Archive for June, 2014

27
Jun
14

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Photographing inside Humboldt Redwoods State Park turned out to be a new experience.

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The California Redwoods provide so much shade the lighting never seems to work the way I think it should.  The photos either turn out too dark or too light.  Redwood trees are huge.  They can be five yards (meters) or more wide and soar as much as 110 yards (meters) into the air and they block a lot of sunlight.

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This monstrous tree sat next to my campsite and is actually two trees growing together.  From my observations these twin type redwoods are pretty common and it makes for a huge tree.

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Like I said, they do not allow much light through.

23
Jun
14

Blacktail Deer vs Mule Deer

So, on Sunday June 22nd, I was having a conversation with my neighbor.  My neighbor is an interesting concept these days because of my extended camping trip.  My neighbor changes often, sometimes every day.  This particular fellow was extolling the virtues of Buddhism and the not-so-virtuous subject of California politics.  During the conversation he corrected me on something.  A misconception of my own, when he stated simply, “We have blacktail deer.”

From the forty-five minute conversation we had on Buddhism, politics and life, the one thing I took away from it is; California has blacktail or black-tailed deer.  Really?  I didn’t know such an animal existed.  So I looked it up on the internet.  Wikipedea, indeed, informed me that blacktail deer do exist.

Curious, I conducted a further investigation to see if there was a difference between a blacktail deer and a mule deer.  Unfortunately, the picture of the blacktail deer on Wikipedea is from the front and does not show the black tail of a blacktail deer.  Really people?  If your going to include a picture of a blacktail deer in an article explaining what a blacktail deer is, don’t you think it’s appropriate to include a picture of the tail?

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While I consider myself an expert on whitetail deer, I’m not a hundred percent certain here, but I believe the above picture shows a blacktail deer’s tail.

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While this second picture, taken in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, shows a mule deer’s tail.  The blacktail deer’s tail is similar in shape to a whitetail, while the mule deer has a white stem with a black tassel on the end.  Okay westerners, correct me if I’ve got it wrong.

22
Jun
14

Tuolumne River: Yosemite National Park

Good morning…

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The Tuolumne River runs through Tuolumne Meadow which creates the area for Tuolumne Meadows Campground inside Yosemite National Park.

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21
Jun
14

Good Morning: Yosemite Mountain Views

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19
Jun
14

Hiking in Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is about seventy miles (110 kilometers) from Yosemite Valley.  Since I truly do not enjoy driving, I had to find other things to do than trying to imitate Ansel Adams.  Everyone knows I enjoy hiking or walking in the woods so it became my favorite pass-time.  I went out every day.  I called it my daily deer patrol and everyday I saw and photographed mule deer.

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Yosemite offers more than mule deer to photograph.  The scenery in Yosemite National Park is extraordinary.  Now, you also know I am not a landscape photographer, but I still have been taking shots of the scenery.

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High up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite offers mountain scenery, wildlife viewing and if that isn’t enough for you, well, you can hike onto or climb some very challenging places like the Lembert Dome within Yosemite.  Lembert Dome can be free-climbed or you can hike up the back side.

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18
Jun
14

Flat

So…how was your day?

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18
Jun
14

Campsite #11 Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows is located inside Yosemite National Park at 8600 feet above sea level or about 2600 meters above sea level.

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