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N 2.4K B 114.9K C 161 E Feb 17, 2019 F Jan 21, 2021
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One of the upsides of moving all of my classes online during the pandemic this past year has been the new flexibility in my schedule. During the normal season at the college, many of my weekends would have been taken up with competitions, festivals and workshops, all of which, sadly, aren't happening this year. Instead, my weekends were going to be wide open this Winter and I was very much looking forward to taking a few trips back up to Yosemite to get some more shooting in during my favorite season in the park.

Unfortunately, this is easily one of the worst rainy seasons we've ever had in California. In my neighborhood, it's rained exactly three times since last May. Yosemite hasn't fared much better with the snow fall far below normal for this time of year. I'm hoping things will begin to change this weekend with a few snow showers in the forecast.

Since I haven't been able to make a trip up there so far this Winter, I have instead been sorting through some of my photos from my last Winter trip in 2019. On this particular evening, the park had received nearly three feet of snow on the valley floor and I had just done a face plant in a drift shortly before this photo was taken. As I recall, it was day in February when most of the other photographers in the valley were fighting over spots to shoot a fiery Horsetail Fall. Instead of joining the scrum, I headed down to the river in search of some solitude and stumbled on this view just as the sky lit up.

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Tags:   Yosemite Winter Merced Snow Sunset El Capitan

N 1.6K B 83.7K C 100 E Nov 8, 2020 F Dec 23, 2020
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A little over a month ago, I made a quick trip up to Yosemite right after arriving home from Arkansas which was relatively soon after returning from my trip to the Colorado Rockies. I really hadn't planned on a trip so soon after arriving home, but the forecast was calling for 6-10 inches of snow in the valley and the travel restrictions in the valley had been lifted, so off I went. The juxtaposition between the two seasons couldn't have been more striking as the oaks were just hitting their peak almost everywhere you looked as I arrived. By the following morning, heavy snow blanketed the entire valley and I spent most of the day looking for opportunities all over the valley floor. This shot was taken during a brief break in the weather and it was snowing heavily again just an hour or so after this shot was taken.

The weekend would have been even nicer had it not been for the ominous knocking that began to emanate from my engine when I started it at 4 AM in the middle of the snowstorm up at the tunnel. It banged and rattled fiercely for about 30 seconds but then settled down. I hoped it was not too serious and I headed home a bit earlier than planned as I was worried about the drive back. Turns out that Priuses aren't overly fond of being driven for 10,000 miles almost non-stop, especially when they are nearing the 200,000 mark. After returning home, my mechanic informed me that my head gasket was shot and that a new engine might be in order. Just when I was beginning to think that Toyotas were truly indestructible…

As 2020 comes to an end, I find myself grateful for the experiences that I have had, but I won’t be sad to see the back side of this year. I think back to a trip that I had made to Yosemite 11 months ago…I had no idea what was coming. In spite of all of the challenges that we currently face, including missing some of our loved ones this year due to travel restrictions, I am hoping that all of you will have a very safe and Merry Christmas. Here’s to a much brighter 2021!

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Tags:   Yosemite Winter Snow Tunnel View

N 501 B 6.1K C 38 E Oct 24, 2020 F Nov 25, 2020
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Another shot from my mad dash down into Southern Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas in hopes of catching some Fall colors on these amazing cypress trees before heading home from my trip. Hoping that all of you stay safe this Thanksgiving. My two elderly in laws aren't coming for the first time in years as we reached a joint decision to err on the safe side. This whole Covid thing sucks and I can't wait for it to be over. In the mean time, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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Tags:   Bayou Autumn Cypress Trees Swamp

N 2.0K B 104.8K C 116 E Oct 30, 2020 F Nov 11, 2020
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Covid 19 has definitely created many challenges for me this year including having to move all of my college courses online for the year here in California. While this requirement has caused more than a few headaches for me, it has also provided a unique opportunity. Since all of my classes are now online, I am able to continue to teach regardless of where I am…as long as I have my laptop with me and reliable wifi.

So last month, I took my laptop, packed up the car, and headed off to visit my sister and her family in Arkansas. For 2.5 weeks, I shot forests and waterfalls throughout the Ozarks before venturing further down the state to the Ouachita National Forest and finally further south to the swamps of Southern Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. I had a fantastic time shooting in all sorts of weather (lots of rain and thunderstorms) with leaves changing from the Northern part of the state in Bentonville on towards the South by the time I left.

While I shot some of the swamps in the South on my own, I did meet up with Greg Boratyn toward the end of my trip and together we rented a canoe and explored some of the great Cypress forests in and around Louisiana while we were down there. We also took a couple of boat tours and were fascinated to learn how lanes were cut in these swamps during the late 1800’s to allow the steam ships to travel from town to town as some the areas were far too swampy for roads. No alligators on this trip since the temperatures dipped into the low 40’s when I was there. (They do something called “brumation” when it gets cold?)

Finally, a huge thank you to David Thompson who posted the first Autumn In The Bayou shots I had ever seen. I had no idea that cypress trees changed color in the Fall and probably wouldn’t have thought of visiting the great swamps of the Southern US at all until I came across some of his galleries on his website a couple of years ago.

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Tags:   Cypress Trees Bayou Swamp Sunrise

N 1.8K B 96.8K C 98 E Oct 18, 2019 F Sep 17, 2020
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I had been waiting for quite some time for the movie "A Hidden Life" to show up in the theaters. I had seen a trailer at some point last year and I instantly recognized every scene in the montage as it appeared. Epic scenes of some of my favorite spots in South Tyrol rolled across the huge screen along with an obligatory shot of those falls in Lauterbrunnen. I couldn't wait for this film to come out!

Apparently, the film was released in January, but I never saw it advertised and it didn't seem to be showing the theaters around me. Instead, I was surprised to find it on HBO last week and have since watched it three times in a row. The premise of the movie is that one life, even if it is "hidden" can make an incredible difference. In this particular instance, a simple, unknown Austrian farmer refused to take an oath to Hitler in the face of overwhelming opposition from his neighbors, from the government, and even from his own church. He had to choose between taking the oath and joining the German army or to be sent to prison and killed, leaving behind his wife, their three young daughters and their farm in the alps. Their refrain throughout the film is "No one will know you did this. Your sacrifice is worthless." This "nobody" searched his heart and had the courage to stand by his convictions.

While looking through my Autumn shots from last year, this one suddenly jumped out at me. This valley appears only for a brief moment in the film, but I recognized it as they valley where I had spent most of a soggy afternoon waiting for something to happen. I remembered a lady walking by as I was shooting on a very wet and dreary day and she smiled sadly and spoke in German as she passed by. I couldn't quite catch all of what she said with my zwei jahren of high school German, but she seemed to say something along the lines of "Such a shame that the sun isn't out today." It was definitely a gloomy, miserable day of non-stop fog, drizzle and rain.

And then it happened. A moment of light. A moment of clarity. A moment of hope. In that instant, the entire dark landscape was transformed into something truly beautiful.

Franz Jägerstätter's neighbors may have told him that no one would remember him, but that's not quite how it turned out. In 1964, his biography was published and in 2019 his story was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Millions have now seen this film across the globe.

Interesting how when everything grows dark, the light seems that much brighter.

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Tags:   Dolomites Autumn Storm Church


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