Amazing detail and texture in this ancient tree. The bristlecone trees in White Mountain California are oldest known trees in the world. The oldest being the Methuselah tree which is over 4,800 years old.
The delicate remnant of a bristlecone trunk now fallen and being worn down by the weather. One of the things I find so facinating is the contrast of colors you find in them. The reds and oranges juxtaposed by the blues make these trees really pop out and make you take notice.
I learned on this trip that blue color in the glacial ice is best seen when it's not getting direct sunlight. This is very evident in this picture. Harvard glacier was by far the biggest tidewater glacier we saw, at least where the glacier touched the water. The part of the glacier that was in the water was at least twice the length of our cruise ship. Quite a sight to behold.
Our first day in Yosemite we were greeting by a very cold summer storm on Fourth of July weekend. The whole weekend was stormy and dramatic, I found out later the following week it snowed at Tioga Pass. This shot was taken at Olmstead Point.
One of the highlights from the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park. The morning I took this photo I was in a mad dash to get to the lake from the Hamilton Lakes before the morning sun snuck up over the cliffs. Thankfully I beat the sun and captured these wonderful blue tones in the lake.
At 282 feet below sea level it's the lowest point in North America. Normally this place covered it what looks like giant octagonal cobblestones but I think the recent water from last fall soften all those edges and salt crystals.
The blue tones of this morning shot in White Pocket near the Arizona, Utah border really makes the reds and oranges in the sandstone really pop and accentuate all the truly bizzare textures in the stone.
Our first full day in Moab/Arches National Park brought the beginning of what would be three days of rain. This formation was just the beginning of it. What caught my eye with this image was the repetition of shapes of the sandstones in the forming thunderclouds.