The Little Missouri River snakes through the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota during a beautiful sunset. After watching the sunset from this remote point in the park, I came face to face with both coyotes and bison on the way home. This park definitely has a wild, untouched side that I hope never changes.
El Morro at Sunset
Among the landscape of New Mexico rises El Morro National Monuement. Humans used these rocks for centuries to live and stop during their travels using the pool of fresh sowmelt and rainwater. Thousands of petroglyphs and inscriptions from each group of travelers cover the rock. Standing here with my camera, I am just one of many travelers over the centuries witnessing the beauty and magic of the area.
In an otherworldly landscape, Artist Palette in Death Valley National Park is full of colored minerals. Depending on the time of day, the intensity of colors change with the sunlight. I visited this spot multuple times during my stay in the park. Sometimes it was to take pictures, but most of the time it was to just sit and enjoy. I watched these rocks turn different colors from sunrise to sunset and during a rare rain storm.
Foggy Road in Australia
I went for a morning drive from Creswick to Grampians National Park in Victoria. Along the way I spotted wild emus and wild kangaroos. As the sun started to rise, the fog that hugged the roads began to illuminate.
Golden Devils Tower
Devils Tower at sunset, a truly unique and beautiful landscape. With nothing around for miles, the tower rises up out of nowhere. It takes on the same color as the ambient light changing from morning to day to night.
Hanging out in knee deep water with waves crashing all around me, I watched the way the water spilled over the rocks. It was a powerful experience and great way to start the day in Moloaa Bay, Kauai.
After waking up to my alarm of very persistent roosters, I went for a sleepy walk down the road to Moloaa Bay in Kauai. With the waves wrapped around my legs, I watched the changing light from the beautiful sunrise.
Lines of Gold
Montana de Oro State Park is known for its rugged cliffs and stunning sunsets. Standing here at this spot, I was surrounded by water on three sides. It was deafening with the waves crashing around me. The power of the ocean could definitely be felt here!
New Mexico Yards
While exploring Taos, New Mexico, I was mesmerized by the changing colors of the landscape during sunset. What I loved most was the vastness, the brush, and the mountains in the distance.
The Calm Before the Storm
I was fortunate enough to watch Fourmile Lake go through two different thunderstorms from the safety of my tent. The lake was glass, then full of white caps, then back to glass. This picture was captured just before a nearby lightning strike which told me it was time to retreat to my tent for the storm.
Perfect Aruban Sunset in the Desert
Watching the sunset each night in the desert was an experience I'll never forget. Although the nearby ocean is a popular spot for watching the sunset, the cacti in the desert were what drew me in each night. Here I captured silhouettes of cacti against the bright sun setting in the west over the ocean.
Details of the Plains
The sun was setting behind the mountains in the west causing the colors of the eastern plains to come alive. Here I captured all kinds of golden hues with splashes of reds, greens, and oranges. I remember it being very quiet with only the wind blowing across the land.
Trail of Gold
Every fall in Colorado, the leaves turn bright yellow and the trails turn gold. As I was hiking through Kenosha Pass on this trail, I was hesitant to move forward as I didn't want to step on the beautiful yellow leaves. The trail was laid out before so golden and so inviting.
West Mitten Butte After the Sunset
I've never seen so many different colors in one landscape while visiting Monument Valley in Utah. The colors changed by the minutes with the every passing light. Here you can see the details of the rocks and how they react to the light.
West Mitten Butte Sunset
West Mitten Butte Sunrise
I've never seen so many different colors in one landscape while visiting Monument Valley in Utah. The colors changed by the minute with the every passing light. Here I captured West Mitten Butte's silhouette as the sun rose in the east.
Hiking the Flatirons in the middle of a snowstorm is an experience. I was one of the only people braving the weather. Everything was so quiet. It looked like I was inside a snow globe. Here I captured the Flatirons and the surrounding trees being buried by snow.
Oh Hey There Moose
As with most moose sightings, this guy took me by surprise as he was making his way through the trees. He did not care that I was nearby and too close for comfort. I quickly captured him against the vibrant yellows and greens before turning away and finding a different trail to hike.
Rocky Mountain National Park Elk
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for its majestic landscape full of snow capped mountains. It is also known for the hundreds of elks that call the park home. Here I captured two elks strolling through a grassy field with their large antlers standing out against the background.
The mountains in Grand Teton National Park are picturesque with their jagged peaks shooting high in the sky. Here I captured the landscape changing colors with the setting sun before returning to my tent. The sky puts on a show every night in this beautiful park.
Full of Sunflowers
Nothing is more cheerful than a picture full of sunflowers. I arrived at this sunflower field east of Denver not knowing what to expect. I was amazed by the sheer number of sunflowers that lined the fields. They were all facing east waiting for the warm sun to rise.
Fence and Feather Sky
Here I captured the soft clouds during sunrise in Grand Teton National Park. I had been up since 3 a.m. taking pictures and this was one of the last shots I captured before the sun fully rose. The fence was the perfect subject leading my eyes to the feather sky.
Checkered Sunrise Sky
I was in awe with these checkered looking clouds during a sunrise in Grand Teton National Park. I rolled out of my tent at 3 a.m. so I could be here at the right time. It is still one of my most memorable mornings up to this day.
Before the Moon Disappears
Getting up for sunrise often means that I get to watch the moon set. Here the landscape and the sky are lighting up brightly as the sun rises, but the moon decides to linger a little bit longer.
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