Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Welcome to Yosemite Valley! 

Let's begin our journey with some details.


Mt. Broderick (left), Liberty Cap (center), and the back of Half Dome (peaking between), all three towering over Nevada Falls! 

On top of Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

We saw this bird and this flowering shrub, in the main part of the Village. 
(Still identifying them)

Everywhere I looked, something different appeared!

Mirror Lake 
(Between Half Dome and North Dome)

Dead trees in front of El Capitan.

Half dome from a different viewpoint. 
(From the top of Sentinel Dome)

On top of Sentinel Dome

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Wolf lichen on conifer

The fauna was showing its diversity while we were there! Even new species of animals I have never seen before!

The flora was beautiful and diverse, too! 

Pine tree and El Capitan

Farewell for now!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Crocosmia in near sunset light

Our Crocosmia plants are budding and one flower was fully open.  The lighting was beautiful, even though I used a flash for most of these, which gave an even more dramatic affect. Enjoy! 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Lounging Squirrel

Saw this guy and needed to grab my camera.  Luckily he sat still long enough for me. I have never seen a squirrel just lying down like this before.  I guess even rodents need their down time, occasionally.  :) 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Canada City Nights

One night, while visiting Jarrett in Vancouver, B.C. (where he was living when we met in 2011).  I went off and took some night shots, near the site of the Olympic Stadium there.  I saw this city scene and was amazed.  The lighting was perfect!  While editing this, I darkened the photo, and this was the result.  

Sci-Fi, anyone?!? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Birds of the Northwest in winter

Many of these birds live in the Willamette Valley year-round, but some like the Dark-eyed junco, the Hermit thrush, and American robin, come down to the valley from the mountains in the winter where food is more plentiful due to human supplied food, from either winter flowering plants and food in feeders.  The Lesser goldfinch is actually a resident to west central and southwestern Oregon, and a local birder described that they "uncommon north, east (valley); may wander in winter".  Seeing them in Portland is actually quite rare, so I was extremely lucky to see them! 

Lesser goldfinch

Anna's hummingbird

Spotted towhee

American robin

Mallard duck

Black-capped chickadee

California scrub jay

American crow

Song sparrow

Hermit thrush

Steller's jay

Dark-eyed junco

American Bushtit