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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