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El Capitan towers above the forest as the spring rush fills the Merced river
and continues the process of reshaping Yosemite Valley. I had to climb
across the many boulders that had been unearthed by the power of the Merced
river to get El Capitan in the shot properly. These boulders were
originally deposited by the receding glacier that carved Yosemite Valley.
Then they lay beneath Yosemite Lake before it filled in and became a meadow.
For a time, the Native Americans kept Yosemite Valley's meadows cleared by
using the many resourced the meadows provided. Yosemite Valley's meadows
are now filling in with tall evergreen pines and if it continues the meadows
will disappear as the river cuts deeper and deeper in to Yosemite Valley
possibly reforming back in to a river canyon which was how it started before
the ice ages. Even the mighty El Capitan will splinter and fall away as ice
sheds the surface layers of rocks away. Every few years, this process
causes large rock slides as the ice expands in the cracks of the rocks.
But don't worry, this process will take hundreds, possibly millions of
years, so you still have time to see Yosemite Valley as a U shaped glacier
carved valley we have all come to know and love.

To get to this location I parked next to the pull out area as you just enter
Yosemite Valley next to Bridal Veil Falls. I walked along a trail over to
the Merced only to see this steep bank of yellow boulders falling in to the
river. I had to walk down till the bank leveled out then carefully climb
over many loose boulders, some much larger than seen, till I could get El
Capitan and the log in the shot. I stopped the camera down to blur the
spring rapids of the Merced river. Of course this meant I did all the
climbing with my tripod which helped as a walking stick and my heavy
backpack of camera gear. I am not sure of the wisdom of doing this but I
really wanted to get the shot from the river bank instead of the top of the
bank of boulders. By the time I arrived where I wanted to be, clouds
filled the sky but since the weather changes by the minute, it wasn't long
until there were blue skies showing though the clouds once more and I was
able to come home with this shot.

Darv

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Photography

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Since John Muir Woods is so magical and so close to where I live, it tends
to be one of the places I go just to practice my photography. As a result,
I have many fantastic pictures of Muir Woods. This is another one of my
favorites. It was a cool windy day and we dropped down in to the valley
where Muir Woods is hidden and the wind stopped and it was just this calm
peaceful place. You could see the tops of the redwoods swaying in the wind
but down below, there was hardly a breeze. As you round one of the last
turns of the 1.2 mile walk around the loop you come to this place just
before getting back to the first bridge of 4 bridges across the creek.
It's a perfect picture of a walk in the park. The trail is very and paved
or a boardwalk the entire walk. If you want to take a slightly more
rigorous trail you can go up the hill a bit at the very far end. However
will have to double back or miss a fair amount of the loop. For photography
three things are essential. 1) A tripod. Even during mid day it can be
dimly lit down under the canopy. 2) A Circular Polarizer filter. This
really enhances the greens and blues. It also slows down your shutter time
so you need item #1 even more. 3) Lastly you need a great deal of
patience. Many people will stop right in front of your camera preventing
you from getting the shot. One way I have gotten around this is to take a
shot with them in it, then wait for them to move slightly and take another
while on the tripod. When I get home, I can copy from one to the other.
The one drawback is that during mid day, just a few minutes can change the
position of the shadows making this method impossible. In this image
however, the trail was clear for a few moments and I was able to snap off
several good shots. This is my selection of those shots. Always be sure
to take more than one shot and adjust the exposure to make sure you get it
right. You'll hate yourself if you get home and you realize only then you
missed it.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson

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Today (July 23rd 2008) we attended the Festival of Sail in San Francisco andwatched the parade of tall ships sail in under the Golden Gate Bridge. It was quite and event and there were a number of photographers taking pictures. There were 32 tall ships in all and of course the lead ship was
the USCG Eagle which is America's tall ship. It has been over a decade since the ship last visited San Francisco. We were excited to see the ship as our son had sailed on her as the Public Affairs Officer on the East Coast where the ship can normally be found near her home port in Connecticut where the Coast Guard Academy is found.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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About dozen miles or so north of Santa Cruz there is a small area you can pull off the Pacific Coast Highway. There is no markings indicating beach access and had it not been that I just happened to pull over I might never have noticed the trail. You then proceed down and across the railroad tracks and down a steep drop to the beach. What you find is a beautiful beach with a large rock. The large rock has a sea tunnel to that views out on to the Pacific. A distant fog bank typical in the summer months. Even
on a sunny weekend you are likely to have the beach to yourself.

NOTE: I geo-tagged the beach so it would be eady to find if you should go looking. As per Jim Patterson (below), I have learned that this is called Shark Fin Cove. Thanks Jim.

Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
Darvin Atkeson
California Photography

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Standing out on the point looking back towards Carmel the rocks around
Whalers Cove jut out in to the Pacific. Like many areas along the
California Coastline fog and sunlight jockey for position over Point Lobos
State Park and Marine Wildlife Preserve. It would be completely fogged in
one moment and then completely clear the next. This makes for sometimes
mixed results in photography as it is hard to predict what a day at Point
Lobos will look like. Even with the chance of a foggy day I still highly
recommend visits to the park for photography. The stunning seascapes,
hanging moss and wildlife make for a good day even in bad weather. And if
the weather is just too bad for photography, there is always the Monterey
Bay Aquarium just over the hills. This day was a mixture of fast moving
fog flowing over the rocks and hills of Point Lobos park. The great thing
is that the temperature is always just perfect for hiking.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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