Sequoia and Yosemite, June 2010
Waterfalls, Tunnels, Granite Cliffs, Tuolumne Meadows and Tenaya Lake
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Our bellies full of food from Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, we headed back down the road, following the Merced River.  Near a bridge, we spotted a large waterfall and got out to check out the stream, radiant in its beauty.

This photo, not actually of the waterfall but the stream below it, was taken by laying on my stomach, balancing using a Joby GorillaPod to balance my Nikon D90 camera on a rock to get a longer exposure, this one probably being somewhere around 2 seconds.

Lisa using my old Nikon D50 to photograph this tree's massive roots hugging the rock.  She later lost one of her flip-flops to the churning stream, but we miraculously managed to recover it a little later downstream.

After Lisa prepared another one of her delicious vegan dinners (all the meals she prepared on this camping trip were vegan), I drove up to Tunnel View to take more photos.  My main purpose was to try and take some dark night photos of Yosemite Valley. 

Although this was great fun, they didn't come out very well due to the glare of headlights from the road nearby.  I picked up my camera, which was now perched on my Dad's old-school Sears tripod from the '70s, and turned it around 180 degrees to aim it at the long tunnel behind me.

This ended up being far more fun.  A photographer from Bakersfield, Herb, joined me, and we left the shutters open on our cameras for twenty seconds or more to capture the tunnel and some of the taillights of the traffic rolling through it.

We were completely entertained when one truck sped through, it's extra top lights causing an unexpected light show. You can see this photo here on the Extras Page.

Thursday, 1 July 2010:

Although out late photographing tunnels, I still managed to wake up early.  We wanted to get on the road early because we were going to visit Tuolumne Meadows, which was something like two hours away from El Portal.  The light began to shine through our tent cabin, and I liked the way it backlit Lisa's pinecone collection (and 100% whole wheat bread).

Check out the extra page for a photo of the tent cabin where we stayed in El Portal.

And this is why we woke up early.  A morning view of Tenaya Lake.  The next time we come to Yosemite, I would like to stay near Tuolumne Meadows and try and wake up really early to get the beautiful morning light coming over some of the lakes, such as Tenaya Lake or Young Lakes. 

But although the morning sun was already too bright, these photos still manage to capture some of the beauty of Tuolumne Meadows.

Tenaya Lake, near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite.

And one more view of Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, with its crystal-clear water.

The granite bluffs, with trees still managing to eke out an existence.  Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne Meadows.

Puddles from the just-melted snow near Tenaya Lake in Yosemite.

Ancient glaciers smoothed this enormous granite face.

One lone tree, one large cliff.

One of the domes near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, near where we'd meet our next furry friend (see next page).


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