2014
12.23

As another year comes to a close, it’s time to look back on the visual highlights that defined 2014.

Thanks once again to Jim Goldstein for publishing his annual compilation of some of the most amazing photography around. It’s an honor to be included, and I am grateful to all of you who have commented, shared, and supported my work during the past year.

In celebration of a wonderful 2014 and looking ahead to more exciting adventures in 2015, here are a few of my favorite images.

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Sunset over the Channel Islands from Ventura State Beach, Ventura, California USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Sunset over the Channel Islands from Ventura State Beach, Ventura, California

 

Cloud forest, Glacier National Park, Montana USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Cloud forest, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Sagebrush in the Alabama Hills under the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Owen's Valley, California USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Sagebrush in the Alabama Hills under the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Owen’s Valley, California

 

Moonbow and starry sky over Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Moonbow over Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

 

Sunrise over the Grand Canyon from Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Sunrise over the Grand Canyon from Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Evening light on the Cockscomb, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

The Cockscomb, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Lava steam vent glowing at night in the Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Lava steam vent in the Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

 

Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park, Hilo, The Big Island, Hawaii USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park, Hilo, The Big Island, Hawaii

 

The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

 

Last light on Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, California USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

Last light on Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, California

 

2014
12.17

Snow dusted apple orchard and pines, Yosemite National Park, California

Snow dusted apple orchard and pines, Yosemite National Park, California

As 2014 comes to a close I’d like to thank everyone who has connected online and through my blog, clients new and old who have supported my work, and my friends and family who have joined me in exploring all the natural beauty that surrounds us.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

-Russ

2014
11.26

St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)

St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park in northern Montana is a world carved by ice. Known to Native Americans as the “Shining Mountains”, canyons flow down from this alpine environment along the Continental Divide that were formed a millennia ago when mastodons roamed the earth.

Moving just inches a year, the glaciers fill the rivers and streams below with silt giving them their unique turquoise hue. And set against the red and green sedimentary rock (the oldest in the entire Rocky Mountain chain), the colors provide a visual feast while the chill in the air is a constant reminder that the ice is not far above.

Glacier is recognised as an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, and preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys. Though evidence shows that within thirty years all of the ice may be gone, rangers are quick to point out that the park was named as much for the forces that formed it as the glaciers themselves.

A trip to this magnificent park should be on anyone’s bucket list to North America, but it’s frozen remains are just one facet of the many awe-inspiring sights waiting to explored.