Kings Canyon National Park, California, 2013
All the major peaks in Evolution Basin are named for the 19th-century philosophers and naturalists who were the early proponents of evolution, especially by natural selection. The two prominent peaks near the center of the frame are Darwin (left) and Mendel (right). Glacial silt from the Darwin Glacier is responsible for the color of the lake sitting at the base of the two peaks, a color that progressively fades in the lakes farther down canyon (from left to right). I composed this wide view from six frames taken above Lamarck Col at about 13,200'. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.