Photograph by Leonard Kern
A glorious end to a beautiful day.
Photograph by Jessica Metcalf
Germany and Austria
Peace and beauty.
North Atlantic Ocean
My significant other and I have been cruising the East Coast of the United States, from Key West to Maine, for about 11 years. The glorious sights we've seen are treasures in our hearts and, fortunately, we have also chronicled our adventures in newsletters and photos. We've enjoyed traveling with dolphins many times. They love following the boat, entertaining us with leaps and surfing the bow wave.
Photograph by Hollie Busbee
I love photography and love taking nature pictures.
Photograph by Susan Russell
Spring comes a little later here in Boise, but when it does it is quite the buzz. I enjoy taking picture of flowers and the interaction with the insect world. Bees are a bit of a challenge to photograph but are well worth the effort.
Photograph by Kathleen Kwan
Wetlands should be a big part of our lives. We have destroyed so much of them. It is time we decide how much of nature we wish to keep for future generations to enjoy.
Photograph by Gerald Blank
Glacier National Park, Montana
This photo of Lunch Creek and Pollock Mountain brings back wonderful memories of the hike my son and I took here in 2006.
Photograph by Mirell Lage
My mom's favorite flower. Every year we add more roses to our small backyard, and it's well worth it.
Photograph by Hope Thompson
Willow Springs, North Carolina
I love this picture because purple is my favorite color!
Photograph by Mary Keller
While in Napa Valley, I set out to find Thomas Keller's famous restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville. I found the restaurant, but it was his beautiful garden across the street that really caught my eye.
Photograph by Mandolin Davis
This is an orchid photographed as a "bokeh," where everything except the orchid is out of focus. In the lower center, there is a part of the orchid that looks like a little face character. It reminded me of the talking flowers in the movie Alice in Wonderland. I may be an adult now, but the songs from the movie came rushing back. "You can learn a lot of things from the flowers ... especially in the month of June!"
Photograph by Millie Rowse
Monument Valley, Utah
Taken from Goulding's Lodge. Incredible scenery!
Photograph by Sheryl Whalen
Zion National Park, Utah
Hiking in the Red Mountains of Zion National Park and St. Georges, Utah, is a spiritual experience. There is an incredible energy in the area. Upon arrival, one can take a deep cleansing breath and feel the stress of life ease slightly. This photo is of the formation named Three Patriarchs. Mormons named most of the mountains in this region; therefore, many names are religious. The three pictured here are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Eastern Cape, South Africa
This beautiful half-collared sunbird was snapped sitting just outside the tent we were staying on at the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve on the Wild Coast of South Africa. The plant is called a strelitzia reginae, or it is perhaps better known as a bird of paradise. This particular sunbird would wake us up every morning by tapping on our window. We're not sure if it was him marking his territory or trying to attack his own reflection!
Photograph by Deborah Cooper
I never tire of watching a new sunrise: a new day, a new beginning.
Photograph by Suzie Mauro
Bridger Mountains, Bozeman, Montana
Beautiful sunset over the Bridger Mountains in big sky country.
While fighting mosquitoes, heat and humidity, I just wanted to get back to the car. Then I saw these fungi on a dead log and started shooting from different angles. The heat, the mosquitoes and humidity were forgotten.
Photograph by Amanda Birnbaum
This color just makes me think of springtime!
Photograph by Pamela D'silva
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Looking up at the sky is sometimes the best way to connect to reality.
Photograph by Elissa Salter
Yosemite National Park, California
I was laid off from my job last November, and I decided to take a couple days to just get away. I went to Yosemite and took a day to drive around the Yosemite Valley and just stop anywhere I wanted to take a photo—which was many stops because there are so many beautiful spots. I was reminded this day to enjoy the scenery along the way, not just getting there. A pretty basic lesson, but such a great reminder. Yosemite was my breath of fresh air.