Winners 2013 > Oceans Series > HM - Ashley Adams

Artist's Palette, Death Valley National Park, California : Artist's Palette in Death Valley National Park is on the face of the Black Mountains and is renowned for its colored rocks.  The colors come from the oxidation of different metals within the rocks.  Without direct light, like times near sunset, the colors really shine as harsh desert light no longer fades the colors.  The area of this image is around thirty square feet.
Artist's Palette, Death Valley National Park, California
Grand Prismatic Geyser,Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park : Yellowstone is home to the world's grandest collection of geysers and hot springs.  Old faithful may be the most famous park feature, but the enormous hot spring of grand prismatic may be its most dramatic.  To  fully capture the bright turquoise pool and colorful runoff, I climbed a small hill on the opposite side of the pool from the busy boardwalk.  From the high vantage point and with an overcast sky, I was able to give the vibrant colors and patterns a life of their own.
Grand Prismatic Geyser,Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park
Ice, Alaska : I was in southern Alaska hiking near a glacier when I found a small piece of the glacial ice had broken off and fallen to the ground.  Holding it up to the light, I was amazed b ythe veins shooting through the ice.  I then waited until the sun was low enough in the sku to pierce through the ice with these amazing colors.
Ice, Alaska
Kelp, Bodega Bay, California : Kelp is not blue, orange, or white by nature, but these colors are not added to this image by photoshop.  Instead of a computer, I used light and reflections to create the colors naturally.  The kelp was wet and located in the shade of a large boulder, allowing the water within the kelp to reflect the blue sky with a few white clouds.  And because it was near sunset, the water also reflected the orange glow of the sea cliffs behind me.
Kelp, Bodega Bay, California
Kolob Canyon,Zion National Park,Utah : The canyon walls in Zion, UT are incredibly reflective.  The best time to shoot a canyon wall is when the light is directly on the opposite wall, reflecting the light back and forth onto the wall in shade.  Adding the reflections of white snow on the ground in mid-March to the natural red canyon walls adds the pink hue to the textured cliffs in Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park.
Kolob Canyon,Zion National Park,Utah
Lava Tube, Lassen Volcanic, National Park, California : Lava tubes are formed by molten rock flowing slowly away from a volcano undergound.  The long cave-like channels may seem devoid of light, but a super long exposure reveals both the ambient light that our eyes cannot see as well as the patterns on the rock walls left by the flowing lava.
Lava Tube, Lassen Volcanic, National Park, California
Petrified Wood, Utah : Petrified wood is formed when minerals grow in the cavities of natural wood over many millions of years.  This particular speciman is agatized petrified wood which is formed when agate grows in the cavities as opposed to the more common silica.  The agate gives this speciman its beautiful and rich variety of colors.
Petrified Wood, Utah
Rock and Leichen, Tahoe, Callifornia : Water can bring out the most in both rocks and lichens.  Damp from an early season snow shower, this rock and lichen truly glistened as the green lichen played a perfect complement to the reds, purples, and oranges of the rock.
Rock and Leichen, Tahoe, Callifornia
Ruth Glacier, Alaska : Ruth Glacier is over a mile wide and ten miles long, buttressed by one mile high granite cliffs in the "Great Gorge" of Denali National Park.  Flying out of Talkeetna, our destination was supposed to be Denali itself, but the heavy cloud cover made flying to the tallest mountain in the United States impossible.  Instead, we flew over and around the great Ruth Glacier.  The weather and our new flight plan worked in my favor ; the heavy cloud cover allowed the blues of the glacier and water pools to pop against the white of the snow cover.
Ruth Glacier, Alaska
Thermophiles,Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming : Thermophile is a fancy word for heat-loving organism.  Thermophiles thrive in the run-off from hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone National Park.  Often times, the color of the billions of thermophiles is different with the heat of the water.  Therefore, the colors of the runoff from a heat source will change as the water cools when it moves further and further from the heat.  This image is not a picture of two types of thermophiles, but of just one type.  The orange is the color of the thermophile and the blue is the reflection of the sky in the runoff.
Thermophiles,Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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