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Aerial shot of the north end of Lake Mead heading into Las Vegas (I got a clean window on the flight - yeah!). There's a great geological story here, as well as a view of the impact of damming rivers.
Hiking to Avalanche Lake at Glacier National Park, this glacial water runs down from the lake.
Melting snow cascades over rocks below Copeland Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Going with the Flow - record ice in the rockies feeds Boulder Falls, in Colorado, from which this water cascades.
Small dragonfly lands on a seemingly normal stick only to find the water very hot and becomes incapacitated the calcified in travertine pool. This is like a moment of life frozen (or boiled) in time.
A flying seed pod evidently landed itself into hot water - a travertine pool - and became calcified. This shot was taken at the pools near Mammoth at Yellowstone National Park.
This baby Tree Swallow was nesting in a cavity of a dead tree on the edges of a field of Yellowstone geysers and mudholes. Minutes later a parent was feeding the chick.
"Guardian Dog". While setting up this shot, a stray dog wandered in from the side of frame. After securing his position, he turned and gazed directly into the camera, the alluring calm of his presence
Sand from Antelope Canyon
A hard days work
Light from above
Relaxing with the butterflies
Pollination - This hollyhock is loaded with pollen just waiting for a bee. Found outside Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT
Top of the Falls- 
While the numbers are on the side of the salmon, we saw many meet this fate at Brooks Falls.
Out of the Ashes - All around us, in Yellowstone Park were these signs of volcanic activity and hot, hot water. Yet out of the gray, ashy travertine these colorful flowers (bluebells et al) bloom.
Lizard in the sun
Flags-in:  Memorial Day Week-end at Golden Gate National Cemetery.  Going to one of our National Cemeteries on Memorial Day with all of the "flags-in" at the grave sites is quite moving and quite humb
Daffodil close up
Found this little blue moth while taking a walk along road in Yellowstone Park. He posed so nicely.
White Morph Fishing
Butterfly evening meal
Blossoms in the spring
Fast Food - not exactly sure what this is, other than a dragon fly eating something. Got the shot at Sunset Crater National Park east of Flagstaff.
9th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Relaxing with the butterflies

Relaxing with the butterflies

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Goodyear, Arizona, United States of America
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© Courtney Ducker.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 03.2010
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: May 30, 2011, 1:13 a.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Focal Length: 208mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f5.6
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PHOTO LOCATION Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America