I’m enjoying the day, still in my pj’s. I knew today would be a day where I would stay inside and tidy up lose ends. I must be PMS. But being PMS when I don’t have to go out or be with people isn’t so bad. I don’t feel like I got alot accomplished today. Usually how I feel about myself is determined by how much I accomplish. Ray must feel very accomplished today as he went into town and did all our 8 day’s worth of laundry!
I believe tonight’s moon will be full. Last night I noticed the moon setting behind the mountains around 12:30am. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to stay up to photograph the moon. TBD.
Yes, today was fun, but yes, it was full.
Ray and I hiked with John and Cindy up the Mammoth Crest trail to the top. With a side visit to Crystal Lake we probably did a 6 mile hike, starting at 9200 and hking up 1500 feet. This was the first day I carried my backpack filled with gear. I was surprised how well I did.
PC, Laurie and Jeannie hiked up to Duk Pass and back down. Their hike was about 10 miles.
This bear looked and behaved troubled. He plopped himself down in between our cabin and another cabin, right out in plain sight. Ray had spotted him and noticed the bear groaning and breathing heavily. He wasn’t moving. We were worried. I called the Fire Dept looking for someone in town who could come and check on the bear. I said, “The bear is either dying or delivering”. We were told someone would come and look at the bear. I am worried. No one left a message letting us know if they came to look at the bear. When we returned from dinner the bear was not there.
George, Ray, John, Cindy, Laurie, Jeannie and PC.
Ray and I had a fun day with our Santa Barbara friends. After lunch we bought tickets and took the bus down to the Devil’s Postpile drop off.
We walked to Rainbow Falls, passing Devil’s Postpile, walking another 2 miles south to Rainbow Falls before cutting back up to Red’s Meadow Lodge where we took the bus back to our cars by the Mammoth Ski Mountain. parking area.
Here are a few photos from our day. To see more, click here.
I pulled out the flash equipment at 6:30am. I keep hoping the birds will grace me with a uniquely interesting posturing. In looking for something new I remembered I’d brought my lighting gear. So with a snooted Canon580 EX II Speedlight flash attachment, using a Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce and HonlPhoto Speed Snoot, I set out to spend some time learning how to use this equipment.
The call of Wilson’s Sporting Goods was irresistible. Ray’s birthday is 8/26 and I told him his birthday present was to go shopping at Wilson’s. On the way home we were gifted with the sun setting behind our favorite (and LR’s too) peaks.
Ray and I are finally acclimated to the altitude. Today we hiked up beyond the Crystal Lake turnoff. Tomorrow I’ll start hiking with my backpack to get ready for the Sierra backpack with Tailwinds and Liz following Ray and my stay in Mammoth.
Ray and I love seeing bears and kid all the time saying, “Hey bear, hey bear. Or, the bear is here for some birdseed.” So when I called from the living room at 10:30pm into the bedroom “Ray, bear!” I said it quietly as I didn’t want to scare off the bear who had climbed the pine tree and was now walking right outside the glass sliding doors on the porch.
The birds are a great alarm clock. When it’s time for them to eat, everyone knows it. And thank goodness for the birds this morning or I would have missed the cloud covered sky which I’ve been waiting for to shoot Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest.
Near the end of Ray and my walk around Lake Maime tonight, I stayed behind by water’s edge capturing a variety of tree reflections. Here is one of the abstracts. To see more, click here.
I finally got some photos of the noisy baby birds today. Here is one. More tomorrow.
This is a picture of the cabin at Wood’s Lodge we stay at in Mammoth, CA every year for 3 weeks. Wood’s Lodge looks down on Lake George.
I’m beginning to upload some photos I’ve taken here in Mammoth to the Portfolio section of this website. Here is the direct link to view photos of Crystal Crag Lake. The hike Ray and I took begins at the far end of where we are staying. We hiked about 1.5 miles up to 9,600′. We are finally beginning to acclimate a bit and as you can tell, we aren’t rushing into any strenuous activity.
What I learned from this morning’s shoot:
I need to use a split level neutral density filter shooting Crystal Crag and its reflection in the lake.
Wait until there are white puffy clouds in the sky to shoot the Mammoth Crest and Crystal Crag.
Pay attention to my background when shooting the birds and squirrels.
Change the White Balance setting to cloudy from auto when shooting early so I don’t have to change the settings in Lightroom later.
Plan ahead and REMEMBER what works and what doesn’t and don’t fire off frames that aren’t lit right, action isn’t interesting, background is yucky.
Take my time. I get so excited.
Remember to change from one shot to multiple shots so when my shutter speed is high enough I have a better chance of in focus fun action shots.
Breathe! Hours go before I know my back muscles are killing me.
And, take time to smell the roses while I’m shooting…..like I did yesterday late afternoon on my walk around Lake Maime.
To illustrate how lost I get in either shooting or post production, I went out to shoot at 6:00am. It is now 11:00am and I’m finally going to have breakfast. I must be having fun or I wouldn’t have forgotten to EAT!