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Robert Greenberg’s Landscapes

Photo of Zabriskie Point at sunrise, showing the silhouette

In his travels around the world, photographer Robert Greenberg has captured some stunning land and cityscapes.  Here is a selection of some of my favorites from his global photo safaris.

Photo of hikers in Death Valley
Hikers pose in the Artists Drive in colorful Death Valley

Artists Drive is an alluvial fan carved into the Black Mountains in Death Valley.  The hikers waving at the photographer offer scale in this vast landscape of purple, green, red, and yellow rock formations and deposits of oxidized iron and manganese, among other minerals, that  spewed forth during Miocene-era volcanic eruptions.  With such a colorful palette, it’s easy to understand why the area was so named.

 

Photo of hikers walking down a long, white road in Badwater Basin
The long, salty road in Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin is a popular hike in California’s Death Valley National Park.  At nearly three hundred feet below sea level, it is the lowest point in North America.  Salt, deposited over the centuries by rain and a spring-fed pool, has created the long, white path shown in this photo.  At the far end of this long salt flat, a sign 284 feet above the bed reads, “Sea level.”

 

 

Photo of sand dunes in Death Valley
Death Valley sand dune

The sand dunes of Death Valley create a sweeping desert panorama of beautiful emptiness.  Shadows lie over the mountain range in the background, smothered by the blues, whites, and grays of an overcast sky.  Barely visible in the distance are hikers exploring a landscape that nature has set aside for plants and creatures who thrive on dessicating winds and soaring heat.

 

Photo of a hiker in Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon, land of solitude and meditation

 

A solitary hiker ponders the orange hills and cliffs of Golden Canyon in Death Valley.  Though the trail is clearly marked, you can become lost in the stark and solitary beauty of this landscape.

 

 

 

Photo of a yellow rapeseed field outside Christchurch, New Zealand
A rapeseed field outside Christchurch, New Zealan

Outside Christchurch, on the South Island of New Zealand, farmers cultivate rapeseed, a brilliant yellow member of the mustard or cabbage family.  Rapeseed, valued for its oil-infused seed, is a global source of vegetable oil (second-largest) and protein meal (third-largest).  Here, beyond a broad expanse of rapeseed flowers, are the craggy hills and snow-capped mountains west of Christchurch.

 

Photo of Fox Glacier in New Zealand
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier is fed by four alpine glaciers in the southern alps of New Zealand.  Like other glaciers globally, it is retreating at an alarming rate.  In this image, tourists observe its blackened retreating face–a craggy expanse of dust-covered ridges and valleys shrinking against the onslaught of global warming.  You don’t dare venture closer.  Though this frozen wasteland looks solid, it is deceptively unstable.

 

 

Photo of France's Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel is a World Heritage Site off the northern coast of Normandy in France.  The island is accessible in low tide, but treacherous at high tide.  In 1433, during the Hundred Years War, a small French garrison drove off an English army, leaving Mont-Saint-Michel unconquered.  Its isolated location made it ideal as a prison site centuries ago, but it is now visited by more than three million tourists annually, few of whom remain behind bars.

 

 

 

Photo of Golden Canyon in Death Valley
Twin bastions of Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Rugged outcroppings in Golden Canyon rise above the Death Valley desert floor like castle ramparts guarding against intruders.  The landscape here is vast and unforgiving.  We can pass through and admire nature’s masterworks, but we dare not linger.  Golden Canyon is alluring but inhospitable.

 

 

Photo of Crater Lake, Oregon, at morning
A smoky morning at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, Oregon, is the deepest lake in America.  Nearly two thousand feet deep, it is known for its crystal clear, icy blue water.  It was formed nearly eight thousand years ago when a volcano, Mount Mazama, collapsed.  In this image, a streak of yellow sun glow illuminates a shimmering streak across the water.  The land still lies in cool shadow, creating a smoky visage where all seems calm and peaceful.

 

 

 

Photo of Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara, Nepal, a sleepy city in the foothills of the Himalayas

Pokhara, Nepal, lies at the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range.  The peak shown upper left is Machapuchare, which anchors one end of a long ridge forming the backbone of the Annapurna massif.  Pokhara is the site of popular tourist hiking trails for those wanting a taste of the Himalayas without the extreme effort required to scale the snowy peaks beyond.

 

 

 

Photo of Crater Lake at night, showing the Milky Way galaxy
The Milky Way over Crater Lake

The Milky Way over Crater Lake.  Fill your screen with this image and turn off the lights.  The Milky Way appears as a great white sash drawn across the night sky.  In the dim glow of sunrise, thousands of stars are visible, pinpricks of light that appear as small, white smudges because of the long time exposure required to capture them.

 

 

 

 

Photo of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, taken from the Gateway Arch
St. Louis, MIssouri, from the Gateway Arch

Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, from the Gateway Arch (the shadow of the Arch is visible in the lower center part of the image).  The monumental building in the center of the image is the Old Courthouse, site of many trials in the 19th Century.  Cityscapes like this show both the symmetry and orderliness of human life and suggest the hive of busyness and chaotic activity underneath.

 

 

 

Photo of Western Brook Pond Gorge in Newfoundland
Western Brook Pond Gorge, Newfoundland

 

Here at the edge of the North American continent, this ice-age gorge cuts its path to the sea.  Rugged cliffs on either side show the path of ice as it built a deep glacier that later retreated and left this landscape.  This image shows the rugged beauty of the area but cannot capture its size and scale.

 

 

 

Photo of Zabriskie Point at sunrise, showing the silhouette
Zabriskie Point at sunrise

Zabriskie Point at sunrise.  Located in Death Valley, this area is named for Christian Zabriskie, general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company, whose 20-mule teams transported borax from the valley to the coast.  A solitary observer watches the golden glow on the horizon as it slowly sweeps away the black of night.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits:  All photos are courtesy of Robert Greenberg and are used with his permission.  Copyright 2019.

One thought on “Robert Greenberg’s Landscapes

  1. What a fabulous photo essay assembly with condensed descriptions allowing the viewer to gaze at the great world wonders he’s captured, some of which many of us may never have seen otherwise. Outstanding job, Bob. Thanks for sharing these Terry.

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