Mount Bierstadt, (14,065 ft = 4,287m), located in the Chichago Peaks of Colorado, USA, was named after Albert Bierstadt, a famed painter of western landscapes in the 1860s. Pine beetles have damaged some trees in the foreground forest adding to the vibrant autumn colors showing in the meadows and on the hillsides below the peaks.
A contented herd of horses graze on pasture in the high country of Colorado, USA as cooler weather changes the leaves of Aspen Trees nearby to a deep glowing yellow.
The Lamar River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River, reflects the sunny blue sky as it meanders along a floodplain in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. Bison graze and find ample feed on these sagebrush grasslands.
The setting sun casts a rich glow onto the ancient eroded sandstone strata that comprise the complex geology found in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, USA. Stunted Juniper Pines grow on the shallow red, rocky soils formed from the various sandstone and shale formations.
Two chipmunks play together on a tree stump in the Mount Golaith Natural Area near Denver, Colorado, USA on a cloudy day.
A magnificent Mule Deer buck pauses at the edge of a pasture and casts a watchful eye over his surroundings before disappearing into dense scrub.
Always alert to danger, these wary animals graze on grasslands near Gillette, Wyoming, USA. The Pronghorn is a long distance running champion in the animal kingdom. Regarded as the second fastest land animal after the Cheetah, the Pronghorn, also known as the American antelope, has the ability to run at 35 mph for up to 4 miles (56 km/h for 6 km). They can achieve a sustained 55 mph (88.5 km/h) over half a mile.
A vivid orange sky intensifies as the setting sun catches the clouds over ranch lands near Paxton, Nebraska, USA.
This male red-winged blackbird balances on the top of a reed as he guards his nearby nest.
Time and decay has taken its toll on this historic barn and stockyard, built with a slab-wood roof by a pioneer rancher in Evergreen, Colorado, USA. Sited on the edge of Troublesome Creek it sits alone, amidst various species of wet-land grasses and pasture where elk now graze in a nature reserve known as Elk Meadow Park.
As winter approaches, Aspen trees and scrub oak brush on the hill sides begin to show their golden colours on a cloudy day in the high country near Vail, Colorado, USA.
As the evening sun catches the tips of high mountain peaks in eastern Greenland, long shadows are cast over the vast, frigid landscape.