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As the name of this website implies, I’m fond of the scenery one encounters in the backcountry. While the blog posts and trip reports are full of photos from my various trips, the albums below are a carefully curated set of the best photos I’ve captured in the backcountry.
An afternoon fog obscures the foothills of Mount San Jacinto
This charming creek offers a much-need distraction during a steep climb into the Alps
The trail tunnels through the cliffs of Hollental Canyon
Dolly Sods Milky Way
The core of the Milky Way galaxy dominates the night skies over the Dolly Sods Wilderness
Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, and the seemingly-infinite granite landscape of Yosemite National Park
Red Peak and the surrounding mountains are reflected in the calm waters of Lower Merced Pass Lake
The North Fork of the San Joaquin cascades down the canyon
Colorado National Monument boasts an impressive set of these towering monoliths.
The red sunset light illuminates the triangular gables that given Seven Gables (the distant peak) its name. Undulating waves of granite carpeted in pines lie below the sunlit peaks.
John Muir Trail
Two backpackers walk southbound on the John Muir Trail along the banks of Wanda Lake.
Cotton-candy clouds over Mount Baker, Colfax Peak, and Lincoln Peak
The Morning Eagle awaits the day's visitors to Lake Josephine
One of many canyons in Shades State Park, full with leaves in the autumn
Spring in Acadia
Lush, green grass and striking white aspens line this pleasant trail in Acadia National park
A massive U-shaped canyon in the Kings Canyon National Park
Morning Eagle Falls
Steve hikes toward the waterfall
After being thoroughly soaked and chilled by an afternoon thunderstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the sun peaked out from the angry clouds to create this wonder!
After a terrifying afternoon thunderstorm, the overcast skies give way to cotton ball clouds and the sun comes out, casting its warm evening rays across the landscape.
After a winter of heavy snow, Wanda Lake remains covered in snow and ice well into August!
The nearby mountains partially obscure the towering cumulonimbus clouds now congregating over the Palisade Basin; meanwhile, Dusy Basin is peaceful and beautiful! Knapsack Pass is the large saddle on the left side of the frame.
Izaak Walton Lake
The early morning light illuminates the peaks but leaves Izaak Walton Lake in shadow
The trail to the summit of Mount Wilson (just west of Los Angeles) is shrouded in mist
These flowers, i.e., bear grass, are beautiful! It's no wonder that they're an icon of Glacier National Park.
Sunset O'er the Lake
Sunset at Lake McDonald is a serene experience
We approach Wildlife Lake, our campsite for the evening, in the golden evening light
Looking back at the Roman Wall gives you a sense of the size of the mountain; there are a few rope teams up there for scale
All you can see from the summit of Mount Baker is mountains, mountains, and more mountains!
The formidable Alpspitze summit is shrouded in wisps of cloud this morning
The evening alpenglow illuminates the peaks of the Clark Range
The sun streaming through these aspens caught my eye while thru-hiking the John Muir Trail
What a scenic location to begin a hike!
Easily one of the coolest things I've ever experienced -- or photographed!
One silver lining to the smoky haze is the spectacular sunset colors!
A group of young deer walk through one of the massive meadows beside the Tuolumne River
The rising sun sends rays streaming through the misty air around Cucamonga Peak.