Saturday, June 24, 2017


Forest, Merced River - Yosemite  2017

My Olympus camera (EM-10) has an HDR (high dynamic range) setting which I've rarely used. (Requires a tripod.)

Here's one example.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tenaya Creek

Dogwood, Tenaya Creek - Yosemite  2017

Tenaya Creek - Yosemite  2017

I always head for this spot: 2013, for example. Or 2014.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Old Toll Road - 2

Fence Post - Mariposa County  2017

Digger Pine - Mariposa County  2017

Black and white conversions using a Photoshop adjustment layer.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Old Toll Road - 1

Old Toll Road - Mariposa County  2017

Oak, Gate - Mariposa County  2017

I was wondering . . . was there ever really a toll collected on the Old Toll Road? Don't know. Nowadays it's virtually deserted with very little traffic. Although, the Google car has been through!

I was using an Olympus E-M10 with a 14-150mm lens . . . I wanted to take some landscape photos that also included a human presence.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Return to Hornitos

Church (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  2017

Last Hurrah (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  2017

Donald L. Sanchez (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  2017

St. Catherine's Catholic church. The weather was slightly more clear that it was last year. As usual, I wandered around the cemetery in back. Also of note: a 1948 photo of the church by Minor White!

Below, my 35mm photo taken in 1995.

Church (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  1995

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Phoebe Blogging

Phoebe 1 - El Portal  2017

Phoebe 2 - El Portal  2017

Busy swooping out over the Merced River, catching bugs.

Photos taken using an Olympus 75-300mm lens.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

El Portal Campground (Video)

El Portal Camping, May, 2017 from Mike Mundy on Vimeo.

Dry Gulch Campground near El Portal. Special Baggy Pants edition. Shot with a Canon G5X.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

El Portal Campground

Tent, Merced River - El Portal  2017

The Merced River is running very high this year. The noise was a continuous rumble although my tent was perched safely above the water.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dead Trees - Update

Dead Trees - Sierra Nevada  2017

Dead Trees - Sierra Nevada  2017

This is a follow-up to last year's Dead Trees post.

Most of the trees have lost some, or all, of their needles. This is making the problem less conspicuous as they are starting to resemble the snags left after a fire. Certainly they are going to provide fuel for future forest fires.

I have heard an unconfirmed report that, over time, the pines will possibly be replaced by cedars. Will have to keep an eye on that.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

El Portal Lupine

Lupine, White - El Portal  2017

Lupine, Merced River - El Portal  2017

To be honest, because of the wet season I thought that there would be more flowers than there were. But these are nice.

Photos taken with an Olympus E-M10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Mariposa Sign (Mariposa) - Mariposa County  2017

Churches (Mariposa) - Mariposa County  2017

Return to Mariposa, on my way to the campground in El Portal.

I've shot the churches sign before, but this one was taken from close-up, so we can see the various churches in greater detail.

One of the churches in photo below. I used a Canon G5X for the photos.

Circle of Hope - Mariposa County  2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

More Snow

Pine Branch, Snow (Truckee) - Sierra Nevada  2017

Branches, Snow (Boomtown) - Nevada  2017

Snow kept falling on my head off overhanging pine tree branches while I was walking around Truckee. Hmph.

After Thursday's storm, bare Nevada branches were coated with cool-looking clumps of snow.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Duck Blogging

Duck, Ducklings - Sonoma County  2017

Make way!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spring Storm (Video)

Spring Storm, California - Nevada, April, 2017 from Mike Mundy on Vimeo.

Mostly taken with an iPhone, with some Canon G5X footage.