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The stop at Tunnel View is a great place to see the Yosemite Valley, or it can provide a great backdrop for a wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Spring is everywhere in Yosemite, from ants crawling on the wildflowers to water in the nearby falls.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The Lone Cypress is not the only tree in town. The gnarled and weathered roots of the venerable Old Veteran in the Point Lobos State Reserve are a testimony to survival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Union Station, opened in 1939, is one of the last of the great train stations and stands as an architectural icon of Los Angeles and the West.

The large, overstuffed chairs in the lobby of Union Station in Los Angeles make for a great place to catch a few winks, even for a caped crusader.

The youngest giraffe at the San Diego Zoo, Nikki, gets a nudge and a little love from one of the other inhabitants in their Urban Jungle exhibit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The elephants and humans are kept a safe distance from each other at the San Diego Zoo, yet close enough for a picture.

Konrad McKane is an author, illustrator and all-around character on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, Ore.'s Southeast neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Members of the acrobatic group Pendulum Aerial Arts perform during a free noon show outside the Portland Center for the Performing arts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A pair of small hands press against the window of a cable car headed for Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Cable car conductor John Sirles gives his riders a rolling history of the city of San Francisco while watching the back of the car on the Powell Street line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

John Wayne comes to life during the screening of "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" on an outside wall of the View Hotel in Monument Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The sun begins to rise in the Monument Valley on land that stretches across the Utah-Arizona border in the Navajo Nation Reservation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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By Mark Boster

The final chapter from a seven-part series, Postcards From the West, was just published in the Los Angeles Times.

The series was originally going to be called Icons From the West, but that name landed on the cutting room floor. Such is life at a daily newspaper where ideas come and go, stories are written and rewritten and pictures sometimes never see the light of day.

During this project, Los Angeles Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds and I teamed up to drive, fly and even use a boat to get stories, shoot still pictures and videos of seven postcard-worthy locations in the West.

On average I produced about 100 gigabytes of pictures and video per location. That may sound like a lot of zeroes and ones, but you must consider my process.

I obsess over light moments. So, to combat my obsession I try to wake before dawn, check the first light of the day (in case there is a great sunrise); shoot all day, looking for interesting people; stay out on location until the sun goes down (in case there is a great sunset); and then wait around in case the moon rises or the stars fill the sky. There are times that I am not happy with the shoot and repeat the process the next day.

There is only one small problem with my obsession. I work for a daily newspaper that is always space-challenged. Thus, only a fraction of the pictures will appear in print. A few more will appear on the Web and a nice assortment will appear throughout the video that accompanies the story.

This gallery is an assortment of images that were never published. The faces, places, sunrises and compositions are here to share with our readers, just for the fun of it.

I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them.

See full stories from: Yosemite, Portland, Monument Valley, San Francisco, San Diego, Carmel and Union Station.

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