Thistle Flowers in Yosemite Valley.
Image taken in the morning on day 3 of Nikonians ANPAT 8. How peaceful it was before the 1st rock slide at Curry Village.
Bodie State Historical Park.
On day 2 of Nikonians ANPAT 8 our van visited Bodie State Historical Park. Bodie is one of the best preserved old mining ghost towns in California. It is kept in a state of static decay, and is a favoriate location for photographers (and location for some movies). There were lots of photographer in addition to the Nikonians group. Prior to visiting Bodie, we were told not to show Nikonians labels and make sure that we leave well before sunset because of some problems between the Nikonians van the day before and one of the State Park Rangers.
GPS: N38°12’42” W119°0’45”
Sunset Panorama of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View.
Nikonians ANPAT 8 — End of Day 1. There were a large number of photographers (in addition to the Nikonians group) lined up at the Tunnel View parking lot to photograph sunset. Many left thinking nothing was going to happen, then all of a sudden sunlight came in from under the clouds from the west to light up both sides of the valley with this incredible orange color. I think that the mist down in the valley is actually smoke from campers cooking dinner.
Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm PC-E lens (ISO 800, f/16, 1/25 sec)
Red Headed Woodpecker.
As I was driving through Yosemite Valley on the way to Curry Village to join the Nikonians group for ANPAT-8 I noticed this Red Headed Woodpecker (Northern Pileated Woodpecker). I stopped and realized that it was loading acorns in a dead tree for winter.
Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec).