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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

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