2010 was a great year for landscape photography, we experienced a fantastic wildflower bloom in California. Here are a few of my best from the year, I wish I could pull a few more off the hard drive! Have a great year everyone!!
Light painted petroglyphs in the Owens Valley near Bishop, Eastern Sierra
Alpen glow breaks through the clouds in the Eastern Sierra’s North Lake on a cold autumn morning.
Burney Falls in Northern California is constantly fed by a natural spring.
A wild lenticular cloud formation slowly grows and moves across the Northern Mojave Desert.
Early dawn light creeps across the flooded salt flats of Death Valley.
Dangle your toes off of Toroweap’s 3,000 foot cliff overlooking the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.
Wild mountain lillies bloom in an open meadow in Northern California’s Cascade Range.
Tiles of Earth sculpted by wind, water and sand in one of Death Valley’s dune fields.
Pines catching thier first light on old rolling dunes in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Friends paddle through a Colorado River cave in the Mojave Desert. I really miss this moment.
Wildflowers bloom under Mt Shasta in a wild fire recovery area.
A view through an arch in the Alabama HIlls displays a rainbow against rainy skies.
A nocturnal alignment of earth and space in Joshua Tree National Park.
One of the largest wildflower blooms I have ever seen occured in California’s Central Valley. Only 80 miles from Los Angeles.
You Will Eat Me No More
Death Valley National Park
The Mojave Desert Tortoise is the largest reptile of the Mojave Desert. They walk on ground that can get over a 130 degrees. They avoid the heat in their giant burroughs where it is about 40 degrees cooler and hibernate there durning the winter. They can live for a year without water or maybe even 2 years without water.
In certain areas of the Mojave the average number of tortoises per square mile in the 1920′s was 100, now in the same areas there are less then a dozen per square mile. A host of animals depend on their large burroughs for homes. The Mojave Desert Tortoise is an endangered species because it’s population has dwindled in recent years. In order for it to be removed from the endangered species list it’s population must grow and be sustained for 25 years.
This series is part of a yearly tradition that Jim Goldstein has started where he posts a blog with links to many other yearly collections from other photographers. See them all here http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2011/01/12/best-photos-of-2010/. Here are my 2009′s collection http://stevesieren.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/landscape-photography-my-best-of-2009/