A closeup of the equipment a rodeo roper needs as he gets ready to chase a calf and rope it within 8 seconds. The roping event in an American rodeo is one of the most exciting event in the program.
Belgium Jesuit priest, Father Pierre Jean De Smet traveled alone through what is today Wyoming and Montana converting Native Americans to Catholicism. On July 5, 1840 he offered the first Holy Mass in Wyoming a few miles from the place where this reenactment took place.g
The basilica of La Sagrada Familia draws 3.1 million tourists a year that come to marvel at Antoni Gaudi's basilica. It was started in 1882 and is expected to be finished in 2023. The central nave depicted in this image is complete and mass is celebrated here. Gaudi's insisted that the basilica be funded only from public donations, thus the length of time in completing it.
Tucked away in one of the side streets that lead off the famed La Rambla in Barcelona, is this alley with it quaint, and neat appearance.
This lighthouse is situated in Galicia's Finisterre (Fisterre). It is the most western point on the European continent. The curtains tell us the the lighthouse keeper resides there.
The sleeping female tiger is watched over by her male companion. His look straight into the lens defies the viewer to get closer.
This quaint flower vendor is located in the city of Girona, in the center of the Spain's autonomous region, Catalonia. The colorful display is typical of how small shops in the area are decorated.
The fishing town of Malpica is situated in Spain's northwest region known as Galicia. The view of the small harbor with the colorful buildings makes this place very unique.
The fishing town of Malpica, in Spain's northwest region of Galicia, offers a picturesque landscape.
Tucked away in a glen in Spain's northwest Galicia is this church and cemetery. It serves as the parish church for the small farming and fishing villages the surround it.
At the end of the famed Las Ramblas, of Barcelona are these original gaslight lamp posts. This a modern rendition of these nostalgic pieces of history.
This image is PAINTOGRAPHY(tm), a method I have developed where paint strokes are added to sections of the scene. Please notice the field in the foreground is clear while the background is seemingly painted.
This early 20th century marble spiral staircase is in the Hotel Astoria in Barcelona, Spain. It's a classic spiral staircase rarely found these days.
To many pilgrims who walk every year from different parts of Spain and the rest of Europe to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain's northwest region of Galicia, the true end of the pilgrimage is at this church, the Virgen of the Ship (Virgen de la Barca). It's about 50 km farther north from Santiago.
The rays of sunlight that pierce through the narrow sliits at the surface of the Upper Antelope Canyon in northern Arizona moves through the sandstone canyon floor like a specter as it reflects off the particles of sand suspended in midair and illuminates the walls.
The waterfall at the Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado takes on a magical effect under the Georgia O'Keefe stylized image.
Straddling the southern border of Utah and the norther border of Arizona is Monument Valley, one of the most photographed and iconic views in the United States. Home to the Navajo Nation it has been the backdrop to countless Westerns.
Nestled in the hills above Poggibonsi, Italy in the province of Siena is the medieval walled city of San Gimignano. Famous for its towers and visited by millions of tourists every year it is an active, thriving rural town.
The rocks on this beach at first glance seem unattractive until one gets closer and sees the different colors they possess.
Portrait of a two year old young lady with a classic Rembrandt lighting.
The sculpture is a modern aluminum art piece that stands in the garden of the City Hall in Surprise, Arizona. The view through the sculpture's opening provided an interesting design.
The Maroon Bells recreational area 12 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado makes for a stunning view in either color or black and white. The name derives from the two 14,000 feet peaks in the background,
The Bird of Paradise is one of the most colorful plants in the world and this private garden located in Woodland Hills, California has some of the beautiful examples of this flower.
The Cedar Breaks National Monument, is an amphitheater composed of shale and sandstone that through millions of years of erosion has formed spires, or Hoodos, that raise like organ pipes above the ground. The process continues at the rate of 2 inches every 5 years. Truly a wonder of nature.
The Arches National Park, outside of Moab, Utah, sometimes produces its most beautiful sights at night. This is image is one of these moments.
The Snake River Overlook is one of the most iconic corners of Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson, Wyoming. It was made famous by Ansel Adams, 1942, black and white photograph of the view. Today, trees block a full view of the Snake River, as it makes it way to the Columbia River over a 1,000 miles away.
Lifeguard station in Port Hueneme, California on a cold and cloudy day.
At the foot of the Grand Teton National Park is Schwasbacher's Landing. If offers a stunning view of the Teton Range reflected in the marshy water of the place.
These hands tell the story of a hard working man. They represent all the working class in the world. Their story is the story of our forefathers.
The Perrine Bridge, in Twin Falls, Idaho, spans the Snake River Canyon and is not the only bridge in the United States that allows base jumping without a permit, but also the site of Evel Knievel's famous failed attempt to jump over the canyon on his rocket fueled motorcycle in 1974.
A bog of sulphuric acid in Yellowstone National Park has killed the trees rendering a stark, desolate landscape. This is a Dali-esque modern, surreal interpretation of the scene.
East Mitten Butte in Mountain Valley, Arizona. This night photograph during one of the rare appearances of the Supermoon in the year was taken in Monument Valley in the Navajo reservation.
Situated 12 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado is the area known as the Maroon Bells. The name derives from the two peaks seen in the background at over 9,000 feet above sea level in the Elk Mountains. It is most iconic scene in Colorado.
Canyonlands National Park, outside of Moab, Utah, has some of the most spectacular vistas in the Southwest. This area is known as Island in the Sky because it's at 7000 feet above sea level, consisted of deep fissures carved out by the Green and Snake rivers.
The life of cowboy means rising before sunrise and on your mount as the sun comes up. This Navajo cowboy on the Navajo Reservation in Monument Valley is ready to move cattle from one pasture to another as the sun peeks through.
Sunrise at Utah's Arches National Park, outside of Moab, is only of the most moving experience a human being can undergo. The sculpted sandstone arches are fragile wonder best viewed at sunrise.
August means Monsoon Season in Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park. The late afternoon rain storms add to the area's already stunning views. One hour after this image was captured the sun came out to close out the afternoon.
Maroon Lake is dominated by the Maroon Bells, the two peaks seen in the background. It's at 7500 feet above sea level in the Elk Mountains, 12 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado. It is an iconic view of Colorado.
In Utah's Canyonlands National Park this area is known as Island in the Sky. It is composed of sandstone canyons visible from space. It is an surreal landscape open to many interpretations.
A photo composite of an majestic elephant making his way to the watering hole trying to escape the heat from the blazing sun in central Africa.
Nestled at 4,484 feet above sea level in Montana's Glacier National Park is 10 miles long Saint Mary Lake. Trapped between glaciers for millions of years it is completely freezes over during the winter with ice up to 4 feet thick.
The Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world. The striking and iconic peaks offer the viewer a refreshingly stunning beauty.
Driving on Route 66 heading West near Kingman, Arizona. This portion of American's Mother Road, is the longest section still in use.
Inside the Upper Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona it's normally dark as the only source of light is from the rays of sun that pierce through the opening at the surface. The intruding sunlight reflects off the sand particles suspended in the air and the sandstone walls are illuminated. In this image sand cascades off a small ledge inside the canyon.
Sunset at famed Fisherman's Pier in Malibu, California is one of the most stunning shows nature puts on everyday. The clouds are the marine layer that comes ashore and covers Malibu every evening until late morning.
Tucked away in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona is Hannagan Meadow at 9,000 feet above sea level. It is one most picturesque corners of Arizona.
This iconic view of Monument Valley has served at the representative of the American West all around the world. It has been the backdrop to many Westerns including John Ford's classic, "Stage Coach" and later on John Wayne's "The Searchers." Situated on the Navajo Indian Reservation that covers 23,000 miles between Utah, Arizona and New Mexico this valley attracts visitors from around the world every year.
Abstract, surreal rendition of Malibu Beach in Southern California.
Sequoia trees are the longest living organism on the planet with some being over 2000 years old. Late Spring at Sequoia National Park at 7000 feet above sea level still carries the risk of snow storms.
The sequoia trees are over 2000 years old and still growing. One of natures longest living things they can be observed at the Sequoia National Park in Central California at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
The Kaweah River rushes through the Sequoia National Park the town of Three Rivers. It's fast rushing waters are enjoyed by rafters from all over the world.
A Kiowa Indian performing the Chicken Dance at a Powwos in Mesa, Arizona. The dance is performed by all Native American tribes in some form or another. The story is once a Blackfoot Indian saw prairie chickens dancing and he killed one of them for food. That night the ghost of the prairie chicken visited his slayer and ordered him to teach his people the dance he observed them performing or he would die.
The portrait of a Kiowa Indian warrior.
Tucked into the walls of northeastern Arizona's Canyon de Chelly is this Pueblo dwelling built by the Anasazi people circa 900 AD. The area is today part of the Navajo Nation Reservation and 40 Navajo families live on the canyon's floor.
The White House ruins are situated in the heart of Canyon de Chelly, in northeastern Arizona. The Canyon is considered sacred ground to the Navajo nation and has been continuously inhabited by the Navajo for nearly a thousand years. The ruins are the only part of the national monument that can be reached without the need of a Navajo guide.
The 800 sandstone monolith took 230 million years to form and the name derives from the Navajo legend that the Spider Woman, one of their deities, taught them to weave and built her home at the top of the monolith.
Flowing through Canada's Yukon Territory through Alaska presents the viewer with an awesome sight of this last of the frontier landscape.
A shaft of sunlight penetrates the dim, narrow sandstone Upper Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona like a ethereal intruder. Reflected by the sand particles suspended in midair it illuminates the interior of the canyon.
The Lower Fall at Yellowstone National Park falls into the area known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The water comes from Yellowstone Lake and undergoes many changes as it flows into the canyon.
A flock of flamingoes at the Los Angeles Zoo bask in the sunlight while preening themselves.
Situated in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, the Old Adobe Mission is representative of the adobe contracted missions that populated California and the Southwest. The missions served as schools,religious services and protection for the local indians. This was for first Catholic Church in Arizona.
The setting sun illuminates the low lying clouds and the Haleakala crater located at 10,000 feet above sea level on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
A late afternoon view of the Grand Canyon in early December from the Desert View point at the Grand Canyon National Park.
These are the original Art Deco tickets counters of famed Los Angeles's Union Station. An Art Deco building built in 1939 and the parting point for many service men and women who left for either the Pacific or European fronts. Many never to return. This area is cordoned off and only seen from a distance. The ticket counters have been replaced by automatic ticketing dispensing machines inside the terminal.
An abstract, surreal interpretation of Leo Carrillo Beach north of Malibu, California.
The city of Florence, Italy is divided in two by the Arno River. The numerous bridges that span the river are visible in the photograph with the famous Ponte Vecchio in the foreground. The Arno continuous its serpentine path through the equally famous city of Pisa.
Ponte Vecchio is arguably one of Florence's most famous sites. It spans the Arno river and has been in existence since 1109. The Medici family covered it in order to be able to walk from the residence at the Pitti Palace to their offices in the Uffizi without be noticed by the people. The bridge has been the home for small shops since its inception when butcher stores covered the span.
Situated in northern Wyoming is 100 miles running through the Shoshone National Forest until it empties into the Big Horn River in Lovell, Wyoming. The Buffalo Bill Dam controls the flow of the river harnessing its power to produce electricity.
THE narrow shafts of light that enter through the narrow slits at the surface to illuminate the interior sandstone walls of the Upper Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona.
Autumn arrives early in northern Wyoming and so do the autumn leaves. This is a stretch just outside of Yellowstone National Park that displays an early Autumn.
Situated just east of Denver, at over 12,000 feet above sea level, Summit Lake, is just below Mount Evans, 14,142 feet above sea level and reachable by automobile along the highest paved road in North America. The ground is strewn with Permafrost.
This is one of the many small geysers in the Paint Pots area of Yellowstone National Park. Each of the many pots produce different colors depending on the mineral makeup of the soil. The fumes spewing out are heated to boiling by the earth's magna.
This is located in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado. The display of cascades and flower arrangement are astounding.
The rising sun announcing a new day breaks over the horizon of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The morning mist beings to make way for the new day.
An empty kayak tells the viewer the kayaker has returned safely home before evening. A photograph taken at Watson Lake, outside of Prescott, Arizona.
An abandoned covered wagon along the Oregon Trail.
A sunset off the coast of Malibu, California. This is a unique scene because most the time the marine layer starts to build up and the sunset is hazy.
A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of an approaching monsoonal storm.
A view of Watson Lake, a man-made lake outside of Prescott, Arizona. The area is known as the Granite Dells because of the large amount of huge granite boulders that populate the place. The lake is used for boating and fishing only.
The country fence splits this serene meadow in half as it leads the viewer's eye to the Ponderosa pine trees in the background. This is a meadow at the base of the San Francisco Peaks just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona and at the foot of Arizona's premier ski resort, Snow Bowl. In the foreground the sky is threatening a summer monsoon storm.
The later afternoon sun illuminates the peaceful grove of Aspen trees that surround the area at the base of Snow Bowl, Arizona's premier ski resort. This is 9000 feet in elevation in the San Francisco Peaks, composed of three dormant volcanoes near Flagstaff, Arizona.
The aftermath of a lightning summer storm in the San Francisco Peak outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. The sky is just starting to show some blue as the storm finishes passing. The sole victim of the storm, a lonely Ponderosa pine tree split in half by a bolt of lightning.
The narrow passageways of the sandstone canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon, reflect the light that comes off the sand particles suspended in the air when the sun's rays strike them.
The ribbon waterfall that seems to come from the cloud above it cascades down the granite mountainside of the Tongass National Forest and empties into Tracy's Arm fjord in Alaska. This portion of the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest, leads into the Terror Wilderness of the area.
This a portion of a sandstone canyon in Northern Arizona that was formed by rain and wind over a period of millions of years. The only source of light is the sunlight that filters in through the narrow surface openings.
The ancient Wukaptki Indian Ruins a few miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona in the Coconino National Forest.
Sunlight that filters in from the narrow openings at the surface illuminate the sandstone interior of this canyon as they reflect off the sand particles suspended in the air.