Colorado River near Page, Arizona
Venus and Milky Way Over the Craters
Craters of the Moon National Park
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Ceiling Over Candlestick Tower
Canyonlands National Park
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Just Walk Away
Winter Sunrise in Conant Valley
Moulton Barn in Winter
A Great Horned Owl watching the daytime intruders
Cottonwood in White
Homage to Winter
A Mountain Goat in his beautiful Winter coat, kicking up snow.
A Mountain Goat makes a leap while manuvering the very steep snow covered rocks.
This Mountain Goat picks through the available food source and seems partial to eating only the tops of this particular plant.
The Sabie River with the Old Railway Bridge from Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park in South Africa. So I've heard how fast the sun sets in South Africa, but I was amazed how fast it really goes down. I watched as the color filled and then drained from the clouds and the reflecting water in just a few minutes.
Zebra in Kruger National Park, South Africa
European Roller and Lunch
A pride of lions cross the Sand River. This Lioness leads the group of 13 lions as they cross with much trepidation. After the first three lions made the crossing, the others refused to cross while growling viciously at the water on the far river bank. With the sun going down and much looking, we finally spotted a crocodile in the water waiting for a hapless victim. The darkness arrived with the standoff at a draw and I'm not sure of the final outcome.
Mother Baboon with baby
Out of Africa
Bull Giraffe. OK, I have to admit that when I returned home from Africa, I watched the movie Out of Africa which I only remembered as being very long when I saw it many years ago. The line in the movie "I had a farm in Africa" took on a whole new meaning for me as I could, in a small way, relate much more to the scenery, the animals, and to the people.
He kind of remindes you of Johnny Depp... doesn't he? Kruger National Park, South Africa
Blyde River Canyon
Located in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest on earth and perhaps the largest green canyon. Our guide said it is the second largest, with the Grand Canyon being the largest.
South Africa At only 20 lbs and 18 inches in height for an adult buck like this one, this tiny and very shy Sharpe's Grysbok is one of my favorite animals.
Lisbon Falls is the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga, South Africa at 308 feet.
You Can Go Swimming
Hippopotamus in Kruger National Park, South Africa. So my wife asks our guide if you can swim in the water that we were observing Hippos in, and he said... Sure, you can go swimming, but only once! I thought that was a pretty good line. Hippos can become very aggressive and will attack when wounded or agitated. Hippos are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in Africa. Hippos are vegetarians, but have extremely large teeth that they use as a weapon or in self-defense. They can bite an average sized crocodile in half. So the morale is, "you can go swimming, but only once!"
Yes, I'm talking about Mufasa's younger brother from the Lion King. I can't help it if most things are a movie reference in my mind.
Parade of Prey
We came upon a group of three Southern Ground Hornbill all with various prey that they had caught. Instead of eating their catch they were parading around like English bankers with a haughty look and showing off for each other and perhaps us. This Hornbill had a Scrub Hare and was very proud of his acomplishment. Yes, he did eventually eat it. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
To me, there is not a prettier scene than fresh snow and blue sky.
Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider
Strolling through Kruger National Park in South Africa would be dangerous enough with the wild animals we all associate with the bush. What surprised me and would perhaps worry me more, were the huge spider webs sometimes spanning 40' between trees and bushes with an "attractive" yet poisonous 2-3 inch spider in the middle of each giant web. I can just image me hitting one of these giant spider webs while hiking and then freaking out with my arms flailing overhead and screaming like a little girl... OK, big boy!
This male Leopard tries to ignore the advancements from the pretty female Leopard strutting her stuff. Sabi Sands, South Africa
"Crocodile Tears" is an old saying which derives from the belief that crocodiles have tears in their eyes as they eat their prey and so has become a saying about insincerity. I was reminded of this old saying with this young crocodile as on the surface of the water they look so relaxed and passive, but just beneath the water you see all the tangled teeth. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Olifants River in Starlight
The Olifants River as seen from the Olifants Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa I've posted enough wildlife and landscape images from my trip to Africa, that most would think it was a worthwhile photography trip. What you may not get from my past images, is the feeling I came away with from South Africa. I found South Africa to be... cordial... yes, I think that is the best word. Everyone that I ran into was friendly, polite, and made you feel welcome in their country. Many were downright informative and I was so impressed with the knowledge each had of their country. In Kruger National Park, people would flash their car lights and stop to briefly tell you about an animal they spotted, in the rest camps were magnetic maps where people put colored dots which represents different animals in the location they had seen that day. I hope that this image sums up the friendliness and casual charm that I found in this wonderful country.
Kruger National Park, South Africa Three Bull Elephants take time to spray themselves down at a mud hole to cool down and get relief from bugs.
Peace Among the Thorns
Sabi Sands, South Africa
As the sun goes down, a pride of Lions stop to drink from the Sand River before crossing. South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa I know you can't see them in a wide angle image, but this magical view of the Olifants River contains, Hippos, Water Bucks, Cape Buffalo, Elephants, Crocodiles, and I'm sure many other animals that I didn't see. Oh, the view also contained a great African sunset.
At the Pond
Kruger National Park, South Africa One of my favorite times in South Africa was spent just sitting at a pond in Kruger National Park and watching the animals for a couple of hours. After being at the pond for a while, we saw four large Bull Elephants come in to the pond about 5 to 10 minutes apart from each other, and all down the same path. It was great to see them get drinks, spray themselves with water, and one even went for a swim. There were many other animals at the pond, Water Bucks, Hippos, and Crocodiles, but there was no question who was in charge once a Bull Elephant arrived... at the pond.
An Elephant for Patsy
Kruger National Park, South Africa. According to Dave (my Brother-in-law) who claims his vast education derives from watching television, this large Bull Elephant is left handed. You can tell this, because an elephant uses his predominant tusk more than the other and so it is always worn down more... makes sense to me.
Out From the Shadows
Kruger National Park, South Africa. A female Leopard comes out from the shadows to get a drink from a nearby water source.
This 12' plus Crocodile is cooling himself down by opening his mouth and letting outside air in. Crocodiles are almost completely hidden when in the water and can be very fast for short distances on the ground. They are opportunistic hunters which grab prey in their powerful jaws and hold it underwater until it drowns. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. Nickname withheld to protect the innocent. Add your own caption here __________.
A male Leopard in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Zebras in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. This Bull Elephant decides to go for a swim and play submarine while Water Bucks curiously look on.
Waiting in the Weeds
Kruger National Park, South Africa. We were only able to get a peek at this leopard hiding in the weeds and backlit by the morning sun.
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Curl Your Tail
Sometimes it is good to have a convenient bush in the appropriate place. Danette (my wife) said that this mating pair looked like lawn ornaments that someone stacked together as a joke... as always, an astute observation. The joke was over when later the male couldn't find the female, dang that bad eyesight, and was highly out of sorts until he found her again. White Rhinoceros in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. These Park Rangers were armed to the teeth... and rightfully so. I wouldn't want to be on foot or on a bicycle in Kruger. If you look closely, you can see the bike on the left with tape apparently reinforcing a bad spot on the tire.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. One of the real treats for me in going to Africa is the hands on education. After many days of seeing and being able to ask "what bird is that, what bird is making that call, and what kind of a tree is that, etc." you get quite a highly focused education that is hard to duplicate. The Woodland Kingfisher has one of the more distinctive calls (similar to the Belted Kingfisher in our area) and it was fun to first hear the call and then look for the bird you knew you would find.
The First Rule of Rock Climbing
In the day, I did some rock climbing and learned to have three points of suspension at all times. In other words, always have two feet and one hand, or one foot and two hands on the rock. I've noticed that Mountain Goats seem to follow the same rock climbing rule. I have always had an affinity for Mountain Goats. Years (and years) ago, while doing some rock climbing in the White Clouds in Idaho, we were resting after what we considered a difficult section and getting up the nerve to keep climbing. While resting, we heard some rocks roll and there appeared a goat right where we had struggled. He looked at us for about 3 or 4 minutes and being totally unimpressed, moved on without effort or another thought about us.
Lamar Valley in February
Yellowstone National Park
The Burchell's Coucal is a species of Cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is sometimes call Rainbird, because it's distinctive call resembles water pouring from a bottle and is said to signal comming rain. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
While in South Africa, I concluded that many of the animals, Zebras, Kudu, Water Bucks, etc. where smaller than I thought they would be. After getting home and looking at some side by side comparisons to wildlife that I'm more accustom to like Deer and Elk, I've changed my opinion and decided that the South African animals are quite large. For example, a Kudu is every bit as big (if not bigger) than a large Bull Elk. I guess that some of the animals in Africa are so big, that it just threw off my perspective or scale.
The Waters Fine
A Bull Elephant takes a dip in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Painting with Light
Zions National Park
Wart Hogs and an Oxpecker in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Affection Runs Wild
A Lion Cub shows affection by licking the ear of either his mother or one of his aunts in the pride. Sabi Sands, South Africa.
A female Spotted Hyena in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Emerald Pools Trail Bridge
Zions National Park, Utah.
A mother Baboon eats fruit high in a tree with her baby riding on her back. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Lone Pine and Shadow
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. So, our guide Sam says... do you know how the Water Buck ended up with that marking on his backside? He continued, you know about the Big Boat, well when Noah loaded all the animals on the boat, the Water Buck was the last one on and the only seat left was on the toilet. I guess the moral is, if the Lord tells you to get on the boat, you had better move your tail!
Into the Sun
Zion - Mount Carmel Highway, Zions National Park, Utah.
East African Serrated Mud Turtle in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Earning Your Stripes
Zebra often stand in opposite directions so they can cover each others six. It's a dangerous world out there and it pays to know what is coming up behind you. Zebra in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A Rhinoceros takes a mid-day nap in the pond while several Oxpeckers seem to enjoy the perch and insects. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Bird On a Stick
Master of His Sphere
A Bald Eagle soars with that look of superiority that they pull off so well.
Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kudos to the Kudu
To me, one of the more impressive animals in South Africa is the Greater Kudu. They are large and have the most impressive and beautiful horns. They are an elk size animal and their horns are so large that when they run through the bush they run with their chin up so they can lay their horns down on their back and not get tangled in the trees and brush. I was surprised that none of the animals in Africa have antlers like the deer and elk that I grew up with, but have horns so they don't shed them. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
I can almost hear, "look Ma no hands" as a Bohemian Waxwing shows his eating dexterity at Market Lake Wildlife Refuge.
Lion in the Sand
Sabi Sands, South Africa
The Brown Snake-Eagle gets its name from feeding mainly on snakes and is able to kill poisonous snakes such as cobras. Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Green Season
A Lioness looks out through the green foliage after waking from an afternoon nap. I learned in Africa that it is not really seasonal as I know seasons, but the wet season and the dry season. There is no Summer and Winter, no strict breeding season, and no great migrations because of temperature, but instead because of water. In other words, the wet season is green and the dry season is brown. As for me, I want to see both! Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Outer World (Revisited)
180 degree view of the moonless night sky looking straight up from the high Idaho desert. You can see the sage brush around the edge of the picture and my hi lift jack sticking above my Jeep at slightly past 12. I've been working to improve my night images and used this image from 2012 to try to hone my skills.
Swan in the Hail
A Trumpeter Swan getting wet from the top and bottom. I think the top wet is from harder water.
What in the Sandhill?
Yes, I know the saying is "what in the Sam hill", but bear with me, because it relates to my story: When I was in high school I spent my Summers logging in the woods and cutting power poles. We (my twin brother Rex and my very good friend Chad) got paid by the pole and lived in the mountains in a tiny camp trailer that we rented from Chad's neighbor and pulled close to a stream where we were logging. On one occasion, we heard the strangest sound for several days deep in the forest. Our curiosities finally got the best of us and we just had to go find out what kind of beast was making those odd and almost eerie sounds. Remember, we got paid by the power pole so apparently our need to know was stronger than our need for money. After several hours of wondering through the thick lodge pole pine following our ears, we finally came to a small meadow and found two Sandhill Cranes. I had never seen a Sandhill Crane before and certainly had never heard one. To this day, they are one of my favorite birds and anyone who has heard the loud rattling kar-r-r-r-o-o-o will not forget their call.
It Wasn't Me
An Oxpecker gives that "it wasn't me" look as he tags along with a Cape Buffalo in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
A White-backed Vulture in an oh so typical perch in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
April in the Rockies
There is still much more than a hint of Winter in Kilgore, Idaho on the first of April.
This White Stork has apparently been grounded in the rain and is not providing normal baby delivering duties. Or, maybe there were just no baby delirvering duties to be had at the moment. Either way, I'm glad he let me take his photograph and standing almost 4' tall, he is hard to miss. Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Exotic Local
The Great Blue Heron is the only local bird that I found which is more exotic than its counterpart in Africa. Way to represent Great Blue Heron that is quite a feat, because even the Starlings in Africa are exotic.
The term Catwalk is an elevated walkway which is difficult to walk and a person needs to move carefully. The term is also used in the fashion industry to define the platform that models walk when showing off a new clothing line. Terms fascinate me, and this is a term that someone obviously put a great deal of thought into. Indeed, if a model could truly duplicate the gliding, easy, effortless stride of this beautiful female Leopard, they would indeed be a supermodel. A female Leopard in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
A Redhead pair seems to be socially integrated into a group of Coots... somehow; they still seem to stand out just a bit.
Greater Kudu sparring in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
African Fish Eagle
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Birds of a Feather
Hang Gliders at the Point of the Mountain South of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Living On the Edge
A Leopard climbs a terrmite hill to plan her stalk on a herd of Impala she has spotted. Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Snow Geese migrating through Idaho for their Spring run to the land North.
The Elegance of Elephants
Kruger National Park, South Africa.
I've heard it said that God made Wildebeests from all the left over parts from other animals. I think that just may be true.
Rain on the Savanna
The Rain covers the grassland of the African Savanna in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A Vervet Monkey in what I consider to ba a classic pose in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Black-backed Jackal in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A quick snap shot of my Daughter-In-Law Gea while we waited for the Easter Egg hunt to start.
At about 18" this very small Sharpe's Grysbok quickly became a favorite of mine. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A Wolf feeds on an Elk carcass while the Ravens wait for the spoils. Yellowstone National Park
Henrys Fork in Snow
Island Park, Idaho
Even the smallest pond, so insignificant that it is filled only with the waste of winter runoff, can reflect the magnificence of the world surrounding it and the ominous sky above. Yellowstone National Park.
Obviously annoyed with the trifling antics of a group of Ravens, a Wolf chases them off while they were waiting for their turn on an Elk carcass. Oddly enough, I've never see Ravens too bothered with dangerous predators, even Bald Eagles, but when a very large Golden Eagle flew in, the Ravens disappeared. Yellowstone National Park.
North Twin Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Antelope bucks spar in Yellowstone National Park.
Perch Above the Madison
A Bald Eagle perches in the top of a dead tree high above the Madison River in the flurry of Spring snow. Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.
There are several species of Rollers in South Africa. This was the only Purple Roller that we spotted. The Rollers are named for their in-flight antics of rolling side to side while flying. Kruger National Park, South Africa
There are many things that surprised me about Africa. One of the things that I didn't expect was the challenge of taking landscape images. Unlike the national parks in the States, you just don't hop out of the vehicle and set up a tripod, apparently they think it is bad for business to have tourists eaten by the wildlife. This image was taken out of a moving vehicle while travelling to the main gate on our final day in Kruger National Park.
The Old Bustard
When leaving the area that this Kori Bustard was in, my brother-in-law Dave said, "see ya, you old Bustard", which even made our guide Sam laugh out loud. The Kori Bustard is 4 to 5 feet tall and may be the heaviest living animal capable of flight. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Mountain Shack in Spring
A small shack in the mountains survives another Winter and is now surrounded by the green of Spring trees and the weather overhead.
Low Hanging Fruit
A Cedar Waxwing shows just how difficult some of the so called "low haning fruit" can be to get.
Dinner Diving (Series)
A Red Fox, in silver phase, dives head first into the deep snow to get his meal after the amazing feat of precisely locating a vole under the snow using his ears as a guide. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Against his will, a Catfish learns to fly with assistance from an, oh so helpful, Osprey.
A male Great Horned Owl gives his intimidating "what the heck do you want" stare while staying close to the nest where his mate and small chick are.
Stages of Life
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming.
King of the Water Bucks
OK, so I realize that the majority of these animals are mere Impala, but still... this is one big Water Buck! Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Spring is slowing melting the ice and performing its seasonal duties on Jackson Lake. Grand Teton National Park.
Even when swimming in the same direction, we are all individuals. Canadian Geese Chicks.
Twilight on the Snake
The afterglow of the sun set below the horizon on the Snake River.
I've always loved the constant turning of the seasons. The cycle of the seasons is so like life itself. I'm sure that many of us dream of living on a beach somewhere in the world where the temperature is a perfect 82 degrees, but more than likely I would become bored with even the nicest climate if it were never changing. Mt. Moran from Oxbow Bend is a great place to illustrate the seasonal turning. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The majestic Tetons tower above the valley floor in Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park.
A Great Horned Owl chick just old enough to leave the nest gives an inquisitive stare.
A cinnamon colored Bladk Bear in Yellowstone National Park.
An Osprey takes a moment out of his fish quest to look me over.
From Every Pore
High Water at Sheep Falls on Fall River.
I can never drive a perfect "road less traveled" without the deepest need to see where it goes and what is beyond my sight line.
Caspian Tern In Flight
Rain Over the Palouse
Heavy clouds leak out rain in a concentrated pour as the sun disappears over the horizon on the wheat fields of the Palouse in Washington State.
The Palouse Falls is a majestic waterfall where the entire Palouse River drops 160'. I've seen beautiful pictures of the area, but this was my first visit. Washington State.
I've heard, and agree, that the most beautiful drive on earth is the Seward Highway in Alaska. A drive that I believe is certainly a contender as the most beautiful drive is US 12 along the Clearwater River in Northern Idaho.
Rain moves across the beautiful dry farms of the Palouse.
The setting sun creates long shadows in the rolling fields of the Palouse.
Black Clouds and White Lightning
A storm brews over the Palouse. Steptoe Butte, Washington.
One On Board and the Other In Tow
A Clark's Grebe has one chick on her back and the other follows close behind. Grebe chicks leave the nest within minutes of hatching and then they climb onto the parents backs where they remain until they are old enough to swim and find food on their own.
What Lies Beyond
High Prairie Road with Anderson Ranch Reservoir in the distance.
Lines and Textures
Zebra in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Sunrise at Palouse Falls
The sun peaks over the horizon at Palouse Falls. Washington State, USA.
So, I went to the horse pulling contest in my hometown of Rigby, Idaho to check out the photo opportunities. What caught my eye was not the big muscular Belgium horses, but this little spitfire and her brother riding a miniature cart with miniature horse around the track in the contestant parking area. She asked me to take her picture with my "ginormous camera" and I was happy to oblige. After all, you just don't mess with a sassy cowgirl with purple sparkly square-toed cowboy boots.
The Big Bull
The size of a big Bull Elephant is hard to keep in scale until you get up close and realize that their tusks can be up to 10' long. Bull Elephant in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Working Both Ends
Crop Dusters spray a potato crop near Twin Falls, Idaho.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Snake River Canyon and Perrine Memorial Bridge
A view of the Snake River Canyon with Perrine Memorial Bridge near Twin Falls, Idaho in the background.
Around the Bend
If you are like me, the view around the bend is always beckoning. Zions National Park, Utah.
African Food Source
It is joked that the Impala are the McDonald's of Africa. There is an Impala on every corner and they have served millions. In fact, they even have the McDonald's Arch in the form of an M on their backside.
Wheat fields under the setting sun.
A Caspian Tern with fish.
Morning breaks at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
American White Pelican
With a 9 foot wingspan, the American White Pelican is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. I've always been impressed how effortlessly they soar at great heights, and in a group they move their wings in unison.
Daybreak on the Snake River at Oxbow Bend. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Heating things up at the Rigby Hot Classic Nights Car Show and Drags. Rigby, Idaho
The moon peeks over the Tetons with Tetonia, Driggs, and the Teton Valley in the foreground.
Rigby Hot Classic Nights Car Show and Drags
All Fight - No Flight
I've always known that Badgers can be a handful, but today I learned that they really are fearless and willing to fight. Grand Teton National Park.
Teton Mountain Range
The Teton Mountain Range from Grand Teton National Park.
Ok, I know that it is supposed to be "Eager Beaver", but this Muskrat certainly deserves the "Eager" title. He would take a large tuft of grass from one end of the pond and swim it to the opposite end of the pond. Then he would take a fresh tuft of grass and swim it back to where he came from￢ﾀﾦ over and over. Maybe it should be Muskrat Love, because only love would make someone work so hard on both ends.
A Badger who seems to be annoyed at my existence, gives me the look. Grand Teton National Park.
A beaver appears to be praying over his evening meal of moss. Grand Teton National Park.
The Milky Way over the Tetons and Jackson Lake on a moonless night. Grand Teton National Park.
Shades of Blue
The rising sun starts to light the skyline at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park.
The sunrise lights the tops of theTeton Peaks on a cloudless day. Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park.
The Milky Way looms over the Tetons with Jackson Lake in the foreground. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
I'm somewhere between thinking the ears on this Badger are seriously evil looking and match his teeth or mildly impish looking and deserve a good petting.
The morning sun lights up the Teton Mountain Range. Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA.
Night Sky at Oxbow Bend
The night sky and Milky Way from Oxbow Bend with Mount Moran in the background. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
For me, hawks are difficult to identify. I'm certain I would have gotten this hawk wrong if not for its distinctive cak-cak-cak call.
A Trumpeter Swan backlit by the early morning light.
A 4am view of the Tetons and the Milky Way from Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
A storm brews as the sun sets on Padre Bay in Lake Powell.
The magic hour on Lake Powell.
Red Rock Revelry
People seem to love fireworks while staying on Lake Powell and it is common to see an adjacent houseboat lighting up the night sky.
Here Comes the Sun
The sun spills over the sandstone and onto the still, beautiful, 80 degree water of Lake Powell.
Milky Way Over Gunsight
The Milky Way over Gunsight on Lake Powell.
The sun slowly sinks below the horizon showing off the silhouettes of Tower Butte, Dominguez Butte, Romana Mesa and others on Lake Powell.
Colored light paints the sky on a Lake Powell sunrise.
A night scene of Lake Powell and the night sky. The light on the rock is from the lights of a nearby houseboat.
A lightning strike at Lake Powell.
Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
While looking for some friends on Lake Powell, a couple of Top Cubs rigged up as float planes cruised out from a bay and took off near us... very cool!
Red White & Blue
I don't know any other animal that seems quite as free and majestic as the Bald Eagle. What a perfect choice as a national symbol.
The River Above
Morning mist from Henrys Fork demarks the rivers location in the distance as the sun rises at Osborne Bridge in Island Park, Idaho.
Great Blue Heron in Island Park, Idaho.
Bighorn Sheep near Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone National Park.
The Callipe Hummingbird is the smallest bird in North America and is the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." - Carl Sagan
Elephants line up for apparently some particularly tasty grass. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Bend In the River
Twilight on Fall River with the Tetons in the background.
Cedar Waxwings eating berries as they migrate through.
Padre Bay, Lake Powell.
Whispy Skies Over Black Rock
A whispy sky along with the strange landscape that only the Craters of the Moon National Park provides. Craters of the Moon National Park, Idaho.
The dramatic storm clouds create a deep contrast against the setting sun as it peeks through the clouds and lights up the canyon walls across the lake. Padre Bay, Lake Powell.
A lone tree at an abandoned farmhouse stands the test of time on the dry farms in Idaho.
"Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-- While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;" - John Keats
A 2nd year juvenile Bald Eagle sits on his perch in the rain. Palisades Reservoir, Idaho.
Color My World
Lake Creek in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Electricity In the Air
A lightning storm rolls over Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Looking Every Which Way
You can tell how the big bull and cow elk get to be "bigger and older". The "bigger and older" are so much more observant than the "dumber and younger" and always keep a watchful eye to keep themselves out of danger.
Ice on the black volcanic sand with a full moon rising. Jￃﾶkulsￃﾡrlￃﾳn, Iceland
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from Iceland.
One of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss is197 feet tall and you can walk behind it. The difficult thing is to get a picture without mist on your lens. South Iceland.
Black Sand and Diamonds
The magic of the ice washed up on the black volcanic sand beach in Jökulsárlón, Iceland is unlike anything I've seen. I could spend a week at this location and love every minute of it!
I wouldn't have believed that the moonlight had enough light power to create a rainbow, but there it is on this beautiful waterfall in Skogar, Iceland. Skￃﾳgafoss in Iceland.
Beach at Reynisdrangur
Columnar jointing in basalt, black sand, and the iconic rock spires jutting from the ocean combine to create a unique and remarkable scene at Reynisdrangur Beach in Iceland.
There Is Rapture In the Lonely Shore
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron The Trolls of Vik, Iceland.
Blue Whales and Moonbeams
Ice on the black volcanic sand beach with a full moon overhead. Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
A Grizzly Bear in just a little too close for comfort proximity in Yellowsone National Park. Fortunately, he seemed more interested in digging for Voles than he was in us.
Ice on the black volcanic sand in Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
A typical Luthern Church flys the Iclandic flag at half mast on the hill in Vik, Iceland.
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in South Iceland which consists of red vs. the black volcanic rock that we typically saw in Iceland.
Fierce waves pound the beach at Vik, Iceland.
With ice on the black volcanic sand beach in the foreground, you can just make out the Kissing Trolls on the mountain in the distance... sorry, bad pun. Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
Where the continental plates form the Silfra fissure runs a beautiful river called the Öxará river. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland.
Some of the lava rock fields in South Iceland are very similar to those found at the Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho. However, the uniquely green moss engulfs the lava rock and changes the landscape dramatically. Of course, the waterfalls everywhere in the background are also a dead giveaway that you are not in Idaho. Southern Iceland.
Glacial River Lagoon
The sun sets as Ice breaks off from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and floats out the lagoon to the Ocean. It's hard to get scale here, but these pieces of ice are massive. Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
Glacier in Green
The Northern Lights over what I think is Vatnajökull Glacier. South Iceland.
Let Your Light Shine
Sun Rays in Yellowstone National Park.
Legend has it that two night trolls were attempting to drag a three masted ship to land when the sun rose, turning them to stone. Reynisdrangur Beach, Iceland.
To me, one of the most impressive things about Iceland is the vast amount of water. Water from the glaciers, the ocean, and the vast amount of rivers and streams. In this small river with several waterfalls (yes, that is typical) there are two small buildings holding generators from the waterfall just around the corner. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland.
A Bald Eagle creates lift after take off with his tail feathers down.
Mid Atlantic Ridge
The crack formed by the separation of the Plate Tectonics (what a great name for a band) with Þingvellir shown to the right. Iceland.
Cattails, Cattails, Cattails.
Apparently, people like to stack rocks in Iceland. The government discourages it, but seemingly without much success. Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland is in the background. Iceland.
Þingvellir in Bláskógabyggð, southwestern Iceland. A site of historical, cultural, and geological importance. It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798.
First Light at Mesa Arch
Sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Top of the World
Dawn at Horseshoe Bend where 1,000 feet down the shear rock face the Colorado River bends 270 degrees. Near Page, Arizona.
Northeastern Shore of the Great Salt Lake.
Below the Horizon
Overlooking Canyonlands National Park and the White Rim Trail in Utah.
The clouds get all dramatic somewhere in Southern Utah.
Rising Moon at Bryce Canyon
The full moon rises over Bryce Canyon into twilight hues from the setting sun. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
Many a movie was shot around this epic landscape including some of my favorite westerns by John Ford. A stitched panorama of Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.
The Spiral Jetty is a very unique man-made jetty constructed by Robert Smithson in 1970 on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake.
The Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend with the last light of the Full Moon in the front and early dawn to the rear. Near Page, Arizona.
The Full Moon peeks over the La Sal Mountain Range from Mesa Arch. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
From a Distance
The Whitetail Buck slowly comes out from the cattails and willows just as the sun sets.
Spirit of the Dawn
Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Touch of Yellow
A Great Horned Owl blends in with his surroundings... except for those huge yellow eyes.
The Bearded Couple
A Billy is not letting this attractive lady far from his sight during the rut. Mountain Goats, Wyoming.
When I am out in this beautiful world, the words "men are, that they may have joy" always comes to mind. Who can look at the world that we live in without seeing the hand of the creator in every cloud.
A Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park.
A Mountain Goat watches the herd from his protective vantage point.
Ice on the black volcanic sand beach in Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Tetons in Snow
Snow covered Tetons from the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
A Bighorn Ram digs through the snow to find the last remaining green meals until Spring. Wyoming, USA.
A Whitetail Doe turns as she makes her exit off from the stage.
October in Iceland
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland.
Out of the East
A Whitetail buck looking for does to chase.
Day Break on Henrys
Sunrise on Henrys Fork of the Snake River with Tetons in the background.
This male (or billy) Mountain Goat looks over the herd of females (nannies) that he is with during the rut. After breeding season, the males will leave the group and travel in small bands of two or three males.
A Bull Moose walks through the view of the Tetons seemingly unimpressed by the view or my pressence.
The light meekly fades as it turns to night from day.
A Bull Elk hides out quite successfully, except for...
Up close and personal portrait of a Bighorn Ram.
Fall on Fall River
The Road to Vatnajökull
With a broken vehicle on the side of the narrow roadway, there was plenty of time to look toward our pending destination and watch the clouds roll through. Southern Iceland.
What is it that makes some sandstone stronger than that surrounding it? Why would some be strong enough to resist the mighty forces placed against it and not give way to the constant pressure and wear and tear? All I know is that when something or someone is strong and able to withstand and persevere, they can, with time... change the course of the forces around them. Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River.
Prance of the Royal
A Whitetail Buck prances as if he owned the place... or maybe palace.
Moulton Barn and Tetons.
Purrple Clouds and Blue Mountains
The sun goes down over Palisades Reservoir.
Lutheran church with statue of explorer Leif Ericson in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The big ram makes sure he gets into the picture. Bighorn Sheep in Wyoming.
Trumpeter Swans and Mallards enjoy a patch of open water in the frigid but beautiful Winter.
Sun on Your Wings
Trumpeter Swans in flight.
Sheepherder or Shephard
Are we sheepherders or shepards?
Coy and Not So
Hoar Frost at Camas National Wildlife Refuge.
The Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland is truly the land of fire and ice. Lava Rock and active volcanoes on one side of the equation and glaciers, glacier fed streams, rivers, and waterfalls on the other.
Winged Color Wheel
A Rooster Pheasant displays many colors on his own unique color wheel .
The White Stuff
An intrepid snow covered Mountain Goat makes his way in the heavy snowfall.
A Bighorn Ram takes a moment to view the goings-on below.
A Whitetail Buck looks for does among the reeds and cattails.
I could hear the coyotes yipping in the distance as I was shooting this moondog... it was almost as if they were paying homage.
A Bald Eagle perches high in a dead tree to get a vantage point in looking for dinner.
A mangy Moose in Island Park, Idaho.
Bull Elk fight over dominance... there is only one king.
Washer Woman Arch
A sunrise view of Washer Woman Arch from Mesa Arch area in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
The view of the night sky from Dead Horse Point. Sirius is the brightest star with Orion's Belt above. Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah.
Sunrise at Mesa Arch
The sun peeks over the horizon lighting Mesa Arch and the White Rim below. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
A view of Turret Arch from North Window Arch at sunrise. Arches National Park, Utah.
Arches National Park, Utah.
The view of the White Rim Trail, even from a distance, pulls at my heart strings and makes me think it is time to break the Jeep out and change elevation. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Yellow and Gold
A Great Horned Owl waking up to go on an evening hunt.
Peek of the Green River
As the sun prepares to set, you get a glimpse of the Green River in the Distance. Near Grand View Point, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Short-eared Owl In Flight
Against darkening skies, the hunt begins for a Short-eared Owl.
Out Stretched Hand
Sunset in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
An Indomitable Utah Juniper tree grows in the most difficult of locations against a setting sun in Canyonlands National Park.
Moon, Venus, & Mars
Moon, Venus, & Mars in close proximity!
Fly Your Colors
Malards proudly flying thier colors.
A Short-eared Owl hunting in the field.
Northern Lights in Southern Iceland.
Fiery Furnace (B&W)
I try not to show duplicate images in both color and black & white, but just couldn't resist with this view of Fiery Furnace. Arches National Park, Utah.
Northern Saw-whet Owl
At only 8 inches tall the Northern Saw-whet Owl is the smallest northern owl. This little owl was so cute, but my favorite part is his small talons just visible at the bottom of the opening.
Daylight Through the North Window
A capture of the sunrise from the center of Window Arch. If you look closely in the lower left of the image, you can see the shadow of the arch and the sun spot where the sun is shinning through North Window Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.
A Northern Harrier flies low over the cattails looking for voles.
A Mountain Goat at home in the terrain that they use for protection and few can follow.
Out On a Limb
A Long-eared Owl adds a spot of color to a grey day.
No, I'm not talking about the way you carry a tune, but about the steep grades that Mountain Goats navigate daily. This Mountain Goat handles the steepness of this hill like it is a strole in the park. Wyoming, USA.
Something about this path makes me want to make my way through the overgrowth, but it does look somewhat foreboding.
First Light at Mesa Arch
The sun peeks over the horizon lighting Mesa Arch and the White Rim below. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
A Mountain Goat kid enjoying the taste of green.
Following the Sun
Venus follows the setting sun at the Egin Sand Dunes.
The green of Spring and colored sky paint the Snake River with magic hour colors.
A Great Blue Heron walks with the slow methodical stride of the casual observer with little focus on any particular chore. That is, unless they are fishing.
Shades of Spring
The colors vary as Spring is in full swing on Fall River.
The Palouse is one of my favorite places... it is just so unique. On this trip, I was treated to a light show as a storm rolls in. This lightning strike was so bright that it left me blinking for several minutes. Palouse from Steptoe Butte, Washington.
The sinking sun extends the shadows of the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse. Steptoe Butte, Washington.
Fade to White
Needed rain falls heavily on the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse.
While trying to determine if the sun was going to break through under the clouds and create a glorious sunset, I looked behind me to find heavy clouds and the lightning starting. Like a dog hearing the word squirrel, I headed for the lightning and am not sure how the sunset turned out. Palouse from Steptoe Butte, Washington.
Going to the Sun
Lake McDonald from, you guessed it, Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
Sophie at Logan's Medical School Graduation Picnic. Des Moines, Iowa.
While on a beautiful hike down into Ledges State Park with my Son the day after his medical school graduation, I was reminded of how brave, dedicated, and tenacious he was, and is, to take on such an ominous task. Like most parents, my hope is that my children do more, go further, and are spiritually stronger than I am (perhaps not much of a goal in my case). Needless to say, they are better in every aspect from the old guy and are all far beyond my reach. I am so proud of each and every one of them. Ledges State Park, Iowa.
The clouds gather to rain on the Tetons as a storm rolls through the Teton Valley. Driggs, Idaho.
Beauty for Ashes
An iconic view of the Tetons from the bedroom window of the Ernie Wright cabin from the epic movie Shane (for you old Western movie buffs). If you haven't seen this classic movie and the beautiful scenery of the Jackson Hole area... "Shane" on you. Near Kelly, Wyoming.
Dandelions join in mass to color to a field near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For Olivia... my fellow picture enthusiast.
Take Me Home
A Beaver takes a break from his busy work schedule to eat some bark from one of the branches that he brought to the den. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The rain adds a quiet mood to the greenery at Ledges State Park near Boone, Iowa.
I just can't stop photographing this little shack outside Swan Valley, Idaho. Maybe, someday I'll get it right.
A Trumpeter Swan glides effortlessly through the lily pads. Loon Lake, Wyoming.
Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road.
Mule-Ears and Mountain Peaks
The Mule-Ears are in full bloom in the Teton Valley with the Tetons in the background..
A Fox kit shows joyful anticipation as he waits for the scratch to be applied to his itch.
The Common Man
The Yellow-headed Blackbird is a common bird, but can't common still be beautiful?
The last light, as the sun sets at Cottonwood Creek near Jenny Lake. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Few are willing to travel the rugged Lost River Range where Idaho hides 7 of it's 9 peaks above 12,000'. The Upper Pahsimeroi area, nicknamed "Little Switzerland", is one of the most beautiful areas I know of.
The clouds loom large over the farmland on Fish Creek Summit, East of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
A Wyoming sunset at Cottonwood Creek in Grand Teton National Park.
Little Switzerland (pano)
Upper Pahsimeroi in the Lost River Range.
There are not many places where you can sleep with the lullaby of 3 streams converging. The West Fork of the Upper Pahsimeroi.
Real Cowboys Wear Pink
Some images just transport the viewer to another time. A cattle roundup on the high desert is one of those images for me.
This 5 picture stitched 65MB image shows just why I love the Upper Pahsimeroi with Mount Corruption to the far Left and Leatherman Peak and Mount Borah to the Right.
Put Some Spring In Your Step
A young Mule Deer shows off his vertical leap as he bounds off to safety.
A Wise Man
Mathew 7 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
After three hours waiting for the chicks to come out of their hole, the dad looks somewhat bored and the youngsters seem mildly entertained by the stranger and the clicking of the shutter. This scene must be universal and oddly like most family portraits I've ever taken.
Pink Clouds over Leatherman
A view from the West Fork of the Upper Pahsimeroi to Leatherman Peak, Idaho's 2nd tallest mountain.
All of my life I've been told that I need to set goals, and I know that is good advice. However, in a way, I never quite feel it is possible to really arrive at a goal. Sometimes, for me, the journey is the very best part of my destinations.
This female Burrowing Owl is keeping a close eye on the area where her 3 chicks are still in the burrow. Oh... there are some cactus blossoms also.
Three Dollar Bill
Three Dollar Bill or Three Bucks... what's the difference? The bad boy in the back is going to be BIG this Fall!
Mom and the Twins
A Cow Moose with Twin Calves on the Snake River.
Upper Pahsimeroi in the Lost River Range.
An Arctic Tern show tremendous flight skill as it comes to an in-air stop before diving for fish.
Happy Independence Day. The "greatest generation" showing us how it is done!
An early morning view of the Tetons from Cache Bridge in Teton County, Idaho.
Travel With the Winds
A Hot Air Balloon near Driggs, Idaho travels with the winds on a beautiful 4th of July morning with the Tetons as a backdrop.
An 11mm view of the long summer grass along the Snake River. Why, you ask, am I knowledgeable and seemingly so concerned about the grass length? Well my Brother-in-law and I attempted to trudge through the above our heads grass to get a picture downstream and after getting soaking wet with sticky grass dew and fearing that we were going to step on a moose at any moment, we turned back and found a less grassy vantage point.
A Western Kingbird on the way to the nest to feed a flying insect to the chicks.
Buckaroo On my way to photograph whatever got in my way, I spotted this pint sized, but genuine, cowboy. He was throwing a proper rope and destined to catch some weaner pigs. Earlier, he was wearing a straw cowboy hat, but threw it high in the air when he had an unfortunate miss.
Two Great Blue Heron fish the still water of a Summer day. Did you spot the Twelve-spotted Dragonfly flying above the first GBH?
The Amber Touch
I Can Hear the Road Call Out My Name
Fear of Flight
A Harrier Hawk and reluctant passenger. Looks almost as bad as the seat on my last flight... perhaps this passenger has a bit more leg room!
An Arctic Tern hangs in the air looking for fish.
This Snowy Egret was shaking a leg in the water. The experts say it is to stir the mud on the bottom and get the fish moving. It appeared to me, that the leg in question was shaking well above the mud layer on the bottom and I believe that this Snowy Egret was using his bright yellow feet as a fish lure.
A panoramic view of the West Fork of the Upper Pahsimeroi River in the Idaho Lost River Range.
A matting pair of Burrowing Owls wait at the burrow for the youngsters to come out. Now, if the male had a pitchfork this image just might be the perfect owl version of American Gothic.
Eyes Bigger Than...
An immature Pied-billed Grebe catches and tries to swallow a fish that is just too big for his whatever. As hard as he tried, he just couldn't get this super-sized catch down.
Full of Hot Air
I thought that this image may be appropriate as we enter the heavy political season. A hot air balloon on the 4th of July in Driggs, Idaho.
I wasn't quite sure on this birds identification until I heard its almost eerie cat-like mewing.
The North side of Loon Lake.
White Mules-Ear with purple Larkspur in the distance decorate Gibson Meadows.
Padre Bay - 2015
Padre Bay - 2015 The clouds change color as the sun sets on the opposite horizon. Padre Bay in Lake Powell on the Utah/Arizona border. Taken with the new 50.6 megapixel Canon 5Ds R
With all of our advancements in learning, theories, and assumptions, I believe that mankind is only capable of understanding the most basic concepts of our universe and those beyond. We can however, enjoy the full beauty of this world and understand that it is a testimony of our creator. Milky Way at Lake Powell.
On the Third Day
Gunsight at Lake Powell.
While visiting beautiful Lake Powell, a yearly pilgrimage, we met a wonderful and talented family. They were gracious neighbors, who fixed generators on 2 neighboring houseboats, they knew how to have a good time, built an extravagant water slide (and invited all to use it), shot off fireworks (and invited all to enjoy them), and were just kind and generous people. Not only did they invite us to use their slide, they gave us their remaining fireworks when they left for home. What they probably don't know is that by leaving us fireworks, they may have inadvertently started a new Lake Powell tradition for me and my family. Cheers to the entire Vaughn family.
Even a good rain storm can be beautiful at Lake Powell.
My trip to Lake Powell was rich with photo opportunities and I am very happy with the images I captured. Between all the grand vistas, Milky Way, and fireworks, this candid and simple snap shot may be my favorite image in capturing the essence of time on the lake. Model name withheld to protect me from her Mother.
My friend Mike, waits on his boat for the strong wind gusts to subside so he can pick me up from shore. Lake Powell.
Logic tells us that just because we can't see the other side of the bridge, it still must be connected to solid ground beyond our sight. Isn't that the purpose of a bridge... to make the connection? I believe, the same principal applies to our lives. After all, aren't we here with a purpose? One of the simple truths that I have learned, is that the farther you advance through the mist, the clearer you will see the other side. "faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." - Alma 32:21
This 6x8 big Bull Elk stepped out from the tree line at last light in Yellowstone National Park. I was in too big of hurry to grab my tripod, but was able to get this image handheld at 600mm, ISO 3200, and 1/40 of a second (ok, I did lean my camera on a tree).
The smoke from wildfires in surrounding states add color to the sky as the sun sinks below the horizon in this majestic setting. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.
A female Black Bear (yes, I know she is brown), with triplets, eats Hawthorn Berries in Grand Teton National Park.
A River Runs Through it
The Lamar River is as pretty as any stretch of water that I know of and if I had the patience to be a fisherman, I would be standing on one of these granite boulders working a fly in this beautiful green blue water. Lamar River, Yellowstone National Park.
A Cedar Waxwing shows how to eats berries with great beak dexterity.
The Fat Triplet
A Black Bear sow and her three cubs were eating Hawthorn Berries in Grand Teton National Park. This little one was quite rotund compared to his siblings and seemed to be doing just fine for himself closer to ground level.
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.
They say that time heals all wounds. Even with the signs of a devastating fire all around, the carpet of lodge pole pine gives the promise of hope to the future. Dunraven Pass, Yellowstone National Park. This stitched panorama taken with the Canon 5Ds R creates an uncompressed file size of 425.1 MB.
Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park.
Covering the Six
Bull Elk in Wilson, Wyoming.
A 7x6 Bull Elk plays dirty on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun shows its first orange hues as a sliver of a Moon and Venus show above the lazy sunrise. Henrys Fork of the Snake River near Osborne Bridge in Island Park, Idaho.
A Bull Elk cools himself off on a warm September evening. Madison River, Yellowstone National Park.
Outside the North East entrance of Yellowstone National Park, lies the Beartooth Scenic Byway. This is a drive that anyone loving high alpine vistas should make time to visit.
The hint of Autumn lurks amoung the rain soaked quakies.
Having just crossed the open valley floor with his harem, this Bull Elk pauses at the ridgeline to check his surrondings before entering the tree line.
Rain falls over the changing colors of Fall.
Ok, so it's not a pond, it is Henrys Fork... but it is golden. Macks Inn, Island Park, Idaho.
The setting sun shows the muscular detail of a Bull Elk in the rut. Madison River, Yellowstone National Park.
Road to the Clouds
We all know the proverb "still waters run deep" and the simple, yet profound statement which includes the nature of both the world and mankind. I've also found that still waters reflect which again include the nature of both man and the world. As for me, I am driven to the reflection of my life in the quiet hours of the setting sun and in nature which reminds me of God hand in all things. Redfish Lake, Idaho.
Top of the World
A view of the rugged beauty of the Bear Tooths from Bear Tooth Pass.
Tetons in Lace
The Tetons from Blacktail Pond laced in rain clouds.
Super Blood Moon 2015
This is the first we've had a supermoon "blood moon" since 1982, and there won't be another one for 30 years.
Splashes of Brilliance
I hope it is more than a metaphor in seeing the comparison between the seasons of nature and the seasons of our life's journey. As I, and many of my friends, reach the autumn of our time, I hope it is splashed with the same beauty, brilliance, and celebration that the fall colors display in nature.
Clouds cover the Madison River as the light fades in Yellowstone National Park.
Goodbye Hawaii as the sun sets on a great trip with my sweet sisters, et al. Northwest shore of the Big Island.
I've wanted to hike to the Bamboo Forest in Maui for a while and finally made it this year. Wonderful place, but I can still feel the bug bites. Bamboo Forest, near Hana, Maui.
Volcanoes and Starlight
The glow from the active volcano Kilauea with the Milky Way as a backdrop. Big Island, Hawaii.
Born of Fire
The abstract look of an active lava flow leaving an almost chrome like trail with red hot magma (I feel like Austin Powers saying that) at the leading edge. Shot from an open door helicopter above Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, Hawaii.
Narrow is the Way
"narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" - Mathew 7:14 Bamboo Forest near Hana in Maui.
Big Island, Hawaii
The beautiful Akaka Falls drops 442 feet into a stream eroded gorge below. Big Island, Hawaii.
I went looking for a patch of quakies that still had some color. I should have known that the only leaves to be found were in a small draw where they were protected from the harsh winds and ravages of the world. Maybe there is a lesson in this. Palisades Reservoir, Idaho.
Day of Rest
A group of Green Sea Turtles take a break on Ho'okipa Beach in Maui.
With storm clouds brewing in the background a Bald Eagle decides to move down the river.
Love of Seasons
After a recent trip to Hawaii, some may find returning to my beloved Idaho a system shock. I am fortunate to greatly enjoy all of the seasons for their own beauty and the fresh perspective that they bring. More than anything, I guess I just like having something to look forward to and the seasons do that for me. Much of what I hold dear about my native state of Idaho is captured in this image.
Last Man Standing
Nothing seems quite as soothing to the soul as the sight and sounds of breaking ocean waves against the changing colors of waning daylight Maui, Hawaii.
Green is the color of life, of growth, and of starting. Big Island, Hawaii.
It's sometimes difficult to stand up to the sweeping tides. Maui, Hawaii
Valley of the Kings
Located on the Big Island, the Waipio Valley is on theNorthern Hamakua Coast. Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii. Access down to the black sand beach is on the steepest road of its length in the United States at 25 % grade and requires a 4 wheel drive.
The Milky Way and night sky from a cold night at Craters of the Moon National Park.
Shoot for the Moon
Frost covered lava waits for the rising sun as a sliver of a Moon, Venus, and Mars look on. Craters of the Moon National Park.
A view of the Sawtooth Mountain Range and Redfish Lake at Dusk.
House of Stone
Lookout Point near Porcupine Pass, Idaho.
A Bull Elk in the rut on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.
Signaling Galaxy Quest
After thoroughly searching Goblin Valley well into the night and finding no beryllium spheres, we signal the crew of Galaxy Quest for pickup. Goblin Valley, Utah.
Little Wild Horse Canyon
Hiking the narrows of Little Wild Horse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.
Milky Way Over Goblin Valley
Watching the sun, then the moon slowly sink into the Western horizon, we set up shop and waited for the Milky Way to align with the Carmel Formation along the Goblin Lair trail. Goblin Valley, Utah.
The soft pastel colors of sunrise on Lahaina Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
I guess you have to be a Brian Regan fan to understand this title and that meese should be the true plural for moose. Anyway, the Moose/Meese are gathered together in preparation of the rut in Grand Teton National Park.
A Bighorn Sheep ram looking over the ewes as the rut starts. Miller Butte, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The sun quietly sinks below the mountains creating a warm glow on a cold Winter day. Palisades Reservoir, Idaho.
There is just something regal about the stance of a Bighorn Sheep at the top of a rock tower.
Old Broken Nose
I admit that I don't know this Bighorn Sheep's name or if he has a name, but I call him "Old Broken Nose". I do know that he is the biggest badest ram around and other rams are quick to move out of his way during the rut. Miller Butte, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case two words... Goblin Valley. Goblin Valley, Utah.
This Bighorn Ram is either uneducated on the decorum of proper bighorn fighting technique, or has just found an efficient way of moving smaller rams out of his personal space.
Six Degrees of Separation
Bighorn rams complete during the rut. Miller Butte, Wyoming.
In Search of
I think my favorite part of traveling with a camera is that I see the world in a better light. It must be true that you find what you search for. Fish Creek Pass, Idaho.
The Bull Moose are grouped up holding some friendly sparring sessions this time of year. At times there were six moose all locking antlers either in pairs or sometimes in larger groups. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The Eyes Have It
Three Short-eared Owls stare me down with their haunting eyes.
There Are Signs Everywhere
Yes, I admit that this is a line from Fools Rush In and yes, I know it is a chick flick. OK, so it is a favorite movie of mine and also a favorite song (so sue me). What could be better than one of my favorite movies and quakies in winter... perhaps, a hidden sign in the quakies.
A Short-eared Owl gives me a look of confusion or curiosity... understandable considering who he is looking at.
The Look of Love
A Bighorn Ram makes it clear how he feels about love being in the air. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
All types of peaks from Moulton Barn and the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park.
Frosted Tree Ornament
A Porcupine ventures into the hoar frost for some delicious bark.
For all the people (especially my in-laws) who constantly tell me how nice the weather is in their lower altitude.... I say, HA TAKE THIS!
Palisades Reservoir, Idaho.
A portrait of a Short-eared Owl.
A Coyote with a beautiful winter coat hunts in a snow storm.
Walking Among Goblins
Goblin Valley, Utah
Living the High Life
A couple of cliff dwelling Mountain Goats look down from their snowy perch.
Winter on the Gros Ventre
The Gros Ventre River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Northern Harrier in Snowfall
Foxy Winter Coat
Wearing a custom made fur coat always makes a fashion statement in the Winter.
Just like people, some trees keep their Springtime sunny outlook... even if they have a bit of snow on top of the branches. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Exit Stage Right
On cue, the Whitetail Deer wave the white flag and exit stage right.
Funny, I always envisioned something just a bit better looking in ski pants,
A Whitetail budk in the beautiful snowfall with an interesting antler on his left side.
This final resting place in Hilo, Hawaii gives new meaning to the term Shady Acres.
At 13,776 feet above sea level, the Grand Teton is not the highest peak in Wyoming, but is beat by only 34' by Gannet Peak in the Wind River Range. Because of it's majesty, the Grand Teton will always be number 1 in my book.
A Watchful Eye
The clouds dance above and below the Teton Range giving a somewhat surreal performance on this Winter day. Jackson, Wyoming.
A Barn Owl hunts for mice among the snow covered cattails.
Oxbow Bend in White
Lady of the Woods
A Whitetail Deer in a Winter scene of snow.
Northern Saw-whet Owl
This little guy was nesseled so deep into this small pine tree that he was very difficult to get a clear view of.
Sunrise Above the White Rim
The sun prepares to enter the scene behind the La Sal Mountains in the distance with the White Rim, Buck Canyon, and Washer Woman Arch in the foreground. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
The view through the North Window with Turret Arch in the background. Windows Section of Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Mesa Arch in Snow
The sun breaks at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.
The Little Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Arches National Park
Red Rock in Snow
The sun kisses the rock formations near the South Window of the Windows Section of Arches National Park.
Shadows In the Snow
Playing on the Ice Edge
Yesterday, I found a couple of River Otters at a small hole in the ice. I walked in to get a closer picture, waited several hours until the sun was going down without a trace of the otters, and as I got up to leave I see a small ripple in the water and then a tail splash... gone. Out smarted again!
A Tom Turkey struts his stuff.
Going Against the Grain
This fellow just doesn't seem to mind bucking trends and not following the crowd.
Arches National Park.
A Portrait of Billy
I admit that I have a thing for Mountain Goats. In a past life I did a bit of climbing in the White Clouds and learned to admire the raw ability that mountain goats have in impossible terrain and shear rock faces. Also, they just look cool... don't you think?
Arches National Park
While photographing a group of Mountain Goats I witnessed something that taught me just how ingrained defense mechanisms are. Something seriously spooked this group of goats and I couldn't believe how quickly they ran for and up the rocks. Obviously, seeking higher and difficult to access ground is part of their survival dna. No, I didn ever see what spooked them, but I want to believe that it was a mountain lionmakes the story so much better.
I got a call from a good friend to go take pictures at a sheep operation. I was fascinated by the complexity and precision of the lambing operation that was taking place. This gentleman was operating the water truck and filling water troughs in all the various separating pens.
A group of Mountain Goats seek higher ground to escape an unseen threat.
View of the Teton River west of Driggs, Idaho with just a hint of the Grand peeking out from the clouds in the distance.
Quintessential Sheep Dog
While out at a sheep operation, I was taken with the gentle strength of the Great Pyrenees dogs that were herding, protecting, and living with the sheep.
Springtime in the Rockies
The Northern Saw-whet Owl has a way of being invisible. Part of their invisibility is their coloring which is the perfect camouflage, the other is their less than miniature size, then add minimal and subtle movement and you have a very difficult owl to spot. No wonder I have such an affection for them!
Cross Fox on White
Every time I see a Northern Saw-whet Owl, I'm shocked by just how small they are and how hard they are to spot.
These Painted Turtles come out to enjoy the warming sun of springtime.
Tetons in Blue
Snow lingers on the Tetons as they show off during the blue hour.
Mid April on the Togwotee Pass between Moran Junction and Dubois in Wyoming.
Hell's Half Acre
This unique geological feature is located about 40 miles west of Casper, Wyoming, The story goes that Indian tribes would drive buffalo off the cliffs of Hell's Half Acre during their hunts.
A female Black Bear shows off her shy yet alluring side. Yellowstone National Park
The sun peeks through the rain clouds in the distance of the Lamar Valley. Yellowstone National Park
Power of Persuasion
The hoodoos of Yellowstone National Park with Bunsen Peak in the background.
Raccoons in a Tree
The water and milk of Spring flow to support life at Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
The Ugly Bird
A double-crested Cormorant takes flight from the water. I know that it is unfair to call this great fishing bird out on looks alone, but somehow it just seems to have a menacing appearance. I often see Cormorants on the waters edge with their wings spread in an attempt to dry off. Come to think of it, I don't like my wings wet either.
Coming Up for Air
A Painted Turtle surfaces for air and hides just beneath the waters surface.
Spring rain adds to the snow runoff flowing into the Yellowstone River in the Northern part of Yellowstone National Park.
Rolling Stones and Black Bears
If moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone but does grow on the north side of the tree, can we conclude that black bears hide on the south side of trees? I just know that there is a theory in there somewhere.
Mid May's Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake is slow to let go of Winter's grasp and the fridgid temperatures of the Lake's water.
At day break, one of my favorite spots in Yellowstone is along the Madison River.
A momma Grizzly gives a warning look as her yearling cubs are trailing behind her. Yellowstone National Park.
The mostly frozen Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park reflects the clouds above.
The Snake River reflects Mt Moran at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
Among the Sage
Shelter from the Storm
Why do mothers go to such great length to protect and provide safe haven from life's storms? Some would state that it is instinct, part of our dna, or part of our natural make-up mechanism being paramount to our survival. I agree that all of those are true, but what of love, obligation, and who designed those instinctual protections? Do all creatures have these characteristics by chance? I believe that life is too complex for these events to occur by happenstance. Logic suggests to me that a mother instinct to be universally protective, and hold life as precious is too pure and loving to have it occur by mere circumstance. Yes, I believe that there is a higher power, a plan and purpose for life, and a reason that mothers everywhere and of every species takes loving care of their offspring.
The setting sun kisses the top of Grand Mogul at the South end of the crystal clear water in Redfish Lake. Sawtooth Range, Idaho.
Mt. Borah the highest peak in Idaho with it's head in the clouds.
Fade to Blue
Blue Hour, still waters, and reflections are the order of the evening at Redfish Lake.
A Coyote works on mousing, but keeps a listening ear on my actions. Yellowstone National Park.
Luck of the Irish (cont.)
OK, I'm not Irish, but I must have their luck... Beautiful travel companion and beautiful lake. Crater Lake , Oregon
Bandon Beach at sunset with Face Rock to the far left. Bandon, Oregon
The fog rolls into the cape with the light house watching on the point. Cape Blanco, Oregon
Ferns Among the Giants
Yaquina Bay Bridge
Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Battle Rock in Port Oxford, Oregon.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Blue is Blue
The deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 1,949 feet, creates the deepest blue of any lake that I've ever seen. Crater Lake, Oregon
One of the aspects that I enjoy most about photography is the pause that it often forces on me. I'm not sure I would be wading into Oregon Coast water as the sun fades without a camera in tow. Bandon Beach, Oregon.
The world above and the world below are divided by a morning layer of fog along the Oregon Coast.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
North of Florence, Oregon
I watched the waves and the tide roll in as the sun disapeared at a beautiful spot South of Depoe, Oregon.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Bandon Beach, Oregon.
North Head Lighthouse
The North Head Lighthouse is located at Cape Disappointment on the Oregon Coast.
Early morning light at Horsetail Falls in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon.
There is nothing better than a moonless night at 2:27 AM for capturing the Milky Way at Craters of the Moon National Park.
Reaching for the Heavens
The beauty of this world serves as a constant reminder of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us and what he wants us to become. Craters of the Moon National Park.
Comparisons are Odious
I think we all sometimes feel like we are the seedling planted among the giant redwoods. My wife's vibrant grandmother used to often use the phrase "Comparisons Odious" to describe certain situations. I eventually became curious enough about the saying to look it up. It basically means that comparisons are hateful and destructive. I find myself often thinking of and repeating this oh so true mantra when I start to compare myself and my accomplishments, or lack of, to those around me. We will never grow taller by tearing down those who are closer to the clouds than we... we have to create our growth rings at our own pace and elect to be happy in our own circumstances and struggles. The Redwoods
Snake River Sunset
The Milky Way with Meteors at Craters of the Moon National Park.
I've heard the distinctive, almost mechanical, Onk-A-Chonk call of this secretive heron, but I've never spotted an American Bittern until today.
Fledgling Great Horned Owl
A family of Trumpeter Swans shows proper swimming decorum to the youngsters.
For the many that appear to think that Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are akin to large petting zoos, please take a moment from your selfies to recognize "the look". Wild animals, from Wyoming to Africa, are just that... WILD! Please remember the WILD part next time you are tempted to pet a bison or get too close to a grizzly bear. Thanks for your somewhat undivided attention. Now, back to your selfies. Grizzly Bear in Grand Teton National Park.
Craters of the Moon National Park
All Things Denote
"all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." Alma 30:44 Horsetail Falls in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon.
Starry Starry Night
The Milky Way looms over the houseboats on Lake Powell near Gunsight.
I think I understand the saying about water being our life blood, but if it is true anywhere, it is truest in a place like the arid sandstone of Lake Powell. Kane Creek Canyon, Lake Powell.
Sunrise over Cookie Jar
The sun slowly peeks over Cookie Jar and onto the waters edge. Lake Powell.
I have sought out River Otters for years and have some pictures, but none that I was satisfied with or that show more than just a head slightly out of the water. I was thrilled to run onto a family of Otters and watch them for hours while they frolicked and fished. When I first spotted them, their play was so intense that it took me some time to determine how many actual Otters there were in the pile of watery fur.
Great Blue Heron
Monuments Across the Water
I Dream in Color
Sunrise at Lake Powell.
Meet the Otters
As much as I dislike taking family portraits, this rimage of River Otters (that I love) reminds me so much of a carefully staged family portrait.
Pointing to the Heavens
The Milky Way at Bear Gulch, Idaho.
Wish Upon a Shooting Star
This image is the result of 7 images stacked together to show a few of the many shooting stars of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every August and this year produced the best meteors or falling stars I've ever seen. Now, what did I wish for?