Sunday, November 29, 2009

Not too late for Fall Colors

When driving to the town of Clearlake on Thanksgiving, I saw plenty of fall colors in the Napa Valley Wine Country and in Lake County. Amazingly the Oak trees still had bright yellow leaves and a few vineyards were displaying the full fall color spectrum.


I drove back to catch some of the lasting color on Saturday. I was up at a pre-scoped out spot by sunrise, withstanding the howling wind. The storm and wind from the previous day had littered the roads with leaves and branches. Wind was an issue all day and a lot of my images show motion blur because of it. I drove around “newly” discovered back roads in Lake County and I have so much more to see. Besides vineyards there are hill sides covered with oak trees; real eye candy.


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Vineyard in full fall color – November 28, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Bright yellow leaf orchard – November 28, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Friday, November 20, 2009

PhotoShelter Gallery

Testing out the slide show feature. Still have a lot of work to do on my PhotoShelter website until I can sell and license my images using this stock photo site.




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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Surfer Dude

When I heard about the “high surf warning” last week, I got into my car on Saturday to catch some windsurfers – so I thought. When I got to the beach, no surfers, low tide…..I should have checked the tide tables before I drove all the way to the coast.
Learning from this I got up early the next day (Sunday) to get to the coast by the time high tide hit. I found a lot of surfers in the water enjoying the waves. Not very high waves I must say. Not one windsurfer or kite boarder around. Still I took over 500 images using a 100-400mm lens with a 1.4 extender, giving me a total of 560mm focal length. It is fun looking through the images to see what I actually got, because whenever the surfers caught a wave I kept on clicking away until they scrubbed.
The image below is a tight crop, the surfer almost jumped out of my frame, so no cropping on the top.


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Catching the Wave – November 15, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Yosemite Valley and beyond October 30, 2009

Wednesday’s day trip to Yosemite did not happen – too tired, too much wind & Tioga Pass closed; one of the images I wanted to take was at Siesta Lake along the Tioga Road.


The urge to go, however, festered and Friday 10/30 was it, I just had to get up and go. Overall I could have turned around and go back to sleep when my alarm went off, but I am too nosey and have to see for myself. In hindsight, I should have taken all the images I wanted on Monday, but I ran out of light… :-(
On the road at 3:30AM (took hwy 120 this time). Stopped in Oakdale for gas and at Denny’s for a breakfast to go. Was by the Yosemite Chapel at 6:50AM and dawn was just breaking.
I drove to the Yosemite Village Parking lot and ate my breakfast. The trees that would be in full color in front of the store were already bare……


So, I started my valley loop around 7:30AM. Most of the dogwoods around the village are either green-brown, light yellow or bare. The elm tree in Cooks meadow is just about bare. The oak trees are at peak (orange-brown or 50% bare) I had a morning image planned here but skipped it based on these conditions. Some of the other places I had scoped out on Monday were now past peak or bare. The oak behind the chapel is about 75% bare and the color is deep orange-brown.


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Fall Colors along a trail with a view of the three brothers – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


Dogwoods around the valley look like they are going to the yellow-brown stage. There are a few colorful trees here and there, but I did not stop for them. At Fern Spring I could see the damage the wind has done. A lot of green leaves were ripped off of the trees and were now on the ground. The spring itself was full of leaves, but not what I had pictured it to be. I have an image from 2008 where the whole small pond is covered in leaves.


I left the valley to drive to Siesta Lake at ~8,000 ft. I wanted a shot of the lake and its October ring of red blueberry bushes. They were somewhat past peak and part of the lake was frozen, but I think I got a few good reflections on the unfrozen parts. From here I turned around and drove into the Merced River Canyon. You will find great color along highway 140 and Incline Road, but it is difficult to get a good shot, not unless you want to rock hop or stand in the river. I found a couple of areas along Incline Road where I could stop and shoot. For most of it I just enjoyed the drive amongst the color.


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Siesta Lake – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Siesta Lake Reflections – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Siesta Lake – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Merced River Reflections – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Yellow Fall Wildflower found along Incline Road outside of Yosemite – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



Back to the valley by 1:30PM for one more loop. I got a great shot of Bridalveil Falls and a yellow oak right from the parking lot. The afternoon sun was back lighting the oaks in El Capitan meadow and I shot here for a while. Most of them were orange-brown with a few yellow ones. A few of them were already 50% bare.


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Bridalveil Falls – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Black Oak El Capitan Meadow – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Colorful leaves on shrubs found in El Capitan Meadow – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


Taking highway 120 to leave the park, I came upon a bear jam, with cars parking in the middle of the road – I did not stop this time, the bear was up on a hill and there was no way to pull over. I had to drive into on-coming traffic to get by. The dogwoods along Highway 120 west of Crane Flat were bare. I had planned on shooting them…….too late. There may be some colorful ones left in the Merced or Tuolumne Groves.
A few colorful spots can be found along hwy 120 and I took the Smith Station Road - J132 to Coulterville. This was a beautiful drive, the road is littered with yellow oaks (but no way to stop), and I just enjoyed the colorful ride to hwy 49. Back home at 7:45PM.


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Black Oak Leaves – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Yosemite Valley and beyond October 26, 2009

Well I did a crazy on Monday 10/26; I drove to Yosemite - left the house around 11AM. One of those short circuit decisions….Before I got to Yosemite I stopped in Mariposa, where I saw this extremely colorful tree. Don’t know the name, but it was glowing in all shades of red and orange.


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Colorful leaf along a rest stop in Mariposa – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


Highway 140 along the Merced River has some nice color and worth trying to find a spot to be able to take images. A little harder for me, since I cannot rock hop or climb down a cliff….. I scoped out where to take images on Wednesday along the Merced River Canyon.


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Highway 140 – Merced River Canyon – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Big Leaf Maple and Black Oak shine along the Merced River – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


Photographed the oak behind the chapel; color was already orange, not yellow :-(
I didn’t think it would survive the winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, as it was, even with a light breeze, the oaks dropped leaves like rain. I also grabbed an image of the Yosemite Falls with a colorful Black Oak.


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Yosemite Chapel – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Yosemite Falls View – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


The area around Fern Spring was very colorful and I spend some time shooting here as well.


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Hiking Trail by the Merced River – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Fall Color Road – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


The oaks in Cooks and El Capitan Meadows were at peak. I had a feeling that the places where I wanted to take images had progressed faster than I had anticipated – and I was right!


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Elm Tree and Half Dome – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Colorful Black Oaks – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


I stopped for some sunset shots at an overlook to see the damage the Big Meadow fire caused. It was amazing to see how a few trees were untouched by the fire and other areas were devastated. I missed however much better sunset clouds - was in an area where I could not pull over....Got back home at 9:40PM.


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Area of the Big Meadow Fire – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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