Rock Slide at Curry Village.

Nikonians ANPAT 8 Day 3. After our morning session, we had lunch at Curry Village. Michael Mariant was going to do an IR photography workshop in the afternoon. On the way to the workshop, we stopped by our cabins. As we were leaving the cabins there was this loud noise. At first is sounded like thunder — but the sky was blue with no clouds. The noise got louder, and Michael yelled “run for your lives — rock slide” We all ran from our cabins to the parking lot. Since I drove, I was one of the few folks that had cameras and lenses available. Most of the folks left their gear in the cabin for the IR workshop. The following set of images was taken following the rock slide. Luckily, no one was injured since most everyone was out of Curry Village visiting other parts of Yosemite during the day when the rock slide occurred. Later in the afternoon, a Park Service helicopter with a USGS geologist surveyed the rock slide site and declared things safe. We were allowed back to our cabins. There was a school group at Curry village. The Elementary school children were moved to a different site. The Middle and High school students stayed. That evening the crisis counselors told the students that a large rock falls in Yosemite Valley on average every 9-10 days, and therefore they would be safe for the rest of the trip. Little did they know that Murphy was listening!!!!



Day 1 and Counting

My Drobo disk-array is rebuilding after adding a new drive. Don’t know how long it will take. New images (including a meteor caught last night with two cameras) to follow. The down side to large storage solutions such as Drobo is the time required for backup and restore. Not sure if this will be hours or days!!!!

Do go back and look at my post from 2 years ago today of Yosemite from 30,000 feet: 18-October-2009



Time-Lapsed Video: Morning at Taft Point in Yosemte National Park.

Three years ago today I was with a group of Nikonians ANPAT 8 Photographers at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. I set up a camera with a fisheye lens to record the photographer working Taft Point as the sun lit up the other side of Yosemite Valley. Later, I put on the tripod head-cam to record the hike from Taft Point back to the van. This was the same tripod head-cam set up that I used during Winston Hall’s Nikonians Academy workshop in Arches National Park to make a time-lapsed video of the hike 19-September-2008.

If you are not able to view the video from here it is also available at the ShepartPhotography SmugMug Gallery.


Snow Plant.

Image taken 2 years ago today while driving through Yosemite National Park. I noticed something bright red in my rear view mirror. This was not red flashing lights, but rather something red in the woods. I turned around and found these flowers blooming. I did not know what they were — a plant or fungus. They were later identified as Snow Plants (Sarcodes sanguinea). Although plants, they do not use chlorophyll for photosynthesis, but rather get carbohydrates from coniferous trees via a shared mycorrhizal fungus.

Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea). Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/8, 1/13 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea). Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 45 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/8, 1/13 sec). (David J. Mathre)