|Bighorn Plateau - Sierra Nevada 2002|
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
|Horse in Camp - Sierra Nevada 2002|
The horses were let go during the night to graze, with one of them having a bell around his neck. I don't recall how they decided which horse to use for the bell. This particular horse prefered being around humans more than horses.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
|Wind at Shepherd Pass - Sierra Nevada 2002|
|Riders - Sierra Nevada 2002|
Once the pass was attained we entered the above-timberline alpine region of the High Sierra. And the wind began to blow.
After a considerable ride (over 4 miles) we finally reached the John Muir Trail with some certainty that we would soon camp. But we didn't. Instead we turned south and made our way down to a campsite some distance off the main trail. By then the sun had gone down, leaving us to set up our tents in the gathering darkness and the guides to start a fire and cook the meal (hamburgers, as I recall).
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
|Riders Approaching Shepherd Pass - Sierra Nevada 2002|
The trail started innocently enough, gaining elevation as it gradually left the sage-covered Owens Valley floor. Then, unexpectedly and disconcertingly, there was a considerable elevation loss, with an even greater gain immediately thereafter. At one point the trail narrowed as it crossed an unnervingly steep mountainside: best not to look down! We had lunch trailside near Anvil Camp.
There were frequent rest stops for the horses. Shadows were starting to lengthen as details of the pass began to come into view, the trail almost nonexistent among the granite rubble. Finally, the pass itself.
|Riders, Shepherd Pass Trail (Photo Dan Sugars) 2002|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|Shepherd Pass Trailhead - Sierra Nevada 2002|
Here's the horsepacking group gathering during the early morning hours at the Shepherd Pass Trailhead, west of Independence. Our planned route took us over Shepherd Pass to the John Muir Trail, then south to Crabtree Meadow near Mt. Whitney.
I guess that we knew that the first day was going to be a long one, but maybe we didn't realize just how long. The trail over Shepherd Pass is notoriously difficult!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|Winnedumah Sink, Self Portrait - Independence 2002|
|Larry Taking Porch Photo - Independence 2002|
I've spent some time scanning my older Kodacolor negatives from the trip (with varying results) to be able to post them here.
Monday, April 21, 2014
|Crow - Sierra Nevada 2002|
Early morning in Independence, California in 2002. Moon above, sun just starting to touch the mountaintops of the Sierra as we were getting ready for a strenuous horsepacking trip.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
|Duende - Oakland 2014|
|Parking Lot, Reflections - Oakland 2014|
I took these Oakland photos with a new lens: the Olympus 14-42mm EZ ("electronic zoom") lens. I ultimately returned it because the results I was getting with it seemed pretty soft . . . needed quite a bit of sharpening work in Photoshop.
Although the Oakland pix look quite all right.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
|Wigeons - Marin County 2014|
Yes. "Wigeon." Seen as I was walking along the bay to the new Target.
Whenever I come across some wonderful new bird, I'm always taken aback when the birding book says that it's a common species.
Not common to me!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
|Road, Mt. Tamalpais - Marin County 2014|
|Mt. Tamalpais from Corte Madera - Marin County 2014|
|Boats, Mt. Tamalpais - Sausalito 2014|
Top: from the Fairfax side as I was hiking on a trail just off the Bolinas Road.
Middle: from the Town Center shopping center in Corte Madera.
Bottom: from the Sausalito harbor on a recent blessedly clear day.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
|Hat Racing - San Rafael 2014|
|Medway Plaza - San Rafael 2014|
Waiting for my car to have a stability control sensor installed.
The dealer wanted $1200 for a new one, but Kenso at Japan Auto found a used one. $500 total, part and installation.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|Point Reyes - Point Reyes 2014|
This is the actual "Point" in Point Reyes. On the right, the ocean. On the left, Drake's Bay.
And an instance where early morning light is not that great. The camera needed to point east, directly towards the sun. Very difficult.
After some pix, I turned around and headed home, wet feet and all.
Monday, April 7, 2014
|Elk - Point Reyes 2014|
After Mike took the inside-the-truck elk-crossing-the-road pix seen last week, he watched while the large animals moved farther into the cow pasture.
He then got out of the truck and took some photos not through the windshield.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
|Ocean, Wind - Point Reyes 2014|
|Surf - Point Reyes 2014|
The mighty Pacific, wind rushing towards the peninsula leaving foam streamers on the surface of the water.
Rollers coming in from afar, crashing against the cliffs.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
|Concert, Justin Herman Plaza - San Francisco 2014|
I was returning to the Ferry Building during my most recent visit to San Francisco when I came across this concert in progress at Justin Herman Plaza. Yikes, it was a free Janelle Monae concert!
A 'course, I had no idea who Ms. Monae was, so there was that. And to be honest, the sound system had a very . . . muffled (but loud) sound. But the setup, plus the audience, made a nice visual scene. I got this shot with the camera held way over my head using an Olympus E-M1 with the tilting LCD viewer.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
|Iris - Point Reyes 2014|
|Irises, Ocean - Point Reyes 2014|
My main goal was to try to see what the view was like overlooking the actual "point" of Point Reyes. (The point juts out into the water separating the ocean from Drake's Bay.) So I set off through extremely wet grass to see what I could see.
I saw irises! So, that was good. Not so good: wet feet in spite of my Gore-Tex equipped shoes.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|Fog, Drake's Bay, Sutro Tower - Point Reyes 2014|
That can be a problem sometimes.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
|Drake's Beach A.M. - Point Reyes 2014|
During my most recent Point Reyes excursion, the first - and arguably most important - stop was at the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station for coffee and a morning bun. Then the longish drive out to the tip of Point Reyes (the actual point).
I stopped at Drake's Beach for some pre-sunrise photos, but the very chilly wind coming off the ocean soon drove me back to the truck, the coffee and the morning bun.