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Happy Birthday to Me

Branching Out
Branching Out

This is one of my favorite photos from my most recent National Parks Trip – Joshua Tree NP.  I also really do like this night shot:

Orion, Tree, Moon
The half moon made all but the brightest stars difficult to see, fortunately, it also made illuminating the Joshua Trees easy to work with.

That’s really all I have to say, Happy Birthday to me. What say you?

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Joshua Tree

I warned you earlier in this week that I would be making my way down to the Desert of Lower California, but noooooo, you didn’t believe me.  Well take a look at it now buddies.  This is where I am – Joshua Tree NP.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow, or Monday before any real photos get uploaded.  Sorry.  Maybe you could check out my Instagram account, maybe, if I’m being kind.

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The Last Bookstore

I’ve gotten tons of slack before for posting what I thought was cool art made of books.  What are the chances that this entire bookstore that makes art, and hallways, and secret rooms out of old books (which you can buy for $1) will go by without a comment?  Well, considering there’s been few comments on the blog recently, it’s not likely anyone from all those years ago will come and bitch, but hey, you never know.

The Last Bookstore is actually the name of this used book shop in downtown Los Angeles California.  It’s in a 22,000 square foot warehouse.  Yes, 22,000 square feet of floor space.  The volume is enough to house the over quarter of a million individual books, new and used, across two (2) different floors.  My favorite part is the arched walkways.  Those just look cool don’t they?

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10 Minutes of Fireworks

Last week The 4th of July, naturally, there was many different fireworks displays in the country.  Most people see one, maybe two, usually on different nights.  Well, Evan Halleck and Andrew Harless decided to hike up to an overlook in Griffith Park called Wisdom Tree that overlooks Los Angeles.  Together, they set up cameras to take long exposure photos for a few hours.  Halleck decided to stack all the photos that showed fireworks on top of one another.  Together, the 46 photos produced this neat image:

LA Fireworks

Here’s a time-lapse of the event.  The wide field view is pretty boring to be honest:

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Photos!

Did you think I forgot about you?  I could never.  Here are links to the albums.  Now, I know what you’ll say, didn’t I post these already last week?  Well you’d be right, but I didn’t finish going through the photos, and more importantly, I didn’t get so some of the amazing Yosemite reflection photos at the end of this post.  So do me a solid and look through them already ok?

And, here are some of my favorite photos of the trip, in case you’re lazy, it’s ok, I know that you are:

Sequoia Sky
I decided to drive down to General Grant and take some photos looking up with the Sequoias in the foreground. The trail wasn’t the best spot to take photo, but the parking area had some good views up with trees near by.

 

Poppy Fields
In order to get to Sequoia from Kings Canyon in the winter you have to drive out and around. I drove down Dry Creek Dr. and was greeted to beautiful fields of poppy flowers and rolling green hills

 

Foggy Mountain
The clouds obscured many of the views driving down 180 and out of the park

 

Mirror Lake
Sure, Mirror Lake was very low in the middle of February, but the reflections were still beautiful.

 

Mirror Lake 2
Because the water was so low it was difficult to get some full reflections. I still think it came out pretty well.

 

Now comes the time to pick the next park to go to.  I hope to get somewhere before the Alaska trip this summer.  I’m not sure which, my current front runner is the Seattle area for late April or early May.  But things are still very much up in the air.

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sequoia Sky
I decided to drive down to General Grant and take some photos looking up with the Sequoias in the foreground. The trail wasn’t the best spot to take photo, but the parking area had some good views up with trees near by.

Last weekend I knocked off 2 more parks from the list of 59.  Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California.  Sequoia is the 2nd oldest park in the country, and Kings Canyon was once known as Grant National Park before the canyon to the North East was included in the park.  Giant Sequoias grow prevalent in both parks, but the largest, most prominent ones in Sequoia National Park.  Even

Buttress Tree
This Sequoia fell without warning in 1959. Because the root system of these giant trees is shallow, they can topple without warning for many reasons.

 

Most of Kings Canyon was closed due to the winter snow, but there was still plenty of hiking to do, including the 2.5 mile one way hike up to Panoramic Point.

Hume Lake
The Sierra Nevada Mountain range extends all along the Eastern side of the park. Down in the bottom you can see Hume Lake.

I spent just over 2 days in the area.  One day was spent exploring Kings Canyon, and the other I drove down to Sequoia.  Because the road was closed between the parks, I had to take a 3 hour detour out and around.  It wasn’t a boring drive though, Dry Creek Dr. was beautiful and covered in wild poppies, just look at it:

Poppy Fields
In order to get to Sequoia from Kings Canyon in the winter you have to drive out and around. I drove down Dry Creek Dr. and was greeted to beautiful fields of poppy flowers and rolling green hills

I haven’t quite finished going through all of the photos, I took about 800, including a sweet time-lapse.  I added that to my Instagram since it was easier to put it there right now.  Trust me though, I’ll get it up here soon.  Probably tomorrow.

Check out my two albums so far.

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Some other National Park in CA

I’m still out in California, I’m not sure what National Park I will be visiting this weekend, it’s down to 3 choices:

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  • Pinnacles
  • Redwood

Don’t worry, I’ll update you all on Tuesday when I get back with where I actually went.

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Yosemite II

El Capitan

That’s right bitches, I’m on my way back to Yosemite National Park this weekend.  Hopefully I’ll get to see Horsetail Falls get lit up by the sun.  Anyway, I have to be out in the San Francisco area for work, so over the weekend I’m going to make my way to the park to see what it looks like covered under snow.  Last month they got lots of snow, hopefully February continues.  However, watching the webcams recently, it doesn’t look too great.

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Vineyard Timelapse

Ferrari Carano Vineyards in California worked with M. J. Wickham to set up a 12 month time-lapse journey of their vineyards.  With the help of the vineyard staff, she set up a GoPro Camera mounted in a shielded compartment on a metal pole overlooking a secluded section of the vineyard.  The camera was set to take one photo every minute.  Initially, they intended to have the camera run off of a solar panel, but the panel didn’t provide enough power, so they rigged up a car battery which lasted about 10 days.  So, every 10 days they would drive out there, replace the battery, and take the memory card out for processing.

After 12 months, and over 500,000 photos, the first part of the waiting was done, now the hard part, combining all these photos together into a 3 minute time-lapse video.  You could just take the day time photos and combine them all together, but unless you sped up the frame rate, that would be a really long film, and wouldn’t really be a good time-lapse.  Instead, Wickham decided to take about 15 photos from each day, skipping some days when the weather was just too crazy, or too similar.  She also choose different times of the day to represent different parts of the year.  This would explain the lack of people in the video above except for the springtime pruning, and the fall time harvest.

It’s a nicely done video, and a nicely written post overall, you should check it out.

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