Blue Mountains, Oregon
I was driving over the Blue Mountains between Washington and Oregon in the winter. I was marveling on how beautiful the pass was in winter and decided I would take a exit I knew about on top to find a wonderful set of trees I could photograph and maybe take the old road down the other side of the mountain. Well at the top I found these very tall slender evergreen trees with new snow the wind or sun had not pushed off the limbs yet. COLD, It was soo cold out that my battery kept stopping when I tried to use my camera. It took over a half hour of changing the batteries back and forth and putting them next to my body to warm them before I got my photo. Well worth the trouble I was having it turned out so great. Truly fine art.
Death Valley Hills
Death Valley National Park straddles eastern California and Nevada. It’s known for Titus Canyon, with a ghost town and colorful rocks, and Badwater Basin’s salt flats, North America's lowest point. Death Valley National Park is a national park in the United States. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, located east of the Sierra Nevada, it occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains. It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 91% of the park is a designated wilderness area. It is the hottest, driest and lowest of the national parks in the United States. The second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment. Some examples include creosote bush, bighorn sheep, coyote, and the Death Valley pupfish, a survivor from much wetter times.
Agate Beach is an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Agate Beach is named for the agates that are found on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean between Newport and Yaquina Head.
Grand Tetons Wyoming
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.