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 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.

May 2013 Free Wallpaper…about time!

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.

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.

I hope you enjoy. Remember click it, share it!

 

April Free Wallpaper!

Its about DAMN! time. I am very late with April’s free wallpaper due to a lack of broadband wifi, but thanks to a coffee chain I am able to upload the wallpaper.

This scene was along the hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park.

This scene was along the hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park.

I was able to capture this image on the way back out from the grove. It had started to sleet and rain, so I got some shelter from a tree and set up my camera and got this photo. Of course these are not giant sequoia, that image is on the way.

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Thanks.

January 2013 Free Wallpaper is here…the 1st one of the year!!!

So here is the first free wallpaper of 2013!

This image was captured while in Yosemite over Christmas and New Years.  It was an amazing trip.  I can’t wait to go back, and explore more of the area, and photograph until I drop.

While out hiking on the Carlon Falls trail, which is located on Evergreen Road, just north of HW 120 just before you enter the park, I kept getting distracted by little details of the forest.

I hope you enjoy, remember Click it, Save it, Use it!

Thanks!

Icy drips along the Carlon Falls Trail just outside of Yosemite Nat, Park.

Icy drips along the Carlon Falls Trail just outside of Yosemite Nat, Park.