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This is the first of several pages of photos of North America in TheWorldinLight Photo Gallery. My gallery of North American landscapes has images from the coasts of California and Maine, scenic national parks from around the US, and beautiful hidden spots from around America. Larger versions of these landscape photos of North America can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See everything TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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photo of a rock climber in Yosemite National Park in California
Yosemite Climber
This photograph of a rock climber was taken in Yosemite National Park in California.

photo of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park
Half Dome #26
Half Dome is one of those famous landmarks that defines a place - in this case, Yosemite National Park in California.

photo of an autumn scene at Yosemite National Park in California
Yosemite #5-31
This photo shows some of the colors of autumn at Yosemite National Park - a beautiful place in every season of the year.

photo of sandstone pinnacles at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Bryce Canyon #75
Bryce Canyon is famous for its beautifully colored and textured sandstone pillars, of which there are hundreds to see and hike through.

photo of view over Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Bryce Canyon #72
Bryce Canyon National Park is located only a couple of hours by road from Zion National Park, making it relatively easy to explore both parks during a vacation.

photo of an amphitheatre of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Bryce Canyon #73
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of Utah's many beautiful national parks.

photo of Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon #79
Bryce is located in the southwestern part of Utah and is located at high enough altitudes that the park does have snow and ice in the winter and can be quite cold.

photo from Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon #69
Many of the beautiful views within Bryce can be had from just looking from viewpoints positioned at the rim of the "amphitheatres" where the beautiful stone pillars exist.

photo of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon in Arizona
Antelope Canyon #8
Tours of Antelope Canyon are given daily by Navajo guides.

photo of the orange walls of Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona
Antelope Canyon #9
The sunlight bounces back and forth off of the close-spaced red sandstone walls of Antelope Canyon so that by the time the light reaches the bottom, it has taken on a deep reddish-orange color.

photo of Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ
Antelope Canyon #2
Antelope Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon located on Navajo land just outside of Page, Arizona. Flash floods have eroded the canyon walls into smoothly curved undulating shapes, that together with their color produce beautiful effects.

photo of hoodoos in Coyote Buttes in Utah
Coyote Buttes #12
The area known as Coyote Buttes is under the control of the Bureau of Land Management, which issues permits for hikers to enter the area.

photo of the colors and textures of Coyote Buttes in Utah
Coyote Buttes #230
There are several specific locations worth visiting in the Coyote Buttes area. I suggest Buckskin Gulch - perhaps the longest slot canyon in the world - as well as "The Wave", a spectacularly scenic portion of the buttes.

photo of a tall, colorful sandstone wall near 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #244
Some sections of Coyote Buttes are so tightly controlled by the BLM that reservations must be made months in advance. However, if you haven't planned that far in advance, there is a daily lottery for a limited number of entry passes valid for the following day.

photo of a lone boat in the harbor at Islesford, Maine
Lone Boat
This lone dory waits in the harbor for the return of a lobster boat and its captain.

photo of the Lower Lewis Falls in Washington
Upper Lewis Falls #2213
The rocky landscape along the Lewis River was created by volcanic action long ago.

landscape photo of Washington's Lower Lewis Waterfalls
Lower Lewis Falls #2171
The beautiful Lewis Falls can be easily seen a short distance from a highway turn-off in southern Washington.

photo of the lower falls of the Lewis River in Washington
Lower Lewis Falls #2168
The Lewis River falls are truly spectacular and shouldn't be missed if you're traveling in this part of the U.S.

photo of Buckskin Gulch slot canyon in Utah
Buckskin Gulch #26
This is a photograph of Buckskin Gulch in Coyote Buttes - a remote area along the border of Utah and Arizona.

photo of Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch #50
Always check the weather forecast before hiking into Buckskin Gulch. This slot canyon can be deadly due to flash floods after a rain.

photo of the narrow slot canyon of Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch #52
No technical climbing experience is required to enjoy the beauty of Buckskin Gulch. It's possible to walk to it and through it without relying upon ropes or rappelling.

photo of a sculpture in Odette Park in Windsor, Canada
Windsor Sculpture #1965
Odette Sculpture Park is a great place to walk or rollerblade along the Detroit River, or just sit back and watch the freighters pass by.

photo taken at Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Windsor Sculpture #1959
Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada is a beautiful park running several kilometers along the shore of the Detroit River.

photo of Odette Sculpture Park along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario
Windsor Sculpture #1958
Not only are there excellent views of the Detroit skyline from Windsor, Canada, but the city has a waterfront park along the Detroit River that is filled with very nice sculptures.

photo of a slot canyon off the Cottonwood Canyon Road in southern Utah
Cottonwood Slot
I discovered this small slot canyon on the west side of Cottonwood Canyon Road in southern Utah.

photo of 'The Wave' in Coyote Buttes North in Utah
The Wave #259
Using a GPS to navigate within the maze that is Coyote Buttes is helpful for getting near The Wave. But it's of little value in actually finding it. It is entirely possible to be within a hundred meters of The Wave and not know how to get to it. But once you've found it, it's straightforward to find it again. The difficulty is finding yourself on the wrong level of the surround rock. You can hit deadend dropoffs while walking on a fin, or run into deadend walls while hiking between fins.

landscape photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes in Utah
Artists Palette
There is an area within Coyote Buttes known as "The Wave". This name comes from the wavy shapes of sandstone walls that look almost like breaking surf on an ocean beach.

photo of texture and color in the sandstone at Coyote Buttes in Utah
Swirling Stone
Coyote Buttes is a bit like a fascinating maze of sandstone hills, mounds and fins. The area deserves the time it takes to explore and discover.

photo of the wave in coyote buttes north in Utah
Streaks in Stone
There are no trails in this part of Coyote Buttes. But if you took a beeline from the nearest parking lot to "The Wave", you'd hike about 3 to 3.5 miles one way. If you hiked in this fashion to The Wave, you'd certainly see a lot of great scenery. But you'd certainly miss a lot too.

photo of the sandstone in Coyote Buttes in Utah
Waves of Stone
The Wave is both a photographers dream and nightmare. The range texture, color and shape of sandstone here is phenomenal. Getting correct photographic white balance to produce a photo that accurately reflects reality is a challenge. Every camera angle seems worthy of a photograph.

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