Yosemite Field

Looking out across the valley floor of Yosemite National Park as the early morning mist still lightly covers the ground. This valley has sparked the imagination of many artists and poets. According to history.com, in 1864 Yosemite became the worlds first piece of land to be intrusted and protected by a state. That was eight years before…

Mount Cook

Standing at a height of 12,218′ is Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Also known as Aoraki to the Māori, which are New Zealand’s original inhabitants. I took this image from the well-defined and extremely popular Hooker Valley Track. This is a fairly easy 3 hour total out and back hike to the foot of the Hooker…

Mt. Gould

This is a closeup look at the formidable east wall of Mt. Gould in Glacier National Park. It is the highest point along the ridge formation known as the “garden wall.” This east wall plunges 4,000′ in less than half a mile. Want a view from the top? It is actually easier than it looks…

Moraine Park

This is Moraine Park located inside Rocky Mountain National Park. According to allrockymountain.com, this area was carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. I have seen herds of Elk lining this field during mating season. There is a large campground just to the north of this open area, but get your reservations early in…

Grinnell View

This is a view back down the valley as seen near the Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park. The beautiful turquoise waters created by glacier silt are seen below. The closest lake in the image is Grinnell Lake, then Lake Josephine in the middle and Sherburne Lake off in the distance. It is a fairly…

Mt. Crumpit

Anyone whose childhood Christmas included watching the reclusive Grinch steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville and race to the top of a mountain know what I am referencing with my title—Mount Crumpit. That curly white cloud is very reminiscent of the top of Mount Crumpit from the pivotal change of heart scene in the classic childhood tale. In reality,…