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Rainbow hues cling to a granite cliff along the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The deep cracks in the rocks allow the plants to cling precariously to the sheer cliff making a perfect canvas for Autumn colors.


© Darvin Atkeson
Yosemite Landscapes
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Tags:   Autumn Fall Color Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains Desert Aspen Gold Golden California Grove Stand Trees Trunk Bark White Mono County Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

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Using my wide angle lens I was able to capture a long exposure of the Courtney Fire with the Milky Way shining in the clear skies above Bass Lake. The bright lights are a number of emergency vehicles for fire fighters brought in for support.

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Yosemite Landscapes
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Tags:   Bass Lake Fire Oakhurst Courtney Blaze Helicopter Inferno Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains Firefighters Flames Smoke Forest Fire Wildfire Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

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Hot Creek is a hidden little river that runs through desert East of the Sierra Nevada. It’s name comes from the volcanic pools that come to the surface next to the river and mix with the ice cold water. As a result it has long been a popular place for swimming and skinny dippers after dark. But this beauty has teeth too and a number of people have been burned by sudden changes in the currents. The shifting breeze brings the familiar smell of sulfur lofting up from the canyon below. The river seemed to glow in the moonlight as two bathers made their way down to dip in the warm waters under a moonlit sky.

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Tags:   Hot Creek Eastern Sierra Mountains Sierra California Mammoth Snow Steam Volcanic Skinny Dippers River Creek Moon Moonlight Stars Autunm Fall Golden Light Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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I saved the best of the USCG Eagle for last. This was my favorite shot we got of her as she passed Alcatraz. The Alcatraz lighthouse is clearly visible in the image. Her sails are full and the massive American Flag can be seen flowing in the San Francisco breeze. A small Coast Guard boat passes by preventing sail boats from getting too close to the massive Tall Ship. The ship will be in port the remainder of this weekend if you want to get a glimpse of her. The last time she visited San Francisco was over 10 years ago so now is your chance.

The USCG Barque Eagle is a three-masted sailing Coast Guard Cutter with 21,350 square feet of sail and is currently stationed in New London, Connecticut. She is one of 5 similar ships built in Germany. Her sister ships are known under the names Mircea of Romania, Sagres II of Portugal, Gorch Fock of Germany and the Tovarich of Russia.

The ship was originally commissioned by Germany as the Horst Wessel and at the end of WWII she was taken buy the US as a war prize. On may 15th 1946 she was recommissioned as the USCG Eagle being the seventh ship to serve the Coast Guard bearing the name Eagle. The first ship to bear the name was commissioned in 1792 for the Revenue Marine Service which was the forerunner of today's Coast Guard.

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Length - 295 ft
Beam 39 ft 1 in
Draft 17 ft 6 in
Foremast - 147.3 ft
Mainmast - 147.3 ft
Mizzenmast - 132.0 ft
Displacement 1,784 LT full load
Max Speed under sail - 17 knots
Max Speed under diesel 10 knots
Max Range - 5450 miles
Complement - 12 Officers, 38 crew & 150 Cadets.
Mission - Training USCG Cadets
Commissioned - May 15, 1946
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-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
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No, it's not the 4th of July just yet. This is a shot from celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary fireworks and light show. The Golden Gate Bridge has become synonymous with California and more importantly the San Francisco. It is the gateway for tourist destined to Yosemite, Kings and Sequoia National Park the Central California Coastal Beaches, Lake Tahoe and a number of other destinations throughout California. The firework show, combined with a mass light show and various pyrotechnics were launched from just about every section of the bridge and several barges below.

Here are Firefalls that could contend with Niagara Falls just begins to wind down as the first bursts or brilliant orange blooms appear over the bridge. The entire thing is reflected in the Pacific Ocean over 220 feet below. The show was a moving and emotional experience for all who attended.

The wonderful city of San Francisco can be seen clearly in the background. Coit tower was illuminated in Golden Gate Orange for the occasion. You can also just see the edge of the Bay Bride lights illuminating the skyline. Look carefully though the smoke and you will find the Transamerica Pyramid. Sutro Tower remained hidden during much of the show shrouded in fog. But we lucked out big time as the fog remained clear of the Golden Gate Bridge and we had nothing but clear skies to provide some bright stars from the Marin Headlands.

For more information on the show, please visit
goldengatebridge75.org/

I'd love to see this done every year. The tourism might even offset the cost? But as it stands, the next celebration of this sort will be held in May of 2037. If you can manage to stick around another 25 years, you might just see an even better show.

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