Gary Benson (grbenson3 on flickr)'s photos

Smith Rocks State Park

09 Nov 2020 3 7
Smith Rock State Park is a state park located in central Oregon's High Desert near the communities of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock is generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, and is host to cutting-edge climbing routes. It is popular for sport climbing, traditional climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and bouldering.

Reflecting Pools

03 Aug 2010 8 4 16
Water from thunderstorms fills depressions in the sandstone on top of the mesa overlooking Buck Canyon in Canyonlands National park. This section of the park is called the Island in the Sky.

Mesquite Flat Dunes

29 Jun 2020 13 5 22
Death Valley National Park in California. These dunes are the best known and easiest to visit in the national park. Located in central Death Valley near Stovepipe Wells. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.

Arrowhead Mesa

19 May 2011 8 2 12
A closer view of Arrowhead Mesa. The arrow head is center right. A close look at the right edge shows a few cars at the viewpoint for the arrowhead.

Arrowhead Mesa and Elephant Butte

19 May 2011 9 1 15
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah. Elephant Butte on the right with Arrowhead Mesa behind. You can't really see the arrowhead well from this view, but it does look like an arrowhead when you get close.

Redwoods and Rays

03 Oct 2019 13 7 25
Captured in the Ladybird Johnson Grove in Redwood National Park near Orick California

Beautiful Trail

13 May 2001 2 1 8
This trail runs along Crystal Springs Lake adjoining the Rhododendron Garden in Portland Oregon

Haystack Rock

09 Oct 2019 13 6 27
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,690 at the 2010 census. Cannon Beach is a popular coastal tourist destination in Oregon, famous for Haystack Rock, a 235 ft (72 m) sea stack that juts out along the Pacific Coast.In 2013, National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as "one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places."

The Rim Drive at Dusk

05 Oct 2019 6 1 11
Crater Lake is a crater lake in south-central Oregon in the western United States. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot-deep (655 m) caldera that was formed around 7,700 (± 150) years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years

Brookings Beach at Dusk

Pink Dream

13 May 2001 3 1 10
Captured in Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland Oregon

East Mitten Dawn

20 May 2011 28 19 126
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah state line (around 36°59′N 110°6′WCoordinates: 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Matanuska River Valley

25 Sep 2018 25 14 94
About five miles east of Palmer the Glenn Highway takes a turn to the north at this viewpoint. Below is the Matanuska River and the Chugach Mountains beyond. Center left is King Mountain after the first autumn snow.

Santorini Sunset

23 Oct 2009 16 8 65
Oia is a small village and former community in the South Aegean on the islands of Thira (Santorini) and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality of Santorini, of which it is a municipal unit.

Chugach Mountain Autumn

20 Sep 2018 15 7 71
There is nothing more beautiful than the Glenn Highway in Autumn. Captured in the glacier view area where the highway passes the Matanuska Glacier.

Condado Beach

30 Nov 2014 13 4 45
Early morning on Condado Beach in San Juan Puerto Rico

Wall of Windows

12 May 2011 9 3 31
The Wall of Windows is one of the first wonders you see at the Bryce Point lookout at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Videy Island Sunrise

13 Aug 2018 14 9 61
Captured in Reykjavik Harbor. Reykajavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of around 131,136 (and 233,034 in the Capital Region. Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland (1785).

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