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Once a month I plan to put a new image here that you may download. The image will be re-sized in the most common display resolutions.

December 2017:

Tioga Lake is located near the Eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park. The ice has started to form around the edges of this beautiful lake where I like to canoe in summer.


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November 2017:

By early November most of the leaves have fallen in Wisconsin, oak leaves being the last to fall. The University of Wisconsin in Madison has a beautiful arboretum, where this photograph was taken a couple of years ago.


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October 2017:

The beaver ponds behind Lundy Lake in the Eastern Sierra offer spectacular scenery in spring and fall. Wildflowers cover the ground in springtime and golden leaves cover the aspens in fall, as shown in this photo.


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September 2017:

These giants were found in Redwood National Park in northern California. It's hard to capture the immense size of these trees in a photograph.


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August 2017:

The red hills in this photograph are near Grand Teton National Park. The colors remind me of summer.


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July 2017:

The Big Sur area of California is one of the most beautiful coastlines in California. Highway 1 runs along this coastline, and is subject to closure at times due to mudslides. I call this photo Big Sur inlet.


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June 2017:

Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra is seldom calm, especially in the afternoons. This photograph was taken around 4PM and the lake was glassy smooth, offering beautiful reflections of the tufa formations. I really liked the reflections of tufas in other reflections from the distant shore.


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May 2017:

The "superbloom" in 2017 brought beautiful wildflowers to Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego. This photogaph was taken recently near the trailhead to the Grasslands trail.


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April 2017:

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California had a "superbloom" in March of 2017 due to above normal rainfall in preceding months. The Sand Verbena and Spectacle Pod plants were blooming in Henderson Canyon when this photo was taken.


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March 2017:

Yellowstone National Park is beautiful any time of year, but winter has its special attraction. This photograph of Old Faithful gives one the feeling of icy cold. A Mountain Bluebird watches the geyser eruption along with the rest of us (tiny bird near the lower edge, center).


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February 2017:

This image of Mt. Tom was taken near Bishop, CA, on January 1st of this year. The foreground captured my attention with the high Sierra mountain in the background.


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January 2017:

As you have probably gathered by my photos over the years, one of my favorite places to photograph nature is Yosemite National Park. This photo was taken in Yosemite Valley, where the Merced River partially freezes over in winter.


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December 2016:

The sun was about to set over the badlands in Joshua Tree National Park when this photo was taken one late November afternoon. The location was Keys View.


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November 2016:

Wisconsin farmland under a cloudy autumn sky is the subject of this month's photograph. The corn is ready to harvest as autumn draws to a close.


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October 2016:

The glowing aspens in this image were found along Lee Vining Creek in the Eastern Sierra. It should look like this in late September or early October each year.


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September 2016:

Heart Lake is located in Little Lakes Valley in the Eastern Sierra. The trailhead is at 10,000 feet, and the trail passes several alpine lakes. One has to start early in the morning to see mirror-like reflections of the mountains in the lakes.


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August 2016:

The attached photograph was taken in Yosemite National Park a few days ago. It shows a cascade of the Tuolumne River with Unicorn and Cockscomb Peaks in the background. It was taken along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Eastern Sierra.


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July 2016:

A reflection of Mt. Ruddle in Vermillion Lake is the subject in this month's photograph. Both are located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.


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June 2016:

Lundy Lake is located in the Eastern Sierra. A dirt road from the lake leads to several beaver ponds, one of which is pictured in this month's photograph.


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May 2016:

May is a favorite month in Yosemite National Park because the beautiful Dogwoods are in bloom. This photo was taken there in May of 2015, with the Merced River as a background.


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April 2016:

Anza Borrego State Park comes to life with wildflowers in March and April. This photograph was taken in Palm Canyon when the Brittlebush was at its peak bloom and Bighorn Sheep were feasting. Palm Canyon is near Borrego Springs, CA.


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March 2016:

Oxbow Bend is one of the most photographed spots in Grand Teton National Park. In this image, snow still covers Mount Moran and the trees are bare, awaiting spring.


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February 2016:

Blue Mesa is found in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. The colorful layers and petrified wood chunks in the foreground caught my eye when I was on the Blue Mesa trail last December.


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January 2016:

Canyon de Chelly is a national monument in northeastern Arizona. It is on a Navajo reservation, and contains numerous ancient ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs. Spider Rock is one of the most famous formations in the canyon.


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December 2015:

My wife and I both think we took this month's photograph of Yosemite Valley in the fog in winter. We were handing a camera back and forth that morning, hence the confusion. Regardless, it's one of my favorites.


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November 2015:

Early snow and late aspen color make a nice contrast. Photo taken in the Eastern Sierra along Hy 395 at Conway Summit.


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October 2015:

There are picturesque beaver ponds on the road to Lundy Canyon in the Eastern Sierra. This photograph was taken at one of those ponds during October a few year's ago.


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September 2015:

Parker Lake Trailhead can be reached from the June Lake Loop in the Eastern Sierra. A relatively easy hike leads to this beautiful lake. Rivulets of snow melt  were still cascading down the mountainside into the lake in late July.


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August 2015:

Despite its name, Convict Lake offers wonderful hiking, fishing and canoeing opportunities. It is located north of Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra. Laurel and Bloody Mountains offer a colorful backdrop for the beautiful lake.


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July 2015:

The beaches in Maui are beautiful any time of year. The beach in the photograph is Mokapu Beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing.


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June 2015:

The first view many visitors receive of Yosemite Valley occurs immediately after going through a tunnel, hence the name "tunnel view." It shows many of the famous landmarks including El Capitan on the left, Cathedral Rocks with Bridalveil Fall on the right, and Half Dome in the distant center.


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May 2015:

Oxbow  Bend in Grand Teton National Park has always been one of my favorite spots. It's especially alluring in the early morning, when the first rays of the sun paint warm tones on Mt. Moran.


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April 2015:

The arches and windows in Arches National Park are breathtaking, especially against a cloudy blue sky. This month's image of Double Arch was taken there recently.


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March 2015:

Bryce Canyon National Park is sublime in Winter. The formations shown in this photograph stand out against the white snow and bluish sky.


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February 2015:

Back to Yosemite for this month's image of El Capitan reflected in the Merced River. The hoarfrost mounds and lilies were a special treat.


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January 2015:

Although this isn't a snowy scene, the photograph was taken at Arches National Park in late December. It was processed as an HDR image.


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December 2014:

This month's image was photographed in Yosemite National Park. It shows a reflection of Half Dome in the Merced River on a cold winter afternoon.


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November 2014:

By November in Wisconsin most of the colorful leaves have fallen, but oaks still retain them. This photograph was taken near Cross Plains.


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October 2014:

Fall is a beautiful time in the Eastern Sierra. This photograph was taken along Lower Rock Creek, near Crowley Lake.


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September 2014:

This month's photograph was taken in Little Lakes Valley in the Eastern Sierra. The trail through this valley passes several lakes, including Heart Lake, the one pictured. It's over 10,000 feet in elevation.


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August 2014:

Warm sunlight reflects off the tufas in this late afternoon photograph taken at Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra. This is a favorite place for canoeing, watching sunsets and bird-watching.


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July 2014:

This month's photograph was taken in Haleakala National Park, which is located on the island of Maui. It is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) photograph of Haleakala Crater. The clouds were about to enter and cover the crater.


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June 2014:

This month's photograph was taken on the Big Island, Hawaii, in May. The name of the beautiful falls is Umauma Falls.


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April 2014:

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March 2014:

This month's photograph was taken near the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park; I call it Sierra Reflections, and it shows Dana Meadow with Mammoth Mountain in the background.


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February 2014:

The photo for this month was taken from the Navajo Trail that descends into Bryce Canyon. The snow was clinging to the tops of the hodoos in this winter scene.



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January 2014:

The image for this month was taken in Yosemite National Park in December of 2013. Hoarfrost covered the rocks and branches with beautiful sculptured effects as El Capitan is reflected in the Merced River.


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December 2013:

The image for this month shows a leafless treescape against a threatening sky. It was taken in Mission Trails Regional Park, near my home in San Diego.


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November 2013:

This month's image was taken in the Eastern Sierra along Lee Vining Creek. The glowing trees are aspens.


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October 2013:

This month's image was taken in McGee Creek Canyon in the Eastern Sierras as the aspens began to change color, beginning at the higher elevations and moving to the lower elevations.



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September 2013:

This image was taken late afternoon on the way to Mono Lake, California.


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August 2013:

This month I'm featuring a photograph of Whatcom Falls, taken near Bellingham, Washington.



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