We set out early in the morning in order to reach the Hayden Valley before it became crowded. But we were stopped by this vision in blue before we even reached the South entrance to Yellowstone. The light and fog combined to create this magical blue scene. The tension of the falling tree made it all the more surreal.
This image was captured on a stormy morning at Jackson Lake inside of Grand Teton National Park. The clouds cleared only for a moment, just one of those moments you get to witness.
Beautiful sunrise photo from the Navajo Trail. As the sun moves over these formation, they glow like lanterns in the night. The views in this beautiful park are constantly changing.
Arriving before sunrise allows us to get a solid position to photograph the Grand Canyon in beautiful, warm light. This photo was taken from the a very popular overlook on the South Rim. Sometimes you can get silhouettes of people standing on the forward ridge. Hiking out there is not for the faint of heart.
To get to close to many of the formation in Monument Valley you need to hire a Native guide. We were lucky to find Ron Atine who took us out several times. It was money well spent in experiences and great photographs.
While hiking during a rain storm, the clouds broke for just a minute and this gorgeous vista opened before our eyes. All too soon it was gone and dark again.
Some days you are in the right place at the right time. We did not have much time at Cannon Beach, but this one photo has stayed a favorite every since. The light and fog lifted just as we hiked to the end of the bluff over looking the beach.
Arches offers grand views throughout the park. This view offered a spectacular look as a large storm passed over us.
While a storm blew the lake into a fury, this side eddy seems to reach directly for us and draw us into the grand view ot the mountains beyone.
This image was captured at Zabriskie Point inside Death Valley National Park, California. A heavy winter snow left feet of snow over night on the surrounding mountain tops. This day offered a quick glimpse before cloud cover obscured the beautiful contrasting view between alpine heights and 250 feet below sea level.
This view was after a big storm got so rough there was a sea lion beached from exhaustion. His photo on the porch swing brought hundreds of people down to see the poor fellow. Thankfully, we were able to enjoy this view after the storm passed.
Many people never know this sinkhole exists within the borders of the town of Sedona, Arizona. A popular Jeep and hiking park, this sinkhole is worth the effort to find no matter which means of transportation you use.
Someone once said, “Bad weather makes great photographs.” This image is one example of many we have encountered by going outside even in bad weather. Double rainbows was the reward of the day.
Best money we ever spent was to hire Native Guide, Ron Atine. This overlook is on his property and he drove us back to see the view from a different perspective. Awesome park.
The drive up to Mount Lemon and this overlook offers incredible views of Tucson, Arizona. This tortured tree, however, was the star of our day because the weather at this elevation can be quite severe…And cold despite there being cactus around.
Another incredible view only available to those who travel with a Native guide. The sand dunes offer an amazing variety of photo opportunities at every turn. This is about the same place as the famous Ansel Adams photo of Native sheep herders on horseback.
Just outside the entrance to Yellowstone is a great pullout area overlooking the snake river. We rarely pass without stopping to take in the view and this morning was a show stopper. Early morning fog was still rising as the sun broke the horizon. It was July and the air temperature was 31 degrees. Seriously that cold.
We were rarely disappointed when rising early to visit Sprague Lake. Sometimes deer, elk, or moose would appear. Sometimes they were closer to us than was comfortable, but we stayed safe and alert to their movements. This was taken at sunrise and worth the trip.
It is hard to get a parking spot at this bridge over the Virgin River, but always worth the effort. You can also take the park bus and hike back. Great hiking along the river and other trails nearby attract visitors all summer long.
The every changing views at the Grand Canyon draw tons of people each year. Standing at this overlook you could hear many languages and all seemed to be saying, “Wow. Beautiful.”
Standing at this popular first look pullout to the Grand Tetons always impresses. One can feel the majesty of the mountains and the wildness of the surroundings. One can also imagine wildlife moving about through this area. We saw cranes, swans, beaver and deer at this location. We are pretty sure bears pass through here as well when they follow the Snake River in either direction.