Wandering Camera – Clearing Storm

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies


Welcome to Wandering Camera.


This month I get to share a few clearing storm photos from the Sierra Mountains with you.  This is at my most favourite campgroud there.  It is at just over 10,000 feet in elevation.  Days stay cool, and nights get very cold.  Weather changes here frequently. 


Sometimes, if you are lucky, beautiful Mother Nature treats you with a rainstorm, which sets the sky on fire.  The ground reflects that light.  The smell of petrichor envelopes you.  You stand there unsure if the chill in your spine is caused by the cool wind or the spectacular drama that is unfolding around you.



Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies



We were resting back at the campground after a mountain walk on one of the many trails around there, when suddenly the rain came, followed by a full rainbow.



Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies



Then the dark clouds gave way to fiery orange and red ones against the background of an electric blue sky with just a hint of purple showing through.  We stood there speechless with admiration.

I took these photos while I was still figuring out my camera.  I am hoping for another opportunity to photograph a clearing storm in the Sierras.



Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies



I took this photo in Yosemite National Park during a different visit.  It was pouring rain in the early evening.  After my husband and I carried my photo backpack, stand etc through the snow to the photo spot using a couple of giant umbrellas, the waiting began. 

It started getting darker around us with rain continuing to happily patter on our umbrellas.  Then, just as I was ready to give up and pack everything up, it happened.  The rain stopped, the storm clouds parted, and Half Dome and the surroundings were covered by a beautiful purple-orange glow.



Yosemite Clearning Storm Painting | Whims And Fancies



Going through these photos left me nostalgic and inspired, so I sketched this scene, and hoping to start painting it later today.  It has been a while since I have been to the mountains, I think it’s time!


Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


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Essence Of Autumn

Stormy Pastel Autumn Sky | Whims And Fancies


We have been having such a wonderful October here that I have been having the time of my life with my camera.  Weekend before last, we had a fantastic storm with heavy gusts of wind.  I was painting in my room at the time, but finally I just had to bundle up in warm clothing, put my Wellies on and head out with an umbrella.


Stormy Autumn Leaves | Whims And Fancies

Leaves swaying heavily in gusts of wind


I walked quite a few miles all on my own before heading back home.  The gusts were so strong that my poor umbrella was hardly able to keep up.  I was so mesmerized by the sound of rain pattering on my umbrella, the singing of the rain under the grove of oak trees, the swishing of the wind and the vibrant colours of the sky that I never realised how wet I got.


Stormy Autumn Rain | Whims And Fancies

Fallen leaves all over the path


Stormy Autumn Sky | Whims And Fancies

Pastel Sky


Stormy Pastel Autumn Photo | Whims And Fancies

Even the dark asphalt took on the vibrant colour of the sky


After Storm Autumn Rainbow | Whims And Fancies

Rainbow from the setting sun


After that brilliant storm over the weekend, we had a dry and hot Santa Ana.  This weekend weather has cooled off again, and clouds are gathering in the sky.  Eager to be outdoors, we decided to visit the local pumpkin patch this Sunday afternoon.


Autumn Pumpkins | Whims And Fancies

Orange is not the only colour


Autumn Flowers | Whims And Fancies

Flowers are not for Spring alone


Autumn Sunflower | Whims And Fancies

Pumpkin-hued sunflower


Autumn Weird Pumpkins | Whims And Fancies

The strange ones


Autumn Pumpkin | Whims And Fancies

The flamboyant ones


Happy Autumn Everyone!


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