The pre-dawn blue light provides a near-monochromatic backlight to a pier near Santa Barbara, CA.
The fog and sun appear to dissolve away all but the tallest peaks when looking out over the valley.
A sunset seen from a mountaintop with a lot of fog in the valley creates a series of ridges defined by how much fog is layered in front of them. There is strong contrast driven by the flatness of the sky
Sea of Fog
A clean composition emphasizing the power of the sun and the expanse of the fog.
A subtle composition with just a single defined ridge showing two peaks poking through the clouds.
Looking out over a valley with the wind whipping the clouds towards the camera, I was taken by the layers of clouds sandwiching my view.
The Fog Overtakes
The fog was rolling in to the hills, precipitating out on the trees as I watched. The flat whiteness of it all threw the dead trees into stark contrast.
Mid-afternoon fog layer obscures the city below, leaving only some select peaks to poke through.
Morning Cloud Layer
Sunrise provided light and color to capture a uniform cloud layer over the valley below.
Exploring Death Valley
A family wades through the 2016 "superbloom" of Desert Gold wildflowers in the normally barren Badwater region of Death Valley National Park. Framed print available on Etsy! https://www.etsy.com/listing/507320403/exploring-death-valley
First morning light in Death Valley shone brilliant red highlights on the underside of the few clouds still around, casting a purple light onto the hazy mountains in the distance.
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Desert Gold wildflowers stretch on as far as the eye can see in the 2016 "superbloom" in Death Valley National Park. The rocky foreground and crisp mountains in the distance really emphasize how barren this terrain normally would appear except for a brief couple weeks that only can happen when there is above average rainfall in the winter.
Misty Morning on the SF Bay
A chilly, misty morning didn't stop hikers and tourists from enjoying the spectacular scenery of the San Francisco Bay.
A view of the San Francisco Bay during a misty morning.
Houses overlooking Upper Newport Bay on a beautiful spring day.
The sun is just starting to set, giving everything a slight golden glow but colors aren't apparent in the sky yet. A distant house twinkles in reflected sunlight.
A rock formation in Death Valley National Park that shows off the striations of rock formation processes and the jagged upheaval that thrust them into the air.
A Death Valley Morning
The sun has just risen behind us and the distant mountains are at their crispest before the desert haze kicks in. Small shrubs emphasize the distance as they fade into the middle distance.
These hills appear to come out of nowhere in Death Valley along the Beatty Cutoff road. Desert Gold wildflowers are visible in the lower regions where rain will settle, but everything off the valley floor is totally barren.
Death Valley in Contrast
The mountain is surrounded by Desert Gold wildflowers which grab the slight rain that runs off the hills, growing in the small strip of terrain between the mountain and the salt flats.
Road Along the Valley
A scenic vista along a road in Death Valley, with rocky mountains at all depths in the photo. No life is visible, and in the distant valley there is only salted earth.
Looking down from the foothills in the Badwater region of Death Valley, millions of Desert Gold wildflowers bloom in the 2016 "superbloom". The contrast of the bright yellow life with the salt flats just across the valley really helps capture how it felt to be there.
Sunrise in the Preserve
A cloudy sunrise at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary where only the distant hazy mountains are lit and everything else is still in shadow.