“Two Trees at Siesta Lake” October 2018 in @yosemitenps - image taken with my canon 5D mark III, lens at 60mm, iso 100, polarizer, raw image processed in photoshop. #photography#yosemite#forest#autumn#fall
Yosemite Valley sunset views from the Tunnel View lookout point to the west of Yosemite Valley. Watching how the light chased up from the valley floor towards the peaks lining the sides of the valley was pretty neat, the picture ever evolving as the sun dropped lower and lower #yosemite#sunset#california
The Yosemite vlog is now up on YouTube!! Link in bio. Sorry it’s long and not the greatest editing but kinda fun to change it up try something new. Still tons to learn about shooting and editing video but in the meantime, I’m just going to have fun with it and share the adventures!🤙🏻
I spent parts of 12 days traveling all over California while I was on vacation and over the course of those 12 days I saw mist, fog, rain, sleet, hail, and even some snow as well. I say that not to complain because those conditions in no way inhibited me from taking some beautiful pictures, and in some ways enhanced the pictures I was able to capture, but instead to point out why this collection of photos is relatively short. With all of the weather I experienced, what I didn’t see much of was the sun. There were maybe two of three days where I actually caught a sunrise or sunset and to be honest I’m okay with that, because the ones I did catch were absolutely beautiful. This is a collection of photographs from my vacation featuring the golden glow of the sun, this is Basking, California. #california#sunset#yosemitenationalpark
We all love our California sunshine. The reliable blue skies start in May and last for months and months until the landscape starts to feel so thirsty that we’re thankful for fall and its accompanying showers that turn the hills green and blanket the mountains with snow. We depend on that rain and snow to not only nourish the landscape but to also to supply our creeks and reservoirs with the water we’ll need for drinking during the next dry season.
Alas, our climate is changing. The rains don’t come like they used to and dryer conditions are leading to a more flammable landscape. Nine of California’s top ten largest wildfires have happened since 2003 and our deadliest wildfire is happening right now. I’ve spent the last three days cooped up inside because our air has been rated as unhealthy to breathe. This is a small sacrifice to make in comparison to the thousands who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives.
In some instances, fire will rejuvenate the landscape. Certain suites of plants- fire followers- are waiting for this very moment and to those species fire is an ecological necessity. But many of these fires are burning more intensely, killing vegetation stands and their underlying seed banks instead of rejuvenating them. These fires are releasing enormous amounts of carbon that is typically stored in the plants around us. In some instances the fire return interval is increasing with time and when you add continued water stress to that equation- it all seems like this is more of an ecological crapshoot.
At this point, I don’t think we can rely on people to change their behavior. My only hope is for a technological solution that will slow or prevent the warming climate. And we need legislation & leaders who create a “climate” that fosters these kinds of innovations. In the meantime, I will try and do my part.
1. Triteleia laxa post burn @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, spring 2018 after the Nuns Fire on 10/30/2017
2. Emmenanthe penduliflora, a #firefollower @Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
3. A charred coniferous forest, from the Dardanelle fire
4. Smoke clouding the road in #Yosemite in October, 2018.
On our way to @yosemitenps 🏔
It was great to visit @yosemitenps during off season as it was not crowded and autumn was in full bloom. ♥
Nature is at the heart of @yosemitenps. Each turns leaves you in a complete awe & fulfils your heart with gratitude. ♥
Have you visited @yosemitenps ? If so what did you think of it?