Aplenglow over Half Dome
Sometimes just after sunset in the high country a cloudless sky will light up with a rosy pink glow that spreads its light on the ground below. This phenomenon is called Alpenglow.
No colour filters were used in exposing this image.
Tear Drop arch
While not on the tourist maps of Monument Valley, Tear Drop Arch has become a "must photograph" location for photographers visiting Monument Valley. It not only has a very unusual shape for an arch but it also represents an eye into the heart of Monument Valley's central buttes.
Monument Valley, Utah
Tufa islands in moonlight
The tufas of South Lake Mono by the light of the full moon.
This photograph was exposed on the full moon after the Western horizon had gone black. This was a long exposure relying only upon the light of the full moon.
Mono Lake, California
International Harvester truck
on the outskirts of Bannack
Bannack is a ghost town located in the Eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains of Montana.
The first gold strike in the Montana territory was discovered near the site of Bannack in 1862. The town was founded and grew to support the gold miners. In it's heydays the population was approximately 3000 individuals.
Bannack's first sheriff was Henry Plummer, whose gang are said to have killed 102 people and robbed countless others before he and his gang of 24 people were caught and hung by town vigilantes.
Bannack grew to become Montana's first territorial capital.
But like many gold boom towns the population slowly left as the mines and stream were mined out and exciting gold strikes were made elsewhere. The miners left followed by the merchants who had no one left to sell to leaving the once thriving territorial capital a ghost town.
Root system of an overturned Bristlecone pine tree.
White Mountains California
Anasazi cliff ruins in Canyon de Chelly
Anasazi is a the Navajo word for the "Ancient ones" that inhabited the Four corners region between around 1AD and 1300.
Arches National Park, Utah
Ocean cliff tree
Weathered tree with exposed roots on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean in Oregon.
Sand tufa formation at Mono Lake.
Tufas are limestone structures that are the result of a chemical reaction between carbonate rich Mono lake water and calcium rich spring water. Since it needs both spring and lake water for the reaction to take place, tufa formation only takes place below the surface level of the lake.
Sand Tufas are a special kind of tufa that are formed below the surface of the sand where springs bubble up at the lake edge.
The sand surrounding the spring's path is saturated with lake water. The chemical reaction that takes place in the wet sand around the edge of the spring forms hard tubes of sand grains cemented by limestone.
These tubes form completely under the surface of the sand and are not visible.
Beginning in 1941, water that would normally flow into Mono Lake was diverted to supply water for the increasing needs of the Los Angles area. This caused the water level in Mono Lake to drop dramatically.
As the water level was dropping, the lake's wave action washed away loose sand from around the hard spring tubes or "sand tufas" exposing them.
As the lake level continued to drop formations of sand Tufas were left behind on what has become dry land.
Mono Lake, California
win peaks in Canyonlands National Park, Utah