Sunday, April 22, 2012

South Falls, Silver Falls State Park

In the central Cascades is a park nestled in the mountains.  Silver Falls State Park has a number of waterfalls, large and small.  The trail system takes you behind many of them.  Today, I saw two.

I started the hike at South Falls, perhaps the largest in the park.

Below South Falls, the trail drops through a rain forest.

It brings you to Lower South Falls. 

Standing behind the falls is impressive, but a bit damp.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mount Shasta

In the winter and spring, clear skies around Shasta seem to be unusual.  I have yet to find them.  That's OK.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lower Falls, McCloud River

Mount Shasta is sheathed in white.  Its lower slopes, however, are experiencing the spring snowmelt.  A slight detour on my way north took me to a little, but very pretty waterfall called the Lower Falls on the McCloud River, on the southern flank of Shasta.

The water is unbelievably clear.

According to an information board, the Indians who lived in this area called this falls "Where-The-Salmon-Turn-Back".

Return to McArthur Burney Falls

Two years ago, I visited McArthur Burney Falls, called the most beautiful in California.  The falls are certainly pretty, but the most beautiful?  IDK...

Finally, another 3D shot...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yosemite in 3D

I have been toying with something.  I take a shot, move a foot or so to the right, then try to repeat the shot.  Edge-joining the two photos allows them to be viewed in 3D.

To do so, you need to look at the photo, then look PAST it, so that a double image forms.  Adjust the amount you are looking past it so that the two images "join" or overlap in the center of your field of view.  That "center" image will be in 3D.  While it will work with the smaller images, I suggest clicking on them to view them in a larger format.

First, the gateway to Yosemite Valley.

Next, the Merced River with Vernal Falls in the background.

Finally, a view of Upper Yosemite Falls from below Glacier Point alongside the Merced River.

Yosemite in April

I just left Yosemite.  My previous visits had been in the end of May or early June.  This trip almost went sour.

On my arrival, it was cold and wet where I stayed 10 miles west of the west gate.  In the park, it was snowing and soon, it was snowing where I was.  The next morning, when I got to the gate, all wheel drive and all season tires were not enough.  To get to the valley, I needed chains, not just in the car but on.  My Forester owners manual strongly bans use of chains, though low clearance S cable chains can be used in an emergency, front wheels only.

Anticipating four days of watching TV a few miles from that magnificence, I returned to Enterprise, frustrated and discouraged.

I kept checking road conditions by phone, and in the afternoon, I returned and drove to the valley.  Approaching the valley, my first glimpse of it showed El Capitan clearly on the left, but Half Dome at the far end of the valley all but hidden behind the storm remnants.

The next afternoon, it looked like this.

In the valley, the majesty is overwhelming.  I have a friend, Dave, who is an excellent photographer.  He can find and capture wonderful images of small things in a place like this.  All I see is the grand views.  I wish I had his eye, but I do enjoy the things I see.

My first day in the park, I drove to and took a short hike around the Mirror Lake area.

On the second afternoon, I had heard about a guided photography hike.  I was having trouble with my knee and my energy levels, so though it sounded interesting, I passed on it.  I drove around, did a few short walks, and drove up to Tunnel Overlook.

On arrival there, I see a group of ten or so people with good cameras and tripods, walking together up out of the parking area, along the edge of a 1000' cliff on rock that was wet in places.  They passed out of sight.  I didn't hear any screams, so I figured they were fine, but I started to wonder...  That HAD to be the class.

I grabbed my gear and followed.

They were setting up on a stone ledge with a wonderful view of the valley.  The guide was talking about the rainbow that was about to appear at Bridal Veil Falls.  I set up, turned around and started shooting.

As time passed, the rainbow climbed the falls, becoming less pronounced as it went, until it was gone.  The next day, I caught a nice lighting of Bridal Veil from the base of El Cap.

Sweet visit.