Yosemite Waterfalls

August 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

I’m still playing catch-up on editing photographs I took earlier this year, and this series of Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls is from early May. That’s a great time for waterfalls fueled by snowmelt, and before the summer crowds of tourists.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Matter of fact, Yosemite Falls generally dries up in summer, refreshed only by the occasional monsoons.

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

I hoped to see a rainbow in the fine mist at the bottom of the falls I visited, but I guess the sun wasn’t at the right angle. There is also the possibility of seeing a moonbow during the full moon at certain times of year.

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls

My favorite place in Yosemite is at Glacier Point, with a mountainous vista spread out as far as you can see. I need to see the open sky; being inside a tall forest with only glimpses of the sky is claustrophobic to me. You can also see Nevada and Vernal Falls from there.

Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

Waterfalls change shape as they descend, bouncing off ledges, hugging rock faces, catching the wind.

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

A fast or slow shutter speed on the camera also represents different aspects of water. I prefer silky water, so catching the water in the shade and aiming for 1/15 sec or slower is necessary.

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

Bridal Veil Falls certainly resembles its name in the bottom photographs.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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It’s actually a very tall falls, and later that day the wind made it very dramatic.

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Bridal Veil Falls catching the wind

Just a short ways downstream, calm prevailed.

Footbridge below Bridal Veil Falls

Footbridge below Bridal Veil Falls

The sunset vistas from Glacier Point are quite spectacular and will be featured in another blog post.  Vernal Falls is about 2,200 feet lower than Glacier Point and caught the sun’s last rays beautifully.

Vernal Falls at sunset

Vernal Falls at sunset

With the 1200mm reach of the Canon SX-50, you can even see the footbridge.

Vernal Falls at sunset

Vernal Falls at sunset

Stay tuned for more from Yosemite!

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Harriers at Kern NWR

August 4, 2015 at 7:13 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Male Harrier in a dive

Male Harrier in a dive

At the end of January I visited the Kern National Wildlife Refuge near Bakersfield, California.  I saw a male northern harrier doing many swoops and dives, and I assumed he was displaying for a female who may have been perched on a tree.

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Sometimes he would break away as if hunting for a rodent, flying low over the grassy fields as harriers do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Simple Tips to Better Photography

August 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm (Bird photography, Black-and-White Photography, Colorado, Colorado birds, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, Infrared Photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Time-lapse, Video, Wildflowers, Wildlife) (, , , )

Sunset at Mid-Hills campground

Visual Poetry

When I was an interpretive park ranger at Dinosaur National Monument last summer, I created a photography program to give amateur photographers ideas on how to improve their vacation photos.  The “Simple Tips to Better Photography” was a non-technical tutorial on the art of seeing. With today’s do-it-all-for-you digital cameras, most of the technical stuff is already done by the camera, and often done quite well.

But what snapshooters need to learn most is what I call visual poetry.  They need to learn how to make a compelling photograph.  Too many people don’t use their telephoto lenses to their best advantage, and that is one of the most important tools they have to capture the compelling part of the photograph.

Although this presentation is focused on landscape and nature photography, the same can be said about photographing people.

I began my presentation with a discussion about visual poetry, adapted for general audiences: Read the rest of this entry »

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Eastern Sierra Birds – part 2

July 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Toward the end of our birding trip we learned that our leader Bob Barnes had been instrumental in saving a lot of land in the Kern River area as designated wilderness.  Here we are below standing next to the boundary sign; Bob is to the immediate left of the sign. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birding Trip in California’s Eastern Sierras

July 11, 2015 at 9:16 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Birders in the cathedral of evergreens in the Eastern Sierras

Birders in the cathedral of evergreens in the Eastern Sierras

I generally like birding and hiking alone, since I am distracted by every flower, bug, lizard, and bird. That irritates anyone who has an agenda of actually hiking at a reasonable pace.  But occasionally I like to “bird” with others who are good at spotting and identifying them, and it’s great to be with like-minded folk.  So I signed up for a 4-day trip to California’s Eastern Sierras through Sea and Sage Audubon, led by Bob Barnes and John Schmitt.

Long-eared owl showing off its long ears

Long-eared owl showing off its long “ears”

I saw many “life” birds, including a family of long-eared owls at a Ridgecrest cemetery, and just enjoyed doing my part to find and ID birds – some of which were lifers for others, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Rock Canyon – Vegas

May 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm (fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography) ()

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

When my son and his wife visited me recently, they wanted to do some climbing at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  While they climbed, I hiked.  Then we did the First Creek hike together.  I wish I knew the name of the flower in the foreground, but I can’t find it in my field guide or online. Read the rest of this entry »

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Singing Birds of Joshua Tree – Video

May 24, 2015 at 11:26 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Video)

 

 

 

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Barker Dam Trail – Joshua Tree NP

May 24, 2015 at 8:05 am (California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, )

Barker Dam Trail

Barker Dam Trail

A very nice short hike in the Hidden Valley area of Joshua Tree National Park is the Barker Dam trail.  There are a few climbing and bouldering routes past the dam, and except for a little scooting around rocks, it is an easy trail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birds of Joshua Tree

May 19, 2015 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife)

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

The young canyon wrens made a non-stop racket at the 49 Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park.  The loud peeps helped their parents keep track of them when they were ready to fill those noisy mouths with caterpillars.

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The fledglings could fly well enough to pester a parent hunting for their meals.  Soon, though, these babies will learn to find their own food, and the palm grove will return to peace and quiet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wonderland of Rocks – Dusk to Dawn

May 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm (California, fine art photography, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Hidden Valley at dawn, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Hidden Valley at dawn, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Ryan and Amy wanted to go rock climbing in one of the world’s premiere spots – Joshua Tree National Park.  Who knew?  These rock pillows and piles didn’t look very impressive to me, as far as conquering goes.  But apparently they are very challenging, and very scratchy.

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However, they are very beautiful, especially at dusk and dawn.  Some of these images are taken right in the campground, or very near it. Read the rest of this entry »

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