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Volcanic Basket of Holly: The Ubehebe Crater was formed less than a thousand years ago when some magma hit water below the surface of the earth and exploded. It showered the ground with volcanic rock more than a mile from its origin and exposed some beautiful geology. Holly and creosote survive in the arid rocky soil, but this holly plant seemed to be appropriate foreground on this cold Christmas morning.–Death Valley National Park, California

Crescent-Lit Textures: The Mesquite Dunes are a popular location and are often covered in footprints. Fortunately, strong winds had just recently cleaned up the dunes to showcase all of the interesting textures that the wind can produce. This clay formation led naturally into the scene and up to the appearing stars as dusk fell to night. A low crescent moon provided the natural lighting to the ground and some wispy clouds streaked across the sky.–Death Valley National Park, California

Offering: The high cliffs of granite in Yosemite provide a huge variety of interesting subjects as long as you are willing to look for them. A colorful sunset left a trace of alpenglow in the background of this water eroded cliff. The layers of rock appeared to be a pair of outstretched hands making an offering to the trees. —Yosemite National Park, California

Moonset over Sky Rock: The moon sets on one of the most impressive displays of petroglyphs with a fresh dusting of snow on the eastern escarpment of the Sierra. —California

Young Pine in the Rockies: Our first trip to Rocky Mountain National Park was just before the winter chill. Fall color had passed but this lone pine tree, soon to be buried in snow, was collecting sunrise light to prepare for the long winter. —Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Accurate Calculation and Incomparable Beauty: A total eclipse is difficult to convey through a photograph (or so goes the refrain). Experiencing it first hand with your own eyes leaves an indelible mark. We had the good fortune to witness totality for the first time together and with Tim’s dad. The ability to predict the path of a solar eclipse and understand why it is able to happen only on our planet speaks to the power of accumulated understanding, but pales next to the awe of witnessing it. For those of you who have had the privilege of being in totality and seeing the unique blue light and floating ring of corona, we hope this can bring you back to the moment. For everyone else, 2024 is waiting. —Detroit Lake, Oregon

Marine Heart: The dolomite rocks and soil in the White Mountains of eastern California originated from the calcium deposits from ancient shelled marine organisms. This Bristlecone Pine’s roots moved around harder stones more than a thousand years ago. Since then erosion has uncovered the roots to expose the roots and stones. The twisted roots are reminiscent of sandstone slot canyons of the southwest. —Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

Clearing Thunderstorm Moves South: A trip to the North Rim of Yosemite Valley brought new perspectives. El Capitan juts out on the left past the weathered windswept trees. Previous to sunset, a thunderstorm rolled overhead brought on by high temperatures and large amounts of snow sublimating into clouds. Lightning strikes came within one mile of where we setup a makeshift camp. The swirling clouds above are all that remain after the storm after it moved southward. —Yosemite National Park, California

Summoning Pollinators to the Forest: The rhododendrons bloom in a counter intuitive fashion. The trees at higher elevations bloom before the lower elevation areas. This swath of rhododendrons in full bloom below the giants shrouded in fog show the redwood forest at its colorful best.–Del Norte Redwoods State Park, California

The Sermon of Three Brothers: The Three Brothers only come together as three in a few locations in the Valley due to perspective changes. This is on the exact opposite side showing the Brothers facing towards Cathedral Rocks as the sunrise painted the sky in pastels. —Yosemite National Park, California

Pine Breakfast on the Cliffs: The way trees manage to cling to the granite cliffs of Yosemite is awe inspiring. The first light of the sunrise lights up the trees with the energy they need to survive, while the iconic granite of Clouds Rest, Half Dome, and Mount Starr King stand on the horizon. —Yosemite National Park, California

Layers of Different Ages: The white dolomite soil of the White Mountains lack nutrients, so the few trees that do manage to eke out a living in it are almost exclusively Bristlecone Pines. No other trees can compete in such poor growing conditions. Even with their extreme age, the mountains are hundreds of millions of years old, and the moon is billions of years old. However, the transient clouds lit up by the setting sun are mere hours old. —Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

Waves in the Mountains and Sky: The layers of the mountains at sunset look like waves of increasing distance ending finally in the Sierra Crest. In the sky, a Sierra Wave cloud that stretched for about a hundred miles light up with the gold of sunset. —White Mountains, California

Moonlit Clouds Highlight Ancient Branches: This well known ancient Bristlecone snag has a younger living companion nearby, and they fit together like puzzle pieces from this perspective. Thick clouds obscured the stars, but the nearly full moon lit up the clouds to surround the branches of the ancients. —Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

Sunset Tarn: The return of tarns in the Yosemite high country after a long drought is a relief. The frogs were in full chorus as the sun descended. The tiny pools stay nearly still, and the landscape as a nearly perfect mirror. —Yosemite National Park, California

Long-lived in High Winds: The harsh winters in the White Mountains are filled with limited snowfall and vicious wind gusts. This abstract of a Bristlecone at sunrise has the appearance of hard marble reflecting the density of the wood. The motion gives an indicator of the kind of winds that rip through its branches. —Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

Spotlight on Dewy Poppies: In a different year the poppies bloom at the foot of the old Dutch windmill. The blooming poppies were briefly spotlighted by a break in the trees. —Golden Gate Park, California

Pothole Grand View: A look to the east from Pothole Dome shows the Tuolumne River moves through its namesake meadow and a variety of high peaks. The sunset was particularly strong this evening and its reflection can be seen in the river snaking around the meadow. —Yosemite National Park, California

All Paths Lead to Half Dome: Half Dome is one of the most photographed rocks in Yosemite and the world. While on a four day backpacking trip, I came across this granite outcropping that afforded a view that seemed to truly show the reason for its name. Conditions weren’t quite right on the backpacking trip, so I returned when the clouds seem to have something to say. —Yosemite National Park, California

Speaking to Moses: This lodgepole pine (subspecies Tamarack Pine) struggling in the small of soil it managed to find is a strong example of why this tree dominates the area around this dome. The vivid red light that hit it was courtesy of a thin layer of water vapor at the horizon, and the color made it difficult to think of the tree as ever being green. —Yosemite National Park, California

Smoke and Ice: The Detwiler Fire near Mariposa flooded the skies with smoke, and the particulate matter in the air was hit with the yellow glow of susnet. The final remains of ice floated near the shore mixing with Foxtail pollen and debris caught in the snow from the winter. This gave the lake a solid looking facade and the appearance of a salt flat. —Yosemite National Park, California

Silver Rivers in Meadow and Sky: The name for the Milky Way has an odd root in Greek mythology, but it has a name from every culture. Silver River is among my favorites, though the places with the limited light pollution needed to see it are becoming rarer. The complete arch from the south over Unicorn Peak to the north over Pothole Dome is mirrored by the Tuolumne River making its way through its meadow. This was right as the waning moon was about to crest over the mountains and wash out the sky. —Yosemite National Park, California

Dichotomous Seasons: A thick layer of ice persisted in this alpine lake through the majority of July in the middle of what is usually a ferry’s pathway. Meanwhile, as the snow melted above this basin, liquid water poured down the slope and brought the corn lilies, wild onions, and other plants out of their winter slumber. It made the counterpoint typical of such high places to have spring and winter dramatically contrasting within the same space. —Inyo National Forest, California

Tales of Survival: The Paiute of Owens Valley had to contend with extreme weather conditions with summer highs over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and winter lows below freezing. The Sierra Crest puts it in a rain shadow and produces desert conditions that make survival incredibly tough. Petroglyphs from thousands of years ago are spread around the area telling lost tales in an unforgiving landscape that would provide for only those who knew and loved it well. —Volcanic Tablelands Wilderness Study Area, California

Vertical Brush Strokes: Looking for the smaller details can put a photographer into a different mode of seeing. The details of the granite were crisp, while the wind had enough strength to remove this detail into a watercolor style. However, the wind was not strong enough to eliminate the thread of vertical tree trunks that can be found real and reflected throughout.–Inyo National Forest, California

Green Algae, Sunrise Reflections: This creek mixes with boiling springs heated by what remains of a volcanism still bubbling below the surface. The snow melt that feeds this would keep the water just above freezing year round, but the mixing with heated water produces happy green algae that doesn’t make a much of an appearance in the mountains. These greens contrast beautifully with the reflected warm glow of sunrise off of the cliff side. —Hot Creek Geological Site, California

Life and Death: Death Valley isn’t known for its forests, but a trek into the Panamints will reveal forests of pinyon pine, juniper, and bristlecone pines. This area between 6,000 and 9,000 feet lends itself to Pinyon Pines. The pinyons can grow in the sandy, but relatively good soil and overlook Death Valley itself with the salty remains of Lake Manly. The pinyon pine snag reveals the rich colorful wood of slow growth trees and stands as a reminder of the harsh environment in which they grow. —Death Valley National Park, California