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Clouds and Mountains from Navaho Peak

Panorama of Stuart Range and clouds shot from  Navaho Peak.

NavahoPeak_Panorama_BlackAndWhiteClouds over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x72″)

 


Cloud over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak

Earlier this summer, I hiked up to Navaho Pass and Peak. From the peak, the view of the clouds spilling over the Cascades onto the Stuart Range was fantastic. More panoramas and single frame photographs soon.

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Cloud over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (12″x18″)


Spring Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest

Late winter/early spring winds blow tumbleweeds against a fence as clouds pass over the Santa Fe National Forest near Route 16 and Peña Blanca, NM.

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Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest, near Peña Blanca, NM (16″x47″)

 


Tree in Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Erosion has washed away the rocks and soil under the ponderosa pine hanging onto the rock walls in the main slot canyon at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. One of my favorite trees in the world to photograph.

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Tree in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (18″x12″)

 


Spring Rain Clouds over Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Spring clouds over a slot canyon composed of eroded layers of volcanic rock and ash from ancient pyroclastic flows in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM.

 

TentRocks_SkyWall_BW_March2019Spring Clouds over Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (12″x18″)

 


Reynisdrangar, Iceland

Basalt sea stacks rise out of the ocean on the southern Icelandic coast.

Reynisdrangar_SeaStacks_Panorama_IcelandReynisdrangar Sea Stacks, southern Iceland (16″x38″)


Svartifoss, Iceland

The cascading waters of Svartifoss slowly eat away at the rock, leaving jumbled piles of basalt in the ravine below. Columnar jointing in basalt flows + waterfall = perfect photography opportunity for a Geoscientist (and thousands of other photographers).

Svartifoss_Panorama_BW_IcelandSvartifoss and Columnar Basalt, Vatnajökull National Park,Iceland (16″x36″)


Ice and Sand at Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Icebergs from the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull calve into Jökulsárlón, where they are carried out to the ocean.  The wind and waves then push the melting chunks of ice up onto the black sands of ‘Diamond Beach’ (Jökulsárlón Ice Beach). This is another one of those sweet spots in Iceland where climate and geology combine to make a perfect location to photograph.

Jokulsarlon_Lagoon1_SingleFrameJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #1), East Iceland (12″x18″)

Jokulsarlon_Ice3_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #3), East Iceland

Jokulsarlon_Ice6_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Sand and Ice (Single Frame #6), East Iceland

 

 

 


Southern Iceland Cliffs

On the drive from Breiðdalsvík to Jökulsárlón in southern Iceland, I stopped along the Ring Road to photograph the cliffs disappearing into the clouds in the distance. The eroding red paint on the house stood out against the grays and greens of the landscape.

SouthCoastHighway_CliffsHouse_Pano1_IcelandCliffs and House along Southern Coast, southeastern Iceland (16″x53″)


Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Blue-grey icebergs from Breiðamerkurjökull are scattered across the surface of Jökulsárlón. After a few test photographs of the glacial lake, I noticed that I had to keep the exposure length under ~10 seconds, or the icebergs appear blurred as the cold wind pushes the ice slowly across the lake.

Jökulsárlón_Bulb_Pano2Jökulsárlón (Bulb Panorama #2), East Iceland (16″x66″)


Breiðdalur Valley, East Iceland

We drove through a thick fog bank on the pass between Egilsstaðir and Breiðdalur valley in East Iceland. As we continued down the ring road towards Breiðdalsvík, we dropped below the clouds and could see the 1100 meter high mountains disappearing into the rain on either side of the valley.

Breiðdalur_Valley_Rain_Clouds_Mountains2_IcelandRain Clouds and Mountains in Breiðdalur Valley (#2), East Iceland (16″x64″)


Roadside Falls, East Iceland

The desolate drive along the Ring Road between Mývatn and Egilsstaðir in East Iceland passes through a windswept plateau where golden grasses creep up the steep slopes of hills (first panorama).

On our descent to Egilsstaðir in the Jökuldalur valley, I stopped to photograph the Rjukandi Falls as they poured over cliffs on their way to the Jökulsá a Brú river (second and third panoramas).

Light_Grassy_Hillsides_Plateau_2_IcelandLight on Grassy Hillsides on the Plateau (#2), East Iceland (16″x81″)

Rjúkandi_Falls_1_EastIcelandYst Í Rjúkandi Falls (#1), East Iceland (16″x35″)

Rjúkandi_Falls_2_EastIcelandYst Í Rjúkandi Falls (#2), East Iceland (28″x16″)


Dettifoss, Iceland

At 44m tall and 100m wide, Dettifoss is a spectacularly large curtain of water pouring over a shelf of rock in northern Iceland. Sediment turns the waters (from the melting Vatnajökull glacier) of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river a strange grey. Mist billowing up from the canyon makes bulb panorama exposures near the falls difficult to shoot (the camera gets wet quickly, and the lens gets covered in water spots). To give a sense of the size of the Dettifoss, I also included a single-frame bulb photograph of the opposite bank (note the person in the red rain jacket standing on the rocks above the falls)

Dettifoss_Bulb_4_IcelandDettifoss and Jökulsá á Fjöllum (Bulb #4), northern Iceland (16″x66″)

Dettifoss_SingleFrame_Bulb2_1x1Dettifoss (Single Frame, Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x16″)


Rain Clouds from Pass, Iceland

We crossed from fjord to hilltop to fjord as we drove from the Westfjords towards Akureyri. The wind was so strong that I had to stand at an angle when photographing the fog hanging low over a mountain. We stopped on top of a pass near Varmahlíð to photograph the clouds as they broke like ocean waves against the mountains on the other side of the next fjord.

RainCloudsBreakingOverFjord_IcelandRain Clouds Breaking over Fjord, near Varmahlíð, Iceland (13″x”50″)


Sunset over Westfjords, Iceland

As the sun was setting around midnight, I took a walk down to the water among grazing sheep and Arctic terns.

SunsetoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandSunset over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”64″)


Westfjord Bulb Panorama, Iceland

After visiting the puffins nesting along the cliffs of the Westfjords , I stopped to take a long-exposure (‘bulb’) panorama of the ocean crashing against the empty beach near Breiðavík.

OceanRocksClouds_nearBreiðavík_IcelandOcean, Rocks, and Clouds (Bulb), near Breiðavík, Iceland (16″x”34″)


Westfjords, Iceland

Shifting cloud cover creates ever-changing summer light and shadow over the cliffs of Iceland’s Westfjords near Hnjótur.

ShiftingLightoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandShifting Light over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”59″)


Ólafsvík Waterfall, Iceland

On Snæfellsnes peninsula, streams flowing off the flanks of the mountain cascade over basalt cliffs, forming a series of falls in the shifting clouds.

ÓlafsvíkFalls3_IcelandÓlafsvík Falls (#3), Ólafsvík, Iceland (16″x40″)


Cirque below Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Snæfellsjökull sits atop a stratovolcano overlooking the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. To get a closer look at the mountain and snowfields, I hiked up a path that eventually disappeared into a landscape covered in spongy moss and grass. I stopped mid-hike to photograph the clouds and shadows hugging the flanks of the mountain.

CloudedFlanksStratovolcano2IcelandClouded flanks of the Stratovolcano (#2), Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x”85″)


Snæfellsnes Landscape, Iceland

A glacier-capped mountain rises from the cooled basalt lava flows on Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Road_Basalt_Flows_Snaef_IcelandRoad through the Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x74″)

Jumbled_Basalt_Landscape_Snæfellsnes_Iceland.jpgJumbled Basalt Landscape, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x65″)


Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Snæfellsnes peninsula pokes out into the northern reaches of the North Atlantic Ocean. A glacier-capped 700,000 year old stratovolcano dominates the landscape in this national park, where craters rise up out of the cooled lava flows extending out to the ocean. I drove out to the western cliffs of Snæfellsnes peninsula to photograph the waves crashing against the basalt.

Snæfellsjökull_Waves_BasaltFlows_IcelandOcean Waves on Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland


Pass near Búðir, Iceland

Near Snæfellsjökull National Park in northwest Iceland, highway 54 turns north and climbs over a pass. I stopped to photograph a lone hut near the top of the pass.

RedHut_Pass_nearBudhir_IcelandRed Hut on the Pass (near Búðir), northwestern Iceland (16″x49″)


Budhir, Iceland

I spent much of my time in southern Arizona searching for desert falls to photograph during the summer monsoon or winter rain storms. In Iceland, sustained precipitation and snow melt generate constantly flowing rivers and streams. Giant waterfalls cascade over cliffs every few hundred meters along the side of the ring road; it was difficult for me not to stop every five minutes, pull out my camera, set up my tripod, and shoot another panorama. Here is one of the many gorgeous locations along the Ring Road where dramatic clouds billow over cliffs disappearing into the distance.

Cliffs_Falls_nearBudhir_IcelandCliffs and Falls (near Budhir), northwestern Iceland (16″x41″)


Rock Prow at Sunset

We scrambled and boulder-hopped onto a small ridge above camp to watch the sun set over the Rincon Mountains.RockProwCloudsatSunset Rock Prow at Sunset, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (12″x18″)