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Sparkles of light dance on the surface of a distant see but wait, this is no ocean, this is Fresno California. A jewel of lights on California's Big Valley. It was a perfect blend of light, fog, haze and a distant sunset that glimmered over the distant coastal foothills. This is Fresno as seen from high above in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and it shimmers and moves as the lights twinkle in the hazy lights of the city below.

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Just like the year 2014, the fireworks show put on by The Pines Resort at Bass Lake came all too quick to an end with burst of rainbow colored fireworks illuminating the night sky. The party over, the lake quickly died back down though I think it took the ducks that had been long asleep on the lake just before the show a while to settle back down for the night. We gathered up our gear and made it back to our home and a warm fire and pondered the last year as we looked forward to the New Year.

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We had planned to film the Christmas Tree lighting in Oakhust but at the last minute decided to take in the sunset on Bass Lake. The sunset turned in to a full moonrise and we found ourselves in awe of the beauty of the lake under a cold December sky. Light from the many cabins on the far shore reflected in the mirror perfect water and the pines backlit by moonlit smoke from many fireplaces and fog that had clung to the hills during sunset. It was a great evening having earlier had a Bald Eagle fly directly over but alas too dark to capture his swift wings as he flew quickly across the lake. The majesty of the Sierra Mountains never ceases to amaze me and is a favorite subject for my photography.

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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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Brought this one back to the top so I could use it as the cover picture on my new Yosemite Photography group. If you have any good images from Yosemite or the nearby area, please join in.


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Gorgeous, stunning, beautiful, incredible, unbelievable, far out and even totally rad, after all it is California! These are just a few of the words that have been used to try and describe this view, this place, but none do it justice. If you have never been to Yosemite, be sure to place this on your bucket list of things to do. It's one that no words, no image, no painting, no film can capture, though I do have a lot of fun trying.

If you are viewing this image, I recommend that you view it at the originally posted size. Hopefully it is close to the same size as your monitor so that you can sit back and take it all in. Of course you won't get to smell the crisp sharp cool mountain air filled with the scent of pines, nor hear the rush of the waterfalls both in front and beside you. Fortunately you will miss the crowd of people and lines of photographers packing in to take pictures and gawk at the view as Yosemite now attracts over 4 million people each year and spring is among the most popular.

I was lucky as a child to have spent many vacations in the parks high country where crowds are few even to this day. But even back then I recall my parents complaining of the crowds in the valley. Thus I didn't see this view till I turned 23 and took my wife to my childhood playground.

As we entered the valley and exited the tunnel I was in shock at the sheer size of the view before me. To this day, although I have gone many, many, many times my mind never grasps the size or beauty and it's like seeing it for the first time all over again. You might think I'm being a little over dramatic but that is how the park makes me feel. I could easily spend all my time taking pictures of nothing but Yosemite and many photographers do just that and for good reason.

Though the park is overly visited by tourist, it is still easy to get a unique shot within the park of things never seen. Granted this shot is possibly the most famous shot in all of California, if not the entire United States. I will cut this one short and leave you with more time to gaze at the image.

Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Some stats for the photographically inclined:

Nikon D300
Image Size 32.7Mp
12 portrait images
Stitched in Photoshop
s1/3200
f2.8
ISO 200
44mm
Manual
Final image size 7722 x 4239

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