Beautiful Image: Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls, WV; photo by Joseph Rossbach


Photo by Joseph Rossbach
From EarthShots.Org 

While this location is visually beautiful between the out of place red rocks sitting below a majestic waterfall in the Appalachian Mountains, it is due to environmental damage and acid leaks from an old abandoned iron Ore mine up stream. This was taken on a very wet spring day this past May in the mountains of Eastern West Virginia . The contrast between the red rock and vivid green foliage was too wonderful to pass up. Getting this perspective however was a little tricky as the rocks are a slick as walking on greased glass.
Equipment: Nikon Cameras and Lenses
Joseph Rossbach is a full time professional nature and landscape photographer, author, guide and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in a number of books and calendars, as well as national and regional magazines, including PHOTO Techniques, Outdoor Photographer, Mountain Connections, Blue Ridge Country, Digital Camera World and The Nature Conservancy. Joseph's fine-art prints have appeared in national collections, galleries, personal collections and one-man shows. Joseph is also the co-author and photographer for 50 Amazing Things You Must See or Do in the Greater Washington D.C. Area (Mountain Trail Press) and The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography (Mountain Trail Press). Joseph is also a team member and workshop instructor at Mountain Trail Photo as well as a Staff Course Instructor for The Nature Photographers Online Magazine. He travels the United States extensively capturing new and exciting images every year. Joe lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Amber and their son Phoenix.

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Beautiful Images: Two Views of Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls by Stephen Oachs
Palouse Falls by by Stephen Oachs
Palouse Falls Sunset by Kevin McNeal
Stephen Oachs
This amazing waterfall is extremely remote, located in the middle of Eastern Washington State. This time of year the flow is very strong and with a longer exposure I was able to capture the swirl of the water below.
Equipment: Canon 1D Mark III
Stephen W. Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran, who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first SLR camera. Ever since, his lenses have focused on the inspiring majesty of mother earth and the unflinching beauty of the animal kingdom.
Completely self-taught, Stephen’s unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today’s finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic Magazine for his work photographing the endangered snow leopard.
Stephen has received many other awards and his work has graced the pages of on and offline publications worldwide, such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine and many others.
Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.
Kevin McNeal
This was taken near the Palouse. I had been here several times but never got any luck when it came to weather. I have been wanting to combine the longer exposure with the sunset colors. I finally got some luck here.
Equipment: Canon 5D
Kevin McNeal is a Washington St. photographer focusing on grand colorful landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this on print, images behold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture the images in ways unseen before. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. Traveling all over North America with his wife by his side, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places to bring the message to the public that this Earth is worth saving.

Beautiful Image: Wild Flowers

Mother Nature’s Canvas by Bill McFall

Link: Earth Shots » Mother Natures Canvas by Bill McFall

Photo by Bill McFall

Bill McFall says: Spring of 2007 was a great year for wildflowers in southern California if you were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. This was my first time at this location and had no idea it would be this good. So I felt like a kid in a candy store, shooting away for hours among this amazing display of wildflowers. I’ve been shooting nature photography for around 25 years and still get a rush when searching for a beautiful landscape. I enjoy sharing my love of nature with other people. My focus is in landscape photography.

Equipment: Nikon D50, AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm lens

Beautiful Image: January White

Link: Earth Shots » January White by Philippe Sainte-Laudy

January White by Philippe Sainte-Laudy

January White by Philippe Sainte-Laudy

When nature dressed in white!
Equipment: Nikon D300 with 18/200mm
Philippe Sainte-Laudy
The beauty of nature is all around us at all times, but there are brief moments when a combination of elements present themselves
in a truly spectacular way. Anybody who is fortunate enough to witnesses one of these events will look back fondly upon the memory.
And they are even more fortunate if they happen to have a camera ready to record the event. In order to be in the right place at the right time, it is necessary to understand the complex interactions between light, weather, landscape, the tides, plants, and animals. And it is important to have a deep respect for this planet and its inhabitants. I hope that photography can bring people closer to nature and encourage them to preserve it for future generations.

Beautiful Image: Window to the World

Link: Earth Shots » Window to the World by Stephen Oachs

Window to the World by Stephen Oachs
Window To The World by Stephen Oachs
The beaches of Big Sur are often cloaked in a blanket of fog, with uneven terrain and miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam decorating the coastline. Such imperfections make Big Sur’s beaches uniquely beautiful, and often less traveled. Pfeiffer Beach is a favorite place in Big Sur, and as this photograph shows, it has an amazing rock formation. The setting sun casts a glow, illuminating the “window” as though showing an opening to another world.
Equipment: Canon 1Ds Mark III