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Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Waterton #35” by Steve Webster

Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Waterton #35” by Steve Webster

One of the best known falls in Waterton Lakes National Park is Bertha Falls, just a short hike up into the mountains from the main town site. It was raining on and off this day, leaving the mountain rock of the falls wet with a beautiful glossy shine...

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Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Jasper #24” by Steve Webster

Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Jasper #24” by Steve Webster

In the central-western part of Alberta, Canada lies the world famous Jasper National Park. Upon entering the park from the east, you find, nestled high up in the mountains, a grand series of waterfalls descending from on high, aptly named: Tangle Falls...

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Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Waterton #10” by Steve Webster

Photo Release: “Velvet Waters: Waterton #10” by Steve Webster

One of my favorite places in the world is Waterton Lakes National Park, located in the south west corner of the province of Alberta, Canada. In fact, I practically grew up there. There is a rule we locals have about Waterton: don’t tell anyone about Waterton! It’s a very small, quaint national park and we would like to keep it that way...

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Photo Release: “January Dawn” by Dan Piech

Photo Release: “January Dawn” by Dan Piech

The most beautiful sunrises come on the heels of winter storms. This early-January morning in New York City was no exception. I was atop one of the tallest buildings between downtown and midtown Manhattan with a unique vantage point straight down 6th avenue as the first rays of light began to illuminate the night sky...

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Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Golden Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Golden Sunrise” by Scott Rinckenberger

The sunrise is an artist. It requires a canvas. In this case a wave of cirrus clouds moving east from the coast, and the east faces of Mount Rainier provide the perfect surfaces for the sunrise to paint with soft hues of pink, peach, yellow and blue...

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Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Above a Sea of Clouds” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mount Rainier Above a Sea of Clouds” by Scott Rinckenberger

If you are on a summit in the Pacific Northwest and the weather is clear, it’s likely that Mount Rainier will be unmistakably visible, often closer than you would imagine. By far the tallest mountain in the region, at 14,419’ Rainier is the undisputed king of the Cascades...

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Photo Release: “Mountains of Snoqualmie Pass” by Scott Rinckenberger

Photo Release: “Mountains of Snoqualmie Pass” by Scott Rinckenberger

There is a secret that lies 45 minutes east of the thriving metropolis of Seattle. Many Seattleites go through their whole lives without knowing that just up the hill is a world of towering rock summits, impossibly steep faces, frozen lakes and vistas of endless mountains in every direction. For a few months of the year, in the dead of winter, these mountains which surround the unassuming summit of Snoqualmie Pass become home to world class snow, and endless terrain for backcountry skiers, snowboarders and alpine climbers...

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Photo Release: “Tashigaun Sunrise” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Tashigaun Sunrise” by Doug Kofsky

One of the primary goals for my last trek was to find more of the color green to put into the Mountainscapes. Spring and an early monsoon gave this opportunity from the village of Tashigaun, which lies on the way to Makalu Basecamp. The green of this village oasis took on added significance the farther we left it behind - for it is the last place from here on up where fresh vegetables can be easily obtained...

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Photo Release: “Sunset on Makalu (8481m)” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Sunset on Makalu (8481m)” by Doug Kofsky

I had only seen the very top of Makalu from far away, five years ago when I visited the Everest Region. Looking to the eastern horizon, it towered over the other high peaks - an elusive, giant orange pyramid. At 8481 meters, it is not only the fifth tallest mountain in the world, but the outlier of some high places indeed, with Everest and Lhotse lying within 20 kilometers...

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Photo Release: “Namchung Morning” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Namchung Morning” by Doug Kofsky

My first attempt to get to this viewpoint culminated in a sideways snowstorm that obscured everything and soaked me completely - including a night huddling under an overhang, without a tent, in the lightning and rain, trying to master the finer points of kindling bamboo and wet wood. It was an epic failure in terms of getting a fire lit or getting my shot, but it was a success in that I knew how to get there again...

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Photo Release: “Dhaulagiri & Rhododendrons” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Dhaulagiri & Rhododendrons” by Doug Kofsky

One of the great views of the Himalaya is from Poon Hill. It conveys the awesome diversity of the Annapurna Range as an Eden of jungle and ice. My objective was to photograph the giant rhododendron blossoms set against the magnificent southern faces of the Himalaya...

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Photo Release: “K2 (8611m)” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “K2 (8611m)” by Doug Kofsky

I wanted the biggest shot I could get of the baddest mountain of them all - K2. Huffing along on the way to Broad Peak Base Camp I had taken the shot over and over again - so I decided to experiment with shooting the south face in sections and merging the pieces in Photoshop. The result is what you see - 23 images merged together - an attempt to look closely at the terrain comprising, in my opinion, the most significant mountain face of them all - in its history, its scale, and its aesthetic...

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