The Palouse, Washington
Looking in another direction from Steptoe Butte, the early morning sun enhances the green of the spring wheat, the amber of the empty fields, and the bluish light in the shadows.
Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
Tunnel View is one of the iconic locations in Yosemite, and it always makes me think of Ansel Adams. His famous "Clearing Storm" photograph was taken from this spot in 1938. It’s worth returning here because the clouds, colors, and light are always changing. I was in the valley in June 2011 when the waterfalls were flowing at one of their highest rates in 100 years. Although Half Dome never came out of the clouds, El Capitan looms to the left and Bridalveil Falls lit up in the shaft of sunlight as if on cue.
Little Lakes Valley, John Muir Wilderness
Located above 10,000 feet, the glacier-carved lakes in this valley are fed by snow melt, and form beautiful reflecting pools for the high Eastern Sierra peaks of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot and Mt. Mills. The area gets busy with hikers in the summer, but I had the valley all to myself on this chilly October morning. We had scouted out the area the day before, and it was worth getting up at 3:30am to catch the light. I appreciated the cold stillness of the dawn