Sailing Stones on the Racetrack Playa

Sailing Stones Collide on the Racetrack Playa
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Destiny or a chance encounter? Two sailing rocks on the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park appear to converge from opposite directions leaving a trail behind them. i The Racetrack Playa is known for its 'sailing stones' which are rocks that mysteriously move across its surface leaving a trail in their wake.

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At the Base of Yosemite Falls

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A rainbow is visible above the frazil ice at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls
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Bowling Ball Beach along California’s Mendocino Coastline by Rick Pisio Photography

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The spherical sandstone concretions on Bowling Ball Beach lie within Schooner Gulch State Beach along the Mendocino coastline in California and can only be seen at low tide.
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Mobius Arch and Mount Whitney

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Mobius Arch, in California's Alabama Hills State Recreation Area forms a portal to view Lone Pine Peak and Mount Whitney. Since the 1920's film makers have been using the Alabama Hills as a backdrop for their movies. In the early days of motion pictures films such as "Gunga Din", "How the West Was Won", and "Yellow Sky" were filmed at a site within the recreation area known as "Movie Flats. More recently movies such as "Tremors", "Star Trek Generations," "Gladiator", "Iron Man", and "Django Unchained" were shot in the Alabama Hills.
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Guard Tower and Barbed Wire

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On the west side of US 395, six miles south of Independence, California, stands a solitary guard tower. Guard Tower #8 was once one of eight guard towers that encircled the 6200 acre Manzanar Relocation Center located at the base of Mount Tyndall. At the start of the Second World War President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 into law Congress which resulted in nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans to leave their homes. Manzanar was one of the 10 relocation centers spread across the Western United States that by the end of the war had housed almost 10,000 internees.
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Death Valley’s Eureka Dunes

The sands of 680 foot tall Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
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The sands of 680 foot tall Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
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Willits at Mono Lake

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SC117217-60D018621A pair of willets on Mono Lake's northern shoreline.
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“Elephants” of the Pacific: Part II

Northern Elephant Seal [Mirounga angustirostris] Cow and pup
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PpBL-0003Two ends of the season of the wonderful Northern Elephant Seals as they have come and gone and come again to the shores of California and two sets of images have been added to our photo files and online catalog. We have had the honor and pleasure to travel from Colorado to the Pacific coast to watch, listen and photograph first the hundreds of elephant seal juveniles and sub-adult males and females as they hauled onto the beaches to rest and practice their moves prior to the oncoming mating season after spending most of the year at sea. And then, the breeding season which sends back out to sea the younger ones, while adult cows come in to have their pups just before the big grumpy bulls arrive to terrorize the younger bulls and breeding females in a quest to dominate the beach and mate. This event is one of North America's true wildlife spectacles. You'll find plenty of elephant seals among our wildlife collections on our website and learn more about these beautiful animals as well as others on our blog. Come visit!!
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Mono Lake Tufa Towers in the Pre-Dawn Light

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Tufa Towers along Mono Lake's south shore glow in the pre-dawn light. The tufa towers were formed when the area was covered with water. Underwater springs rich in calcium chemically reacted with the carbonates in the lake and over a period of decades created these calcium carbonate, or limestone, towers. Some towers reach heights of over 30 feet. The towers were exposed when water was diverted from Mono Lake to Southern California, drastically lowering the water level.
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Gull and the Octopus

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PpBL-0003More than a mouthful is what this Western Gull didn't exactly bargain for but when you're fishing for a meal this octopus looked like a bounty. As we were on the California coast photographing sea otters and sea birds this gull caught our attention after brought back to shore a small Pacifc octopus and spent the next 10 minutes lining it up for a quick gulp and swallow. Our conclusion...persistance and determination pays.
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