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Cave Valley

A fall day in Cave Valley on the Kolob Terrace
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Center of the Universe

I had been up to this cool white pass in Zion years ago, and found out that more recently a park employee, like i used to be, had also discovered it and told people it was like the "center of the universe". I agree as far as it seems to be another of those areas with a science fiction feel to it. It made me think of distant futures.

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Purple Canyon

Remote streams flow through multi colored canyon covered in tundra.
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Fonts Point

Fonts Point is Anza Borrego State Park is an amazing badlands area of formerly undersea delta sediments. It's full of fossils too.
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Timeless Mountains

The primitive forms of the arctic landscape make one feel that they have travelled far back to the time before man.
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Walrus Tundra Terrace

A very nice walk up a mountain stream between two lakes
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Ice Birds Wing

We flew over a series of ice caps with borders rectangular in nature. These icefields, several of which are visible in this picture, were recently connected.
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Flower Study 1

I like taking macro pictures, but i don't do it often enough.
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Stone Waves

Stone carved by water begins to take on the appearance of water in the form of waves on a rough sea.
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Ruth Glacier 2

Flying across the lower reaches of the Ruth Glacier. I could have had a great time if they could have dropped me off here for some exploration.
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Matanuska Reflections

I passed this pool of water on the highway more times than i can count. Finally one fall i passed by on just the right day for colorful birch to reflect in still waters. I never saw it look so nice again in the years to come.
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Laughlin Glacier and Mountain

Laughlin is a dramatic hanging glacier near the US/Canadian border north of Skagway.
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Black Skies Over Black Canyon

A summer storm blows over Black Canyon of the Gunnison
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The Door Through the Sky

A thin black band of cloud hovers high above a solitary monolith that, from a distance, looked like a hole in the sky at the edge of the world.
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Bryce Canyon Panorama

I don't like to get up before dawn, but Bryce is one of few places i've been where it's worth it to see the sunrise.
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Smith Rock State Park

A hiker enjoys a stroll in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon.
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Turret Arch

Turret Arch at sunset
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Braided River

Gold Forests light up in the sun above the eastern end of the Matanuska River
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Red Butte Wilderness

There are no trails in the Red Butte Wilderness but there are a limitless number of Manzanita Bushes.

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This is what is what distracted me that first trip. I was fascinated by the tilting block of strata in the distance on the right. Later I noticed it from the drive through the road and I decided it had to have a good view if I could climb up there.
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Snow Wedge Under The Throne

Looks like an avalanche was wedged apart on The Great White Throne
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Avian Shroud (detail)

This dome of rock in the Chiswell Archipelago was engulfed in an eternal cloak made up of thousands of sea birds. you can see some of them on both sides of the rock where the contrast with the sky helps them stand out.
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Snow on No-Mans Land

High up in no-man’s land the sun is making quick work of exposed slopes
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The Mighty Bear Glacier

The Bear Glacier is a "large" glacier, in some places several miles wide. It pours into a quickly growing lake behind the full grown forest in the distance.

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Zion’s High Wildlands

My favorite places in the world are in Zion's wild highlands and high wildlands. It reminds me at times of exploring the stone version of a glacier.
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Mossy Gorge 2

Another shot of the secret gorge.
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Sunset Arches

Sunlight streams through arches and illuminates pillars of Arches National Park
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The Wing

This is one of my favorite secret places to enjoy in Utah. So far it's in fairly pristine condition, so i can't reveal it's location.
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First Snow at Matanuska

Fresh fuel for glaciers, a blanket of white on a fall day in the Chugach Mountains, Alaska.

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Island in the Stormy Sky

The island in the Sky District of Canyonlands offers sweeping vistas.
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Cascades of Kanarraville

In a more open area of Kanarraville canyon the creek cascades down a series of ledges.

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Virgin River Gorge

The Virgin River Gorge is a highly underrated canyon of the American West.
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Cinder Cone and Red Cliffs

One of many small volcanoes that ruined much of the Colorado Plateau as recently as 900 years ago.
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Foggy Paradise

Icy cold water from glaciers above pours quickly past lush rainforest into the ocean at low tide. In the distance moose antlers stick up out of the water. Or are they only driftwood?
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Ruth Glacier (close up)

From the right distance the surface looks almost like a satellite image.
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Hoodoos To Red Butte

A maze of colorful sandstone hoodoos point the way to Red Butte
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Permian Desert

Primitive forms and highly faulted, dynamic geology from the Permian Age are building blocks of the Virgin River Gorge.
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Kanarraville Narrows HIking

A hiker enjoys a relaxing walk through cold water on a hot day.
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Bomber Pass

Bomber Pass is simply a low point in a thin ridge of high cliffs that allows you to descend by rope onto the Bomber Glacier
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Mormon Mountains from the Beaver Dams

Looking towards the Mormon Mountains from the slopes of the Beaver Dams. Until a fire burned it down a few years ago there was a thick Joshua Tree Forest here on these slopes.
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Kanarraville Narrows

Kanarraville Creek is much smaller than the Virgin River but shares nearby headwaters and cuts through some of the same rock.
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Nabesna Mid Glacial Lake

This lake is a new phenomenon that was only 2 summers old by the time i came across it. I think what is happening is that the downward side of the lake is a small ridge and the glacier has lost enough mass that it can no longer ride over the top of it, halting it's forward movement. But, there could also be an ice dam somewhere in the area.

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West Canyon Panorama

A panoramic vista above the Subway. This image prints well.
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Aurora over O’Malley

The Aurora can shift from almost nothing to a grand exposition in a matter of a few seconds, or back to nothing just as fast.
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Beaver Dam Mountains

A high valley in the Beaver Damns
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Glacial Remains

What is left after the roof collapses on an ice cave and the glacier retreats up the side of a cliff.
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Projecting Fault

A verdant desert world
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First Contact

A hulking radar research vessel departs Hawaii
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Aerial Estuary

A jungle river pours out into the ocean at low tide.
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Red Mountain Twighlight

Red Mountain, which is actually an escarpment rather than a mountain, as viewed from the Beaver Dam Mountains at dusk.
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Inner Beach

Seldovia has two beaches right downtown, Inner Beach, pictured here, and Outer Beach
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Tuff Towers

Tuffa Towers at sunset in Mono Lake, California.

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Purple Flower Study

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Ivins

Ivins used to be an agricultural community with dirt roads until as late as 2006. This is one of the last remaining fields on a spring morning.
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Fluvial Snow Cave

A cold stream rushes beneath it's frozen former water level.
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Blue Fjord

After puttering along all day through Culross Passage on a cloudy day in Prince William Sound we made a trip ashore to stretch our legs in the spongy Alaska Wilderness.
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Zion’s Kolob

The Kolob area of Zion National Park has it's own distinct look compared to the rest of the park.
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Cross Seam

A striking seam of cross bedding.
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West Desert Pyramids

After a storm three distinctive peaks in the Great Basin Desert stick up into the sunlight.
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Mt. Bangs and the Virgin Mountains

As seen from Red Pockets
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Secret Arch

i found this arch in the back of a hidden, little known canyon. I don't see a name for it or any sign of it in the Arch Database, so i might get to name it unless someone tells me what the name is.
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Ice Intrusion

A hanging glacier of blue ice in Kenai Fjords crumbles farther away from the ocean every day.
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In Kannaraville

Guiding lines in canyon walls lead towards a sunny spot in the trees
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Left Hand of Kolob

Zion's Kolob is known for it's 5 "Finger" Canyons. These finger canyons must be part of the other hand.
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Dragon’s Tail

Mud Patterns in a dwindling stream in Zion resemble the pattern of a large reptile.
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Chiswell Islands Archipelago

The Chiswell Islands are my favorite rocky islands in Alaska. Thousands of birds nest on the rocks, which were originally mountain peaks during the last ice age when sea level was hundreds of feet lower.
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Gateway to Kolob

The rock strata of The Kilob seem to tilt more and more as they get closer to the nearby fault line that separates the Mojave, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin Deserts.
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Ocean Pyramid (color)

The Chiswells are a maze of towers that offer exceptional protection from predators for nesting birds.
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Matanuska Fire

Fins of ice and seracs lie below clouds upvalley and hazy smoke from summer fires. Forest fires can contribute to melting glaciers.
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Halibut Cove 2

An amazing place to live.

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Lower Williwaw Lakes

I've been to Williwaw Lakes numerous times and the water level can vary dramatically. One summer they were almost dry.

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Beaver Dam Mountains

Sunlight rolls off the backs of the hills where cattle roam just about everywhere. The Beaver Dams can be a nice escape from the heat for certain times of the year. In the middle of summer, they are just about as hot as anywhere else.
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The Great White Throne

A cloak of snow makes the Great White Throne loom more like the Great Yellow Throne.

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Glaciated Ocean Rocks

Moss covered rocks bear the scars of the tidewater glacier that originally carved out this tidal channel.

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Snow Dunes

Huge snow drifts above Portage Lake

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The World Beyond Ruth

The extremely rugged alpine landscape at the head of the Ruth Glacier

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Snow Canyon Rain

Plants in Snow Canyon suck up the water where it collects between rocks.

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