USA Northwest Photographs For Sale In Prints, Greeting Cards and PostersMagnificent mountains, incredible bodies of water, diverse forests, and unusual geological features are among the significant features of the American Northwest. This gallery contains pictures from the northwest of the United States, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington State, Oregon and north / central California - more to come ...
Crater Lake - Intense blue waters and spectacular views
One would have to search long and hard to find a blue as intense as the blue of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, southern Oregon, United States. This phenomenon occurs in part because the freshwater lake is incredibly deep - almost 2,000 feet! The caldera lake is filled with approximately 4.6 trillion gallons of water!
With its sheer cliffs, deep, clear, sapphire-blue water and scenic islands, Crater Lake is a gem sparkling on the crown of the Cascades.
Crater Lake in the southern Cascades of Oregon
Almost 2,000 feet deep (594 meters), Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park in south-west Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh deepest in the world.
There is no inlet or outlet to the lake: it is supplied with water from the great amounts of snow that fall every year. It took ~250 years for the lake to fill to today's level, and it's water is remarkably pure, the cleanest large body of water in the world.
Glass Beach Fort Bragg Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach Fort Bragg on Mendocino Coast in California is covered with glass!
It's not just an occasional piece; millions of pieces of sea glass, rounded by pounding waves, are sparkling in the sun. Imagine walking on rubies, sapphires and diamonds... that is the feeling a true sea glass lover experiences when strolling this most surreal beach.
Glass Beach Fort Bragg on California's Mendocino Coast is the Mecca for sea glass collectors.
Jackson Glacier - Glacier National Park MT
Jackson Glacier is approximately the 7th largest of the remaining 25 glaciers in Glacier National Park located in the U.S. state of Montana.
In 2005 the glacier was measured at 250 acres (1.0 qkm), yet when first documented in 1850, the glacier also included the now separate Blackfoot Glacier and together, they covered 1,875 acres (7.59 qkm).
Between 1966 and 2005, Jackson Glacier lost almost a third of its acreage.
Oregon - Land of the setting sun
When Easterners with a desire for adventure heard the magic words "go west," they headed for Oregon country. Their sense of adventure lingers today in Oregon, where seven distinctive regions - the Coast, Portland Metro, Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, and Eastern Oregon - represent a wealth of diverse climates, cultures and recreational opportunities.
Oregon, which has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state, is a dramatic land of many changes. From the rugged Oregon seacoast, to the high mountain passes of the Oregon Cascades, the lush greenery and magnificent waterfalls, the stony lava beds and Ponderosa pines of the high desert, Oregon's natural beauty is gorgeous.
"She Flies With Her Own Wings" (State Motto)
Family Portrait - Mount Shasta and Shastina Northern California
Permanently snowcapped Mt. Shasta, 14,162 feet (4317 m), with all its grandeur towering high in the blue sky, stands alone and massive in size, isolating itself from the rugged peaks that surround it like a lonely pyramid in the desert. The stratum volcano is the second highest but perhaps the most magnificent of the volcanic peaks that form the Cascade Range.
Mount Shasta's seven glaciers are the only historical glaciers in the continental U.S. known to be growing. But without global warming, another threat to Shasta's glaciers could come more quickly: a volcanic eruption. Over the last 4,000 years, Shasta has erupted about every 250 to 300 years and did so most recently about 200 years ago.
North Head Lighthouse in the Graveyard of the Pacific - Ilwaco WA
Tucked behind Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River Ilwaco, Washington sits North Head Lighthouse.
Before there were lighthouses on the the Long Beach Peninsula, ships bound for Portland and Astoria navigated their way through the high waves and shifting sandbars, focusing on fluttering white flags and notched trees along the shoreline by day and flickering signal fires by night.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, buil in 1856, helped to secure the coast. However, ships approaching the Columbia River from the north could not see the Cape Disappointment Light until it was too late to enter the river channel. That's why, in 1898, North Head Lighthouse was added at Beard's Hollow.
Magical Hall of Mosses - Hoh Rain Forest Olympic National Park WA USA
There is magic here and now every day in every moment. It lives in Hoh Rain Forest and rides out with us on our shoulder into the world when we leave.
Quiet, lush, dense, green resonating everywhere ... fat mushrooms, huge clover leaves, green moss, sage-colored moss, brown moss, grey moss, little streams, tiny waterfalls. The smell of Hall of Mosses' thick nurturing earth fills our body with life and we become one again with the universe.
Serene and pure - Ruby Beach - Olympic Peninsula WA
Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. It is named for the rose-colored garnet fragments found in the coarse gray sand.
Between the mighty Pacific breakers and the towering coastal firs, the pebbles and sand of Ruby Beach serve as a barrier between two worlds. So rough, wild, invigorating and untouched this magical stretch of shore calls those that are seeking a soul-soothing, spiritual experience.
St Mary Lake - Glacier National Park MT
St. Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA, created by a widening of the St. Mary River.
Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt five thousand foot (1,500 m) altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.
The lake is 9.9 miles (15.9 km) long and three hundred feet (100 m) deep. During the winter, the lake often is frozen completely over with ice up to four feet (1 m) thick.
Sulfur Works in Lassen Volcanic Park
Although less well known than many other national parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park in north central California, is one of the most beautiful and interesting of America's parks. It is the only national park in the contiguous 48 states containing a volcano which has erupted in the 20th century.
The park's 160,000 acres (150 square miles) contain spectacular mountain lakes, creeks, elevations ranging from 5,300 to over 10,000 feet, and a wide variety of nearly every volcanic known feature. Mount Tehama's main vent was probably what is now the Lassen Volcanic National Park's Sulfur Works. The area offers bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and boiling water. Some of these thermal features are getting hotter and it is thought that Lassen Park and Mount Shasta may join Mount Saint Helens as active volcanoes.
Hot Steam Dog Yellowstone National Park WY
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA is by far the world's largest and most active geyser field. It contains more geysers in its nine geyser basins as the rest of the world combined.