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                                                          by Duane A. Bender

  • 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.

  • Yaquina Bay Bridge Morning Sun

    Work on the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport, Oregon began on August 1, 1934. The bridge opened on September 6, 1936. The Yaquina Bay Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005.

  • Lonely Piers

    Sunrise on the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon

  • Resting

    This old wooden wheeled wagon was noticed on a side street in Taos, New Mexico.

  • Flow Across Sand

    Photgraphed in Whites Sands National Monument in late March

  • Golden

    The light on the grass pulled me to this scene in Jerome, Arizona.

  • Sunrise Rays Burst On The Desert

    A bright beautiful morning dawns here at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

  • 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.

  • Coquille River Light

    Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars into the Coquille River and harbor at Bandon.

  • Astoria–Megler Bridge

    Sunset at Astoria near the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington states.

  • Distant Mountain

    The nearby red rock mountains are vsible through a gate to the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona.

  • Texas Bluebonnets

    On the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail in 2014

  • Surprise Color

    Magically this momentary but colorful sky appeared after what had been a colorless sunset. We were packing our gear up when it appeared. Luckily my camera but no tripod was still available.

  • A World Apart

    It is easy to get lost in the expanse of White Sands National Monument.

  • 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.

  • El Santuario

    El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico has been called the "Lourdes of America".People come to the Santuario in the thousands, close to 300,000 a year.

  • Over The Dune

    Shortly after sunrise at White Sands National Monument

  • Fishing Fleet

    A few of the fishing boats of Dingle Harbor in Ireland.

  • Ladder To Old World

    Dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs document human presence here at Bandelier National Monument going back over 11,000 years.

  • Waiting For Rain

    The lone pottery bowl is placed under the downspout at Ranch de Taos in New Mexico. The diffused late morning sun provided soft shadows to complement the adobe structure.

  • Shifting Sands

    This image was shot on a very windy day at White Sands National Monument. The swirling sand can be seen in the distance.

  • 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.

  • Bandon Beach Sunset

    A calm evening on the Oregon Coast.

  • Adobe High Rise Buiding

    The late afternoon sun is captured in ths window in Old Town Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Better Days Gone

    There is not much commerce left in the commercial area in the Village of Abiquiu, New Mexico.

  • Bandelier National Monument

    Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre United States National Monument in New Mexico preserving the homes and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo People. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, in total from 1150 to 1600 CE.

  • The Grand Scene

    This early morning overcast day lights the Seven Sacred Pools with Coffee Pot Rock in the background, This scene can be found on Soldiers Pass Trail near Sedona, Arizona.

  • Plaza Blanca

    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.

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