Thursday, May 31, 2007

Do not feed!

This was another sign at Yosemite warning people to not feed the squirrels. Check out the teeth in the picture. Our hamsters teeth are as sharp as knives so I can only assume squirrels are worse. Don't want to find out though... Some signs just make me laugh. Looks like the squirrel would rather have the fingers than those peanuts!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hazy Sunset

It's about 6pm. in this picture and the sun was starting to set. Not sure why it was so hazy, but it sure was beautiful despite the haze.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Someone's Den

Whose den might this be?

Monday, May 28, 2007

Caught Ya!

Oh how I wish this picture were more clear and close up! We were driving by Wawona Meadow and this deer was, oh, perhaps cleaning itself?!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Free Falling

Some signs just make me laugh; perhaps it's the way a point is made. Like this one for instance... it was near a path to one of the falls at Yosemite. I mean, it's not supposed to be funny, but that guy is free falling all the way!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tree Ent

During our time in Yosemite, every now and then we'd see a tree ent, (well, I see them that way being a Lord of the Rings fan). This was a profile of one - starting with the eye on top, a big nose in the middle, and a set of full lips on the bottom. Can you see it that way?

Friday, May 25, 2007

BFF...

...NOT with each other though!
I had the cats on my lap and turned the camera on them. (Don't they just looked thrilled to be under a blanket side by side?!) I am taking a quick break from Yosemite pictures to thank my man for letting me have two cats in the house. (Wink! Wink!) The other night when I went running, I saw a cat get hit by a car (going under 15mph) and die within a minute. It was awful. I just love cats, so for me, it was hard. It did not have a collar on but in my opinion it was too big and beautiful to be a stray. So sad... I continued on my run and a few minutes later I saw a squirrel get smashed flat. I just hope and pray I never see an accident happen.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Grizzly Tree

This tree is called the Grizzly Giant in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia's. An appropriate name indeed!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cold Feet


I know some people have issues with feet. So, I apologize in advance if this turns you off! When we returned from Mirror Lake, our feet we absolutely aching. All I could think about was dipping them in the ice cold melted snow water in Yosemite River. And that's just what we did here. Ice cold water never felt so good!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fight for her

As we were at Mirror Lake, we saw two male ducks fighting over the female. I tried to photograph the scuffle but they turned out somewhat blurry. In the end, one of them won and here he is courting her.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Mirror Lake

At this point, we had already hiked 12 miles. Our legs were tired but I wanted to see Mirror Lake so badly so we pressed forward. What was two more?! Once we were there, we both looked at each other and said "that's it?!". I think exhaustion was setting in. We were bummed the water was not peacefully still and the sun was already starting to set. So the stage was not set for what we were expecting, but nonetheless, it was still majestic to see.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Stairs

On our way down from Mist Trail, we walked through Happy Isles. When I first saw this, it looked so much like water running over some stairs. I didn't get the best angle to show it here.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Emerald Pool

This is the only good view I have of Emerald Pool. It was where this flowed into, which then flowed right over here. This pool of water really was a deep shade of emerald green. Next time I'll just have to climb higher and take a picture of it looking down!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Chaos

If you look closely, at yesterday's picture, in the middle part of the water's path, you can see this turbulence taking place. It's very small looking in that photo. But here, we are about 10 feet away from it. There must be a rock there to cause the rushing water to create this chaos.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Forceful

Once at the top of Vernal Falls, there was another trail that continued on to Nevada Fall. That is what feeds/merges with Vernal Falls. This part of the fall flows so rapidly that I doubt you could stop yourself if you fell in. It dumps into Emerald Pool which then flows right over Vernal Fall. Have I confused you? Either way, it may look so peaceful but it is amazingly forceful.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Treacherous

There were 600 of these stairs to climb on the last part of the trail to the top of Vernal Falls. These were the only dry ones; the rest were slippery and wet.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Way Down

From the top of Vernal Falls. It looks peaceful here, but it was loud and powerful.

Monday, May 14, 2007

View of Vernal

We hiked along Mist Trail to get to the top of Vernal Fall. This fall is a 317 foot drop. Once we were about half way there, we climbed up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. It was slippery and we were able to experience a tremendous amount of waterfall spray. That was challenging trying to keep my camera dry as possible!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Vernal Fall

On our hike to the top of Vernal Fall, we were about 30 feet away from this rainbow. It was just beautiful. I have a few pictures of Vernal Falls to post next. It is a gorgeous gushing fall.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Boldness

On our hike up to see Vernal Falls, I meet this bold little squirrel. It was the boldest, or should I say most accustomed to humans, I've ever seen! It came right up to me, but being unsure of its temperment, that was as close as I'd let it get.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Beehive

Walking around Cook's Meadow, my eye saw this hole in a decaying tree stump. As my man walked closer to it, I noticed two bees around it. I took a quick pic and we got out of there. We think it was a woodpecker's home now used as a beehive.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Bug Off!

My man suprised me with this bug in my face (all in good fun of course!). It was a big black beatle of some sort but enough to make me jump back! It was as long as my thumb.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Bridalveil Fall

This is Bridalveil Fall. I enjoyed the rainbow in the mist, but it was topped off by what I saw the next day. Stay tuned...

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Upper Yosemite Fall

A view of Upper Yosemite Fall and Cook's Meadow.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

First View

This was our first view once we were in Yosemite. I believe it's about 4000 feet elevation at this point, looking at the Yosemite River below.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Foothills

We were driving through the foothills here, about a half hour from Yosemite. I kept wanting my man to pull the car over so I could take pictures. His reply was "This just won't compare." He was right! But still... this was beautiful! (Can you see those two boats way way out there?)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

An Old Coach

The drive to Yosemite is about 4 hours from San Fran. We left late and stayed overnight in Jamestown which is about an hour from Yosemite. Before we headed to Yosemite in the morning, we stopped by Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. It was not open yet but more so, we were anxious to get to Yosemite. This is looking into an old coach train car.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Sunset

I returned last night from visiting my man out in San Francisco for the past 5 days. He has taken on a new project which required him to travel out there for 6 weeks (broken up in two week intervals). I was able to go out there twice and explore all over. We never made it to the downtown area this time either but instead took off for Yosemite (yes we are outdoors people!). So the next series of pictures will be from there. It was an amazing, breath taking area. But first, this is the sun setting just outside his office building in the San Fran area.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Suffering

I forgot to post this a few weeks ago. The pollen here in Atlanta hit an all time high, as you can see, and we were suffering.