Yosemite Tree and Mist in Winter Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Wandering Camera – Yosemite Birthday Surprise

Yosemite Tree and Mist in Winter Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma


Hello Everyone! Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Winter is full of birthdays at our home.  Mine was in early January.  I like to spend it quietly hiking with my camera, and eating my favourite meal cooked by my husband.  This year he got me a pair of snowshoes, and, serendipitously, there was a huge snow storm just a few days before my birthday.  Naturally, I had to spend it at Yosemite.



Yosemite Badger Pass Snowshoe Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



I wanted to snowshoe on my birthday.  However, a change of weather in turn changed our plans.  We ended up going to the Badger Pass snowshoe trail the day after.  It was a crisp, cold and sunny day in the snow with a lot of smiling faces.  We seem to be always the last ones to get off the trail.




Yosemite Badger Pass Snowshoe Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



One of these days I will learn to leave the mountain trails before darkness falls.




Yosemite Hoarfrost Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma


The next day, we were at the park before sunrise.   The temperature that morning was -11C.

As we were wandering about,  we noticed that all the trees in a meadow had turned white with Hoarfrost.  It forms at very cold temperatures.  We promptly put our snowshoes on, and went off walking in the knee-deep snow to the grove of trees to see them up close.



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The low winter sun was shining behind the tree branches,  reflecting lights from a myriad frosty diamonds.  It was breathtakingly beautiful. 

I wish I had brought some soap water and straw, could have tried making ice bubbles.  Something to look forward to next time!




Yosemite Black Oak Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma


The last morning there I wanted to spend in a little more time in the snow before heading out.  “A little more” ended up being close to two hours.  As my husband said, it was hard enough to keep me away from snow before.  Now with the snowshoes, I was unstoppable.  One last look and a last photo, then it was time for the drive home.




The Birthday Surprise


Yosemite Tree and Mist in Winter Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



The weather forecast for my birthday was cloudy skies, but no rain.   Then, all of a sudden in the afternoon, it started to rain and then snow began to fall.    I was out of the car faster than a lightning bolt, beelining for the trees.

There was a not a single grown-up in the vicinity, only children playing.  I felt very happy to be part of that group.




Yosemite Tree and Mist in Winter Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



When we left the trees,  the storm clouds started to break on the north side.  If we were there, we would have seen the most amazing post-storm pink and red sky.   However, with the time it would have taken us to get there, we would likely have missed the light completely.  So we decided to drive into the clouds instead.




Yosemite Gateway To the Valley View Winter Mist and Storm Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



I could not have been happier.   Blue hour in winter is my most favourite time for photography.  That day, Mother Nature added storm clouds and mist, and this birthday girl was over the moon. 

After setting up the camera, I watched the clouds and the mist flowing and playing in the meadow and the mountains behind until complete darkness surrounded us.   My surprise birthday present from Mother Nature. 




Painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



Once we got back to the hotel, my husband gave me the other set of birthday gifts.  Then he busied himself with cooking while I played with my newly-acquired inks and pens.




Painting with fountain pen ink @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

The Dragon and the little boy


This is a painting I started with the fountain pen inks I got for my birthday.  A story for another day.




Yosemite Gateway To the Valley View Winter Mist and Storm Photography @ InkTorrents.com by Soma



March marks the end of outdoor time for me due to severe pollen allergies that cause chest constriction.  Until October, fresh air is basically off limits except for a very limited time early in the morning when the air is completely still.

Spending a birthday in cold winter rain and snow and walking in -11C temperatures is probably not most people’s cup of tea, but it was a flask-full of tea for me!   You will have to excuse me for being head over heels in love with the subtle and quiet beauty of winter and all that is considered dark and gloomy weather. 


I look forward to seeing your photos and reading about them.


Wandering Camera art and photo linky party @ InkTorrents.com by Soma Acharya


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Clapper bridge watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Unwind

Clapper Bridge Cornwall England watercolour @ inktorrents.com by Soma


This Little Stories collection is all about finding comfort in everyday things, celebrating them, and unwinding.   Unwinding is a hard word for me.  I tend to reprimand myself for sitting around and doing nothing, but it is so important for any work.   So, when I struggle with focusing and need to unwind, I let my mind wander while letting my hand do some easy work.

This is another set of the daily photos of simple, everyday things I took between Feb. 2020 – Feb. 2021.  They possibly represent my version of unwinding better than I could ever do with words.



Simple 365 – Set 7

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.



I also created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365.  I will add more photos to that page as well, as I share them here.



Little Memories


Old fountain pens 365 photos @ inktorrents.com by Soma


I learned to play chess from my grandfather.  He and I used to play every night after having dinner together.  If I had too much homework, he would always wait for me so we could spend that time together.  These are his fountain pens.  I love to jot down little thoughts and notes with them.  My love for printing and book making is a credit to him.



A Little Story


Knitted cat @ inktorrents.com by Soma



Mr. Nigel Forsythe Castleton is the proprietor of the Lost Pages Bookstore. Owing to the bookstore being in a very old stone building, it is very drafty and cold, even on the warmest of days. Mr. Castleton loves nothing more than to spend his days in the bookstore, but the poor thing is always very cold even though he is made of wool. Luckily, the bookstore has a wonderfully big fireplace, where he keeps a fire going at all times. He pours himself a glass of ginger wine and sits by the fireplace, perusing those lost pages.

This time he is visiting his friend who also has an antiquities book shop full of books of magic and alchemy.  He loves the old city of York, so he has decided to spend some time there.

I have knitted and introduced Mr. Castleton before, but if you are new here and don’t know him, he is a very gentle fellow who loves  all things books.



A Not So Little Celebration


Charlie's Birthday watercolour @ inktorrents.com by soma


Winter is a celebratory season at our home with tons of birthdays, starting with Charlie.  He celebrated his 18th birthday very recently.  Even though he is not allowed, he loves to sneak in sweets made of dairy.  For his birthday, he got a special treat – a very sizeable portion of cheesecake.  

He was looking up at my husband to sit with him while he enjoyed his birthday cake.  They have a very special bond.  Although Charlie is a perpetual kitten, I thought I paint this dignified version of him for my husband.



Little Journals


Handbound journals @ inktorrents.com by Soma


Growing up as an only child, I have always lived most of my days in the worlds of stories and books. 

Hand-binding books for those stories while listening to an audio-book is one of my favourite ways to unwind while staying mildly focused.   This moss green journal was the very first 3″ x 4″  journal I made for myself with a special drawing theme in mind.  I look forward to starting on that soon. 

(handbound by me pocket journals are available in my shop)



Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages


I painted the Girl and Her Cat stories in little 2″ x 3″ books.    This is the last set of paintings from the the Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages book. 

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –



You can see the full Wandering Pages book here.


The Girl and Her Cat decided to become lost in the mist for a while, visiting the land of the snowy owls.  It is also time for me to go on my winter hiatus.  I wish you the most magical holidays with lots of rest.


Thank you so much for being here with me and for your most lovely and encouraging words.   I will be back around March.

See you then,


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P.S.  The Ink Torrents Graphics shop remains open.  I will continue to mail orders, as always.  You can also purchase  quilting patterns, which you can access immediately via Instant Download. I will also be available via email.  Thank you for continuing to shop from my store.



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