Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
What could be more spectacular than Half Dome spotlighted by the sun like this? Late afternoon can be a glorious time at Glacier Point. In this case, the hours before sunset were more spectacular than the sunset itself. Sitting up here contemplating the spectacle, I imagine John Muir showing this place off to Teddy Roosevelt. It was that visit up here in 1903 that convinced Roosevelt to place Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove into the national park.
End of Day
Taken from a small shoreline park on the southeast shore of Bainbridge Island. I went there to photograph Seattle, and just ran across this serene view of a sail boat returning to Eagle Harbor.
The Goodness Of The Sky
Sunset, Rich Passage, Bainbridge Island
We enjoyed how the cloud formations changed whistle we watched the sun set beyond the Olympic Mountains. Fort Ward was created in 1905 to protect the nearby naval shipyard
Rich Passage, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Driving home one late afternoon, I noticed the clouds were gathering in interesting ways. So I grabbed a camera and headed to Fort Ward Park. I found some rocks I liked and this brilliantly backlit piece of water plant. Rich Passage was named in honor of the botanist for the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842.
Grace Of Mountain Light
Late Afternoon, Gore Range, Rocky Mountain National Park
The clouds and lighting were so dramatic when I arrived at this high elevation overlook. I had to work fast to get the pictures; the light didn't last long.
Near Mono Lake
I liked the look of this little cloud meandering around above the storm clouds further in the distance. The scene made me think of the lines from the Wordsworth poem:
"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,"
Enlivened By The Clouds
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
This park is known for its wildflower displays. This field sported an extensive display of desert sunflower. The looming storm added drama to the scene. At over 600,000 acres, the park is huge. Many wildflowers are found off the main roads, and it is fun to explore and see what you can discover. There are more photos of the park in the landscape portfolio.
Bright, Shining Grace
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Capturing the dramatic lighting of this photo wasn't a piece of luck. It was the result of a habit of putting myself whenever possible in a location where a scene like this might occur. The sailboat is moving toward Eagle Harbor.
Message In The Clouds
Zion National Park, Utah
This "S" shaped cloud formed as we walked the Pa'rus trail along the Virgin River. The sun was setting, and I used my infrared camera to bring out the form of the cloud, which almost seemed to be coming out of the mountain itself. The cloud only lasted about 20 minutes before dispersing.
Arch in the Sky
Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
An unusual arched cloud formation at sunset over Long Beach. This is a great place to photograph the reflections of the sky in the water, as the beach stays shallow for some distance, creating a mirror of sea water. Long Beach is the longest of several beaches in Pacific Rim National Park. The panorama was assembled from 28 separate exposures.
Gentle Arrival Of The Day
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Taken from the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, this is one of my favorite views of Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands. There is a buoy offshore that has the most evocative bell, especially in the fog.
Moon, Clouds and Ancient Trees
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California
The bristlecones are some of my favorite trees on the planet. One of these trees up here in the White Mountains is over 5,000 years old--the oldest living thing on the planet. I have renewed my acquaintance with these trees several times, and am always awed by their adaptability and patience, growing above 10,000 feet where not much else can grow.
I Stood Transfixed
The Hazards from Coles Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
I liked the alternating band of foreground rocks, mid-ground water, background mountains, and of course the sky. For another view of this location, see the "Landscape" portfolio.
Storm Over Sydney Harbour
I followed this storm around the harbour for the longest time. It kept drifting away and then coming back. When I took this photo, the sunlight was starting to stream through over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, just visible in the shadows.
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
I took this photo 43 years ago, during a camping trip to these dunes. Taken from the top of the dunes about 400 feet above Lake Michigan. The name comes from a Native American legend.
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Long Beach is the longest in the park, and a great place to watch the sunset. We were driving by on our way somewhere else when these clouds drew us to the beach.
Schooner Cove, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Schooner Cove is one of my favorite beaches in the park, and low tide is one of the best times to be there. The trail to the beach is a beautiful walk through the forest, and passes by a 600 year old Sitka spruce.
Grandeur and Intrigue
Mount Rainier National Park
High cirrus clouds formed in the late afternoon on what had been a clear day on the mountain. The ice in the clouds lined up to form these halos. The lower one never did fully surround the sun, but it put on its own show nevertheless. I've never before seen a halo so bright and dramatic.
Mount Rainier National Park
This was one of the most unusual clouds I've ever seen. We watched it from different locations for a couple of hours. Late in the afternoon, it put on this show looking south from Mount Rainier. The formation on the left was part of the dramatic sun halo and sun dogs that formed that day. This infrared photo brings out the gentle beauty of the clouds.