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I went out last night to get some sunset shots at the beach and the night
turned in to much more than I had planned. After dinner at the Stinking
Rose in San Francisco, I decided to see just how far you could drive up the
hill where Sutro Tower is located. We ended up at a viewing area atop Twin
Peaks and the view of San Francisco's skyline was simply stunning. It's
one of the few places where you can take in the sheer expanse of the Bay
Area. I walked around the roads till I found a location where I could see
straight down Market Street. The distance made the buildings look much
like toys. Market Street glowed golden and nearly drowned out all the
light coming from the rest of the city. To the far end of Market Street you
can see the San Francisco Port Building. The lacy lights of the San
Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge can be seen to the right side of the image.
We stayed till 3AM before deciding it was time to head home. Such a great
view will indeed be visited again. See my map if you wish to visit this
spot for yourself.

Darv

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Tags:   California San Francisco Night Market Street Bay Bridge Oakland Area Lights City Pacific Skyline Sky Scrapers Glow Port Building View Vista Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com USA U.S. America 美国加州 カリフォルニア州 캘리포니아 바닷가 ビーチ 海滩

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Majestic Cathedral Peak rises high above the biggest alpine meadow in the world, Tuolumne Meadows. High in the Sierra Nevada the wet air from the Pacific Ocean is pushed upward giving birth to massive summer thunderstorms.

When we arrived, there wasn't a single cloud over the Sierra for as far as you could see. Then, a few minutes later, one little puff appeared. I made the statement to a few folks up at Glacier Point that they would turn in to huge thunderstorms. They looked at me as if I were nuts. But I had seen this many times before.

We took off from Glacier Point headed towards the Tuolumne Meadows about a 2 hour drive. By the time we got there, the sky was dark and just as I walked out onto the meadow, crack lightning started striking all around us.

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LiquidMoonlight Studios

Tags:   Lightning Yosemite National Park Olmsted Point Pine Tree Storm Clouds High Country Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite Creek Yosemite Falls Sierra Nevada Mountain Glacier Granite Bark Twisted Towring Storms Thunder Wilderness Wild Travel Vacation Hiking Camping John Muir Trail Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson

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The late rains have created a number of ponds in the meadows in and around
Yosemite National Park and they make for unique shots of many of Yosemite's
famous icons. This is a good opportunity for us photographers as most of
the valley is overly photographed. The ponds allow us very unique shots on
many of the parks natural wonders. Pictured here is of course famous
Yosemite Falls and possibly the most famous waterfall in the world. No,
it's not the tallest. That honor goes to Angel Falls in Venezuela.
However it is probably the tallest of the easily accessible waterfalls in
the world making it one of the most photographed.

We were walking along the meadows when I noticed this large pond, well
perhaps it's more of a puddle, but the reflections of the falls was about as
perfect as you could get. The clouds were building towards a forecasted
evening shower making for perfect skies. There was a photographer directly
behind me on a hill but he was in the process of setting up so I pulled the
camera off the tripod which I consider a must for most landscape photography
and took a quick couple of shots of the reflection and moved out of the way
before the other photographer began shooting. This time of year it is hard
to find a spot where there is not a photographer setting up for a shot.
Even the iPhone photographers abound and you can see them with their cell
phones taking shots of the park. So I try to look for something unique and
different than the usual vista points and that is not always easy.

Darv

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LiquidMoonlight Photography

Tags:   California Yosemite National Park Falls Upper Lower Reflection Meadow Forest Tallest Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com USA U.S. America 美国加州 カリフォルニア州 캘리포니아 约塞米蒂 ヨセミテ 요세미티

N 52 B 8.8K C 7 E Oct 13, 2013 F Oct 19, 2013
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All we had been seeing were great golden colors of Autumn in the Eastern Sierra. We had all but given up on finding a good grove of aspen trees that had the full range of colors. We had stopped to make a U turn and head back the way we came when we spotted a car with its hood up. A universal sign saying they needed assistance. I yelled across the highway and they indicated they could use a jump start if we had cables. I pulled my car so it was facing opposing traffic and pulled up to the nose of his car. As we got out, Miguel saw a grove in the distance with a rouged dual trail you could somewhat call a road which appeared to head down to the distant grove of color. Once we got the other folks going we decided to try the road not knowing just how bad it might get. It sure gave the undercarriage a good brushing but we made it down into a small grove of rainbow colored aspen. The closer we got, the more impressed we became. Color of all shades were everywhere. Standing underneath the grove the translucent leaves were overwhelmingly colorful when lit by the high afternoon sun. We would spend several hours shooting the creek, old shack, even older road and snow covered peaks that surrounded the grove. It was perhaps the very best color we saw the entire trip.

Though we were pressed for time it really paid off to stop and help someone having problems. We got them going on their trip to shoot color and in the process found an area not likely shot by too many others.

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LiquidMoonlight Studios
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Tags:   Aspen Rainbow Trees Forest Grove High Sierra Nevada Mountains Fall Autumn Color Leaves Country Road Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

N 131 B 12.0K C 16 E Nov 14, 2014 F Nov 15, 2014
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A thin layer of fog clings to the ground and softens the morning colors of autumn as it wraps in and around Yosemite's popular Black Oak trees like a soft blanket. With most of the leaves now covering the valley floor the distinct pleasant somewhat nutty smell of fallen leaves fills the valley as winter approaches. Fog often settles in to Yosemite Valley along the Merced River which runs just out of view on the far side of the meadow below El Capitan. It is the softer side of Yosemite that for the most part goes unseen where the soaring cliffs of Yosemite momentarily give way as the dominate feature to the beauty of the nature that lies in the canyon far below. Like a dream the fog meanders in and out of the trees dancing in the light as the sun struggles to rise above the rim of the Valley. Near midday the sun finally gains the upper hand and rises above the nearly 3000ft cliffs forcing the fog back into the sky only to form up as clouds around El Capitan and Half Dome later in the day. If you want to see this show, you have to pull yourself out of a nice warm bed and get up before dawn and most other visitors to the park.

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Tags:   Yosemite Black Oak National Park Fog Mist Morning Soft Forest Meadow Grass Early Merced Rivers Valley Serene Tranquil Quiet Dawn Sunrise Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com


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