Time Stand Still - Pacific Northwest Nature and Landscape Photography

Time Stand Still - Pacific Northwest Nature and Landscape Photography, Photos, Pictures, and Images
Ice Cascade Frozen waterfall on the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park
Sphagnum Moss under frozen waterfall spray Moss melting through frozen waterfall spray
Waves cascade over rocks at Cape Meares Waves sweep over offshore rocks at Cape Meares
Red and purple Sea Urchins in Northwest tide pool Urchins in a shallow tide pool at Coos Bay
Oregon Baby Harbor Seal Curious baby Harbor Seal in Alsea Bay
Molting Harbor Seal Seal's mom who seemed a little nervous about how close her baby was getting to us. Harbor Seals molt each year shortly after the breeding season
Moonlit Driftwood Moonlight on giant Cedar trunks. Some of the largest trees in North America are found on British Columbia's west coast. Erosion washes them into the ocean and then Pacific storms toss them onto Washington beaches
Seagull on driftwood at Rialto Beach Seagull taking off from buried driftwood on the northern Washington coast
Fractal driftwood patterns at Rialto Beach Driftwood patterns
Mossy rocks in Oregon Hood River Mossy rocks in a stream bed
Sol Duc Falls in the Olympic National Park Small cascade near Sol Duc Falls in the Olympic National Park
New moss growth on Olympic Rainforest Bogachiel River Trail New moss growth stretching across a rock face
Western Toad on the Bogachiel River Trail in Olympic Rainforest Western Toad on the Bogachiel River Trail
 Banana Slug nibbling on a cluster of Honey Mushrooms
Pacific Wormwood dewdrops at Silver Falls State Park Dewdrops on a Pacific Wormwood plant at Silver Falls State Park
Red-Banded Polypore mushroom dewdrops Early morning dewdrops on the underside of a Red-Banded Polypore mushroom
Turgor pressure (osmotic pressure or hydrostatic pressure) on Red-Banded Polypore mushroom Droplets on top of a larger Shelf Polypore. Turgor pressure along the active growth edge wicks water up through the cells of the mushroom body, so drops still form after the rest of the dew or rainwater has evaporated
Velvet Shank mushroom at Deception Falls Nature Trail Velvet Shank mushroom growing on a fallen tree along the Deception Falls Nature Trail
Star trails behind Mt. Baker Long pre-dawn exposure of Mt. Baker's northeast face. The Cascade Range blocks moisture from air streaming in from the Pacific so these mountains get more snow than anywhere else in North America. The summer sun isn't strong enough to melt all of it, so every year the ice builds up until it's heavy enough to begin sliding downhill. These fractures form as the glacier flows over the uneven surface
Sunset mist in snowy valley at Mt. Rainier National Park Mist rising from Mount Rainier valleys
Lichen Crystals Ice crystals on lichen-covered rock
Blackberry bush frost Frost on a Pacific Blackberry bush
Mt. St. Helens at dusk Mt. St. Helens at dusk
Moonlit fog rolling through the valley in front of Mt. St. Helens Moonlit fog rolling through the valley
Mt. St. Helens lenticular with crater smoke Smoke rising from within the crater as clouds swirl around the rim
Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest at Mt. St. Helens. Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt. St. Helens. Squirrels and chipmunks are some of the first animals to colonize new volcanic landscapes because they can easily find shelter in cracks and in the spaces between small rocks
Yellow Pine Chipmunk on pumice at a Newberry National Volcanic Monument lava tube Yellow Pine Chipmunk on pumice at a lava tube entrance in Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Sunset sea foam patterns at Point Reyes Sea foam patterns at sunset
Sea foam bubbles at Rialto Beach Sea foam bubbles on the shoreline
Twilight Deception Falls Deception Falls in late twilight
Waterfall tributary at Deception Falls by moonlight Waterfall tributary by moonlight
Pacific Silver Fir Snowmelt on a Pacific Silver Fir
Echinacea flower Setting sun on an Echinacea flower
Honey Bee on English Lavender Honey Bee looking for nectar in an English Lavender field
Wild Sweet Pea flowers Early light shining through the petals of a wild Sweet Pea vine
  Frost-covered trees emerging as the morning fog starts to clear
Rutting Moose at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center with antler velvet Moose in early rutting season at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, shedding the remnants of velvet from their antlers
Golden Eagle at Oregon Cascades Raptor Center Golden Eagle at the Cascades Raptor Center, a wildlife hospital for birds of prey
Colony of California Sea Lions at San Francisco Bay's Pier 39 boat docks Colony of sea lions that have taken over the boat docks at San Francisco Bay's Pier 39
California Sea Lion at San Francisco Bay's Pier 39 boat docks Early morning swim in the bay
California Sea Lion fight at San Francisco Bay's Pier 39 boat docks Territorial challenge
California Sea Lion at San Francisco's Bay Pier 39 boat docks Still the Alpha Sea Lion on this dock
Ocean rock waterfall cascades at Cape Perpetua
Erosion of Washington coast rocks (sandstone, clay, and volcanic basalt combined as the Juan de Fuca Plate slides under the North American Plate)
Timber Wolf in Canadian Rockies Jasper National Park, Alberta. Timber Wolf seen just before dawn in the Canadian Rockies Jasper National Park, Alberta. Wolves were hunted to the brink of extinction in North America, but several recent reintroduction efforts have been very successful
Freezing lake patterns in Canadian Rockies Jasper National Park, Alberta. Reflections in Robson lake just a few minutes before the arrival of the wolf pack
Coyote scout Coyote just outside the territory of the large Druid wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park. This was one of the first reintroduction sites and there are now over two dozen established wolf packs. Each pack is able to take down several elk or bison each week but they have to fend off the coyotes, bears, and ravens that show up afterward
Grand Prismatic Pool Most of the geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone contain thermophiles - microbes that feed on sulfur in the superheated water. Larger pools have distinct temperature bands with different organisms able to survive in each one. Cyanophyta are able to withstand the very hottest temperatures in the center, while the edge is a thick red carpet of bacteria and algae under a thin film of cooler runoff water
Extremophiles Close-up of thermophilic bacteria
Mammoth Springs Waterfall The hot springs in the northern sections of the park rise through limestone deposits. The heat dissolves the limestone and redeposits it in layers at the surface
Genesis Bubbles and thermophiles clinging to rocks at the base of a hot spring
Saffron Milk-Cap mushrooms in Washington rainforest (second-growth forest clear-cut, but then commercial logging banned) Saffron Milk-Cap mushrooms growing among the moss in a rain forest near the northern Washington coast
Frozen dewdrop on a blade of grass Frozen dewdrop on a blade of grass
Surface flow of magma at the Hawaiian Kilauea Volcano Surface flow of magma at the Hawaiian Kilauea Volcano
 Lava river pouring into the ocean
 Explosion of steam as a wave washes over the lava
Frost on an autumn leaf Early morning frost on a changing leaf