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Matt's plan was to film the electric windmills west of Rio Vista in the near full moonlight but as it happened we were all treated to one of the best electrical storms to roll though the Bay Area so far this year. The group of Flicker members attending the events were Matt, Miguel, Alan, Bob & Tom and they came away with some great shots which you will want to check out.

Screeching to a stop we all bailed out of the car and had the tripods setup in seconds. I missed several shots due to noise reduction and someone yelled at me to turn it off. Within the next few shots I'd have my first ever shot of lighting. At the top of the image you can see a stream of
rain coming down. To the left the nearly full moon peaks though the storm clouds. The dozens of red dotted windmills supplement the Bay Area with a source of renewable. I have literally watched this grove of windmills rise up from my home across the Sacramento River Delta.

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N 82 B 10.7K C 7 E Nov 14, 2014 F Nov 17, 2014
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Descending down steep cliffs into Yosemite Valley during Autumn you quickly enter a wonderland of color and magic light. The steep cliffs protect the canyon below and the forest becomes more lush, more colorful and more magical. I typically avoid roads but how can you resist a scene like this? Without the road the forest quickly becomes dense and closes in around you. The saying you can't see the forest for the trees becomes apparently true so the road give us this incredible view of the various trees that grow along the canyon floor. It's not the big sweeping vista that Yosemite is so well known for but... wow!

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Fireworks rocket into the air illuminating the fog above San Francisco with their intense colorful hues on the 4th of July celebration for 2012. The lights of the city glow in the moist haze as famous Coit Tower centered between right in the rockets streams of glowing flames. To the right, the Transamerica tower sparkles with his high power light atop the pyramid. Just below you can just make out Ghirardelli Square and to the far left, the beautifully illuminated San Francisco Bay bridge. Upon close inspection you can note Old Glory flying proudly in a number of locations. San Francisco celebrated the 4th of July in fashion as usual flare with a stunning 20 minute dance of light and color above the bay.

Mike Oria and I set out to shoot the show hoping to find the moon rising behind the fireworks. However the fog which had played with the scene all afternoon finally overtook the horizon just before the show started and the full moon would be a no show except to illuminate the stream of cars lined up the hills as we departed the Marin Headlands. While it may not of compared to the Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration, San Francisco still made the 4th of July celebration memorable and we came away with a number of great shots.

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This image was one of my first of John Muir Woods. Hard to believe it is only just a few short miles from downtown San Francisco.

Had it not been that this little grove of Coastal Redwoods was in a steep valley it would have surely been cut down for lumber by early settlers. Fortunately it was purchased a by Congressman William Kent who wanted to wanted to protect it rather than exploit it. Much of California's old growth redwoods were gone. These trees are 2000+ years old so efforts by logging companies to replant would not be realized for generations to come. This is why what is left of our Old Growth forests must be preserved. You might think the monument would be named after Congressman Kent but he insisted it be named after famous naturalist John Muir who was instrumental in saving much of our state's natural wonders for future generations to enjoy. I wish there was some way to thank these people for their generosity and foresight. I hope that though my photography I convey that thanks to some small degree.

You can visit Muir Woods year round. Now you might think from this image that the park is relatively uncrowned. That is NOT the case. Even on stormy wintery days, the park is full of people and getting a shot like this is near impossible due to the crowds. You must have a lot of patience or a few photographic tricks up your sleeve.

When the first rains come and the creek overflows the sand bar at Muir Beach, the Salmon make their yearly run up the stream to lay eggs. You can see the fry (baby salmon) in the creek most of the year.

One nice thing about this park is that it is fully accessible to the handicap and I was able to bring my aging grandmother here for a visit and take her over the 1.2 mile trail though the redwoods. It was a special day for all of us as she had never seen the redwoods.

If you wish to shoot Muir Woods the best advice I can give is that you bring a tripod. Especially if you plan to stay till twilight.

Enjoy!
Darv

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Standing on the banks of the Merced River below El Capitan, even at a good
distance, is unreal. The rock face is so massive it's hard to believe your
eyes. People on the face of the rock become less than a single pixel even
in the 36 Megapixels of the Nikon D800. The sun was arching northward as
it set and I waited for a long time for sun and clouds to get in just the
right condition. Light filtered through the clouds to create a spectacular
sunset in Yosemite Valley. The biggest problem with sunsets is they
change too fast. Within minutes this one was gone and Yosemite Valley
turned dark. But I have yet to see a sunset I haven't enjoyed, albeit
briefly.

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