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2020 —Upper Virginia Canyon, Return Lake

Lee Vining Canyon

Hoover Lakes overlook

 

Sunbeams, Virginia Canyon

Clouds, view south from Virginia Canyon

Camiaca Peak, clouds, sunset

Virginia Peak, Return Creek, sunrise

Gray Butte, ridge, moonset

Virginia Peak, Return Creek, sunrise

 

Virginia Peak, Return Creek, sunrise

Virginia Peak, Return Creek, morning

Camiaca Peak, storm clouds

 

Storm clouds

 

Excelsior Mountain, Shepherd Crest, Virginia Canyon

Virginia Peak, Return Lake

 

Stanton Peak, Return Lake, sunrise

Return Lake, Virginia Peak reflection

Foliage by Return Lake

Talus pile below Virginia Peak

Campsite and Stanton Peak, Return Lake

Shepherd Crest, Excelsior Mountain, Virginia Canyon

Shepherd Crest from near Return Lake,

Stanton Peak, Return Lake, sunset

Virginia Peak, Return Lake, sunrise

 

Stanton Peak, Virginia Peak, sunrise

 

Virginia Peak, Return Lake, sunrise

Virginia Peak, Trees, morning

 

Excelsior Mountain, Shepherd Crest

 

 

Virginia Peak, clouds

Virginia Peak, sunset

Virginia Peak, erratic, sunrise

Virginia Peak, ridge, sunrise

Virginia Peak, Return Creek, morning

       

 

Northern Yosemite from near Summit Lake, sunset

 

Gray Butte, Stanton Peak, Virginia Peak, sunrise

Trees, near Summit Lake

View north, Virginia Lakes road, near Conway Summit

 

 

 

2019 —Matterhorn Canyon, Spiller Creek Canyon, Little Slide Canyon

Robinson Creek, evening

Crag's Campground, morning

 

Tree, cliff above Barney Lake

Crown Lake

Crown Point, sunrise

Penstemon, Burro Pass

Upper Matterhorn Canyon wildflowers

Matterhorn Creek, wildflowers

Whorl Mountain ridge. evening

Whorl Mountain ridge, evening

Whorl Mountain ridge, evening

Whorl Mountain ridge, sunset

Quarry Peak, Matterhorn Canyon, morning

Lower Matterhorn Canyon from PCT

Meadow, Miller Lake

Rocks near Miller Lake

Miller Lake, sunset

Miller Lake, morning

Spiller Creek near crossing

Virginia and Stanton Peaks, Spiller Creek Canyon

Spiller Creek, Spiller Creek Canyon

Sunset, Spiller Creek Canyon

Moon, clouds, sunset Spiller Creek Canyon

 

Spiller Creek Canyon, sunset

Whorl Mountain, Spiller Creek Canyon, morning

 

Downed tree, Spiller Creek Canyon

Spiller Creek waterwheel

Spiller Creek, trees, ridge

Spiller Creek, peak 9921

Spiller Creek sunset

Spiller Creek morning

Matterhorn Canyon, evening

Matterhorn Canyon, evening

 

Matterhorn Canyon, sunset

Matterhorn Canyon, sunset

Matterhorn Canyon, Quarry Peak, morning

Matterhorn Canyon from Burro Pass

Finger Peaks below Burro Pass

Storm clouds, view south near Ice Lake Pass

 

Incredible Hulk, storm clouds

Incredible Hulk, storm clouds

 

Tarns, view south near Ice Lake Pass

View southeast from near Ice Lake Pass

 

Northern Yosemite from near Ice Lake Pass

 

Incredible Hulk, clouds, sunset

Incredible Hulk,clouds, sunset

 

       

Incredible Hulk,clouds, sunset

Northern Yosemite from near Ice Lake Pass, morning

 

Ice Lake

Little Slide Canyon looking north

 

 

 

 

2019 — Pioneer Basin

Evening, Mosquito Flat

Flowers, Mono Pass Trail

 

Rocks, Summit Lake

Summit Lake, Mono Pass in distance

Waterfall, Fourth Recess Lake

Waterfall, sunset, Fourth Recess Lake

Cliffs above Fourth Recess Lake

Morning, Fourth Recess Lake

Meadow between Lake 10,864 and Mono Creek

Falls, Mono Creek

Campsite, Pioneer Basin

Snowfield, inlet creek, Lake 10,864

Snowfield between peninsula and mainland, Lake 10,864

Island, Mono Divide, evening

Sunset, Mono Divide

Morning ice

Moonset, Mt. Hopkins, Lake 10.864

Mono Divide, inlet creek Lake 10,864

Upper Lake, Pioneer Basin

Upper Lake, Mt. Crocker

Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

Beldings ground squirrel

 

 

 

Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

 

Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

Sunset, Mono Divide, Lake 10,864

Morning, Mono Divide, Mt. Hopkins, Lake 10,864

Morning, Mono Divide, island, Lake 10,864

Mono Canyon from Mono Pass Trail

 

     

Clouds, Trail Lakes

Rocks, ridges above Trail Lakes

 

Morning, Trail Lakes

Morning, Trail Lakes

Campsite, Trail Lakes

 

 

 

2018 — Bubb's Creek, Brewer Basin, Sphinx Lakes

Kings River, evening

Forest, evening, Kings Canyon

 

Canyon, trees, near Junction Meadow

Canyon, trees, near Junction Meadowe

Campsite, near Ouzel Creek

Pond, reflecton, near Ouzel Creek

Mount Ericson, evening

Ridge, South Guard, Brewer Pass

Ridge, South Guard, morning

Pond reflection below Brewer Pass

Pond reflection below Brewer Passt

Far Approach to Brewer Pass

Near Approach to Brewer Pass

Brewer Pass from Cinder Col

Dawn, Brewer Basin

Snag, Campsite, Big Brewer Lake

Mount Brewer, Brewer Creek

Brewer Creek below Big Brewer Lake

Brewer Creek below Big Brewer Lake

Shoreline, Big Brewer Lake, evening

Stump, Mount Brewer

 

 

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

 

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

Ridge above Big Brewer Lake, morning

Shoreline, Big Brewer Lake, morning

Storm clouds, Mount Brewer

Mount Brewer, pines, clouds

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

 

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

Mount Brewer, Big Brewer Lake, evening

 

Big Brewer Lake from approach to Sphinx Pass

Big Brewer Lake from Sphinx Pass

Sphinx Pass from Brewer Basin

 

Columbine below Sphinx Pass

Snags, Sphinx Lakes

 

Snag, Sphinx Lakes

North Guard, Mount Brewer from Sphinx Lakes

Mount Brewer from Sphinx Lakes

 

North Guard, Sphinx Lakes, evening

 

North Guard, Mount Brewer from Sphinx Lakes

North Guard, Mount Brewer from Sphinx Lakes
       

Sphinx Crest, morning

Sphinx Lake morning

 

Lowest Sphinx Lake

Kings Canyon, evening

 

 

 

 

2018 — Fernandez Pass, Red Peak Pass, Post Peak Pass, Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park

Clover Meadow

Trees, Rutherford Lake

 

Trees, Rutherford Lake

Morning, Rutherford Lake

Morning, Rutherford Lake

Ritter Range from Fernandez Pass

Erratic, Upper Merced Pass Lake

Upper Merced Pass Lake, morning

Lower Ottoway Lake, shoreline

Lower Ottoway Lake, shoreline

Ottoway Peak, sunset

Lower Ottoway Lake, Merced Peak, morning

Lower Ottoway Lake, morning

Lower Otoaway Lake, island, morning

Red Peak Pass trail

Upper Ottoway Lake

Upper Ottoway Lake from Red Peak Pass

Red Peak Pass view north

Red Devil Lake, Sierra Crest

Red Devil Lake, afternoon

Florence/Lyell Crest, Red Devil Lake

Florence/Lyell Crest, Red Devil Lake, evening

Dawn, Merced Peak

 

Morning reflections, Red Devil Lake

Morning reflections, Red Devil Lake

Morning reflections, Red Devil Lake

Morning reflections, ridge, Red Devil Lake

Morning reflections, ridge, Red Devil Lake

Florence/Lyle Crest, Red Devil Lake

Island, Red Devil Lake

 

Snag, Florence/Lyell Crest, Red Devil Lake

Campsite, Red Devil Lake

Sunset, Red Devil Lake

Isberg Pass sign

Storm clouds, Clark Range, Isberg plateau

Evening light, lake, Isberg plateau

Clouds, sunset, Isberg plateau

Morning, Clark Range, Isberg plateau

Morninig, Post Peak, Triple Divide Peak, Isberg plateau

Flowers, Isberg plateau

Flowers, Isberg-Post Peak Pass Trail

View north, Post Peak Pass Traill

Ritter Range, Post Peak Pass Trail

Clark Range, Post Peak Pass Trail

"Beachball" rocks, Porphery Lake

Lupine, Post Peak Pass Trail

Campsite, Fernandez Creek

Forest near Fernandez Creek

Ritter Range from Walton Trail

2017 — Humphreys Basin, John Muir Wilderness

Clouds,North Lake campground

Flowers, Piute Pass Trail

 

Flowers, Piute Pass Trail

Piute Pass, view west

Clouds, Muriel Lake

Clouds, Mt. Humphreys, Muriel Lake

Clouds, Muriel Lake

Mt. Humphreys, Mt Emerson from Mesa Lake

Clouds above Glacier Divide, Tomahawk Lake

Clouds above Glacier Divide, Tomahawk Lake

Dawn,Glacier Divide, Tomahawk Lake

Pilot Knob, sunrise, Tomahawk Lake

Flowers, Tomahawk Lake

Glacier Divide, Tomahawk Lake

Marmot, storm clouds, Tomahawk Lake

Rainbow, Mt. Humphreys, Tomahawk Lake

Rainbow, Mt. Humphreys, Tomahawk Lake

Sunset, Pilot Knob, Tomahawk Lake

Sunset, Pilot Knob, Tomahawk Lake

Sunrise, Tomahawk Lake

Sunrise, Tomahawk Lake

Sunrise, Tomahawk Lake

Sunset, Glacier Divide, Lower Desolaton Lake

 

Clouds from Lower Desolaton Lake

Clouds, Mt. Humphreys, Lower Desolaton Lake

Clouds, Mt. Humphreyes, Lower Desolaton Lake

Moonrise, Mt. Emerson, Lower Desolaton Lake

Sunrise, Glacier Divide, Lower Desolaton Lake

Sunrise, Glacier Divide, Lower Desolaton Lake

Upper Desolation Lake

 

Upper Desolation Lake

Upper Golden Trout Lake, afternoon

Creek, campsite above Upper Golden Trout Lake

Creek, Glacier Divide, evening

Creek, Glacier Divide, evening

Clouds, Mt. Humphreys, evening

Moonset, Glacier Divide, Upper Golden Trout Lake

Morning, Glacier Divide.

Flowers, Upper Golden Trout Lake

Flowers, Upper Golden Trout Lake

Valley, Desolation outlet creek

Bay, view north, Upper Golden Trout Lake

 

Clouds, sunset, Glacier Divide

Clouds, sunset, Glacier Divide

Clouds, sunset, Glacier Divide

Moonset, Glacier Divide, Upper Golden Trout Lake

Moonset, Glacier Divide, Upper Golden Trout Lake

   

2015 — Denali National Park

Clouds, mountains, from park entrance road

Riley Creek campsite

 

Mushrooms Taiga Trail

Savage River canyon

Savage River Valley

Clouds above Savage River

 

Morning, Savage River

Denali from Mountain Vista Trail

Denali from Mountain Vista Trail

Denali, fireweed from park road

 

Cathedral Mountain, Igloo Creek

Igloo Mountain

Caribou along park road

Denali, Alaska Range from park road

View from Polychrome Pass

 

View of Denali and road from Stony Overlook

McKinley River, Alaska Range

Creek, McKinley Bar Trai

Denali from campsite, Wonder Lake Campground

Denali, evening

Alaska Range, evening

Denali, evening

Denali, evening

 

 

 

Clouds, Alaska Range

Storm clouds, rainbow

Storm clouds

Fireweed

 

Shoreline, Wonder Lake

 

 

 

Denali, evening

Denali, evening

Denali, evening

Denali, morning

Denali, morning

 

2014 — Roads End to Upper Basin, Kings Canyon National Park

Clouds, Mt. Clarence King

Tarn, Mt. Clarence King, sunset

Tarn, clouds, sunset

Clouds, sunset

Palisades, Upper Basin from lake below Marjorie

Reflection, Marjorie basin.

Clouds, sunset, Upper Basin

Clouds, sunset, Upper Basin

Clouds, lake, sunset, Upper Basin

Crags

Moonrise, Split Mt.

Moonrise, clouds, Split Mt.

Moonrise, clouds, Upper Basin

Outlet, unnamed lake below Split Mt.

Outlet creek, Upper Basin

Morning, lake, Upper Basin

Morning, lake, Upper Basin

Morning, lake, Upper Basin

Clouds, Upper Basin from lake below Marjorie

Clouds, Upper Basin

Clouds, Mt. Ruskin

Mt. Ruskin, sunset

Pines, sunset

Sunset Upper Basin,Palisades

Morning, clouds, lake below Marjorie

Clouds, lake below Marjorie

 

Clouds from Pinchot Pass

Pinchot Pass looking north

Mt. Clarence King, lake,

Mt. Clarence King, lake, meadow

Morning, Crater Mt.

2013 —Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks

Jackson Lake, Tetons

Storm Clouds, Tetons

Sunset, Yellowstone Lake

Hayden Valley

Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Bison, Gibbon River

Morning, Gibbon River

Morning Mist, Gibbon River

Gibbon River, Sunset

Old Faithful, Second Geyser erupting

Morning Glory Pool

Castle Geyser

Fairy Falls

Rainbow, Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Morning, Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Sunset, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Sunset, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lamar Valley

Lake McDonald

Sunset, Lake McDonald

Avalanche Lake

Creek, Lost Lake trail

Going to the Sun Road

 

Logan Pass area
 

Grinnell Lake

 

Morning, Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

 

Sunset, Fishercap Lake

 

Morning, Fishercap Lake

Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

Evening, Swiftcurrent Creek

 

 

 

2012 — Kaweah Basin

Flowers, Belle Trail Junction

Big Wet Meadow, Whaleback

Cloud Canyon from Colby Pass Trail

Colby Lake

Colby Lake

Clouds, Sunset,Colby Lake

Clouds, Sunset, Colby Lake

Clouds, Colby Lake

View northwest from Colby Pass

View southwest from Colby Pass

Kern-Kaweah River

Gallats Lake from above the Kern-Kaweah

 

Sunset, Picket Creek lake

Shoreline, Picket Creek lake
Morning, Picket Creek
Morning, Lake on Picket Creek
Lake on Picket Creek
Picket Creek lake
Sunset,Picket Creek lake
Sunset,Picket Creek lake
Moonrise, Sunset, Picket Creek lake

 

Foxtail Pine, saddle above Kaweah Basin

View east from island, Kaweah Basin

Pines, Kaweah Basin

View east, Kaweah Basin

Waterfall, view east, Kaweah Basin

Red Spur from Kaweah Basin

Pines, Kaweah Basin

Sunrise, Kaweah Basin

Sunrise, Kaweah Basins

Sunrise, Kaweah Basins

Morning, Kaweah Basin

Morning, Kaweah Basin

Morning, Kaweah Basin

Lake below upper Kaweah Basin

 

2011 — Sixty Lakes Basin, Rae Lakes

Bullfrog Lake, sunset

Brewer group, sunrise

Morning, Brewer group, Bullfrog Lake
Morning, Bullfrog Lake
View west from JMT above Charlotte Lake
Storm clouds, frozen lake below Glenn Pass Upper Sixty Lakes Basin
Sunset, upper Sixty Lakes Basin
Morning, upper Sixty Lakes Basin
Outlet creek, upper Sixty Lakes Basin
Storm clouds, lower Sixty Lakes Basin
Rain, lower Sixty Lakes Basin
Fin Dome, Rainbow, lower Sixty Lakes Basin
Sunset, lower Sixty Lakes Basin

Morning, lower Sixty Lakes Basin

Flowers between lower Sixty Lakes Basin, JMT
Clearing storm, Rae Lakes
Clearing storm, view north, Rae Lakes
Clouds, Rae Lakes
Rae Lakes
Tree, Rae Lakes

Clouds, Rae Lakes

Sunset, Rae Lakes
Sunset, Rae Lakes
Sunset, Rae Lakes
Sunset, Rae Lakes
Morning, Rae Lakes
 
Morning, Rae Lakes
Rae Lakes from Glenn Pass
 
Morning, Kearsarge Lake
Kearsarge Lakes from Kearsarge Pass
Snow graffiti, Kearsarge Pass Trail
 

 

2010 —High Sierra Trail, Nine Lakes Basin

Crescent Meadow
Tunnel, High Sierra Trail
Big Arroyo from Kaweah Gap
Big Arroyo, Great Western Divide, Nine Lakes Basin
Dawn, Great Western Divide
Peaks, Nine Lakes Basin
Pyra Queen Col, Lake, Nine Lakes Basin
Reflection, Nine Lakes Basin
Alpenglow, Nine Lakes Basin
Alpenglow, Nine Lakes Basin
Sunset smoke, Nine Lakes Basin
Lake, Great Western Divide, sunrise
Sunrise,Nine Lakes Basin
Creek ridge, Nine Lakes Basin
Trees, heart-shaped lake, Nine Lakes Basin

Lawson Peak

Sunset, Kaweah Gap
New Moon over Lawson Peak
Upper Lake, Nine Lakes Basin
Tree, cliffs, Nine Lakes Basin
Lawson Peak, Sunrise
Precipice Lake
Precipice Lake
Precipice Lake
Sunset, Angel Wings from Precipice Lake
Precipice Lake
Sunrise from Precipice Lake
Flowers, High Sierra Trail above Hamilton Lake

2009 —Muriel Lake, Merriam Lake, Bear Lakes Basin, Royce Lakes, Humphreys Basin

Looking east from Piute Pass
Looking west from Muriel outlet
Mt. Humphreys, Muriel Lake
Looking northwest from Muriel Lake
Morning, Muriel Lake outlet creek
Merriam Meadow
Mt. Humphreys from Merriam Lake
Morning, Merriam Lake
Sunset, Merriam Lake
Sunset, Mt. Humphreys from Merriam Lake
Merriam Lake, waterfall
Looking towards Feather Pass from below Lake LaSalle
La Salle Lake, chute up Feather Pass headwall
Final climb to Feather Pass
View south from Feather Pass
View west from Feather Pass
Feather Pass from west side
Storm Clouds, Bear Lakes
Ursa Lake outlet
Ursa Lake outlet Sunset, Big Bear Lake
Sunset, Ursa Lake

Moon, clouds, sunset, Bear Lakes

Sunrise, Seven Gables, Ursa Outlet, Big Bear Lake
Claw Lake, Vee Lake
Vee Lake
Vee Lake/ pond in "V"
Flowers,Little Bear Lake
Snow bank, White Bear Lake

View northwest from White Bear Lake

Tarn, Dancing Bear Pass
Jumble Lake, Lake Italy from Dancing Bear traverse
View to southeast from Italy Pass
Merriam Peak, Royce Lake
Moon, Merriam Peak, Royce Lake
Sunrise, Merriam Peak, Royce Lake

Sunrise, Royce Lake

Royce Falls, flowers, French Canyon
Mt. Humphreys from Humphreys Basin
Glacier Divide from Humphreys Basin
Sunset, tarn, Mt. Humphreys
Sunset, tarn, Mt. Humphreys
Sunset, tarn, moon, Humphreys Basin
Sunset, tarn, moon, Humphreys Basin
Sunset sky, Humphreys Basin
Lamarck Col Trail
Owens Valley from Lamarck Col Trail
Owens Valley from Lamarck Col Trail
Moon, Clouds, Lamarck Col Trail
View north, Lamarck Col Trail
View east from Lamarck Col Darwin Canyon from below Lamarck Col
Evolution Lake
Cliffs, trees, Evolution Lake
Evolution Lake, sunset
Wanda Lake
Davis Lake, Mt. McGee from ridge above Wanda Lake
Davis Lake Davis Lake
Sky, Davis Lake
Davis Lake
Flowers, Goddard Creek
Goddard Creek Waterfall above Goddard Canyon
Goddard Canyon
Evolution Creek Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
Evolution Valley
Sunrise, Evolution Valley
McGee Lakes
McGee Lakes
McGee Lakes
Darwin Canyon