March, 2011

Mar 11

Joshua Tree National Park–Jumbo Rocks

Photograph of Jumbo Rocks in the Joshua Tree National ParkA view from the Skull Rock trail above the Jumbo Rocks campground in Joshua Tree National Park. The peak in the distance was covered with snow.

Mar 11

Joshua Tree National Park–Mojave Yucca

Photograph of Mojave Yucca in the Joshua Tree National ParkA late February trip to southern California included a stop at Joshua Tree National Park. The Jumbo Rocks campground is at 4400 feet elevation and was very cold at sunrise. The Mojave Yucca is sometimes called Spanish Dagger.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Snoqualmie Pass

Photograph of snow covered pine trees at Snoqualmie Pass, WashingtonSnoqualmie Pass crosses the Cascade Mountains on I-90 in the state of Washington. It is a popular ski resort with trailheads and opportunities for cross-country skiing, hiking and snowboarding. The trees disappeared up into the clouds on this day in late December.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Juvenile Herons

Photograph of two juvenile white herons near Morro Bay, California These two herons were among a large number feeding near the shore north of Morro Bay, California. They seemed to be in conversation and were oblivious to my presence. I used a tonal contrast filter to bring out the details in the feathers.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Mt. Whitney

Photograph of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 statesThis is a view of Mt. Whitney from the highway three miles south of the Whitney Portals campground. Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous 48 states. It is 13 miles west of Lone Pine, California and the highest point south of Alaska.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–The Alabama Hills

 Photograph of boulders and flowers in the Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine,  CaliforniaThe Alabama Hills are west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California and near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With Mt. Whitney as a backdrop, this jumble of boulders is a favorite location for photographers. Since the 1920s, more than 150 movies and television shows have been filmed here. This was shot in harsh light, but I like the splash of yellow from the flowers.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Photograph of Pigeon Point Lighthouse, north of Santa Cruz, CaliforniaThe Pigeon Point Lighthouse is about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz, California. 115 feet tall, it is one of the tallest in america. It began operation in 1872. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an aid to navigation. The grounds are open to the public and the original lighthouse keeper’s housing is restored and operated as a Hostel.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Eastern Washington

Photograph of dramatic clouds and sky near Colfax, Washington
Big skies and dramatic clouds near Colfax, Washington. This area of Washington is called the Palouse. It is hilly dry wheat farming region, dominated by contour plowing.

Mar 11

Favorite Images From 2010–Columbia River Gorge

Photograph of the Columbia River from the Portland Women's Forum State ParkThis is a stunning early morning view from the Portland Women’s Forum State Park, about 30 miles east of Portland, Oregon.