Nature’s Art

Mud WavesA closer look. People see all sorts of things in this image, from chocolate frosting to an aerial view of desert sand. What do you see? Captured image at the beginning of the hike up North Canyon.

Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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The morning light played tricks.Thistle Light. As I hike along the trail, watching for what speaks to me, the morning light peeks through and lights a simple seed head. I underexposed this image to darken the shade behind the subject.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico

The leaves foat on the water of a clear stream.The Fringe. Another moment where I find myself drawn to the abstractions of the stream water. The Autumn leaves had drifted down off the trees and gently placed themselves on the surface, suspended off the bottom, adding dimension to the view.

McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Travertine JigsawPieces of a puzzle. It is a rare example of a cold water carbon dioxide driven geyser; geothermal activity does not play a role in the activity of the geyser. The ground water near the geyser has significant quantities of dissolved carbon dioxide, along with substantial underground gas accumulations in the surrounding area. Saturation of the aquifer with CO2 creates enough pressure to force groundwater through the geyser and out on to the surface. The area surrounding the modern geyser is covered in a thick layer of orange travertine.

Crystal Geyser, Green River, Utah

Muav MosaicA closer look at limestone. Mother Nature definitely has the corner of the market on abstract art, all we need do is to have a closer look.

Mile 127, Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park

Leaf Libretto A lot of stories here. This was taken as I left the river and headed up the creek. I found myself amazed of all the activities that lead up to this 12 inch square scene.

Deer Creek, Colorado River, Arizona

SeepsI’m a sucker for reflections. We had been on the river for 5 days and I found myself over whelmed by the beauty. A short hike up a side canyon brought me to this scene of water seeps, ferns and a perfect reflection.

Trin Alcove, Green River, Utah

Trampled LeafWatch the ground as you walk. I find Nature’s presentations everywhere I go. This very large leaf, bigger than a football, had served it’s purpose and now lay rain soaked on the rainforest floor.

Panama, Central America

Fan LinesTaking a moment for inspection. Hiking the beaches of the Caribbean coast of Panama, I found macro images amongst the Fan Palms.

Bocos del Toro, Panama, Central America

LayeredA multitude of colors. Rafting the Salt River is one of my greatest pleasures. It’s formed by the confluence of the White River and Black River in the White Mountains of eastern Gila County and is 200 miles in length.

Salt River Wilderness, Arizona

Life LinesFollowing the path. Heat, water, limestone, and rock fracture combine to create the terraces of the Mammoth Hot Springs area. The main mineral deposited here is travertine, usually a white rock; however the microorganisms and living bacteria create beautiful shades of oranges, pinks, yellows, greens, and browns.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Duck TrailsA reflective morning. In the early morning hours along the Rio Grande River, the rising sun reflects off the West rim of the gorge onto the rippling waters.

Orilla Verde Recreation Area, New Mexico

Fluted WallThe result of water. Here is the right wall as I float past on the Colorado River. If you get the chance to raft through the Grand Canyon watch for this formation at mile 238. The rock formation is described as granite gneiss in the book Canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers, by George Simmons a & David Gaskill.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Crystal Geyser On my belly for this one. One the first day of our 20 day river trip we came to Crystal Geyser. It is a rare example of a cold water carbon dioxide driven geyser: geothermal activity does not play a role in the activity of the geyser. The area surrounding the modern geyser is covered in a thick layer of orange travertine.

Green River, Utah

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