Scenes from the Eureka Valley

Desert in Autumn
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020

On our last trip to the Eastern Sierra, we explored Big Pine – Death Valley Road. Twenty-five miles from Big Pine, CA, the pavement ends, and you enter Death Valley National Park.  The route took us through Eureaka Valley, over the Last Chance Mountains to Crankshaft Crossing where we made a right to continue on Death Valley Road. That led us to Ubehebe Road then to Scotty’s Castle Road and further to Stovepipe Wells. It was a fun trip through beautiful desert despite the tire shredding rocks and washboard grating on the road. If you ever take this route be careful. Have really good tires and plan your timing; there are many washes that cross the road. They were all in good repair when we took the trip in early autumn. But, they could be bad in other times of the year.

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A Sunrise in Eureka Valley
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
View From a Wash
Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
A Wash on a Fan; Last Chance Mountains
Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
Crankshaft Crossing
Death Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020

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Autumn in the Sierra

A Walk Into the Aspen
Along Route 108 near Sonora Pass, CA; OCT 2020

Travelling from Sacramento to the Eastern Sierra are provides many wonderful photo opportunities. Here are two I captured on our recent trip.

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Cloudy Dawn in the Foothills
Latrobe Road Eldorado Hills, CA; OCT 2020
Regeneration
Lee Vining, CA OCT 2020

This stand of Aspen was killed some years ago in a fire. But Aspen are survivors. Though they do produce seeds, they also send up sprouts from their root system. So, the roots allow the next generation of this stand of Aspens to grow again.

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Some Recent Bird Sightings

Common Raven
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA; OCT 2020

Our trip to the Eastern Sierra was primarily to photograph landscapes. But, we saw some interesting birds also.

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Loggerhead Shrike
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020
Sage Sparrow
Last Chance Mountains, Death Valley National Park, CA; OCT 2020
Loggerhead Shrike
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020

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Scenes From Big Pine – Death Valley Road

Sunrise From Death Valley Road
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020

We spent some time exploring Big Pine – Death Valley Road. Along the way, we found some interesting things: A beautiful forest of Joshua Trees, and a wonderful White-tailed Antelope Squirrel. All of this set against the scenery of desert mountains. It was beautiful trip.

Be aware though, if you decide to explore this road, we have read that is one of the most dangerous roads in the country. We found the route to be in good shape but there are some things to consider. We found a lot of tire shredding rocks. There are numerous washes that cross the route so it could be flooded, or the road surface washed out. With photography stops, it took us 7 hours to get from Big Pine to Stovepipe Wells.

This post shares some images from the section between Big Pine, CA and the entrance to Death Valley National Park. I’ll share images from Eureka Valley and Death Valley in a future post.

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A Fan of Joshua Trees
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020
White-tailed Antelope Squirrel
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020
Joshua Trees at an Outcrop
Death Valley-Big Pine Rd, Big Pine, CA; OCT 2020

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Photographing a Burn Scar

A Mountain Woodland
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020

On our day trip to the mountains, we decided to visit and photograph a burn scar; a section of burned forest from a fire a few years ago. The burned trees were intriguing with their swirls of white wood and black charred wood. The grasses had repopulated the area and the Rabbit Brush was blooming. It was a fun time.

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Scene from an Old Burn Scar
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Scene from an Old Burn Scar
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Scene from an Old Burn Scar
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Scene from an Old Burn Scar
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Scene from an Old Burn Scar
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020

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A Day Trip to the Mountains

Sunrise Tinted by Wildfire Smoke
Peddler Hill Scenic Overlook, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020

Last week we took a day trip into the mountains. We travelled along RT 88 from Jackson, CA to Rt 89 and followed it over Monitor Pass and down to Topaz then returned. It is a beautiful trip through the Sierra Nevada. While we enjoyed clear skies, at places we could see smoke hanging over distant mountain valleys.

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A Sunrise in the Sierra
Carson Spur Vista Point, Rt 88, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020
A Sunrise in the Sierra – P2
Carson Spur Vista Point, Rt 88, Pioneer, CA; SEP 2020
Looking Out at a Smoke Filled Valley
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020
Looking Out at a Smoke Filled Valley – Infrared Edition
Rt 89 above Topaz, CA; SEP 2020

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A Few California Landscapes

Old Barn
On Rt 20 Between Sacramento and Ft Bragg CA

Todays post contains some images from various spots around California.

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A Windy Autumn Day on Convict Lake
Convict Lake, CA; OCT 2019
Cherry Blossoms
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2019
Sunrise on the American River
William Pond Park, Sacramento, CA. FEB 2016
Autumn at the edge of the Desert
Route 395, Near Rovana, CA; OCT 2019

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Special Trees

The Steadfast Bristlecone Pine
Great Basin National Park, NV; OCT 2015

Today I am featuring some special trees: The The Great Basin Brisltecone Pine (Pinus longevea), the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). Most of the images are from California but one comes from Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

There are only 8 groves of the Giant Sequoia in the world. They are all located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. These wonders grow more than 300 feet tall with diameters that exceed 50 feet. The branches on these trees are often bigger than the trunks of trees I see every day.

The Coastal Redwood is found only along the coasts of Northern California with just a slight incursion into Oregon. These trees are the tallest in the world, reaching heights in excess of 375 feet and diameters in excess of 30 feet. Many of these trees are over 600 years old with the oldest known tree 2,200 years old.

The Bristlecone pines are small, gnarled, ancient trees some of which have lived more than 5,000 years. They grow at high altitudes and like poor soil conditions. They are tough old buggers.

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Among the Elders
Sequoia National Park, OCT 2014
Early Morning Among the Coastal Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013
A Path Through the Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA JUL 2013
Sequoia Giganteum
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA, DEC 2013
Bristlecone Pine in Spring
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA, JUL 2014
Sun Awakening A Family of Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013

A Testament to Time
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA; JUL 2013

Guardian of the Valley
Schullman Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA; MAY 2016

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Yosemite – The Vistas

Primera Lúz
First light over Yosemite, July 2014

Today I am wrapping up my Yosemite posts by presenting some of the big, expansive vistas of the park.

There are some interesting stories behind some of these images.

Primera Lúz or First Light, was for me, a difficult shot. I wanted the image of the sun rising over El Capitan. I did my research to figure out when I might get that shot. That date was fortuitous because it coincided with the visit of my niece and nephew who had never visited Yosemite. I set up early and was treated to this magnificent view.

I was wandering Yosemite Valley in mid-morning when I caught the view of Bridal Veil Falls in the black and white image. There was a sense of familiarity in the scene, but I couldn’t place it. When I got home and looked at it, I realized I saw a scene that was reminiscent of images I saw in Look and Life magazines when I was a child. As an homage to what I remembered, I decided black and white would give me the retro presentation my memory asked for.

Upper Yosemite Falls at sunrise was taken on a trip to see the snow, but for which we were too late. As I researched for the trip, I realized that there should be some nice sunrise light on Yosemite Falls. But, I didn’t expect what I found.  There had been some rain the night before and it was cold. As the sun rose. some holes opened in the clouds and bathed the chasm of Yosemite falls with beautiful golden light.

I love Yosemite very much. Its been a great blessing to be able to photograph it. Hopefully, I will be able to do more and do them better.

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Dappling Gold
Early Evening Light Breaking Through Rain Clouds Over Yosemite Valley
Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, MAY 2015
Upper Yosemite Falls at Sunrise
Yosemite National Park; MAR 2019
Bridal Viel Falls
Yosemite National Park, May 2016
Focusing Attention
Sunlight Streaming Through Breaks in the Clouds Play Across the Cliffs and Through the Valleys
Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, MAY 2015
North Dome at Sunrise
The early morning sun highlights the face of North Dome as it rises over Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, CA; MAY 2017

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Yosemite – Small Vignettes of Autumn and Winter

Gentle Flume
Yosemite National Park, OCT 2014

There is a request floating around Facebook asking people to share landscapes. So, I decided to gather my favorite images from places we visited and share them.

Yosemite is full of amazing vistas. I am in awe struck every time I see them. But for this post, I thought I’d share some of the small vignettes that are easily missed on the way to see and enjoy those amazing icons of nature.

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Ice Crystals on the Merced River
Yosemite National Park, Dec 2013
It’s Reflection Disturbed
Yosemite National Park, Merced River. OCT 2014
A Quiet Pool
Yosemite National Park, Merced River. OCT 2014
Ice Crystals on the Merced River
Yosemite National Park, Dec 2013
An Autumn Vignette
Yosemite National Park, CA; OCT 2014

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