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Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Arizona

The monsoon season in the American Southwest runs from roughly mid-July through early September. Moist air from the Sea of Cortez (aka, Gulf of California) circulates north, creating thunderstorms that appear in the afternoon, possibly rain, and then dissipate in the evening. It's perfect weather for photographing storms, lightning, rainbows, and a canyon decorated by clouds.

Tags:   Arizona Colorado Plateau Colorado River Grand Canyon Grand Canyon National Park Moran Point South Rim USA United States canyon cloud landscape national park outdoor park rim river sky summer water

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Mývatn, Norðurland eystra, Ísland

An Icelandic morning dawns, as seen from the banks of the Laxá í Aðaldal (English "Salmon River") which flows out of Mývatn (English "Midge Lake") in northeastern Iceland.

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San Gregorio State Beach, California

The coastal bluffs along the San Mateo County coast are punctuated by streams flowing into the ocean. Salmon once returned to these streams to spawn, but that doesn't happen much any more, if at all.

But the cycle continues. In the winter the rains come and the streams flow to the ocean. In the dry summers the streams become a trickle, impounded in a lagoon behind a berm of sand thrown up by the ocean tides. A few fish wait, we hope, in that lagoon and in the shallows further upstream, waiting for the rains to come again.

Tags:   California San Gregorio San Gregorio Beach San Gregorio Creek San Gregorio State Beach San Mateo County USA United States beach bluff cliff coast creek landscape ocean outdoor pacific pacific ocean river sea seascape shore shoreline stream water

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Jökulsárlón, Austerland, Ísland

A photographer is standing on an moraine left behind by the retreating glacier that has generated this proglacial lake filled with icebergs. As much as I appreciate moody lighting, the dense fog was a bit over the top for my first view of the Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon.

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Pacheco State Park, California

The land that is Pacheco State Park was originally part of an 1843 Mexican land grant, El Rancho San Luis Gonzaga, to Francisco Pacheco. His descendants held the land for five generations until Pacheco's great-great-granddaughter, Paula Fatjo, bequeathed her ranch to the state of California. Part of the land had earlier been incorporated into the San Luis Reservoir. Her gift became Pacheco State Park in 1997.

The land sits on the eastern edge of the Diablo Range, part of California's coastal ranges, created from sea floor pushed up by tectonic forces.

The nearby Pacheco Pass has been a major route between the Pacific coast and the Central Valley ever since California has been inhabited.

And as for the photo, this outcropping of lichen covered rock, surrounded by California Poppies and nestled on a grassy hillside, caught my eye. Note that some of the grass on the left has started to turn brown, presumably because of very shallow soil on top of the outcropping. The Valley Oaks have not yet completely leafed out.

Tags:   California California Poppy Pacheco State Park USA United States Valley Oak flower grassland hill landscape lichen meadow outdoor pacheco poppy rock state park tree


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