High up the White Mountains of California is a grove of some of the oldest trees on Earth. The Ancient Bristlecone Forest exists where few plants and animals can live above 10,000 feet up in the thin dry air but these trees have been growing and are with today for nearly 5000 years.
This is the "Pine Alpha Tree." When this tree sprouted the Pyramids of Giza did not exist.
The Burning Tree
Up on the Sunset Crater near Flagstaff, AZ the burned remains of a Ponderosa pine is back lit by the rising core of the Milky Way.
Light from Above
A Joshua Tree is fully illuminated by the Milky Way above.
Reaching The Canopy of Heaven
An ancient Bristlecone Pine over 10,000 feet up in the White Mountains reaches up in the sky to the Milky Way.
Highway to the Stars
Along California Highway 180 an hour North of Fresno the road leads to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Just before you are surrounded by the towering Sequoia trees the Milky Way rises up. Along that same highway light pollution from the Central Valley reaches even these high elevations that lights up the hillside and horizon beyond.
Blood Moon over Las Vegas (Lunar Eclispe)
A lunar eclipse taken on April 4, 2015. This is looking West towards the Las Vegas strip. The "blood moon" is caused by the light of the Sun filtering through the Earth's atmosphere while the Moon itself is in the Earth shadow.
San Francisco Bay
High up atop Skyline Dr in Berkeley, CA the Bay Bridge into San Francisco is seen on a rare clear evening.
San Diego Bay
San Diego Bay from Coronado Island.
Among the ruins of the Wupatki National Monument not far from Flagstaff, AZ is the towering ruin of Wukoki. Built over a 1000 years ago by the Anasazi culture this settlement was suddenly abandoned over 800 years ago.
The Dancing Mesquite
The twisted and battered shape of a mesquite appears to dance in the starlight on the Mesquite Dunes of Death Valley. Here the Zodiacal light and Venus, and the Pleiades are seen in the photo.
The Walking Mesquite
A old mesquite tree appears to be walking on the sand dunes of Death Valley.
End of Twilight on Bandon Beach
Twilight ends revealing the stars over the Pacific Ocean along Bandon Beach, Oregon.
Moonlight on Little Bear Creek
Up in the high Sierra Nevada range not far from I-80 is Little Bear Creek.
Midnight in the Devil's Orchard
In the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho there is a small plot of ground not covered in an ancient lava flow called the Devil's Orchard. Here a dead tree stands out in the night sky.
The Milky Way rises over the Trona Pinnalces, CA.
Night Fall at the Seven Sisters
The Milky Way rises behind two of the large rock formations called, The Seven Sisters in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.
Night Fall Valley of Fire
The Milky Way rises up behind this rock ridge obscured by high clouds.
Arch of the Milky Way at Valley of Fire
The "Arch of the Milky Way" rises up over the Valley of Fire State Park, NV.
On the petrified sand dunes in the Valley of Fire is the Fire Wave. Made up of layers of white and red sandstone in layers stretching along the ridge. .
This is an area under threat. The night sky is becoming more blue as the lights from Las Vegas more than 50 miles (80km) begin to encroach the pristine darkness. For now the Milky Way is visible.
Permission to shoot on the Fire Wave was granted and permit issued by the Nevada State Parks Department. March 26,2017.
Black and White
Black and white captures tone and light to express the vision of the photographer. In fine art a black and white composition is expressed in the lines and detail of an object while light is used to fill in the composition and give it a surface.
My vision of this iconic juxtaposition of the large rock and juniper tree that has grown through a crack in the granet foundation and become bent though harsh desert climate of Joshua Tree National Park in California.
The drama of water and rock play out along the Cape Perpetua coast of Oregon. Here an underground lava tube gives way to the edge of the Pacific being swallowed up as it crashes along the shore only to be thrown back out again with the incoming waves beneigh the water.
A thousand years of stories covers this large rock from ancient peoples that once lived in the Canyonlands of Utah.
Water cuts the red sandstone beyond Cathedral Rock in Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ.
Point Imperial is along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Taken on July 15. 2013.
Sisquoc Oak Tree
Moon rises over a lone oak tree in a grassy field near Rancho Sisquoc, California.
Hidden Valley Panorama
A short walk beyond the picnic grounds is a collective group unique rocks. One such rock is a pillar like boulder among the more conventional rocks.
This photo is a 21:9 ratio which conforms to the new norms of PC and TV screens today. This print is available in a 21"x9" black and white in hot press water color matte and on lustre paper.
Storm over Red Rock Canyon
Not far from the traffic congestion of Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon. In the summer time the monsoon storms pop up along the high mountains ridges around Las Vegas and occasionally there is a moment where the Sun breaks out just before the rains come in.
This photo is shot in 21:9 ratio that conforms to modern PC and TV screens today. This print is available as a 21"x9" on hot press watercolor or lustre paper.