LANDSCAPES

Sunrise, Borrego Badland

Sunrise, Borrego Badland

This area was carved by water and erosion, scientists believe that it was once under the Gulf of California and mixed with fresh water from the Colorado River. Fossil evidence point to a brackish sea that was home to fish, sharks, and turtles

McWay Falls, Big Sur

McWay Falls, Big Sur

McWay Falls is an 80-foot-tall waterfall on the coast of Big Sur in central California that flows year-round from McWay Creek in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. During high tide, it is a tidefall (a waterfall that empties directly into the ocean) one of only two in California.

Kalalau Valley, Kauai

Kalalau Valley, Kauai

The Kalalau Valley is located on the northwest side of the island of Kauaʻi. The valley is surrounded by cliffs more than 2,000 feet (610 m) high. This valley's bottom is broad and relatively flat, with an accessible region about 2 miles (3.2 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide. The abundant sun and rain provides an ideal environment for flora and fauna. Many native Hawaiians lived in the valley into the 20th century, farming taro from a vast complex of terraced fields.

Rainbow Vernal Falls, Yosemite

Rainbow Vernal Falls, Yosemite

Vernal Fall is a 317-foot waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California

Coastline, Big Sur

Coastline, Big Sur

Big Sur the rugged and mountainous section of the Central Coast of California between Carmel Highlands and San Simeon, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.

Mule Deer, Mammoth Lakes

Mule Deer, Mammoth Lakes

These mule deer are members of the Round Valley herd. They are about to make their fall migration from the high Sierra, where they spend the Summer to less harsh wintering areas in the lower valleys.

Sunrise Mt. Whitney

Sunrise Mt. Whitney

At 14,505 feet Mount Whitney is the the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.

Ritter Range, Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Ritter Range, Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The full moon sets over the Ritter Range in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Ritter is a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada and located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. -

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes

Twin Lakes is a set of connected lakes at the base of the southeastern slope of Mammoth Mountain, in Mono County of eastern California

Full Moon Rising, Trona Pinnacles

Full Moon Rising, Trona Pinnacles

These pinnacles located in the Mojave Desert rise from the ancient lake basin of what was once Searles Lake. During the Pleistocene period massive run off from the glacier covered Sierra Nevada, lead to a series of connected inland lakes. Deep under Searles Lake lied calcium rich groundwater and over a time period of 10,000 to 100,000 years the calcium enriched groundwater mixing with the alkaline lake water lead to the growth of theses tufa towers.

Ohia Lehua, Kauai

Ohia Lehua, Kauai

The ʻōhiʻa lehua, endemic to the six largest islands of Hawaiʻi, are usually the very first plants to grow on new lava flows.

Sunrise Mt. Whitney

At 14,505 feet Mount Whitney is the the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.