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Philip Kuntz / 281 items

N 142 B 2.2K C 33 E Aug 24, 2014 F Jun 2, 2020
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Palette Spring is one of the first sections at Mammoth Hot Springs that one sees when approaching from the lower parking lot. The WoWs start here.

Pallette Spring:
"Water flows from a flat area and then down a steep ridge, creating a colorful hillside palette of brown, green, and orange (the colors are due to the presence of different heat-tolerant bacteria). This effect is much the same as an artist would achieve by allowing wet paint to run down a vertical surface." nps.gov

Thanks for taking a look! Always appreciated.

Tags:   Pallette Spring Mammoth Hot Springs geothermal thermophiles hot springs nature's colors Yellowstone Wyoming

N 191 B 2.7K C 59 E Sep 19, 2019 F May 16, 2020
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My long-exposure capture of Montana's Ousel Falls captured the mist trail nicely as it floated downstream. Truly an enchanting waterfall.

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday!

Tags:   Water Spirit long exposure mist trail Ousel Falls waterfall falls Big Sky Montana

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Sunset skies above Idaho's Lochsa River.

This remote river is fed by the melting snowpack of the Bitterroot Range, among the highest precipitation areas in the state. The Selway river joins it before they flow into the Clearwater River. Traveling thru here was one of the hardest, grueling stretches of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

"Long before the arrival of European Americans in the 19th century, the Nez Perce people in Idaho used the trail along the Lochsa River to travel to the plains of Montana to hunt buffalo. Kootenai and Salish (Flatheads) from Montana used the river trail to reach salmon runs in the rivers and streams feeding into the Columbia basin." Wikipedia

"The Lochsa is one of the greatest whitewater flows in the country – and the world. Pronounced “lock-saw” which means rough water in the Nez Perce Language. 37 Class III, 25 Class IV, and two Class V rapids will get your arms burning and your heart pumping. The names of the rapids say it all – Grim Reaper, Pipeline, Lochsa Falls, Termination – and you won’t get much rest between."
trailadventures.com

I sincerely appreciate your friendships, comments and support. Thank you!

Tags:   Lochsa River rivers Bitterroot Mountains Lolo Pass sunset clouds whitewater rafting rafting Wilderness Gateway Campground Idaho

N 162 B 2.3K C 45 E Oct 8, 2013 F May 6, 2020
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Crooked River curls around this colorful geological formation.

This red spire is one of the most prominent features when one first sees Oregon's Smith Rock.

The forms, shapes, patterns and colors at Smith Rock are most impressive.

Thanks for taking a look! Much appreciated.

Tags:   Shiprock Smith Rock Crooked River geology nature's colors Seven Wonders of Oregon Terrebonne Oregon

N 1.1K B 35.6K C 90 E Sep 14, 2018 F May 3, 2020
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I've literally been blown away by the mixture and bounty of crazy cool skies above Idaho's Sawtooths, as seen here at Little Redfish Lake. Wind shear is common as are wonderfully dramatic and frequent thunderstorms. The skies draw me back to the Sawtooths almost as much as those jagged peaks. A grand show is guaranteed.

Thanks for taking a look. Always appreciated!

Keep safe and well.

Tags:   sunset sundown dusk evening skies clouds wind shear climate Sawtooth mountains Sawtooths Little Redfish Lake Stanley Idaho Grand Mogul Mt. Heyburn moon


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