Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Eighth Annual Nikonian Photography Adventure Trip. Day 6: Yosemite National Park.
On the last day of ANPAT 8, we did a walkabout in Yosemite Valley. First, we visited the smallest waterfall in the valley at Fern Spring. It is just off the road and in the shade. Well worth taking the time to visit and photograph. I also got some images of mushrooms/tree fungi. While I was busy with the mushrooms, the rest of the group tried to get a picture of a small brown bear running to the Merced river.
It rained most of the morning, so I wasn’t able to get out until the afternoon to check out the garden towers on the patio. Between the timed sprinklers and all of the rain while I was in Germany, most of the plants survived. Indeed lots of invasive weeds and vines. I was able to pick the ripe Italian and Cherry tomatoes. I had to discard a bunch of the tomatoes that had rotted. There were some giant cucumbers that I missed before traveling. A number of the hot peppers turned red, so I also picked them. There were flowers blooming on the morning-glory vines growing up the trellis on my chimney.
Tree Fungus on a Dying Birch Tree in My Backyard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 500, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec).
Out of the camera jpg because Capture One doesn’t recognize the RAW/DNG file created by the Leica T camera at this time. By the end of the afternoon, the birch trees were gone along with several other dying trees. I have lost over 30 trees due to storms, disease, and vines over the last 4 years.