Monthly Archives: July 2013

One in a Million

I know there’s probably been millions of photos taken from this very same spot at Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park. I know that I should try and do something new and different. However, once you get there and gaze upon God’s awesome creation, you can’t help but just take a picture and forget about everything else. What a view! I wish I could build a house right there (out of the way of everyone’s picture of course). Maybe a little hobbit hole in the side of the cliff.

One in a Million

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Tuolumne Meadows

If you ever head to Yosemite make sure to check out Tuolumne Meadows. There’s a lot to photograph in the valley but being at 9,000ft Tuolumne Meadows can be nice and cool when it’s sweltering down in the valley. There’s also less people so you can get away from the crowds and still see some awesome landscapes.

Tuolumne Meadows

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Miles Away

I always like taking road shots especially when you can stand in the middle of the road. This was a cool road to do it on because I could pretty much take as long as I wanted as there were hardly any cars on it and even if there was one I could see it miles before it got to me.

Miles Away

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Sunset at Glacier Point

After shooting sunrise from Glacier Point I headed back there for sunset. It was funny to see how many more people were there. At sunrise there were maybe 10 people but at sunset there were about 100. I guess getting up at 4:30 AM isn’t that appealing to most, me included, but having the freedom to shoot wherever I wanted without people in the way was nice.

This is the Geological Exhibit with Half Dome in the distance. Yosemite is such a great place to see God’s awesome creation.

Sunset at Glacier Point

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Sheep Lake Trail

This the trail to Sheep Lake looking towards Chinook Pass in Washington state. It’s about a mile or two to the lake from the trail-head.

Sheep Lake Trail

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Foiled Again

I went for an overnight backpacking trip over the Fourth of July weekend to get some shots of the wildflowers in Grand Park in Mt Rainier National Park. I have been to Grand Park twice before but each time I was too late so this time I thought July would be a good time to go. When I went to get my back country permit the Ranger said the wildflowers weren’t really out yet but I decided to go anyway with a friend of mine because it was the only free weekend for a while.

The hike into the park is about 4 miles and we were probably doing a 3 mile an hour pace. With my pack on and all my camera gear I was huffing and puffing going up some of the steep parts of the trail that leads to Grand Park.

When I got up there I could tell that it was too early. There were some wildflowers but not much. The worse part was that I got up at about 4:30 AM for sunrise to at least gets some shots of Rainier but it was overcast and I couldn’t see the mountain at all even though it was right there. There wasn’t even a cool fog over the trees. Just grayness. I did see a herd of about 30 elk so that was pretty cool.

So the pictures of the wildflowers was a bust but I did get a nice shot of Eleanor Creek and the adventure part of backpacking is always fun. I also learned that a sunset shot would probably be better with the location sun at that time of year. Maybe I’ll try again sometime.

Foiled Again

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Mirror Lake

This is a cool hike to do when in Yosemite of Mirror Lake. If you do the whole roundtrip around the lake (I think it’s about 5 miles) start at the trail that’s on the right side of the road right before the first bridge. You’ll end the hike with better views, but, if you just want to go to the lake and don’t want to do the whole 5 miles (my wife was 7 months pregnant when she did it so there’s no excuse) just stay on the road. It’s a little over a mile to the lake which is actually quite small. I read that they used to have a lodge on the lake many years ago which burned down I think (it’s seems like a lot of the old buildings burned down in Yosemite). Anyway, they used to dredge out the lake to make it bigger but now they are letting it go wild so it’s filling in.

The peak in the distance is Mt Watkins and the mass of stone on the right is the bottom part of Half Dome.

Mirror Lake

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Waiting for Sunshine

I was in Montana a couple months ago visiting family and I went to take some photos of some property that was for sale. It was late May so the weather was sunny for a few hours and then rainy and thundering. I was only there a couple days so once there was nice blue skies we went to check out the property. By the time we got there it was overcast and rainy. I took a picture anyway which I think is cool for a landscape but not so good for real estate.

Waiting for Sunshine

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Mariposa Grove

I’ve been wanting to see some Sequoias for some time now and I was finally able to at the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. My wide angle lens slimmed them down a little almost like a redwood but, in person, they are massive.

Mariposa Grove

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Vernal Falls

The Mist Trail leads to the spectacular Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. They don’t call it the mist trail for nothing. There is a lot of spray coming off of these falls which is nice on hot day but not so nice when you’re trying to take a long exposure.

Vernal Falls

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