These days I post my photos to Facebook because it’s easier. But I have those holdout friends who don’t want to utilize FB for whatever reasons… so I am acquiescing to their requests to see my photos of my latest trip to Yosemite. Y’all had better appreciate this!
I feel very fortunate that I was able to visit Yosemite in February. It was between the virus that ate the Ahwahnee Hotel in January and the coronavirus that closed the park in March.
This is the first view we always see when coming into Yosemite on the motor coach. Half Dome and a peek at the valley.
Good thing I brought along my crampons and ice pick! Ha ha ha… no chance…
My friend and I ate lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel Saturday and Sunday. I ordered the same sandwich both days… I think it was called the Californian or something like that… a salad between two pieces of bread plus a side salad and purple/orange chips. Worked for me!
Half Dome through the trees.
Besides the natural beauty of Yosemite I always love all the plane trails overhead.
Because of the drought there was very little water in the Merced River but still enough for good reflections.
Mountain climbing lessons are offered at Yosemite. See the teeny weeny people halfway up? I’ll enjoy the view from ground level, thank you.
Beautiful stained glass windows in the lobby of the Ahwahnee with a view of the mountains outside.
All we had to do was step outside the back door of our room at Yosemite Lodge to walk along the trail by the Merced River. Paradise.
Ahwahnee Hotel through the trees.
Below are images of the plane trails as the evening crept up on us. You can call them plane trails if you like, but I think it’s the spirits of the mountains sending messages to commune with the universe.
My friend did a couple of quick sketches in our room. I liked them and asked her if I could share them. See below.
Yosemite Falls: walking back from the Ahwahnee.
View from our patio.
Me just before we boarded the bus to head home. I’m ready to go back already!
Of course, I have a ton more photos that I can post at a later date but these will have to do for now.
We were very fortunate to be able to visit in February just after the virus attack at the Ahwahnee in January and the Coronavirus that shut the park down in March. I had three other trips planned this year that have all been canceled. But I’m grateful to be stuck in Culver City! It could be so much worse…
Stay well, keep safe, my friends, and carry on!
The grand expanse of the Teton Range rises above the The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming, USA. Inside, interwoven themes of place, people, preservation, mountaineering and Native American Indians encourage visitors to contemplate the past, present and future of this place.
I have to admit the views from this location are why I love to come here. See my previous post on this area here.
I love the dramatic sky in this part of the country. Back home in LA we mostly get postcard blue skies. Pretty boring.
When I got home I bought some butterfly-attracting plants for my deck. I wouldn’t mind if one of these guys decided to visit.
A great place to sit and contemplate the world. But knowing me I would be up and around after a couple of minutes!
I remember being totally blown away the first time I saw the Grand Tetons a few years ago and I still have the same reaction.
A bucolic scene… I can image sheep just beyond the fence.
Time to move on.
Colter Bay is located in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on the North Shore of Jackson Lake. The combination of boats and magnificent scenery make it a favorite place to take photos.
On this trip it was just a photo op but I was fortunate to have time to hike around on a previous trip so all was good.
If you have more time a shady walk around the bay would be in order.
Nothing grander than a back drop of the Grand Tetons!
As if I don’t have enough to do, I decided to set myself the task of coming up with my twelve favorite photos for the year… one for each month. Some months I had fifty favorites and some months I wouldn’t have picked one for my top twelve… nevertheless I had to stick to my rule of one from each month. This exercise was a great lesson for me as I realized some months in 2018 I didn’t get out and about enough with my camera and I really struggled to find a photo. I need to be more consistent.
The above photo was taken from my roof deck on Christmas Day and is my New Year’s card to you all. One of my favorite quotes just happened to be floating around in the sky! Note the airplane just left of top center.
So here we go.
I haven’t been on WordPress very much lately. I haven’t given up but I made a big decision and it’s going to be taking up a lot of my time. I probably won’t be posting much here but I will make the effort to go look at your posts to keep up with what you are doing. In the meantime, you can join me on my personal page on Facebook (Roslyn M Wilkins in Culver City). If you send me a friend request and I recognize who you are, I will respond. Or join me on my photo page by clicking on the Roslyn’s Photoart image in the right hand column.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!
On the sixth morning we left Banff to move on to Jasper. We visited two beautiful lakes. First was Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Next on the agenda was Lake Louise, filled with turquoise colored water from Victoria Glacier. Click on image below for slide show:
We bought a salad and sandwich at the Fairmont Chateau than found a bench along the Lakeshore Trail to sit and eat lunch taking in this magnificent view.
In the afternoon we drove along Icefields Parkway to Jasper. On the way we stopped to look at waterfalls, Wolf Lake and the Athabasca Glacier. Click below to start slideshow:
At the end of the journey we entered Jasper Park, Canada’s largest national Park at 4,200 square miles (1,622 sq km). We checked into Jasper House Bungalows on the shore of the Athabasca River, my favorite hotel of the entire trip. We were there for two nights but I could have stayed there for a week!
Unfortunately, the amber-colored trees were the result of pine beetle.
We fell asleep listening to the river outside our window, ready for another adventure the next day.
What happened to Day One? Well, that was getting there. My alarm went off at 2:00am. I called for my taxi at 4:21am and arrived at LAX ready for the 7;25am flight. We landed in Calgary around 1:20pm after a change of planes in Salt Lake City. That evening my three friends and I met our tour guide and the other 40 people on the Caravan tour.
Thank goodness for photographing in RAW format and photo processing in Lightroom with the “dehaze” function and some other tweaking!
This is what the scene above actually looked like!
I was told there were approximately 500 wildfires raging across Canada.
Once settled in our hotel, we embarked on a cruise of Waterton Lake.
The world’s first International Peace Park, formed in 1932 by combining Waterton Lakes Park in Canada with Glacier Park in Montana. These two parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a celebration of friendship between Canada and the US. Let’s hope!
Even though it was very hazy I made the decision I was going to keep snapping away and hope I could bring out some of the details in Lightroom when I got home. That turned out to be a great decision.
The cruise was very peaceful and just what I needed after the frenzied day before running for flight connections and getting to the hotel in Calgary. And previously that day we had a long, very boring bus trip from Calgary to Waterton. Compared to all that, this was truly blissful.
Click on an image below for images of the lake cruise
You’re not seeing double, I just wanted to show this image again to point out this photo of the line cut to demark the border of the US and Canada.
I liked this photo showing the “Thumbs Up” Canadian flag!
I always love reflections on the water.
We arrived at our destination on the Montana side of the lake. We were able to stretch our legs for a while. Click on an image below.
Then back on the boat to Canada!
We enjoyed a delicious dinner with a beautiful view. Then back to our hotel room.
View of the lake from our room. We sat outside for a while in the evening, sucking it all in.
Sunday night the dark clouds rolled in and made for some dramatic skies.
Monday morning I opened the drapes and voila… SNOW. Well, not exactly.
Walking over to breakfast it was a tad slippery!
But it was great to see white stuff on the mountains.
And eventually snow began to fall. This is what I’d been waiting for.
I was actually glad Mother Nature had waited until the last day to present us with snow. I don’t think I would have enjoyed hiking in the snow. I’ve hiked in the snow many times in the past (although not at Yosemite) and now I’m more concerned about slipping and falling.
But it was certainly wonderful to see it dusting the trees and mountains.
I loved the contrast of the greens and browns of the trees against the whites and blues.
Seeing the Yosemite Falls with snow and ice was pretty spectacular.
Yes, we are still in California! This Chevy provided the perfect contrast of colors.
So at last my vision of snow in Yosemite was realized… dreams do come true! Yosemite is splendid under any circumstances. But with snow it is extra special.
I do hope to visit Yosemite again at some point in the future. But now I don’t have to be disappointed if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
On Sunday S and I decided to walk the two miles from Yosemite Valley Lodge over to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel).
Although we enjoyed the group hike the day before, we were equally happy to have time on our own, going at our own speed and stopping to take photos.
A lot of the trees looked pretty brown and dried up. I wasn’t sure if that was the drought or the time of year.
A rather ominous sign. Does that mean the rest of the park is full of guns?
Like Mona Lisa’s eyes, Yosemite Falls followed us along our route.
Two of the light fixtures in the bar, one with bears, the other with pine trees.
After lunch we had a wait for the docent tour so I hunkered down for a nap in a very comfy chair in the Writing Room next to a window with a lovely view.
View of the hotel built right up against the mountain.
Although our accommodations at the lodge were very comfortable I wouldn’t mind staying at the Majestic (Ahwahnee) on my next visit! This last photo shows what the original decoration of the walls and ceilings looked like. You can see the areas that have been uncovered under the yellow and brown paint. At one point it was thought to be too busy so it was painted over.
Saturday was our first full day at Yosemite National Park. One of our leaders was on crutches and announced she was leading a saunter so S and I decided that was our kind of hike! I walked outside our room in the morning to get the photo above. It was COLD out there!
This was the view from our patio. Somebody said this was Cathedral Rocks so I’m going with that!
We set out on our “saunter” along the Merced River. There was no snow but it was CHILLY! My gloved hands were totally numb and I had difficulty clicking the shutter on my camera.
The top of the Yosemite Falls. One of the magnificent features of the park is all the waterfalls.
I honestly didn’t think I had any good photos from this trip. But when I got home and looked at them in Lightroom I realized I had a few. I think there might even be two or three that I can work on to upload to Fine Art America.
The light coming through the trees was magical and mystical.
In the afternoon we visited the Ansel Adams Gallery. What could be finer than viewing masterful photographs by the man himself in the location he shot them in? Ah, life doesn’t get much better!
I came back to our room and sat outside in the patio with a little vodka cocktail (well, maybe not so little…). You can see our chairs and table and the beautiful view through our picture window. My friend said when she got back to LA her body had returned but her soul was still in Yosemite. Agreed!
So you’ve seen day one and day two. Two more days coming up!