Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yosemite through Tioga Pass


An Autumn Day Trip

On a warm, almost summery day in early fall, I took a drive along the Tioga Pass in to the east part of Yosemite National Park.  Tioga Pass, California Highway 120 is located just past Lee Vining and Mono Lake and is the scenic drive through Yosemite.  Due to the high elevations of the pass reaching 9,943 feet, 3,031 meters, the winding 36 mile long mountainous road is closed during the snow season, from late fall to late spring.


The topography along Tioga Pass and Highway 120 changes dramatically with granite boulders and rugged mountainous cliffs that take one back through the eons of time.



 Suddenly, the view changes to an alpine lake as Tenaya Lake shimmers nestled against the Polly Dome, Medlicott Dome and Tenaya Peak.

 


Tenaya Lake was created by the Tenaya Glacier which flowed down to the Yosemite Valley.

 

Rock climbers enjoy the challenge of ascending the ancient granite slopes.  



Standing at the base of a huge granite bolder and looking through my 500mm lens, I feel small and insignificant.  I spot a young evergreen that has somehow managed to take root on the upper ledge and I can feel John Muir's spirit quoting, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”


The afternoon sky is  hazy from the summer wildfires, however the unique shape of Cathedral Rock can still be seen towering in the distance.



Olmsted Point with Clouds Rest and Half Dome peek out over the landscape of tall pines and evergreens. 



With the shorter day, the sun begins its descent, a cool breeze signals its time to turn back and head for home.  As I leave the park, I am again reminded of John Muir when he wrote, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.”




 

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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Reno Open Studios Art Scholarship Fund



Nevada's Desert Bighorn Sheep Donated Art

  
Art touring with Reno Open Studios is just around the calendar, on September 7th. through the 9th. from 10:00am until 5:00pm.  I am privileged to share studio space with Sculpture by Michael Smith at 430 Sunnyside Drive.  For more information please follow the link posted below.

Along with demonstrating the art process and having selected products for purchase, the Reno Open Studios artists also provide funding for art scholarships for high school seniors that will be matched through the Ronald McDonald House.  To raise the funds, the individual artists donate original art creations that will be raffled during the Open Studios Tour.



My donated art is an 8"x10" photograph of Nevada's Desert Bighorn Sheep hunkering down in a winter snow storm.  The photograph is custom framed to 11"x14" in a rustic wooden frame.



Donation tickets will be available for purchase during the open studios with the winning ticket to be drawn on Sunday afternoon, just before closing at 4:45pm.  The winner will be notified by telephone and is not required to be present.



Come out and join us for a weekend of art touring.  For maps and information, please click on the links:

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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
 
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