The magic of a clearing winter storm in Yosemite by the light of the full moon is beyond words. Powerful storms had pounded the park for a week, causing historic flooding that closed the Valley to visitors. The final storm was colder, blanketing the area in a foot of powdery white, then clearing dramatically as the full moon rose. Ephemeral streams and waterfalls were everywhere; this image features one of them. California, 2017.
This is the kind of view that stays with you forever. I made the hike up here three times, and on the third time, after hiking up in a whiteout, I was finally rewarded with a clearing snowstorm. Mt. Assiniboine is the tall majestic peak towards the left, and Sunburst Peak is in the center. We spent four days in this amazing area, and only for a few brief moments did Mt. Assiniboine show itself. But ahh, when it did! British Columbia, 2016.
A snowstorm transforms Yosemite Valley into a winter wonderland. I had visited this location over a dozen times before, but it wasn't until I was shivering in realfeel -18F before sunrise, in the middle of a snowstorm, that I considered taking a photo of the snow falling over the valley.
Fission and Fusion
A fiery sunset and receding wave frame the three famous sea stacks of Rodeo Beach. California, 2015.
A fresh December snow fall blankets Yosemite Valley, as fog swirls and light begins to break through.
Ride the Lightning
An extremely rare cloudscape amidst 14,000+ foot peaks of Kings Canyon National Park, California.
Gates of the Arctic
A colorful sunrise over freshly fallen snow in Yosemite Valley, during a short break in a winter storm.
The first light of a new day beams down to the forest floor, with fog dancing through the hills. Bay Area, California, 2017.
Fascinating patterns in an array of succulents. California, 2017.
Islands in the Sky
A dream came true on this morning. This is a single exposure, about 45 minutes before sunrise. San Francisco, 2016.
The majestic city of San Francisco peeks out from dreamy morning fog. California, 2017.
Yosemite Valley by night, as fog from a settling storm fills the valley, some clouds linger, a thunderous waterfall gushes, and the Milky Way shines brightly above.
One of the most perfect mountain scenes I have encountered in all my travels. Banff National Park, Alberta.
Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in low fog, California, 2016.
An uncommon mixture of low fog on the Golden Gate Bridge with higher fog hiding the city behind. San Francisco, CA.
Fanning the Flames
A fiery sunset over Broken Top, a volcano in the central Cascades. For a couple weeks every year, the barren hills come alive with colorful flowers. Oregon, 2016.
A glacial stream gushes through a large snow cave in the mountains of New Zealand. I spotted entrances to a couple caves while driving along the road, pulled over and hiked across a talus and scree field to their mouths. All of them were interesting, but this one was the best, and the views looking out from deep inside will be with me forever. South Island, 2016.
Dramatic storm clouds fill the sky over Minaret Lake, in the High Sierra wilderness.
Rural rolling hills bathed in golden sunlight. Part of an upcoming series shot with Willie Huang. Northern California, 2017.
A fiery sunset over a wild tarn in the High Sierra backcountry, with the last of winter melting away leaving a few icebergs in the water. This kind of scene is only possible for a short period each year. Eastern Sierra, California, 2016.