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.
You may ask how a fjord in Alaska gets the name 'College', well it happens when a railroad baron burns out and decides to explore the last frontier to unwind. But he can't go by himself so he brings the best naturalists and scientists he knows with him, and after discovering this fjord filled with glaciers they decide to name them all after the colleges they and their wives attended.
A summer trip to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains became a chance to experience some of the harsh weather that gave these legendary trees their unique weather-worn look. The monsoon storm provided a countless supply of thunderclouds which created a dramatic sky, marble-sized hail, and a trip not soon forgotten.
One of the things that sticks out the most of the White Pocket area in Arizona is the varying layers of sandstone and how they seem to have been violently mixed together like they went through a mixer. In many parts of this area you'll see these layers topped with what looks like a white 'cobblestone-like' layer seen here in the foreground.
It makes for some very dramatic images and quite a sight to see in person.
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.