“Chilicoot Dragonfly” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/200 sec. at f/11, ISO 100
Last Thursday, I went with the Yosemite Western Artists Plein Air group to Chilicoot Lake, a charming little reservoir above the 7000 elevation level. Ten artists and nature lovers came to this lake to capture the beauty in their hearts and minds.For a late June day in central California, it was surprisingly cool even in the bright sunshine. Most people couldn’t ask for a lovelier day… I could, though. I would have been nice to see some lovely cumulus clouds billowing over the mountains. Ah well, some people are never satisfied.
I spent a while trying to find a compelling shot of the lake in the clear blue skies of mid-morning. The lake was studded with boulders and Little Shuteye Mountain loomed up behind it. However, I didn’t see anything that really grabbed my imagination until I walked away from the lake.
There were many delightful brilliant blue dragonflies the length of my thumb that were flittering around the lake. This patch of ferns made a perfect landing spot for them to bask.
The rock outcroppings on the way to the parking area were equally colorful surrounded by the yellow-greens of manzanita bushes and lichen contrasting with the deep greens of the pines framed against the blue skies.
“Chilicoot Geology” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/160 sec. at f/10, ISO 100
“Chilicoot Rock Outcropping” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/100 sec. at f/10, ISO 100
“Cascade Falls Color” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/125 sec. at f/11, ISO 100
It’s officially Spring again, and so I took a trip this week up to Yosemite to enjoy the waterfalls and the beautiful Spring weather here. Of course, it had just snowed a bit on the mountaintops in Yosemite, so winter was not totally driven off by the equinox. But the day was warm and the sun was bright, so it was a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
First is a photo of Cascade Falls from right off road 120 as the water pours under the road and down the steep cliffs on the other side. I loved the look of the red willow branches and the bright red rocks contrasting with the white and green shades of water.
On the drive up to Yosemite, I stopped in Mariposa to see the art galleries there. My eye was caught by this horseshoe contrasting with the nicely painted wall. I figured that it was a sign of good luck and that the day would be filled with fun. After all, photography and fun are closely related. We take our best photos when we enjoy what we are doing and seeing.
“Lucky Horseshoe” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/200 sec. at f/8, ISO 200
And last in this list of photos that I share today is one of some tasty bunnies from See’s Candies just waiting to be put into an Easter basket. I wish you all a hoppy happy Easter soon to come. Oh, and chocolate bunnies to go with it, too.
“Chocolate Bunnies” Canon 60D, EFS 50mm, 1/100 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 320
“Beasore Beauties” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 500
“Here Comes the Sun” Canon 60D, EFS 50mm, 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 100
“Leaf Geometry” Canon 60D, EFS 50mm, 1/320 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 100