A quick trip to Cali.

My quick trip to California, came via helping my friend’s mom Carol move to Groveland, CA to be closer to her daughter.

After the driving, and unloading of the furniture came a little time to explore. There was even time for a trip to the Schulman Grove in the white mountains.

ElderBristlecone Pine Tree, Discovery Trail, Schulman Grove, Inyo National Forest, White Mountains

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Bristlecone Pine Tree

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 adventure.

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Sunset from Olmstead Point, Yosemite National Park

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Sunset east of the Seirra

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Alkali Flies at Mono Lake

 

October 2016 Free Wallpaper

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.

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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.

 

October 2015 Free Wallpaper

“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. 

Moon over Leaning Tower, Yosemite Valley

Moon over Leaning Tower, Yosemite Valley

Hope you enjoy, thank you.

We have a winner!

Well we have a winner to the signed print giveaway. I have sent a message to the winner and as soon as that person contacts me back I will announce them. In the meantime I want to present the print that they have won.

Update 2013/7/3: Unfortunately I have yet to hear from the winner of the Signed Print Giveaway. I do want to give the winner ample time to get in contact with me. So I have decided to announce the winner now, in hopes they will see there name and contact me directly.

The winner of the Signed Print Giveaway was Toni Slate of Laugh Talk Radio. I have made attempts to contact you through the contact section on your blog, so if you see this please contact me as soon as possible to receive your Signed Print of “Moonbow over Yosemite.”

I want to thank everybody for their support and encouragement of my photography.

“Moonbow over Yosemite”

This is "Moonbow over Yosemite" I captured this image the night of the full moon in May, 2013.

This is “Moonbow over Yosemite” 11X14 I captured this image the night of the full moon in May, 2013.

I captured this image of the moonbow, on the night of the full moon in May. The alignment of Yosemite Valley east to west and the placement of Yosemite Falls being along the north side of Yosemite Valley, is a near perfect arrangement of elements. The best time to witness moonbows are in the springtime, since the flow of water over the falls is great enough to produce enough mist to catch and then create a moonbow.

There were probably about 100 or so people there trying to get a look at and a good photo of the bow. It brought the experience a bit more into focus for me. Not just the experience of seeing a moonbow but that of Yosemite as a whole. Just saying there are a lot of people there, even in the slow seasons. However without these people we wouldn’t have the national parks at all. We need the participation of everyone but we need to remember to be respectful of nature all that it has and represents. Because without nature we wouldn’t be here either. Well enough of the soap box, if I really got on it at all. So with no further delay the settings and gear I used to capture the image.

Gear:

Settings:

  • 32mm Focal Length
  • 40sec Shutter Speed
  • 16 F-Stop
  • 3200 ISO

2013 July Free Wallpaper! It’s early!

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.

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 Nikon D800, 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.

Climbing to new Heights!

Climbers on the western face of El Captain. Working together as a team they are able to reach a goal few are able to even dream of.

Climbers on the western face of El Captain. Working together as a team they are able to reach a goal few are able to even dream of.

I am about to reach all new heights on my blog for the month of June. I am going to be doubling the “visits,” “views,” “follows,” and “likes.” I am wanting to see how many more I am able to get before the end of the month. So as an incentive I am holding a little contest. At the end of the month, I will put all the names of all the people that have “followed” my blog and “liked” any of the posts into a hat then I will draw one name. That person will win a signed print of one of the images, not yet chosen, from my recent adventure in Yosemite.

So if you are reading this right now, click the “like” button below or the “follow” button above to be entered to win a signed print from me.

Good Luck everybody!

Images from Yosemite!

I have uploaded a few more images from my adventure in Yosemite. Here is one that I particularly like. I was hiking down from Glacier Point the second day after it opened for the season. The clouds were socked in around Glacier Point so it provided this great atmosphere to the scene. The misty clouds hung in the trees like a dream, so trying to capture as much as I could. I captured this shot of the forest, its not a postcard view, its a view of a healthy natural forest, just waking up from winter. Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more to come.

The forest waking up from winter.

The forest waking up from winter.

I was trying to capture the overwhelming presence that this scene had. So I shot it at 24mm with my 24-70mm f/2.8. Unfortunately there was some lens distortion that I fixed in post, however the lines of the trees still are converging in the distance. That is a testament to how large these trees really are, and how naturally grand the forest when protected and left to be the way it wants to be, will be. So click the image above to go and check out more images from Yosemite.