Across the States

 

East to West, North to South, this collection of images of the Lower 48, reflect our interests outside of National Parks and National Monuments, which are represented in their own galleries. 

 

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

 

Arizona 

A State of awesome scenic wonders

The Havasu Canyon is the focus of this gallery.  Only accessible by horseback, hiking or helicopter, we hiked into the Supai and camped for a week in the Havasu Canyon.  I can still hear the Canyon Wrens with their morning melodies.  We will be adding to this gallery over time as we visit other locations of interest.   

 Arizona

 

Idaho

It’s not just about the Potato!

From the Mountains in Northern Idaho to the Deserts in the Southwest, this State is very diverse in it’s Landscapes, Wildlife, and Culture.  

Idaho

 

Illinois

The Land of Corn and Soybeans

Although there is thousands of acres of Corn and Soybeans in Illinois, Southern Illinois is a remarkably different place with its many State Parks and Memorials.

Illinois

Indiana

The Hoosier State

While we haven’t been to all it’s counties, we have been to many, and brought back thousands of images of the landscape, the character of the towns, architectural elements and local icons.  The courthouses have been of particular interest to us.  Indiana is also home to many still existing Covered Bridges, which we have included in this gallery.

Indiana

Michigan 

The Upper Peninsula

From dense forests to bogs to waterfalls and the lake shore, the Upper Peninsula is a landscape  full of visual excitement. Stepping out onto a bog  and feeling like you are walking on a soft mattress, is quite the experience.  Seeing the mysteries of bog plants that capture their own food source, amazing.

Michigan

Minnesota 

Land of Many Lakes

This land is home to more than 10,000 lakes and borders Lake Superior.  Its   waters are  filled with perfect reflections and early morning fog. 

Minnesota

Missouri 

Talking Rocks Cavern

While we have traveled across Missouri many times, we haven’t really spent that much time seeing the sights.  We were usually on our way to Montana.  We did, however, go to Branson one time and had the opportunity to visit this Cavern site which was totally awesome!  Definitely worth the visit! 

Missouri

Montana

Land that We Love!

Words cannot express how much we love this state. So much so that we moved here to spend as much of the rest of our lives as we’re able. There are so many places to see all across the state, beside Glacier National Park.  Every season is its own reward.

 

Montana

New Mexico 

From Border to Border

More that 25,000 Anasazi sites have been identified in New Mexico, an amazing Puebloan civilization.  We have visited several.  From these amazing sites to great arches and lava flows, we have been intrigued with this place of natural history.  Sante Fe and it’s culture, simply amazing. 

New York

The Empire State

While it may be known as the “Empire State”, which is more about the state’s wealth and resources, our focus has been on it’s many waterfalls, state parks and rural countryside.

New York

Oregon

A Coastal Treasure

This Pacific Northwest State  has a beauty all its own and is geographically diverse.   From dense forests to high desert, there is much to see!  More exploration is on our bucket list as waterfalls are abundant here.

Oregon

South Dakota 

Where out Westward Travels Begin

Often we did not get out cameras out of their bags until we reached the Missouri River in Central South Dakota.  There is a rest area with an awesome sculpture of Sacajawea at Chamberlain which sets the tone of our travels.   Then the Badlands, Custer State Park, and Wind and Jewel Caves to name a few ‘not to be missed’ places.

 

South Dakota

Texas

The Palo Duro Canyon

The second largest canyon in the country, Palo Duro is named the “Grand Canyon of Texas”.  It is full of dramatic geological features  with beautiful colors and steep mesa walls.  The canyon was formed by erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the  Red River.

Texas

Utah 

Desert Lands and Monumental Mountains

Have you ever heard of the Moki Dugway?  Neither had we, until we came upon it in our travels.  That was an experience!  Home to several National Parks, featured in other galleries, there is still much to see in this state.  It is the second driest state and has about 300 sunny days a year. 

Washington

The Evergreen State

Yes, I would say it is evergreen, with it’s vast dense forests.  This state is lush with waterfalls, flowers and all manor of agricultural bounty.  From the wheat growing hills of the Palouse region to its mountains and it’s rugged  ocean shores, this place is a ‘Must See’.

Washington

Wyoming 

Sagebrush and Pronghorn

While this semi-arid expanse is covered in sagebrush and grassy plains, Wyoming is home to much wildlife, especially Pronghorn Antelope, Bison, Bighorn Sheep, Grizzly and Black Bear and so much more.  It’s also where we find Mountain bluebirds and Pinyon Jays.  It’s an extraordinary state.