Monarch sounds much prettier, don’t you think?
This is the aptly named Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley. The last time I saw it, around 10 years ago, it looked a lot different – it was bigger and less “mucky”. Through natural processes, the lake is filling in and will someday disappear altogether and become a meadow.
In this photo, I applied an HDR affect which gives it a surrealistic quality, although Yosemite is surrealistically beautiful all on its own without the aid of Photoshop.
Here’s one of Sean climbing El Capitan. Hoo boy did he take to mountain climbing. I could hardly keep up. Of course I had to carry the camera, so it was a bit more challenging for me what with my bad knee and all.
Here is one of the approximately 30,537 pictures I took of flowers while I was in California, most of which are in Cousin Judi’s fabulous garden. I learned how to make the frame in Photoshop in a video tutorial at Yanik’s Photo School, which you can see here if you are so inclined. He has great easy to follow video tutorials and I love the soothing quality of his voice.
I know. It’s probably not a gecko. But I couldn’t think of a cute alliterative name to go with lizard. Larry was just too obvious. Gordon lives on my front porch and eats ants. In exchange for room and board he patiently poses for my camera.
Last week was Spring Break and I was doing springy breaky things, like wandering around East Texas taking advantage of the hospitality of nice people who are willing to take in a family of three, one of whom is always pointing her annoying camera at something or somebody.
Our first stop was my friend Amy’s lake house where we stayed for a couple of days just hanging out and eating Oreo’s and watching the children do dangerous things. Don’t ask. There was fire and fish hooks. That’s all I’m saying.
The weather was lovely and sunny and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen prettier clouds or bluer skies. The Dogwoods are in bloom. I think they are Dogwoods. They could be Red Buds, but then shouldn’t their buds be, you know, red? Anyone?
This a bloom off a lace magnolia tree. At least that is what Amy says and I think she asked someone, so it must be true. These big showy flowers grow on spindly skinny little limbs and from a distance, it almost appears as they are floating in mid-air.
This is the view from the porch at the lake house early in the morning. Amy and I got up early to sit outside and drink coffee and watch the sun come up over the water. AD doesn’t get up early or drink coffee and that is the only thing missing in my marriage. I might ask Amy to marry me.
After we wore out our welcome at Amy’s place, we went over to the other side of the lake and hung out with some other folks where Sean had even more children to play with and I had even more things at which to point my camera.
This is Checkers. I asked him if I could put his picture on the internet and he said it was okay. Checkers is a good old dog.
This is a ginormous Sycamore tree, although you can’t really appreciate the scale from this photo. It’s white bark sparkled so pretty in the sun. I never could figure out a way to capture the grandness of this big old tree.
Here are some carefree children who spent a whole day happily playing in a pile of dirt. Better’en Disney World. And cheaper too.
The next day was the official first day of Spring and it turned freezing cold and snowed.
And that was the end of Spring Break.