On first impression, most people notice the obvious tones of the Aspens in Autumn. Winter usually makes an appearance long after the trees have shed their leaves. On this rare occasion, snow has dusted the evergreens while fall colors maintain their glory.
A chilling reminder of the cycles of life.
Reaching this location was not without challenge, and a real test of perseverance. After applying for a permit months in advance to no avail, my friends and I headed down to Zion for a roll of the dice.
Every day of our trip we applied and camped out before dawn at the permit office in hopes of getting a last minute cancellation pass. Not until the second to last day of our trip was one of our names drawn. We were ecstatic, and ready for adventure.
It's never easy to hike unknown terrain, in the dark, carrying 50 lbs of gear; but the sunrise yielded unbelievable surprises well worth the effort. Primeval scenery and fossilized dinosaur footprints evoked immense gratitude and awareness of being an infinitesimal part of this landscape's vast history.
Break of Dusk
The Grand Canyon holds a lot of beauty, mystique, and surprises; on this day the biggest surprise was one I never expected.
I sat at the edge of the canyon for a while after sunset to enjoy the starry night, only to realize all of my fellow tourists were gone with the setting sun. Alone and in the dark, I decided to head back, when suddenly I saw a pair of eyes reflecting back at me.
Panic set in, I thought it was a mountain lion stalking me. I felt I couldn't give it my back and run away, nor walk backwards and risk falling. He would take this opportunity to pounce, so I extended the legs on my tripod and proceeded forward ready for battle, only to see more eyes appear in the night. As I got closer and my heart pounded in my chest, I was relieved to find out that my blood thirsty adversary...was a doe.
What is a Tufa you ask...
Tufa columns are a variety of limestone formations, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals.
This site is found in Mono Lake California, where the salinity, and extreme temperatures provide a very unique ecosystem.
A quiet winter sunset provides this still and tranquil backdrop.
City of Dreams
This city holds a special place in my heart, for it is where I took my first steps into independence.
I moved from Venezuela to NYC when I was 19 years old with a backpack full of clothes, two thousand dollars, and a dream. I quickly realized how hard this endeavor was going to be, but full of hopes and aspirations I found my way.
I often get questions about the name of this image and the uniqueness of it's look.
To the surprise of many, this image was not taken during day light, it was captured at midnight during a full moon. Winters in Lake Tahoe provide very clean and crisp air.
A 30 second exposure creates a snapshot in time where moving subjects become still and blurred, revealing a scene the naked eye couldn't see.
Being in the presence of these majestic, towering beings always evokes a feeling of peace and appreciation for life. Their journey through time humbles me and puts into perspective the brevity of our lives.
After discovering this grove and capturing these resting giants, I stumbled upon this piece by the National Parks Conservation Association, which embodies the essence of the Redwood experience.
Growing is Forever (NPCA video link)
As the sun fades to the west, this eastern facing view of Tahoe's Nevada rim provides an opportunity to appreciate the purity and clarity of the clouds and skyline above the lake.
In the high desert there are long times of drought. The concerns of erosion and wildfires can bring stress to the land and its inhabitants. Through nature's grace there are occasional storms which sweep through and bring not only the water we so greatly need for survival, but the sensual pleasures of sight and smell that restore our love of this land.