A few feet off California's extraordinary Highway 1, a scenic coastal highway that runs the length of the state. This was a quiet Friday afternoon at Bean Hollow State Beach in San Mateo County, near Pescadero, California.
The sun sets over the salt flats and marshes of one of Silicon Valley's loneliest and quietest corners; a relic of history where the ruins of a bygone era defy the stratospheric housing and population growth everywhere else in the Bay. Hikers pass through to experience the sun through one of Alviso's truly unique architectural structures.
One of only two remaining monk seal species left in the world, this Neomonachus schauinslandi -- Hawaiian Monk Seal -- is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, and the rarest seal or sea lion in US waters.
Rivers flowing from two waterfalls inside an ice cave underneath Mendenhall Glacier. The rivers forcibly carve a massive glacier defined on the inside by hues of blue and an intensity of color like few other places in the world.