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Hawai'i ~ 2000 - 2002




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Devastation Trail Cinders and Brush, Kilauea HI ~ 2000

New plant life springs from the desolate landscape left by an eruption. Amid gray-brown cinders and dead fallen tree trunks, grasses, ferns, and polygonium come to life in yellows, greens, and brilliant reds. (291K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Lava Tube and Ashes, Bird Park HI ~ 2000

A fast-moving forest fire destroyed the grasses and sedges that hid this subterranean lava tube, now revealed in shades of charcoal brown against a stark black and white landscape. (340K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 12"


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Seared Ohi'a and Koa Trees, Bird Park HI ~ 2000

The short-lived forest fire burnt quickly and hot, reducing the landscape to monochrome ash while leaving the dead trees standing with their leaves intact. There were just a few hints of color, patches of browns and greens, left in this desolate scene. (229K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Pahoehoe Slabs and Burnt Sedge, Bird Park HI ~ 2000

Forest fire cleared away the ground cover leaving behind only charcoal blacks and stark whites, spotted with brown leaves. The large sand-colored underlying slabs of pahoehoe are evidence of the volcanic origins of this tropical isle.(406K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14.5" high (image area)


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Forest Fire Aftermath, Bird Park HI ~ 2000

Autumnal colors appear to dominate the tree's foliage, but in fact they are the browns and reds of seared leaves. They stand out against the blackened tree trunks and intense black and pale tans of the scarred landscape, under a gloomy sky. (393K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Ohi'a Grove, Kilauea HI ~ 2000

A dense grove of Ohi'a trees becomes an intricate interwoven pattern of yellows, tans, and pale greens in this highly textured composition.(438K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Red Spatter Cone, Mauna Ulu HI ~ 2000

The spatter cone, built up from blobs of molten lava, still glows like an incandescent artist's paint pot in rich and rusty reds, oranges, yellows, and slates. New, verdant life provides a contrast with the somber brown landscape. (328K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Tree Trunks and Lava Tree Molds, Mauna Ulu HI ~ 2000

The skeletal remnants of an incinerated tree are embedded in the pahoehoe in this nearly-monochrome composition in blue-blacks, grays, and soft browns. (360K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18.5" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Great Southwest Rift, Kilauea HI ~ 2000

The view across the caldera of Kilauea is portrayed in soft tropical light of pale yellows, dusky blues, soft grays and brick-red browns. (324 K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Ohi'a Grove After Fire, Bird Park HI ~ 2000

Burnt Ohi'a trees are left standing in the aftermath of a forest fire, rendered in tans and browns against a charcoal land. (459K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Polygonium and Wildflowers, Devastation Trail HI ~ 2000

Plant life eventually overwhelms lava as grasses and ground cover establish themselves in intense reds, golden yellows, tans and deep blue-greens. (SIZEK JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)





Jewels of Kilauea-- the fascinating and colorful lava of the southern Big Island of Hawai'i.

The question I'm asked most often about this work is whether or not the colors are real; some viewers have wondered if they were somehow created by me. The answer is that the colors and tones in the following photographs are entirely natural. They are not the result of special photographic tricks. I made all the photographs with natural lighting, and I didn't use any special filters to create or enhance the existing color.

In truth, the 'black' pahoehoe lava flows of Kilauea are anything but dull and monochrome!

The subjects of these photographs range in size from several feet across down to one inch.



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'Fiery' Pahoehoe, Kilauea HI -- 2000

Brilliant rust-red banding on these cold boulders creates the impression of glowing molten lava under a cooling gray-black mantle. (216K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 9.5" wide by 7.5" high (image area)


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Weathered Pahoehoe Folds, Kilauea HI -- 2000

Yellow, white, and sky-blue clays speckle these dirt-red folds in old pahoehoe, reminiscent of fossilized ribs. (281K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 9.5" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Bright Folds in Black Pahoehoe, Kilauea HI -- 2000

Isolated brilliant folds in iridescent yellows and blues appear spot lit against a field of inky black lava starred with isolated bits of bright colors. The feeling conveyed is of some nocturnal undersea bed. (109K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 8" wide by 9.5" high (image area)


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Blue and Yellow Lava, Spatter Ramparts, Kilauea HI -- 2000

Blue stone shimmers with a colorful 'oily' sheen, embedded in a frozen froth of yellow lava.
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Dye transfer print: 8" wide by 9" high (image area)


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Lava Icicles & Stalagmites, Pua Po'o Lava Tube HI ~ 2000

As hot molten rock seeps through the walls of the lava tube, it cools into thin icicles of shiny black rock. The molten rock that drips off the tips forms fantastic matching stalagmites dappled with browns and golds that glow against the stark blackness of the lava walls. (225K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 7.5" wide by 9.5" high (image area)


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Actinomyces Colonies, Pua Po'o Lava Tube HI ~ 2000

Actinomyces bacteria colonize the walls of the lava tube. Captured with flash, they are a brilliant pinkish white against the inky lava, in a scene that resembles a star-filled astrophotograph. (242K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 7.5" high (image area)


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Dried Ferns, May '73 Flow, Volcanoes Park HI ~ 2002

Only the barest hints of color break the monochrome impression of this photograph. Faint shades of pale browns and extremely subtle blues and yellows tint the neutral grays, whites, and blacks of this seared landscape. (397K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 7.5" high (image area)



Baja ~ 1991



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Painted Brick Wall, El Triunfo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Tan, pink, red, and blue weathered paint provide an abstract backdrop for the dark green foliage in this painting-like composition. (348K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Scarlet Spiny Cactus, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Late afternoon light transilluminates the scarlet spines of this cactus as well as the golden and green wildflowers nearby. (381K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Broklen Adobe Wall, El Triunfo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Red-clay adobe catches the afternoon light in fiery hues, with blue, green and purple background accents. (401K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 13" wide by 11" high (image area)


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Black Sand Rivulets, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Almost monochrome, the delicate rivulets of black and tan sand trace the flow of the waves that wash over these beach pebbles. The last rays of the setting sun provide just a hint of warmth to the highlights. (348K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Palm Frond, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

A simple palm frond, back-illuminated by the morning sun, lights up with incandescent yellows and vivid emerald greens. (262K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 6.5" wide by 10" high (image area)


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Hibiscus Blossom, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

A single hibiscus blossom glows with electric rosiness amidst the darkness of the green leaves surrounding it. (197K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 11" wide by 7" high (image area)


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Boojum Trunk, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Yellows, oranges, and charcoal grays comprise the palette of the boojum trunk, resembling some unlikely alien landscape. (352K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Lobster Tail, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

A lone lobster tail on the white sand beach displays a dark turquoise finish offset by olive greens and browns. (135K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Berries, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Translucent berries sparkle in the noonday sun with hues of electric magenta and red. (430K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Basket Weave Cholla, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

Lime greens and yellows color the fruit of this cactus, backed by the pale blue sky and brown desert floor. (340K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Crab and Snail Shells, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico ~ 1991

A tiny brown and crimson, white-speckled crab, so easily seen in close-up, blends well into the pink granite from a distance. Dusky slate-purple snails blending even better; there are twenty of them in this photograph! (311K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


Christmas in California



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Blue Xmas, Daly City CA ~ 1996

The theme of the exterior decor is deep blues and indigos, contrasting with the warm traditional tones and colors of the living room (250K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Bougainvillea, Daly City CA ~ 2001

It may not be snow and poinsettia, but this house still manages to be decorated in traditional whites, reds and greens. (332K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Picket Fences, Daly City ~ 2000

This cozy little scene is predominantly white, blue and green, with festive touches of brilliant red. A soothing and inviting display. (254K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Xmas Spirit, Daly City ~ 1998

This is the display that inspired me to develop this photography as a serious project. It was just so... exuberant. It incorporates everything but the kitchen sink, in every brilliant color of the spectrum. (365K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Reindeer Crossing, Broadmoor ~ 1998

A rich, warm brown plastic herd lounges on the green lawn in front of a festive white and red plastic chorus. Red, white and green lights adorn the landscape and house.(319K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Two Cats, Palo Alto ~ 2002

Life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy with warm, welcoming yellow icicle lights and brilliant green foliage decorated with rainbow strings of lights. (319K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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A Visit from Santa ~ 2000

Macy's in New York would be hard-pressed to mount a more magnificent and better-designed Xmas display.It's almost fiery in its brilliance, with intense reds and yellows, complimented by cool deep greens and frosty whites. (393K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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House of Lights, Daly City ~ 1996

This home is completely enshrouded in strands of multicolored bulbs. It glows translucently like some deep sea jellyfish or perhaps a Christmas Ghost. (254K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)


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Stairs to Christmas, Daly City ~ 2002

Luxuriously-warm tones define this photograph, as white, yellow, orange, red and green lights illuminate the stone steps and stucco walls that lead to an inviting entryway. (221K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Garden with Xmas Lights, Daly City CA ~ 1999

Deep, brilliant colors adorn this California garden, with plants highlighted in intense blues, electric yellow-greens, and incandescent reds and yellows. It's about splashes of luminescent color set against the dark, soft hues of night. (332K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)


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Eaves with Wreaths, Daly City CA ~ 1999

Light dominates this composition,as festoons of yellow-white lights make the pale pinks and delicate greens on this house glow with an internal luminescence. Fiery red lights and intense red and forest green wreaths create colorful counterpoints to the pastel paint. (393K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Window Lights, San Jose CA ~1999

An adobe style home has an almost ghostly presence, with doors and windows rimmed by intense blue white lights, subtly picked up in icy blue shadows. A little warmth shows through the windows in contrast to the chill exterior. (217K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 12"


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Crimson Christmas Lights, Pacifica CA ~ 2000

These decorations seemed to glow with an internal heat, an impression created by rich crimson, orange, and yellow lighting. Accents of deep green and blue lights make the furnace-like ruddiness seem all the more intense. (389K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Drinking Deer & Waving Santa, Daly City CA ~ 2000

Rosy-white lights in icicle strings and light sculptures delineate this scene. Accents of festive rainbow-hued lights splash color across the tree and doorway. (373K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14.5" high (image area)


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Nine Apartments, S.F. CA ~ 2000

Each apartment has its own color scheme of pale blue, warm soft orange, hot and pale yellow, bombastic red. Dark and saturated red, green, and blue lights tie the composition together with bold diagonal strokes. (373K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)


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Red, White and Blue Xmas, Daly City CA ~ 1999

A tricolor design in icy blue, brilliant white, and saturated magenta lighting decorates this olive green house. Luminous accents in yellows and red draw the eyes into the curtained windows. (328K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Light-wrapped Oak and Traditional Lights, San Jose CA ~ 1999

An old oak is suffused by warm tans and browns, wrapped in light, backed by classic Christmas lights in alternating reds, yellows, greens, and blues. The illumination is warmly inviting under a midnight-blue sky. (377K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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A Candy Cane Lane, Broadmoor CA ~ 2000

Multicolored lights dominate this festive scene, highlighted by a striped metallic candy cane. Lovely warm yellows and whites lend a homey air to the festivity of bright red and green decorations, accented by yellow and dark turquoise lamps, all set on a typically Californian dark green lawn. (258K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 13.5" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Curtain of Lights, Daly City CA ~ 2000

Delicate curtains of rose, salmon, and powder blue lights hang from the windows while yellow-white icicle lights softly illuminate the dusky blue exterior of this home. A soft, cool feeling suffuses the composition, with a few spots of eye-popping red to liven up the night. (205K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18.5" wide by 9" high (image area)


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A Wild West Christmas, Broadmoor CA ~ 2000

An untraditional Christmas in a xericulture landscape of stone and cacti. Dark powder blues and muted greens, subtly and softly rendered, create this setting in which enthusiastically red and white decorations display brilliant strings of white and colored light. (262K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 12"


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Christmas Greenery, Daly City CA ~ 2000

Rich dark green foliage gives a forest-like feel to this home's entryway, enhanced by sparkling white light, cool blues reminiscent of the sky, and hot reds that catch the eye. The shadows are filled with a soft green detail, nearly lost in the shadows of night. (291K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13" high (image area)



Scotland ~ 1995



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Plate 4: Rapids Running through Heather and Rock Slabs

Turbulent white, tan and dark blue waters tumble below grey-white layers of rock and the muted reds and dark greens of heather overgrowth. (200K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Plate 5: Heather on Stones Near Armadale Burn

A band of nearly-fluorescent pink heather crosses the middle of this composition, separating the vivid yellow-orange and green ferns above from the somber tan rock and dark green brush below. (233K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Plate 6: Stream Fan-Out at Base of Sgurr an Lochain

All about greens, the base of this stream is plush, velvety fabric of lemons, limes and emeralds, intense and vibrant. (193K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Plate 10: Greenery on Wall above Rapids

An intricate mosaic of red, pink, green, brown and yellow foliage tiles a canvas of grey-white and black rock. (290K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Plate 12: Shoreline at Loch Cluanie

Strong, horizontal bands of color define this composition, with the deep blue of the water and pale tans of the shoreline rocks sandwiched between the vivid greens and cyans of the surrounding hills, accented with flecks of gold and magenta heather. (258K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Plate 13: Clava Cairns and Cottage

Dark and mysterious, deep brown and green standing stones rise against a shadowy forest of blacks, greys, forest-greens and deep maroons. (144K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Plate 14: Heather on Stone at Strath Vagastie

Beautifully textured lichen-covered granite, painted in soft blues, purples and lavenders, is the background for bright pink-white and deep forest-green heather. (280K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Plate 18: Fields of Heather, East of Loch Ness

Vivid lime and blue-greens mix with wide bands of pink heather to coat the fields and hills with an almost-iridescent patina of subtle blends of color.(238K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Plate 19: Stac Polly

Under a pale grey-blue sky, cool grey stone columns tower over a rubble-strewn slope of green grass and brown gullies. (213K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Plate 21: Cliff off of A87 Near Loch Cluanie

Brilliant, white rapids tumble through cold and dark blue-grey waters. The lush landscape is subdued and chilly, rendered in deep cyans, blues and greens. (247K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Plate 22: Rapids at Strath Vagastie

Brilliant, white rapids tumble through cold and dark blue-grey waters. The lush landscape is subdued and chilly, rendered in deep cyans, blues and greens. (242K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Plate 23: Keyhole Cairn, Clava Cairns

A lichen-dappled gray and pale brown stone burial mound sits atop dark brown-green earth against a background of dark, smoky-green trees. (257K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 11" high (image area)


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Plate 24: Heather and Ferns Near Armadale Burn

A swath of heather, in nearly-fluorescent shades of pink and magenta, contrasts with vivid yellow-orange and green ferns above and with somber brown rock below. (286K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Plate 25: Cliff Face, Three Sisters, Glen Coe

Weathering creates fascinating textures and fissures in the slate blue-grey and black cliff, surrounded by verdant trees. Patches of heather and rowan berries provide magenta and red accents. (146K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)



Aurora Borealis ~ 1986




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Green and Pink Curtains, Havre MT ~ 1986

Delicate auroral curtains painted in pale lavenders and lime greens glow in a starry sky over the Montana plains. (213K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Auroral Streamers at Havre MT ~ 1986

Like some luminescent summer storm, pale green streaks of auroral light fill the skies over the lights of Havre, Montana, which tint the clouds with a sullen brown glow. (229K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Mantle and Streamers over Havre MT ~ 1986

An auroral mantle glows like mother-of-pearl in subtle oranges and yellows and greens over the city lights. Streaks of jade auroral light look like falling rain. (213K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Green Auroral Curtain, Havre MT ~ 1986

A deep green auroral curtain shimmers with fine folds, bends, and lines of yellow-white luminescence behind the telephone poles. (197K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Auroral Flames, Havre MT ~ 1986

Aurora flares to the sky like some ghostly fire, shaded with oranges, reds, and nacreous whites fringed with green. (193KJPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Green Auroral Band, Havre MT ~ 1986

An intense emerald and azure band of aurora is fringed with violets and reds in a starry sky. (197K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Rayed Auroral Band, Havre MT ~ 1986

A striped auroral curtain hangs in the sky behind the clouds, red-magenta streaks abruptly transitioning to cyan and turquoise. (188K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Auroral Band behind Phone Lines, Havre MT ~ 1986

A delicate curtain of light in oranges and pale soft greens hangs in a starry sky over the deep brown fields of Montana. (118K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Auroral Streamers Through Clouds, Havre MT ~ 1986

Orange, bronze, and lemon light seems to pour from the sky behind the clouds hovering over Havre, Montana. (221K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Auroral Glow & Stratus Clouds, Havre MT ~ 1986

Auroral glow fills the sky with light, luminescent with pinks, yellows, and the most delicate greens, mixed with sweeping streaks of clouds. (197K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 9.5" wide by 8" high (image area)



Astronomy and Meteorology



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Comet Hyakutake Coma, Brooks CA -- 1996

The copper-green glow of the comet's distinctive wedge-shaped white coma contrasts with the warm hues of the inner tail trailing behind. Orange, white and yellow stars dapple the dusky background and shine through the tenuous tail in this pointillistic photograph. (125K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Comet Hyakutake, March 29 -- 1996

The comet's tenuous yellow and blue tail stretches across this wide-field view of the pre-dawn sky. The comet's green and white head contrasts with the dim orange glow on the horizon and the thousands of stars that fill the sky. (149K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)

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Moon, Mars & Circumlunar Arcs, Anchor Bay, CA -- 1995

Cool grays, blacks and delicate rainbow colors that tinge the circumlunar arcs hanging above ruddy Mars in a starry sky. The full moon casts its intense and pearly glow behind almost-silhouetted pine trees. (118K JPEG)

    Dye transfer print:
  • 19" wide by 15" high (image area)
  • 10" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Baily's Beads & Chromosphere, Cabo Pulmo Mexico ~ 1991

The very last moments of the solar eclipse of 1991. The sun is just reappearing around the edge of the moon; a bit of a magenta-hued prominence can be seen hanging above the rim. Off to the sides, the cherry-red chromosphere still glows, not yet obscured by the rapidly increasing glare of the sun. (209K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18.5" wide by 14.5" high (image area)

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Forest Fire Smoke, Julian CA -- 1990

This is not some "special effect" created on film or in the darkroom-- it's real. The great forest fires in Southern California create a deep grey-brown layer of smoke high in the pale blue sky that hangs over the darkly-shadowed hills. The smoke filters the sunlight into rich golden-yellow hues reminiscent of Renaissance paintings. The fine overall grain texture contributes to the painterly effect. (102K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 12.5" high (image area)


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Rainbow over Buttes, AZ ~ 1978

Late afternoon rainstorms in Arizona clear near sunset, allowing the sun to cast the buttes in rich chocolate tones under a sky suffused with pale violets, fiery oranges, and a lovely, warm-hued rainbow that arcs down from the heights. (164K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)



Space Travel



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Apollo 17 Sunrise, Cape Canaveral -- 1972

Sunrise behind a nearly-silhouetted Apollo 17 shows a giant white sun rising behind banks of rich sienna and golden orange-yellow clouds, as a helicopter flies above. A visual poem in microtones of yellows. (138K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Saturn V Engine Cluster, Cape Canaveral FL -- 1975

Hard-edged geometries in whites, grays, browns, and blacks provide a stark contrast to a deep blue sky in this paean to industrial metal. (156K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Spacelab Cradle, Kennedy Space Center FL -- 1981

Strong horizontal and diagonal lines and myriad multi-hued variations on yellow dominate this composition. The intense yellows and deep blues of the spacelab facility contrast with the pale greens and grays of the surrounding walls. (242K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 18" high (image area)


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Columbia in Late Afternoon, Kennedy Space Center FL -- 1981

A gold sun peeks through broad sweeps of salmon-pink cumulus clouds in a bright yellow-orange sky, sending rays of pink light towards the horizon. A soft gray shuttle and deep gray launch complex stand darkly against this brightly-lit and colored backdrop. (157K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 12" high (image area)


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Colby Crane, Vehicle Assembly Bldg, Cape Canaveral FL -- 1972

Criss-crossing beams and girders fill this composition with olive green and brown diagonals. The traveling crane in the foreground mirrors the geometry of the girders at the same time that its intense orange-yellow hues stand in contrast to them. (275K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Shuttle Booster Tie-Down Posts, Cape Canaveral FL -- 1981

Smooth, battleship-gray and brown steel plate and white railings contrast with a cobalt sky and pale blue clouds. Complex shadows wash over the panels in this view of the underside of the launch pad. (102K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)



Volcanoes and Craters



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Meteor Crater Rim, AZ -- 1994

An uncommon view of the famous Barringer Meteor Crater, showing rolling waves of broken strata thrown up on the rim of the crater in hues of tan, yellow and umber under an intensely dark-blue, nearly cloudless sky. (163K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Northern Shore, Crater Lake OR -- 1990

The southern expanse of Crater Lake, with Wizard Island almost shrouded in shadow. Gray-blues and tans and muted, subtle greens dominate this moody photograph. (84K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6.5" high (image area)

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Late Afternoon at Mt. St. Helens WA -- 1990

A hazy, white plume of smoke wafts away from Mt. St. Helen's crater. A largely barren, creased and creviced landscape in deep browns and yellows under a hazy blue sky. (94K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6.5" high (image area)


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Crater Lake Shoreline, OR -- 1990

After a passing storm, the walls of Crater Late reveal a remarkable range of subtle colors--greens, reds, and tans, along with the expected grays and blacks. The slopes are dotted with deep green trees and brush, overlooking a slate-blue lake. A low-key and peaceful scene. (146K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Mothers Day Flow to the Sea, Volcanoes National Park HI -- 2002

On a moonlit night, a dark blue-gray sky and clouds overlook a river of red and yellow sparkles and glowing clouds, as the lava flows to the sea. (88K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 10" high (image area)


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Mt. Adams from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens WA ~ 1990

Barely ten years after the eruption, purple lupine and green scrub begin to grow in a sear tan and gray landscape, with a cool blue-white Mt. Adams hovering in the background. (225K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6"


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Shattered Tree Trunks at Mt. St. Helens WA ~ 1990

A steamy Mt. St. Helens looms over an eroded brown and green landscape, littered with the pale bare trunks of the trees felled by the monumental explosion. (250K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 8" high (image area)


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Spirit Lake and Mt. St. Helens WA ~ 1990

Cold, blue-grey Spirit Lake catches the sun in the midst of a log-littered landscape painted in tans, dark browns, and siennas. Scattered new growth offers small accents in dark greens in this otherwise foreboding landscape. (201K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6.5" high (image area)


Other Geology



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Cross-Bedded Sandstone Slabs and Shale, Toadstool Park NB ~ 2000

Ash-colored gray-white sandstone slabs tumble across the eroded landscape like foam tossed on the waves, under a dusky deep blue desert sky. (340K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Pitted Rocks with Algae, Pescadero State Beach CA ~ 1988

Electric-green algae takes hold on iron-bearing cliffs, eroded into streaks of brilliant orange, persimmon, and yellow. (426K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Blue Mesa, Painted Desert National Park AZ ~ 1978

Cool-hued purplish strata give the Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert its name. Ashy grays and tans define the rest of the landscape under a dark blue and dusty desert sky. (369K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Fissured Cross-Bedded Sandstone Cliff, AZ ~ 1978

Complex patterns of erosion, cracking, and bedding produce the hard, deep shadows that give these cliffs the look of some ancient, intricately-scribed manuscript. Delicate desert tones of brown gray, and soft muted green color the landscape.(422K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14.5" high (image area)


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San Rafael Swell Strata, Utah ~ 1980

At dusk, the San Rafael Swell takes on delicate shades of pinks, browns, and salmons. A complementary sky in shades of dusky rose and powder blue hangs low with layered clouds in a peaceful and serene composition. (324K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Lehmann Caves Stalactites & Stalagmites, Great Basin National Park ~ 1988

Stalactites and stalagmites shine like sculptures in bronze, weathered to a fine patina with hints of gold and green. (340K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR ~ 1990

The rusty browns, yellows, and brick-reds of these stony columns remind one of ancient castle ramparts. Gray-green scrub in the foreground and the desert's dark blue sky and brilliant white and grey clouds provide chromatic and textural contrast. (254K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6.5" high (image area)


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Promontory, Painted Desert National Park AZ ~ 1978

Overlooking the Painted Desert, this cross-bedded sandstone outcrop shines in the midday desert sun with delicate hues of greys, tans, and browns. Bits of yellow-green and gray scrub provide an accent to the ruddy landscape in the background. (422K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18" wide by 15" high (image area)


Water



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Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp Tank, CA ~ 1990

Kelp catches the rays of sun at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As the light filters through the water, it becomes progressively bluer, painting the kelp in a subdued rainbow of colors with browns and oranges near the surface and deep greens, cyans and blues in the depths. (303K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay Aquarium CA ~ 1990

This impressionistic view of a kelp forest is awash with light in pale yellows and greens, delicate powder blues, and sheer whites. The water filtering the columns of warm sunlight lends dark jade hues to the shaded kelp. (389K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Minnehaha Falls Overlook, Minneapolis MN -- 1991

The falls are seen from a site overhanging the torrent. The rushing, swirling blue-grey water and white foam stand in marked contrast to the static, finely-detailed and delicate tree branches and vivid green leaves. (195K JPEG)

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Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)

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Theodore Roosevelt Lake, AZ -- 1978

Muted, pale blue and brown tones of sky and distant hills are reflected in the still waters of the reservoir. Wisps of summer rain evaporate in the hot desert air. (147K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)


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Clouds Approaching Ptown, Cape Cod MA ~ 2004

As a front moves towards Provincetown, it splits the sky and the sea into intense blues and soft whites in a complementary pattern, the yin and yang of Cape weather. (283K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Lake Shasta and Mount Lassen, CA ~ 1991

An extraordinarily clear day at Lake Shasta, when the water levels were extraordinarily low, revealed glowing orange, brown, and tan bands on the banks of the reservoir. The water reflected a near-indigo sky in contrast with dusty cyan light near the horizon, whose color suffuses Mount Lassen in the distance. Green forest completes the pallete of rich colors in this photograph. (422K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14.5" high (image area)



Nature (more or less)



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Barosaurus, American Museum of Natural History NYC ~ 1999

The blue-black neck vertebrae of the Barosaurus are in organic concert with the accompanying columns but distinct contrast with the coldly geometric coppery tones of the vaulted ceiling of the museum's great hall. (270K JPEG)

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Mercury Lamps and Leaves, Pasadena CA ~ 1972

Mercury street lamps and urban lighting create a surreal scene. The lamps make the leaves of the trees nearly fluoresce with intense greens and cyans, while the collective city lights tint the sky a deep reddish-purple. (406K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Mud and Horsetails, N. Ontario Canada ~1980

In the light of the setting sun, horsetails glow with almost luminescent shades of yellow-green, as they grow out of the rich brown-maroon mud of the stream bed. (389K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 12.5" wide by 10" high (image area)


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Century Plants in Bloom, AZ ~ 1978

Century plants send up yellow and pale green stalks amid blue-grey scrub, emerald and forest-green firs, and pale purple sedge. (479K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18.5" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Swordplant Against Cemetary Wall, Mission Dolores, S.F. CA ~ 1992

A cool gray cement wall provides a backdrop for a twisted swordplant, resplendent in shades of dusky green, fringed by pinkish-browns and hints of yellow. (356K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Nasturtiums, Daly City CA ~ 1992

Nasturtiums bloom in all their incandescent glory of fire-engine reds and oranges striped with yellow, amid their yellow and deep green leaves against a dark blue-gray weathered fence. (426K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Pear Tree, Daly City CA ~ 1992

A delicate brown, green-leafed pear sapling is staked out for growth, tied to a brick red lattice with dark cyan ties, all set against the blue grey wall. (319K JPEG)

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Redwood Bipole, Humboldt Redwoods CA ~ 1992

Two neighboring redwoods produce an interlocking pattern of branches and shadows resembling lines of magnetic force. Tree trunks are rendered in deep forest greens and brilliant warm browns. They stand supporting and surrounded by hot yellow and green, and cool azure and blue foliage. (332K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Pennsylvania Forest ~ 1972

This photograph is all about the greens, save for the important color accents of brown, sunlit bark on the trees. Lime-greens, yellow-greens, jade-greens, forest-greens, and more paint the scene, from the brilliant highlights into the deepest shadows. (442K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Frosted Field, Upper Michigan ~ 1978

Frost rendered this landscape nearly monochrome, icily brilliant in the overcast morning light. Subtle waves of dark brown and pale green in the grass and leaves relieve the cold gray of that chilly morning. (393K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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Red Sumac and Stones, WI ~ 1978

Aptly named red sumac spills over the boulders amidst stands of dried yellow grass. (467K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)


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Stormy Weather at Drumheller Badlands, Alberta, Canada ~ 2005

Thunderclouds developing over the bluish-brown Canadian badlands create a dark, almost-charcoal-grey kind of light that makes the oncoming storms seem even more threatening. (262K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 14" high (image area)


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Topiary Sea Serpent, Calgary ~ 2005

A mix of the fantastical, whimsical, and horticultural make for a dark yet cheery photograph, in shades of deep blue, jade, browns and yellow-greens. Not all art has to be serious, y'know. (220K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Grumpy Toad, DC ~ 1977

Yes, it's anthropomorphizing, but it's all about the expression on this toad's face. Her mottled yellow, brown, and black skin fits nicely into the soft jade greens and yellows of her surroundings. (201K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 7.5" high (image area)


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Albino Bullfrog, Steinhart Aquarium, S.F. -- 1977

This red-eyed, white-yellow-skinned bullfrog wears perhaps the sappiest grin in the animal kingdom. It made me smile enough to produce this "formal" portrait. (129K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 10" wide by 7.5" high (image area)


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Irish Gravesite Amidst Palms, Mission Dolores S.F. ~ 1992

Protected from the sun by dark green palms, the gravesite and statuary appeared in shades of deepest, coldest blue, just visible in the shadowy landscape. The sun shines hotly on the yellow and green surroundings to create this near-silhouette of a composition. (315K JPEG)

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Girl on Tombstone, Mission Dolores S.F. ~ 1992

Nearly monochrome in composition, this old weathered stone is speckled with uncountable points of color -- blues, browns, greens, and yellows, all subtle and all intermingling to create an impression of grey stone. A pointillist composition in real life. (385K JPEG)

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Friar Francisco's Grave, Mission Dolores S.F. ~ 1992

Brilliant fuchsia bougainvillea overlook the gravesite sculpted in cold white stone and somber brown metalwork. (233K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14.5" wide by 19" high (image area)

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Karrigan's Gravestone and Flowers, Mission Dolores, SF CA -- 1993

This image sets the muted colors and coarse texture of a tomb stone against lush and vivid red, white and magenta flowers and green foliage. The dark background and high relief give the print a three-dimensional quality. (178K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)

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Kelp and Seaweed at Sunset, Laguna Beach CA -- 1990

Grazing sunset light creates a strong relief in this image full of fine textures. Deep blue and pink-white sand provide the background for this found composition of green, yellow and brilliant orange seaweed. (253K JPEG)

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Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13.5" high (image area)

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Lake Shasta Pines, CA -- 1991

The brilliant, yet realistic colors and the fine brushlike pine needles and branches give this image the look of a needlepoint. Rich greens and yellows predominate, with salmon and cyan accents. (197K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 7.5" wide by 9.5" high (image area)

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Patio with Trees and Puddles, NCAR, Boulder CO -- 1982

Another of my most popular photographs. It reminds some people of Magritte, others of Escher. The red sandstone of the National Center for Atmospheric Research is muted down to a nearly neutral grey-pink by the cold overcast sky, bits of which are reflected in the puddles. The tree leaves and blades of grass are a cool green-blue. (216K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 15" high (image area)


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White House & Red Leaves, Ann Arbor MI ~ 1977

A soft and restful fall scene, the delicate blue-green shadows on the walls of this house lay in soft counterpoint to the subtle oranges and yellows of the fall leaves. (332K JPEG)

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Prize Frogs, Great America Park, Santa Clara CA -- 1978

Brilliant green plush frogs wearing navy blue pants. Lots of them. All with different slightly blase plush countenances. A frog mob, waiting to explode. (168K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 18.5" wide by 13.5" high (image area)

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Roses Against Black Stone Wall, Portland OR -- 1990

Photographs almost never are as realistic as this photograph from the Portland Rose Garden. Roses in yellows, oranges and pinks, with silvery green leaves, are set against a deep blue-black stone wall. Strong colors but subtle contrast. (287K JPEG)

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Technology (more or less)




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Olympic Stadium, Montreal Canada ~ 2001

This is no trick of the lens nor Photoshop. The form of the strangely curved and soaring tower of the Olympic Stadium is entirely real. A futuristic scene in dark, ruddy browns, icy blue-whites, and pale turquoise. (172K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 14" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Lake District at Night, Oakland CA ~ 1994

Nighttime over Oakland, a cityscape portrayed in the darkest greens and browns and most brilliant cyans, oranges, and reds. A lone plane streaks the sky with a thin brushstroke of light. (193K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)


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Interstate Bridges on Columbia River, OR ~ 1990

Forest greens and deep cyan sky and water contrast with the soothing greens and tans of the Interstate Bridges that connect Oregon and Washington. (266K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 8.5" high (image area)


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Interstate Bridges, Portland OR ~ 1990

The sea-green girderwork of the Interstate Bridges shines brightly in the deep blue summer sky of Portland. (221K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 6.5" high (image area)


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Infrared Telescope, Mauna Kea HI ~ 2000

Looking upward from the base of the infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, one sees the nearly fluorescent orange paintwork of the telescope's supports mirrored as yellows and browns in the observatory's dome. (201K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 15" wide by 19" high (image area)

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Moon and Fireworks, Vancouver EXPO -- 1986

This strikingly surreal and colorful image looks like a computer-generated composite, but it's entirely real. Hot pink fireworks fill half the dark green-black sky with incredibly delicate tracery. A full moon hangs in the sky over the geodesic roof of the entrance to the 1986 World's Fair. (289K JPEG)

Dye transfer print: 19" wide by 13" high (image area)



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