A Visit to Yosemite

A few weeks ago, we spent an evening and early morning at Yosemite. Water was running everywhere. The Merced River was a raging snake of whitewater. The granite cliffs of Yosemite are amazing anytime but, when they are covered with ribbons of water falling 3,000 feet, it is really amazing.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Birds and Flying Bugs

I want to share a few images from some recent walks around the American River Parkway near Folsom, CA. I’ve also included one from Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans. Nature provides some beautiful creatures for us to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these few.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a California Towhee, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017

California Towhee

 

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Arches National Park

We took a day on our road trip and spent it at Arches National Park. During an evening and a morning, you can see many of the main attractions but there is a lot to see that require short to moderate hikes. I hope to go back and spend a few days hiking.
The park is located over a geologically unstable salt bed. The movement of the salt bed and the earth’s tectonic forces caused large blocks of sandstone to uplift. Over millions of years, the sandstone eroded forming the arches and rock monoliths we see today. The park service claims more than 2,000 arches; some just a 3 foot opening through a mountain to the largest: 306 feet base to base. There are massive stone walls whose size, shapes and eroded faces bring pagan temples to mind. There were lots of wildflowers and some wildlife.

I left thinking that I’d like to spend time watching the sun, moon and stars rise and set over these geologic wonders. To me, it is a spiritual place. Our mistake was not giving ourselves the time to take in the spirit.

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Regards,

Larry

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Some Birds From A Recent Trip

Image of Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

On a recent road trip, we got to see a number of interesting birds that we don’t get to see here in California. We also got to see some of the usual suspects.

Here are some interesting tidbits:

  1. The typical vulture we see in the US is the Turkey Vulture. While the black vulture has a gray head, the turkey vulture  has a red head. The black vulture is found in southeastern US.
  2. The blue jay is found in the eastern half of the US. In the west, we have the scrub jay. The stellar jay and the gray jay are found in areas of the west with cooler temperatures.

Here are images of some of those birds. I hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a male cardinal

Male Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of female cardinal

Female Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of red-bellied woodpecker at feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of blue jay

Blue Jay – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren – Cameron, OK Mar 2017

Image of a black vulture

Black Vulture – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of sanderling

Sanderling – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a ruddy turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of Non-breeding male willet

Willet – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of white ibis in Okefenokee Swamp

White Ibis – Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA APR 2017

Image of a pair of brown pelicans

Brown Pelican – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a pair of wind blown great egrets

Great Egrets on a Windy Day – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM MAR 2017

Image of Bald Eagle in a nest

Bald Eagle – Western CO APR 2017

Giant Sequoia – Their Sculptural Beauty

Image of the trunk and roots of a giant sequoia tree.

Untitled, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, JUL 2011

Five years ago, I saw the giant sequoia for the first time. Like most people, I was in awe of these giant trees.  Their imposing size and their presence in the forest really impressed me.  My images Among the Elders and Sequoia Giganteum attempt to capture the scale of these trees.  However, I also found that the furrows and ridges of their bark create a sculptural beauty that is striking.  Over the ensuing years, I’ve taken images of a few trees whose patterns really struck me.  Here is a sample of what I found.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Regards,

Larry

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American River Near Folsom

Image of American River Gorge near Folsom, CA

American River Gorge, Folsom, CA, Jan 2017

Last Friday was a cold, foggy morning and we had just come out of a long bout of heavy rain.  A lot of water was being released from Folsom Lake and the American River, near Folsom was running strong.  I decided to spend some time photographing the area of Folsom that surrounds the historic Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge.  It was a great time to be out.  The river roared as it created whitewater through the gorge. Quite a treat.  In the 5 years that I have lived in the area, I never saw significant whitewater or heard the river roar.

The Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge was built in 1893.  It was sold 3 times: once to a man in Japan who wanted it for the steel but was never able to get it, once to the State of California who dismantled it and moved it near Walker, CA to span the Klamath River, and finally back to the City of Folsom who reinstalled it on its original abutments.  It now serves as a pedestrian footbridge and an access point to the American River Parkway from the City of Folsom.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Note: Click on image to see in larger size.  I particularly recommend this for the image of the American Rive Gorge.

Image of Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, FOlsom, CA in Fog

Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, Folsom, CA

Image of Rainbow Bridge arch after heavy rains, Folsom, CA. JAN 2017

Rainbow Bridge Arch, Folsom, CA

Regards,

Larry

 

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