You will not forget the first time you see Devils Tower in Devils Tower National Monument. Approaching from the south on Highway 24 in Wyoming, the tower suddenly appears from the top of the last rise in the road. It is a solitary sentinel on the rolling plains surrounding the Black Hills, near the Belle Fourche River. So, it is easy to understand why Theodore Roosevelt established this iconic tower as our nation’s first national monument.Continue reading “Devils Tower National Monument”
Death Valley National Park is glorious in December. There are no crowds and the colors vibrate in the low winter sun. So, take a look at our collection of photos from our winter photoshoot. Did I say there are no crowds?!Continue reading “Death Valley National Park”
Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park, near Torrey, exists to protect the area around a 65 million year old warp in the earth’s crust, called the Waterpocket Fold. Even more noteworthy, it is the largest exposed monocline in the United States.
According to the National Park Service, the name capitol refers to the white domes of Navajo Sandstone that resemble capitol building domes, and the name reef refers to the rocky cliffs that are a barrier to travel, like a coral reef. Domes and reefs are just the start of the wonders in the park.Continue reading “Capitol Reef National Park”
White Sands is now a national park as of 2020. Rare, snow-white dune fields composed of gypsum crystals, called selenite, give White Sands National Park its name. It is located in the Tularosa Basin just south of Alamogordo, New Mexico.Continue reading “White Sands National Park”
We have just updated and expanded our post about Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef is one of our favorite parks. It has it all: geology, history, and dramatic landscapes. Continue reading “Capitol Reef National Park — Updated”
Back in 2011, I visted Carlsbad Caverns National Park. As a result of that visit, I posted a series of posts about how to capture, develop, and polish photographs taken in the caverns. Here is an addendum to those posts. It contains photos of the caverns, but also of the surrounding area.Continue reading “Carlsbad Caverns Area of Southern New Mexico”