Saturday, October 22, 2016

California Nights

After our time at Yosemite, my husband had to return to work, but Wyle and I stayed with Grandpa for another week.  You never know much time you've got with someone, and really, we had no reason to hurry home.  And I'm so glad we stayed.  It was Wyle's first time to Grandpa's house, where I would spend two weeks every summer when I was young.  It was so fun to see her learn to shoot a bow and arrow in the backyard, and to see her sleep in the same bed I did as a kid.  We went down to the swimming hole and fed the ducks in the park.  And the fair!  We were just in time for her first trip to the fair.  All the simple pleasures,  you know?  It all gave me a huge dose of nostalgia.  Especially just being in Grandpa's neighborhood.  All the neighbors know each other, even the mailman.  It seems so safe there, and so quiet.  Not what you might expect from California, but really, it has such a wholesome feel.  I took this shot of the neighborhood after dark.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Playing With Feathers

On the last two days of our stay in the Sierra Nevadas, we skipped Yosemite National Park proper to do some fishing in the nearby lakes.  At our first stop, all three of us limited out on trout in a manner of minutes, and that night, we ate very well.  At the next two stops we had poorer luck, and Wyle and I called it quits a few hours before the boys did.  She and I had fun wandering around this picnic area, and we collected quite a few feathers.  We spent the rest of our afternoon pretending to be birds.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come See Me at the Wings and Wildlife Show

I'm pleased to announce I will be showing my photography as part of the The Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh.  This juried show and marketplace will include 34 artists working in paint, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood, and more.

Opening Cocktail Party & Benefit Auction - Friday, November 4, 6-10 pm, tickets $100, with proceeds going to the aviary.  There will be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for you to enjoy as you get the first opportunity to meet all the artists and bid on art as well as special avian encounters.  
All proceeds from sponsorships, auctions, and ticket sales benefit the National Aviary’s avian medicine, education, and conservation programs locally and internationally.  
Purchase your tickets here.
Ages 21+. Cocktail Attire. 

Public Art Show & Marketplace - November 5-6, 10am-5pm, included with aviary admission

Friday, October 14, 2016

Merced Sequoia Grove


Besides walking up to lower Yellowstone Falls, the only other hike we did was to the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias.  It was late in the afternoon - around 3:00, and there were just a couple of other folks out.  It's about a mile and a half to get there, on a really nice trail, but our little one was really starting to fade and needed to be carried the entire way.  Good thing my husband was up to the task.  There are so many places we go that we couldn't, if he wasn't willing to carry her on his shoulders.

These trees were worth the hike (even with a four-year-old).  They were really something to see.  Even our child was impressed.  I wish my pictures did them justice - they are really so much larger than they appear here.  And they reach higher than you can see.  There are just a a few trees, maybe 20 in total, and they are clustered together at the end of the trail, clearly standing out from all the other trees.It was a quiet, beautiful place.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Yosemite Wildflowers

We saw a few wildflowers in Yosemite during our July trip, including these lupine and columbine.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Glacier Point

This lookout, at Glacier Point, was perhaps my favorite spot in Yosemite.  To look down several thousand feet was awe-inspiring. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tenaya Lake

One of my favorite places in Yosemite National Park was Lake Tenaya.  We picnicked along its white sandy shores, and stayed around to play.  Wyle, of course, was drawn to the water.  I thought it would be frigid, and that she would quickly jump right back out.  I was wrong.   She daintily held up her shorts to begin with, but by the time we left she was soaked.  Typical.  She found a little boat someone had fashioned together out of driftwood, and took it into the water for a float.  That was sort of magical for her.  She asked to keep it, but we convinced her to leave it on the beach for someone else to find.

Grandpa got into the fun, being silly and trying to impress Wyle with this long piece of wood.  He made quite a circus act out of it, and delighted the audience (us). 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Half Dome

Here is a view of Half Dome, easily the most recognizable feature of Yosemite, from Leidig Meadow..