Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Wandering Camera – Three Days In Yosemite

Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Welcome to Wandering Camera!  Around this time of the year I come out of my summer hibernation by camping in the chill air of the High Sierra Mountains between 8000ft and 10000ft.  This year however, we had to change our plans at the last minute due to the wildfires.

I have been to Yosemite Valley in every season but summer.  The days are too hot with temperatures ranging between 28C – 36C, while my melting point is around 16C. 

I was, however, so desperate to see the mountains that we drove to  Yosemite Valley with the mercury hovering around 48C.

 

 

Taft Point And El Capitan Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

We spent the first morning visiting a few favourites.  There was a heat advisory that day, and  it was clear that we needed to wake up extremely early to enjoy the summer outdoors.

We wanted to hike at least one trail.  Hiking to Taft Point was short enough for us to be back by mid-morning, before the day got too hot.  We got up at  5 AM, and after a little coffee, it was time to make the 45-min drive to the trail head.

 

A panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley  was waiting for us at the end of the 1.1-mile hike.  El Capitan (the massive rock on the right side of the photo)  towers over us in the valley, and here we were looking down at it.

 

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

 

 

 

At 7700ft elevation, Taft Point sits about 3500ft above the valley floor without guardrails.   If you suffer from acrophobia, you will really want to brace yourself. 

 

We also found four fissures with very sharp and long drops.   Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos –

 

 

 

My husband very gently reminded me that it was time for me to get back with these kind words – “Going out with you is like going out with a Yeti.  I need to get you back in your icebox before you melt away.”

 

 

Taft Point Yosemite National Park Nature Journal @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

A sketch of Taft Point from my own handmade watercolour nature journal.

 

In the afternoon, clouds started rolling in above the valley.  That night, we heard loud thunder followed by rain.  Beautiful, torrential rain, accompanied by the most delightful petrichor.   Nature is always full of surprises here in the Sierras, and I LOVE her for it.

 

 

Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

I was hoping beyond hope that I would get a wonderful sunrise the next morning.  We again got up at 5AM, and drove into the valley.  Initially the clouds were really low, so I didn’t get to see a peach/pink sunrise.   Still, watching the sun come up over the Cathedral Rocks to slowly wake up the north side of the Valley was ever so beautiful.  I believe I even spotted a little mist on the Valley floor.

 

 

Purchase Golden Hour At Half Dome Yosemite Naitonal Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Purchase Golden Hour At Half Dome

 

It turned out to be a beautiful, cool day!  The sun kept on playing hide and seek, lighting up the granite rock faces here and there.  That afternoon we read by Cook’s Meadow over mugs of tea.  With that, the day and our time there was over.  We finished our stay watching the last light of the day decorate beautiful Half Dome.

 

With a deep feeling of sorrow and yearning, I said goodbye to my mountains.

 


 

I have gotten a few requests for cards of  the Sierras photos in my shop.   I am excited to share these three cards, along with the last Half Dome photo above in my shop as the first set.

 

Purchase card of El Capitan In Autumn Yosemite Naitonal Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Purchase El Capitan In Autumn

 

El Capitan has to accompany Half Dome.  Since autumn is upon us, I thought this photo of the beloved massive rock by the side of the Merced River would be perfect for the season.

 

 

Purchase Misty Merced In Autumn Yosemite Naitonal Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Purchase Misty Merced In Autumn

 

Early morning mist floating over Merced River on an autumn morning, reaching out to both the colour-changing trees and the evergreens.

 

 

Purchase card An Afternoon At Lake Tenaya Yosemite Naitonal Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Purchase An Afternoon At Lake Tenaya

 

A beautiful jewel of Yosemite – Lake Tenaya at approx. 8000ft.  Lake Tenaya is where I usually like to finish my High Sierra camping trip.

 

I hope you liked the photos and this first set of  the Sierras cards.   I print them on quality paper with archival ink as art print greeting cards.  They can be framed in a standard 5″ x 7″ frame.  You can find these little card prints here in my shop.

 

 

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

 

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Wandering Camera – Mono Lake Sunrise

 

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Today I would like to share a few more photos from our last camping trip.  Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra is a very special place.  Its fascinating geology lends to its beauty.  I was a novice photographer when I was there the last time during sunrise many years ago and that left an impression on me.  Now, years later, it was time to revisit and refresh that memory.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

 

Last month I shared photos of a spontaneous visit to one of the many glacial lakes in the High Sierras during the sunset hour.  It was a magical hour.  Not quite so spontaneous, we headed out next morning toward Mono Lake for the sunrise.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

In September, High Sierra mornings are already very cold.  Since we were going to be standing still by the lakeside for photography, we bundled up in layers of warm clothing and drove out in the darkness. 

The cold air, the gentle lapping of water on the shore, the peach and cream sky and the intensely blue lake interspersed by the Tufa all combined to make the place look very otherworldly.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Unlike the sunset of the night before which unfolded over the course of an hour, the sunrise was a much briefer affair.   We left shortly thereafter with a dazed head from this ethereal early morning.

 

 

 

Fall Red Leaf Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Next week is a holiday week here in the US, so I am posting this month’s Wandering Camera a week early. 

Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about where you live in the comments last month.  I not only loved reading them, I even made a few travel notes.  If you are in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving next week.  If you are elsewhere, I wish you a wonderful week.

 

Will you be starting with early holiday shopping or do you have other plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving?  I will be visiting a redwood forest that I have not been to before.

 

This is also going to be the last Wandering Camera until January.  I will leave the linky party open throughout January in case you want to continue to link up.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting, and what you have been creating.

 

Wandering Camera - Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

You can add any number of links to your posts, or write a new post to link up.

Please add the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy as long as you link back :-)

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