The image for October 2016 Free Wallpaper comes from the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest east side of the Sierras in California. This is an image of a Bristle-cone Pine tree of the Shulman Grove. They are the oldest living organism on the planet. The Bristle-Cone known as Methuselah tree is dated at 4,848.
The tree above is of course not Methuselah, the exact location of the tree has been removed from public record. This was done to protect it from people damaging it by taking a piece of it as a keep sake.
My short visit to the grove was really amazing. I had been wanting to visit for many years, and during a recent trip I was able to make it happen thanks to a great friend of mine Elisabeth Barton. She is part of Echo Adventure Cooperative, a coop for adventure guides in the Yosemite area. On your next trip to California you need to visit their site to book your next adventure.
She and I took the shorter Discovery Trial, at the Shulman Grove. The However being above 10k feet it still royally kicked my a$$! But being up there and near these amazing trees was well worth it. To touch them and feel how dense they are and to think about how old they are and still living and growing.
One of the things that I love about photography is being able to share the things that inspire and fill me with awe. Even though the images I capture do not do justice, I hope to share at least a small glimpse, of my experience.
“Moon over Leaning Tower” is this months Free Wallpaper. This shot was captured on the northside of the Merced river just east of the tunnel view pullout. I had been watching the moon since earlier in the afternoon and thought I might be able to get a shot of it somewhere near Bridalveil Falls. So when I saw that it was getting close I moved down valley towards the falls and ultimately decided on this vantage point and then waited. Being in Yosemite this was one of the things that was reinforced again and again, HURRY up and WAIT. Time, you have to put the time in, or you wont beable to get the best shot you could possibly get, along with do the work. By work I mean, research, both online and on foot. Put the time and the effort on the trail to find those hidden spots and then going back when you have figured out, not only the right time of day but the right time of year. All of these things come together to create the best images. A little extra effort can make the world of difference.
So here is September’s wallpaper. It is an image a was lucky enough to capture while out at Canon Beach, OR. I was out visiting a friend in Portland and we took a day trip out to Canon Beach. It was an amazing day.
The image is of the ripples in the sand, I saw the patterns created by the water and I had to have it. Hope you enjoy.
Ripples in the sand on Canon Beach in Canon Beach, OR.
Its early this time! I thought I might try to make up for the last few months of being late. So its a couple of days early.
The image I went with for the July Wallpaper, is an image I captured while out exploring Yosemite. This is a view from below Olmsted Point and above Tenaya Canyon and over looks the eastern edge of Yosemite Valley.
Looking West over the upper end of Tenaya Canyon and the Eastern edge of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see Clouds Rest on the left and also the east side of Half Dome.
For this shot I used my NikonD800, 24-70mm f2.8, Circular Polarizor. The wind was whipping around pretty good up there, and the sun was so bright, but I had an amazing day out exploring that day. The clouds were moving pretty fast, and since they were changing so quickly I needed to act fast to get them before they were gone from above Clouds Rest.
Well here it is, I know its late. But at least its here before June 1st, LOL
I captured this image near the top of Four Mile Trail just below Glacier Point.
They opened Glacier Point on a Friday at noon, and that following Monday I headed up to check it out. Of course Yosemite Valley was completely full of clouds, so the view from the top was nothing but white, those shots coming soon. However while I was waiting out the clouds I hiked down Four Mile Trail a ways. The clouds and the mist were saturating the trees and the upper end of the trail. It added this great atmosphere as you could see.