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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A Favorite Spot

Sunrise Over the Foothills
Scott RD, Folsom, CA; JUL 2020

I am sharing 4 images from one of my favorite local spots to photograph. I am drawn to the spot, just outside Folsom, CA, because it is an oak dotted rangeland typical of this area of California.

One of the images is a black and white version of another in the set. I thought it looked very dramatic in black and white.

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Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014
Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014

Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Moonrise over the Sierra Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015

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Far-flung Seascapes

Wildflowers on the Rhode Island Coast
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI ; SEP 2019

Today I am sharing some seascapes from a few places across the globe – Georgia, Rhode Island, Washington and South Africa.

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Sunrise on the Indian Ocean
Mboyti River Lodge, Lusukisiki, South Africa; AUG 2016
Dune on Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island, GA; MAY 2008
Goldenrod at Sunrise
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI; SEP 2019
A Sunrise on Sequim Bay
Sequim Bay, WA; AUG 2015
Sunset Over Knysna Lagoon
Knysna, South Africa; AUG 2016

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Scenes from the Grand Canyon

Let Me Take You on a Tour
Juvenile California Condor; Mather Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park; AUG 2019

I have a friend, Gary Hart, who leads some of the best photography workshops you will ever find. Two of m favorites were to the Grand Canyon. One was to raft the Colorado River and the other to photograph lightening from the rim. Here are some images from those trips.

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Ancient Walls
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; MAY 2016
Sunset Over Grand Canyon
Rim Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019
Kanab Creek Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; MAY 2016
Lightning Over Grand Canyon
Mojave Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National; Park; AUG 2019
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, MAY 2016
Rainbow Over Grand Canyon
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; JUL 2019
Sunrise From Point Imperial
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 2019
Through the Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; MAY 2016
Sunrise From Point Imperial
Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ; AUG 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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California Seascapes

Ultima Luz
Sunset Over Bodega Bay, CA, JUN 2013

Today I am sharing a few seascapes from various California beaches.

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Black Sands Beach
Bonita Cove, Marin Headlands, Marin County; CA, FEB 2015
Sun Setting at the Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands, San Francisco, CA; SEP 2013
Firey Calm
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA; OCT 2012

Sunrise at Fort Bragg, CA
Fort Bragg, CA; SEP 2013
Gull Wing and Tempest
Marina State Beach, Marina, CA. OCT 2012
O Solo Mio
Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)
Piedra Blancas Rookery, San Simeon, CA; FEB 2014
El Morro Veiled
The rock at Morro Bay, CA shrouded in rain and fog. The ocean teems with activity despite the weather conditions. If you look closely, you’ll see a sea lion with his head jutting out of the water and a surfer swimming his board out into the waves.

Parasailing in San Diego
Black’s Beach, San Diego, CA; MAR 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 Spring and Summer

Reflections in a Pond
Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA; MAY 2017

Following with my small vignettes of Yosemite, here are a few from the spring and summer seasons.

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Cascade on Yosemite Creek
Yosemite National Park; APR 2016
A Spirit Within the Mountain
El Capitan, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, JAN 2018
A Deceiving Role
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park; APR 2016
View from the Merced River Near El Capitan Bridge
Yosemite National Park, CA; FEB 2018
Tioga Pass Road
Yosemite National Park; May 2013
Tree at Base of Cascade Falls
Yosemite National Park; MAR 2019
Roiling and Thundering
Tioga Pass Road, Yosemite National Park, APR 2016

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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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Some Scenes of Florida

Marching Sprites
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

My recent trip to Florida was mainly to photograph birds. Along the way, I found some nice landscapes and seascapes to photograph. My mind’s image of Florida is mostly brightly lit cities and beaches – the usual images that we see. I was lucky enough to be in areas that are more wild – swamps and marshes. That is what I am presenting here. We drove through some interesting areas – pine forests, palmetto groves and other places that I didn’t get to shoot. Maybe I’ll get the chance at a later date.

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Bromeliad on Cypress
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Florida Seascape
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020

Mangrove Marshland with Tricolored Heron
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL; FEB 2020

Garden In A Tree
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
A Pond in the Swamp
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020s

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