Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Pileated Woodpecker Blogging

Woodpecker #1 - Yosemite  2016

I was slowly walking towards the base of Lower Yosemite Fall in very dim early morning light, fooling around with iPhone videos, when this very large woodpecker made her appearance.

"The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest."

Whoa! Put the iPhone away, get out the Olympus with the 14-150mm lens. I had first spotted her off in the woods, but when I went to take the photo she had unaccountably vanished. But then I heard a rustle on the forest floor nearby and there she was, right at my feet. 

Photo taken at ISO 8000, focal length 80mm (160mm equiv.).

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sentinel Dome Views

Yosemite Falls - Yosemite  2016

Sierra Crest from Sentinel Dome - Yosemite  2016

The regular trail to the top was partially blocked by snow, so there was a bit of a scramble over the granite slabs. But once up there, the views were quite nice, no smog as there's sometimes been in the past.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Jeffrey Pine - Sentinel Dome

Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome - Yosemite  2016

Adams' Jeffrey Pine - Yosemite  2016

Alas, the iconic pine tree pictured in Adams' famous 1940 photo died in the 1970s and finally collapsed in 2003.

Sections of the trunk still remain, however, very gnarly and dramatic.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sentinel Dome Hike

Sentinel Dome - Yosemite  2016

Tree Trunk - Yosemite  2016

I arrived at the Sentinel Dome parking lot fairly early - around 7:30 AM - parked the car and started the hike.

I was carrying two cameras: an Olympus E-M10 with a 14-150mm lens (used for top photo) and an Olympus E-PL5 with a 25mm lens (used for bottom one.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Half Dome

Half Dome - Yosemite  2016

Half Dome, Manzanita - Yosemite  2016

If you go to Yosemite you are certainly going to take photos of Half Dome. It's the law!

Top photo taken from Tunnel View with an Olympus telephoto zoom lens. Bottom photo is an iPhone panorama shot from Glacier Point. Note Nevada Fall on the right.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bridelveil Fall - 2

Bridelveil Fall - Yosemite  2016

Bridelveil Creek - Yosemite  2016

I parked at the Bridelveil Fall parking lot and walked the short distance to the base of the fall, or as close as I cared to get: there was quite a bit of water in the air.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bridalveil Fall - 1

Bridelveil Fall - Yosemite  2016

I had left my campsite and was on my way to the Sentinel Dome trail when I decided to stop for some photos of the Bridelveil Fall area.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Kitten Blogging

Kitten - El Portal  1990

The story behind this photo has been lost in the mists of time.

Bonus photo below, the telephone booth located in the Yosemite employees' mobile home area.

Telephone Booth - El Portal  1990

Sunday, August 21, 2016

. . . from the archives #95: Trees - Yosemite 1997

Trees - Yosemite 1997

I've always liked this photo, even though I never got around to framing it. I guess that I wish that there was a little more depth of field . . .

Taken near the parking lot for Bridalveil Fall with, I'd guess, a Toyo-Field 4x5 camera. I've tried to recreate the photo using digital cameras, but no luck so far.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cascade Fall

Cascade Fall - Yosemite  2016

. . . in May, very impressive. Driving up from El Portal it's on the left, some miles past the park entrance

"Cascade Fall" appears to be an unofficial name. Hm.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Merced River, Afternoon

Merced River, Clouds, Mountains - El Portal  2016

Walking up the road from my campsite in El Portal, 5:30 PM.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

El Portal Flowers

Vetch - El Portal  2016

Lupin - El Portal  2016

Vetch down by the river, lupin just off the road.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sierra Foothills - 2

Mailbox - Mariposa County  2016

Oasis - Mariposa County  2016

Taken during the drive back from Hornitos to my campground.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hornitos Cemetery

Tombstones (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  2016

Tombstones (Hornitos) - Mariposa County  2016

I spent some time wandering around the old tombstones in back of the church. The heat was starting to rise in the sun-baked landscape; walking around the hard-packed earth I was just a little worried about rattlesnakes.