Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
After visiting with our son Eric and his family in LA we hope to go check it out for ourselves.
I am hoping that most of this will be gone. Usually by Memorial Day there is just patchy snow but with all the spring storms we've had this year I'm not sure what we will find.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
There are more shadows to be found at Hey Harriet, hosted by Tracy in Brisbane.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
One of our favorite bike routes takes us through the nearby 12 Bridges preserve near our home. This is a lovely ride and takes us through several different habitats. It is not without its hazards though.
I have not yet seen a rattlesnake on our ride but I have seen king snakes and racers. I'm sure the rattlers are around someplace.
In spring there are many wildflowers in the prairie grasslands. Nothing like what John Muir described after walking through the central valley in 1868, but lovely none the less.
We also ride by wetlands with their perennial pools, cattails and marsh grasses.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Then I spied his mate. She is much harder to pick out in the raging water. I wasn't prepared, I'd never seen them in Yosemite before and they swim and dive quickly in the churning water. It is amazing that they can swim against the current. They must be incredibly strong.
Everyone has seen the icons of Yosemite, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan. There is more to this place. In early spring the dogwood blooms under the towering pines and cedars.
At Bridal Veil Falls, turn your back to that beauty and look to the east shoulder of El Capitan. There you will see Horse Tail Fall only during spring run off.
At the same place, look to your left to see what is actually the tallest fall in Yosemite. Since Ribbon Fall only flows in spring it doesn’t get that honor officially.
It’s ok to be inspired by Yosemite Falls but don’t overlook the majestic cliffs to the right.
Pull your eyes from Half Dome and appreciate the other domes above the Valley.
Don’t forget the meadows. This view to the west was one I especially appreciated. Usually there is so much air pollution coming into the valley from the San Joaquin that the sky and granite are washed with a gray haze.
Don’t be like me, always rushing around to see the next view, get the next picture. Emulate this woman and her dog, just enjoy being in the place, in the moment. Enjoy the grandeur and the peace of Yosemite.
Find more views of our wonderful world at My World Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
See more critters at Camera Critters.
Friday, May 7, 2010
No, it is Half Dome reflected in Mirror Lake.
We had a wonderful time in Yosemite this week and all of my shots are of incredibly blue skies and raging water. It was Yosemite at its absolute best, I wish you could have been with us.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I seem to have too little time or too many projects. With summer coming I have been trying to get the new parts of the garden on autopilot with new drip emitters. Do you remember what it looked like last year? Click here for a reminder. I used divisions from plants elsewhere in the garden for much of the new plantings. It will take a while to fill out.
I’ve also got the guest room half painted and soft cornices made for our bedroom. That leaves three more rooms waiting for window treatments. Seeing what the rest of you accomplish has spurred me to action.
It’s almost time to open the cabin for the summer and the Roadtrek thinks we need to do some more camping, it’s feeling neglected, and I’m having trouble finding time for exercise, that’s not good.
I just don’t seem to find time for it all. Maybe I should give up sleeping.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Sand dunes make a great pallet for shadows.
The dune plants cast a shadow if the sun is out.
Tracks in the sand are defined by their shadow. People passed by here.
But who came by here? A snake, perhaps, in pursuit of a rabbit?
Here we can see who is making a track, crossing the shadow of ripples in the sand as well as those of other creatures living in this hostel environment.
You can see more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted for us by Tracy in Brisbane.