A large male orca is hunting in the coastal water with the snow-capped Mt. Baker in the background.
With its skull-like cephalothorax, a female Golden Silk Orbweaver and its male partner (in the back) are waiting for preys on their web.
Sand was compressed into rocks; water carved out formations; light puts on the show.
An iguana, the creature mutated and became a gigantic monster in 1998 Godzilla movie, was basking on a beach.
Under the scorching sun, a fisherman carefully harvested his catch while dripping sweats.
It requires guts, and imagination, to live in a vertical space.
A tree with deep-trenched bark that could only be made by time.
A fluffy rabbit was staring at its visitor with its huge but cute eyes.
Against a strong wind, a kite surfer was dragging his kite while walking on the beach.
Different species of bacteria thrive in the water zones with different temperatures that are visually indicated by different colors of corresponding species.
A mother coyote bid farewell to the people that helped her.
Being constantly eroded by rainfall and river, the deep canyon has been formed such like it was cut by a sharp cleaver.
In the bow section of a ship, a woman enjoyed her privacy while overlooking the vast and endless water.
A starfish enjoyed its being under the cast of shimmering light and shadow in the shallow water.
Sand was made into rocks; water sculptured the rocks; light directs the show.
A serious father is coaching his son for surfing techniques. Both of them quite enjoy it, albeit awkwardly.
A beached Gooseberry Jellyfish is changed into a crystal-clear ball that focuses the sunlight into a halo. To some extent, this is the climax of its life.
Under a scorching sun heat, a little lizard found its cool comfort zone, and enjoyed it.
Although the last sunbeam is just about to vanish behind the horizon, the heat of the race just reached its peak.
The dark sky seems being brushed by a colorfully inked brush with one stroke, leaving numerous lines with uneven thickness and gaps.
Shortly after leaving the port, a crewman showed up and said: “Do you know the Queen of Egypt?…I’m the King of Bahamas.”
The colorful hoodoo formations mimic alignments of chess pieces.
A Flamingo rested its head on its back. It’s time to hit the sack.
Sand was compressed into rocks; water carved out rocks; light puts on the show.
A fully-equipped yacht is heading out to the open water. It is unclear how to get the small boat on the yacht onto the water if needed.
A Ghost crab was carefully checking its surroundings, while still partially hiding its body in its home, a burrow.
Monarch butterfly is distinguished from other species due to its jaw-dropping migration route that spans thousands of miles between Canada and Mexico (its overwintering site). The migration distance is so long that a full cycle is finished not by one but four generations.
A lighthouse sending red signals is on duty 24/7, which is very necessary on such a rocky coastline.
A curious horse approaches its visitors, and raised its ears to capture the conversation.
The dense fog accumulated during the night was retreating under the exposure of morning sunlight. When it was just about the disappear completely, the perfect light condition created a special filter that desaturated the warm colors of the trees and gave them a brisk look.
The symmetric dome structure seen from under.
From near to far, from the modern-style graffiti to the everyday shopping district to the sacred church, what a diverse and interesting composition.
A forest killed by hot springs vacated the environment for other creatures, just such as the bacteria living in the hot water.
A decorative doll posed as drunk was hung to flag the location of a bar, which is genius way to attract and navigate customers.
A perfect combination of red and blue, catalyzed by warm afternoon sunlight.
A diagonal line was formed by the edge of colored rock layers due to erosion. The image composition was inspired by a masterpiece, Approaching Shadow, created by Fan Ho, a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor.
The vastness, the rocky beach, and the greenish blue color of the mineral-enriched water make you think you are looking at a sea, not a lake.
A black bear that was feeding on acorns was suddenly distracted by the visitors nearby. Fortunately, its appetite and craving were not distracted.
The tree branches are outlined by the snow resting on them. The same visual effect can be seen in the traditional Chinese painting with a technique called outlining.
Right after receiving tutoring from his experienced grandfather, the boy caught his first fish in life.
Fog retreated from the forests when exposed to the morning sunlight. It’s like the forests were steaming, which is a perfect example how this park got its name.
After a soothing dust bath, a bison wears naturally made eyeliners around its moisturized eyes, which delivers a less ferocious but more charming look.
A maple tree dyed with vivid red color without any peer in the surroundings is extremely eye-catching in the golden hour.
A piece of cloud looks like a feather resting on the top of El Capitan.
A little squirrel chose a colorful stone as the stage to display his best-seller performance, eating a pine cone. It was a great show, however, too short, because he ate so fast.
A unknown type of fungi grows from the grooves of a living tree bark.
A seemingly dead hot water creek is actually full of life, the bacteria that is vividly emerald-pigmented.
In dusk, a sailboat with its sails folded was floating on the wavy water.
A pronghorn doe frequently checked on her stalker to prevent being approached.
A young seal activated its “stealth mode” while searching for food. However, when noticed someone was looking, an awkward and embarrassed look appeared on its face.
In a typical scene in the Maine coast, the rugged sharp rocks are trying to pierce the ocean while being eroded by the tidy water relentlessly. Who is gonna win?
Cathedral of Learning with its antenna on top looks like a radio tower broadcasting to the outer space.
A gigantic tree with all kinds of shoes dangling stands on the roadside along US. 50. For more about shoe tossing, please click here.
A man in wader was fishing along the Marina Beach that was glowing under the very first morning glory. However, he was not alone. A flock of Heermann’s Gulls was having their morning feasting frenzy nearby.
A single piece of fallen leaf, instead of a whole colorful forest, can also tell the coming of fall.
A lighthouse, a symbolic totem in Portland, stands at the end of a pier made of boulders.
Continue or stop? Proceed or return? Left or right?, etc. There are so many but similar questions. But the key is which answer you pick.
Humpback whales began diving when detected the approaching of whale watching boats.
A typical road in Death Valley that stretches out to the skyline.
A little land owner tried to intimidate the intruder with its ferocious appearance.
The Point park in downtown Pittsburgh where three rivers merge.
Three Great Cormorants rested on abandoned structure after breakfast.
In a brisk winter sunny day, the leafless Sycamore branches create a visual effect that looks like a solid piece of azure glass is cracking.
Unique rocks on a typical sandy beach in California disturb the scene but create a dramatic role in the frame.
Blue Ridge Parkway meanders among colorful trees with blue sky above, which has a perfect combination of three primary colors.
In a very brief moment right before sunset, the sun light hit the vast but thin cloud that acted like a huge diffuse box. The spectrum was filtered with nothing left but pink color that dyed the entire sky and ground.
The sky broke after a two-day rain storm, and cast bright light to part of a leafy hill, which boosted the vibrant colors and contrast between the foreground and background.
A romantic heart made by two blue mussel shells.
A hungry sea gull juvenile was relentlessly pecking a clam but failed to crack it. Hope it had learned something.
The gradual color development from blueish green to green to yellowish green from foreground to background creates a feeling like you see an oil painting.
In a so lucky angle, a spare fits in the clearance shaped by nearby trees.
A canoer was drifting in a small river.
A very crowded spot. It took forever to have a clear shot, but it’s worth it.
Time doesn’t care if beauty is timeless, regardless of life or death.
A discarded locomotive, or a piece of time machine, has traveled from the past to the present. Where will it go in the future?
A deserted gold rush town is now a ghost town and protected as a historic site.
The plain beauty of the claimed loneliest road in the US, U.S. Route 50, in NV.
In the blue hours, a small forest of Quaking Aspen perfectly casts an eerie atmosphere with its unique feature, eye-like branch knots.
The famous birds-eye view of Linn Cove Viaduct at MP 304 of Blue Ridge Parkway.
A perfect place for mount bike and ATV lovers along Route 50 in NV.
A perfect example of infestation caused by alien insects. The dead trees (white) among the trees still alive form an artistic pattern.
The straight lines of the fence and the curved lines of the shadow echo in harmony.
The interior of Cathedral of Learning on the first floor. Let me tell you this, your mouth will be automatically shut when you walk inside.
The front of a beautiful house in the historic district of Newport, RI.
A seal in the shallow water of Monterey Bay was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun bath in its comfort zone.
Main street of Virginia City after a brief snow storm.
A man was so happy with his catch. “Can you believe it?”, he yelled.
A little creature cannot voice due to its nasal problem. But it’s very pretty, don’t you think?
The Pittsburgh downtown seen from Mt. Washington.
Beautiful water on a gorgeous summer day. My dad said this is the best water he has ever swim in.
This photo was taken not too long after I started learning how to shoot back to 2012. I still like it today even after years of rapid evolution of techniques and taste (you know most times you hate your photos so much even though you loved it to death when you first shot it).