Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Winter Sky in the Catalinas

While climbing in January near the base of Mt Lemmon, I stopped at the mouth of a small canyon to take this vertical panorama of the rock, vegetation, and clouds.

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Bush and Winter Clouds, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x38″)


Hairpin Cliffs and Winter Clouds

In early January, one of our only winter storms blew through southern Arizona (in what was supposed to be an unusually wet El Nino winter here in the Southwest). I was hoping to go climbing further up in the Catalina Mountains, but the Highway was closed, so we parked and walked our climbing gear up to Hairpin and spent a gorgeous day listening to a flowing creek and climbing beneath a ceiling of billowing winter clouds.

HairpinCliffsWinterCloudsHairpin Cliffs and Winter Clouds, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x50″)


Grass, Fog, Sandstone Bluffs

As I passed through Prewitt, New Mexico (just east of Gallup) along Interstate-40, I drove through the edge of a winter storm. The clouds had lowered just enough to cover most of the mountains in the distance, but I could barely see the edge of the red sandstone cliffs over the frozen grass and railroad tracks in the foreground.

GrassTrainFogPrewittNMGrass, Train, and Fog, near Prewitt, NM (16″x61″)

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Grass, Fog, Sandstone Bluffs, near Prewitt, NM (16″x56″)


Organ Mountains and Sky

A deep shadow across the canyon, harsh light on the peaks, blank blue sky darkened by a red filter.

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Shadowed Canyon in the Organ Mountains, Organ Mountain Natl Mon, NM (16″x55″)


Organ Mountains Sunset

I took a panorama of the flatiron-like foothills at the base of the Organ Mountains outside Las Cruces, New Mexico. I decided to keep one version of the panorama in color and to convert the other to black and white. I like the color of the sunset, but the black and white has a more subtle, silvery glow.

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Flatiron Sunset (color), Organ Mountain National Monument, NM (16″x49″)

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Flatiron Sunset (B&W), Organ Mountain National Monument, NM (16″x49″)


Tunnel to the Sky

This winter, I revisited a slot canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico that I photographed a few years ago. The eroded tube of rock in this vertical panorama sits to the left of the main slot. I keep coming back to this area because the repeating patterns of layered ash lead the eye upwards to a small window of winter sky above.

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Tunnel to the Sky, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico (16″x24″)

 


Ragged Top Cacti and Rocks

Here are a few more panoramas from the Ironwood Forest National Monument. One of my favorite parts of this hike and scramble was watching the clouds’ shadows slide across the desert landscape below Ragged Top.

RaggedTopShadowsSpiresRagged Top Shadows and Spires, Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ (16″x38″)

SaguaroCactiReachingForSkySaguaro Cacti Reaching for the Sky, Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ (16″x26″)


Ragged Top Peak

Ragged Top pokes out of the desert floor in the Ironwood Forest National Monument between Picacho Peak and Tucson. From a distance, the hike up to the top appears technical, but the most difficult part of the climb is avoiding all of the spiky plants and loose rock. Off trail in the desert, every step must be taken carefully- cholla buds, cactus limbs, and cat claw branches are scattered across the landscape. Here are two of my favorite panoramas from near the top of Ragged Top.

RaggedTop_Dome_CloudsRagged Top Dome and Clouds, Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ (16″x56″)

RaggedTop_Spires_CloudsRagged Top Spires and Clouds, Ironwood Forest National Monument, AZ (36″x36″)


Tree over Observation Point

This tree hangs over the cliff next to the trail that winds up the steep rock face to Observation Point in Zion National Park.

TreeOverZiononApproachtoObservationPtTree over Zion on Approach to Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah (16″x47″)


Light and River in the Narrows

A vertical panorama from a June trip through the Narrows in Zion National Park.

LightAndRiverHikerX16x36Light and River, The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah (16″x36″)


Shadows in the Narrows of Zion

There tends to be a break from southern Utah rainfall in mid-May to June, and this is the perfect time for canyoneering in Zion and hiking The Narrows. The spring snows have mostly melted, and the water is more tolerable without a wet suit. This June I spent a day in the Echo Canyon area, then I took an overnight trip down the Narrows from Chamberlains Ranch. Here is one of my favorite panoramas from one of the thinner sections in the Narrows.

NarrowsShadowsandLight16x28Narrows Shadow and Light, The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah (16″x28″)


Sunset over Rockville, Utah

I stopped outside Zion National Park to camp in BLM land so I could get up early to hike the Narrows the next morning. Here is the view from our campsite looking back down valley towards Rockville and Zion along the Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway.

LookingBackToZionatSunsetLooking Back to Zion at Sunset, outside Rockville, Utah (16″x28″)


Sandstone Bluffs and Clouds at Escalante

Here are a few panoramas of the striations in the sandstone plateaus and bluffs in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

StriationsAndSky_16x48Striations and Sky, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x48″)

JuniperSkeletonAndSandstone_16x60Juniper Skeleton and Sandstone, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x60″)


Texture and Space at Escalante, Part V

More from the Harris Wash and Zebra slot canyon area in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.


KnifeOfLightInSlotCanyonKnife of Light in Slot Canyon
, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

RecedingSandsonePillarsReceding Sandsone Pillars, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

WavesofSandstoneandCloudsWave of Sandstone and Clouds, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x61″)


Texture and Space at Escalante, Part IV

Here are a few more landscapes and texture-focused, single-frame photographs from the Harris Wash and Zebra slot canyon area in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.


BlueberryLandscapeBlueberry Landscape
, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

CracksInStriationsCracks in StriationsGrand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

PockMarkInStriations1BWPockmark in Striations (1), Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

HalfMoonandStriationsHalf Moon in Striations, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)


Texture and Space at Escalante, Part III

More of the texture and form series I am putting together from Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

CrackAndLichen1Crack and Lichen (1), Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

DrippingStoneDripping Stone, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

PockMarkedLichenPockmarked Rock and Lichen, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)


Texture and Space at Escalante, Part II

Here are a few more texture- and form-focused photographs of the sandstone walls at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

GravellyUndulationsGravelly Undulations, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

SliverOfLightSliver of Light, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

BlueberriesMoqueMarblesBWBlueberries, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)


Texture and Space at Escalante

The eroded rock faces and dark slot canyons at Grand Staircase Escalante allowed me to focus in on the light, shadow, space, and texture of the rock and sky.

LookingOutOfTheOrificeAtPeekABooLooking out of the Orifice, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x48″)

ErodedDivotsEroded Divots in Sandstone, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

SeepingStainsSeeping Stains, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)


Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulches

I spent a few days camping and hiking through the canyons of Grand Staircase Escalante in March. Here is a panorama of a tree poking up from a sandstone outcropping near Spooky Gulch. I’ll post more panoramas of the area in the next few weeks.

PeekABooEntrancePeek-a-boo Gulch Entrance, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (12″x18″)

SpookyStriationsSpooky Striations, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x24″)


Escalante Tree and Sky

I spent a few days camping and hiking through the canyons of Grand Staircase Escalante in March. Here is a panorama of a tree poking up from a sandstone outcropping near Spooky Gulch. I’ll post more panoramas of the area in the next few weeks.

CradledTreeandCloudsCradled Tree and Clouds, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT (16″x48″)


Rocks and Joshua Trees

Here are a few more panoramas of the rock faces and Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park.


JoshuaTreeLandscapeJoshua Tree Landscape, Joshua Tree National Park, CA (16″x49″)

VShadowAndDesertV Shadow and Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, CA (16″x43″)

RockFaceInTheSunRock Face in the Sun, Joshua Tree National Park, CA (16″x46″)


Joshua Trees in February

I took a quick climbing trip to Joshua Tree National Park in early February with a few friends. I brought my camera along to shoot a few panoramas while the others were climbing; here are a few photographs of the Joshua trees, which are a member of the Yucca/agave family.

JoshuaTreeArmsJoshua Tree Arms, Joshua Tree National Park, CA (16″x26″)

EveningJoshuaTreeInShadowsEvening Joshua Tree in Shadow, Joshua Tree National Park, CA (18″x24″)