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Yosemite National Park in February by popular request … part one

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.

We arrived at the Yosemite Lodge just as the Golden Hour descended on the mountains. I rushed outside with my camera.

The next day we hiked up the Bridalveil Fall trail. Because of the lack of rain the Merced River was just a trickle but it gave us a chance to see the beautiful rocks.

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!



Floating down the Snake River

Floating down the Snake River affords some great views… and the scenery is spectacular too! Aside from being very cute, our float guide was personable and knowledgeable and made the trip even more interesting. The Snake River flows from Yellowstone National Park meandering southwards to the Grand Tetons.

Last year I survived a similar float trip down the Bow River near Banff. It’s a terrific way to get up close and personal with nature.

Floating along listening to the waves lapping at the sides of the raft and the sound of the oar dipping into the water is extremely relaxing.

Civilization seems to be a million miles away.

Sit back and enjoy a peaceful trip down the river…

We encountered several fishermen along the way.

The skyscape in this part of the country is as gorgeous as the landscape.

As I mentioned before, this was my second visit to the Grand Tetons. The area is so amazing I hope at some point I will have the opportunity to make it a third time.


Craig Thomas Center in the Tetons

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.


Feline Friday – #23 – sunset photobomb

freddie and sunset

I was working in my office upstairs when I noticed a red glow all around me. I grabbed my camera and ran out on to the roof deck.

freddie and sunset

I clicked the shutter and… what the… there was Freddie in my view finder. He had come to share the beautiful sunset with me.

freddie and sunset

No worries, let’s try again without Freddie in the view! What the…????

freddie and sunset

Okay, I give up Freddie. Yes, you definitely enhance the photo. Thanks for being my model!

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Deck time on a Saturday afternoon

my deck culver city

I couldn’t believe it when I looked at my calendar Saturday morning and saw that the entire weekend was a blank page. As many of my friends are still doing the Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 grind, usually my weekends consist of running from one event to another to pack everything into two days. It’s a relief when Monday morning comes around!

I was happy, after all the ups and downs of the past few weeks, to end one month and begin another with no plans. So after puttering around in the morning, Saturday afternoon I poured myself a glass of some red substance, picked up my camera and opened the door to my roof deck.

my deck culver city

We’ve been having some rain lately so there were some nice views all around. Southern California is known for its postcard blue skies without a cloud in sight. But I love clouds, so whenever we have storms I enjoy being on my deck looking up at all the different formations.

my deck culver city

The first photo is looking south to Culver City Park and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. The second photo is looking northwest “Over the Rainbow” and Sony Pictures towards the ocean. Gorgeous sunsets in that direction. The third photo was just looking up, I liked the striations.

my deck culver city

my deck culver city

my deck culver city

These three photos are of my beloved geraniums with a few cacti and kalanchoes. The roof deck is my favorite spot in the universe and I always feel so fortunate to be able to sit out there in the tree tops and watch the numerous birds, insects and planes flying around.

my deck culver city

These are the neighborhood parrots. You don’t have to see them to know they are flying overhead… their cacophonous squawking is enough to drown out a helicopter. I counted thirty birds in this pandemonium of parrots…. yes, that is what a flock of parrots is called… and for a good reason!

my deck culver city

Of course, when I am sitting out on my deck it isn’t long before I have company. Freddie was out here first when Frankie decided to stop by and say hello.

my deck culver city

Frankie says I’m not interested if you’re not interested.

my deck culver city

Look, we know we are both the handsomest cats in the universe but enough with the pictures, okay!

my deck culver city

Planes coming into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fly in over my deck, then make a pass over downtown LA and fly all the way out to some place like Covina where they turn back to make the descent into LAX behind the Baldwin Hills Overlook (top photo).

I am situated halfway between LAX (to the south) and Santa Monica Airport (to the north) which is where private jets and smaller private planes land and take off. Those smaller planes fly in the opposite direction to the commercial airliners and from my perspective sometimes it looks like they are on a collision course.

Then there are the fighter planes at Edwards Air Force Base out in the desert. They fly at much higher altitudes and I enjoy the contrails they make cutting across the sky. And we mustn’t forget all the helicopters buzzing around.

So, I live in a very busy air corridor and I love watching all the activity… not to mention bird life from hummers and finches to hawks and crows… and low flying ducks. And, of course, the parrots. So anytime you are bored, just come on over and we’ll watch the skies together. BYOB, of course!

All photos and content copyright roslyn m wilkins. Please feel free to pass along this post via email or social media, but if you wish to use some of our images or text outside of the context of this blog, either give full credit to myself and link to One Good Life in Los Angeles, or contact us for proper usage. Thanks!