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                                                          by Duane A. Bender

  • Plaza Blanca II

    Plaza Blanca is located in the Rio Chama River Valley of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. The movies Wyatt Earp, City Slickers, 310 to Yuma and Cowboys & Aliens were filmed in this area.

  • Distant Rain

    This is an example of the ever changing lighting and wind condiitions at White Sands National Monument.

  • Full Moon Rising

    The September Full Moon at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

  • Reflecting On Sunset

    This was shot from the inside of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. The setting sun lighted the reflection of the clouds on a glass table near the window.

  • Awaiting Sunrise

    Twenty-one minutes before sunrise at the Grapevine Marina

  • Texas Hot Summer Day

    The grass is starting to show the signs of summer heat fatigue.

  • The Boarding House

    This restored miners boarding house is located along a trail through the historic Iowa Hill Hydraulic Placer Mine in Breckenridge, Colorado. Mining History News rates this trail as “one of the best hydraulic mining exhibits in the world”.

  • Safe Crossing

    Sawmill Trail is a cool and shaded 1.5 mile hike near Breckenridge, Colorado.

  • Ecola Point

    Wrapping around Tillamook Head, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park stretches along 9 miles of coastline and offers outstanding sightseeing and recreation opportunities combined with a storied past. Captain William Clark and 12 members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through what is now the park in 1806 in search of a beached whale near present-day Cannon Beach.

  • Leaving The Scene

    The Koi are retreating from this beautiful scene at the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

  • The Path

    This path leads through the quiescent beauty of the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

  • Cape Kiwanda Dawn

    Haystack Rock in the distance as viewed from the balcony of my room,15 minutes before sunrise, at Cape Kiwanda in Oregon.

  • Desert Shadows

    The shadows are captured on this full moon evening at White Sands National Monument.

  • Mountain Meadow III

    This was photographed at a third meadow while on the road to Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

  • Old School House

    The 1895 White Oaks School Building was closed in 1947. In 1879, following the discovery of gold and coal in the Jicarilla Mountains, White Oaks sprang into existence from nothing. It was frequented by notable Old West personalities, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Shotgun John Collins. White Oaks is now a ghost town in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

  • Marina Colors III

    The color and light were special for this Marina image shot at Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Awaiting Sunrise

    Twenty-five minutes before sunrise at the Grapevine Marina

  • Marina Sunset

    This was taken while walking near the harbor on a beautiful August evening in Victoria, Canada.

  • The Clearing

    After almost a two mile hike, this larger of the Lily Pad Lakes was a welcome sight.

  • Mirror Image

    The Sawmill Trail, a 1.5-mile hike, begins at the bottom of the Snowflake Lift in Breckenridge, Colorado follows the Sawmill Creek to this reservoir.

  • Shipping Channel

    These cargo ships are passing by the old piers of Astoria, Oregon. The ships are on the Columbia River as they near the Pacific Ocean.

  • Horsetail Falls

    Horsetail Falls (or Horse Tail Falls) is a waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. The shape of the falls and the rounded rockface over which it flows cause it to resemble a horse's tail.

  • Morning Mist

    The strengh of the late morning sun highlights Latourell Falls along the Columbia River in Oregon.

  • Cape Arago Evening

    Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Oregon Pacific Ocean. Cape Arago was first sighted by Europeans during one of Sir Francis Drake's expeditions in the late 1500s.

  • A Visitor

    This horse probably has very few unknown visitors.

  • Mountain Meadow II

    This gated pasture was found along the road to Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

  • Young Love

    This was shot at the "golden hour" about 40 minutes before sunset. The sand dunes of White Sands National Monument provided the setting.

  • Tones Of Sunrise

    This was taken shortly after sunrise while cruising south of Juneau, Alaska.

  • Whales And Rain

    The humpack whales were very active in this heavy rain in Juneau, Alaska.

  • Marina Morning

    The ducks appeat to be enjoying the calmness of this sunrise morning at Lake Grapevine in Texas.

  • Moving Clouds

    The clouds were rolling over this Dundee Hills Vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

  • Room For Thought

    This quiet spot can be found in the vineyards of Oregon. Dundee Hills is a sub-appellation within the Willamette Valley located 28 miles southwest of Portland and 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Rising above the low, flat floors of the surrounding Willamette and Chehalem Valleys, the Dundee Hills offer spectacular views, including Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson's majestic snowy peaks.

  • Remnants Of Winter

    Mt. Hood was photographed at the end of May from the historic Timberline Lodge in Oregon.

  • Sandcastle And Lava Rock

    The sunset obscured by a fog bank did not provide much color in this beach shot of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. However, the sandcastle provides some detail as the sun sets with the silhouette of the famous lava rock in the background.

  • Yaquina Head Light

    The Yaquina Head Light, also known early in its existence as the Cape Foulweather Lighthouse, is a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast of the United States. The tower stands 93 feet (28 m) tall, and is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. The lighthouse was built from 1871 to 1873 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Distant Architecture

    This distinctive architecture is visible through the fog. The structure is the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts at Ruidoso, New Mexico.

  • Mountain Meadow I

    This quiet mountian meadow is near historic Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

  • Remnants

    This reminder of the recent past was shot near the old mining town of White Oaks in New Mexico.

  • North To Alaska

    This stream flows quietly in the Mendenhall Glacier Valley in Alaska.

  • Enjoying the Sunset

    This image is of our granddaughter viewing the sunset after leaving Sitka, Alaska on our cruise ship.

  • Cruising The Bay

    The early morning colors were majestic as we cruised the Alaska Inland Passage en-route to Glacier Bay National Park.

  • Night Falls

    Late afternoon on the Pacific Coast in Oregon.

  • Sea Stacks And Surf

    The smaller sea stacks near Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon are called "The Needles".

  • Peter Iredale Remnants

    The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles (6 km) south of the Columbia River channel. Wreckage is still visible, making it a popular tourist attraction as one of the most accessible shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Pacific.

  • Vista House

    Vista House is an observatory at Crown Point in Multnomah County, Oregon, that also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Crown Point Vista House was completed in 1918.

  • Cape Kiwanda Overcast Sunrise

    Haystack Rock is visible in this overcast sunrise photo at Cape Kiwanda in Oregon.

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