Postcards From the West

Postcards From the West
Photographers and spectators are dazzled by the shadow play as the sun begins to set and the colors to saturate. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

In their Postcards From the West series, writer Christopher Reynolds and photographer Mark Boster search for new angles and forgotten history among some of the most iconic views in the American West. (Click here to see a map of all locations.)

Yellowstone's steaming, splashing, roaring spectacle is best seen up close

Head to Yellowstone National Park to see one of the most thrilling settings in North America, where beasts and geysers abound.

At Crater Lake, Ore., sky and water become one, bathed in blue

Crater Lake National Park, Ore., is a rugged place, buffeted by the elements. But, oh, what a view of that water.

The Grand Canyon, just as the Kolb brothers pictured it

For more than 65 years, one family took photos of visitors riding mules down the Grand Canyon, becoming part of local history.

In Death Valley, a Jeep, back roads and a whole new perspective

In Death Valley National Park, visiting well-known Badwater and Dante's View, but also the park's nooks and crannies.

In San Antonio, remembering (and rethinking) the Alamo

The Alamo has captured imaginations since 1836. Explore it, then visit the River Walk for another chapter in San Antonio's story.

Pike Place Market is a magical lure on Seattle's bustling waterfront

Catching fish — and a lot of history — at Seattle's Pike Place Market, which has been a hit with locals and tourists since 1907.

In Katmai National Park, Alaska, up close with bears pursuing salmon

A visit to Katmai National Park in Alaska to see the coastal brown bear pursue salmon.

The West of old, new and myth meet in Durango, Colo.

Durango, Colo., is home to the historic narrow-gauge Denver & Rio Grande Railway, which offers breathtaking trips to nearby Silverton.

California's redwoods: In the land of the giants

California's majestic old-growth coastal redwoods — the tallest trees on Earth — will leave one humbled, awed and waxing poetic.

On Kauai's North Shore, Mother Nature paints with green

Postcards From the West: Los Angeles' Union Station

L.A.'s Union Station, the 'last of the great train stations' has been moving people and freight for more than seven decades.

At San Diego Zoo, stare down giraffes, breakfast with pandas

Monument Valley: A stark beauty deep in Navajo country

Portland's quirky comeback kid

San Francisco's famed cable cars