Lost Dog

Hmmm, Now What? This pooch is a little too curious for its own good. Now I see why dogs/pets are not allowed in National Parks. Actually, this is a composite of two separate photos: 1) my Westie looking off the edge of a boat dock, and 2) view from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. … Continue reading Lost Dog

El Capitan

One of the most popular rock climbing sites in North America is the 3,000' shear rock face of El Capitan.  The granite monolith is an iconic figure of Yosemite NP of northern California. At 7:00 AM this road is deserted, but will be bumper-to-bumper within two hours.  This road veers to the left at the … Continue reading El Capitan

Glacier Point at Sunset

I hung around all day at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park to photograph the sunset. Not so great, is it. No, but the thermal inversion made for a spectacular shot.  The thick cloud layers below my feet looked like a giant feather bed inviting me to jump.  The crazy guy on the rock must … Continue reading Glacier Point at Sunset

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is a must see ... and much easier to see because it is less crowded than Yosemite NP.  It's located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, just south of Yosemite NP, and is the second oldest park in the national park system. A low key, but extremely informative, exhibit is the Giant … Continue reading Sequoia National Park

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Glacier Point, elevation 7,214', overlooks the Yosemite Valley providing a 180 degree panoramic view of the Valley floor over 3000' below. In this one-shot image, the Nevada Falls flowing into Vernal Falls below are on the far right, Half Dome dominates the center, and Yosemite Falls and El Capitan are out of the frame at … Continue reading Half Dome from Glacier Point

Tunnel View

This is the place where Ansel Adams took his iconic shot, "Thunderstorm Over the Valley". Yosemite National Park calls it Tunnel View, as it sits at the entrance to a mile-long tunnel on Hwy 41 leading to Glacier Point and Wawona.  There is a nice parking lot and an expansive viewing area for the scores … Continue reading Tunnel View

Yosemite Falls

Record snowpack caused unusually high water volumes and even lowland flooding. The Merced River is a raging torrent and out of its banks in some areas of the Valley. The foreground in this shot is Cook's Meadow, normally dry and good for morning or late afternoon walks ... and photos. The flooded meadow provided a … Continue reading Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Valley

The most popular part of Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley, where a 7-mile long road follows the Merced River and all the iconic sites can be viewed. Looking east, this shot was taken from the far western end of the Valley near the Pohono Bridge.  Six shots were "stitched" together to make this panorama. … Continue reading Yosemite Valley

Pacific Lupine

In the southwest corner of Yosemite NP there is a small town named Wanona, CA.  I was doing a bit of exploring, which is a nice way of saying, "I was snooping around". In the back of this broken down abandoned cabin was a field of purple wild flowers.  I laid down to get a better … Continue reading Pacific Lupine