Saturday, October 3, 2015

Aspens #2

Aspens (Evening) - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspen Leaves (Backlit) - Sierra Nevada  2015
I had foolishly not taken the tripod (not for what was supposed to be a backpack). Top shot taken at 1/60th second, F7.1 with an Olympus E-M10. Olympus cameras, using a smaller sensor, have a greater depth of field than larger ones.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Aspens #1

Aspen Trunks - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspen Leaves - Sierra Nevada  2015

If you set up your camp amidst the aspens, you had better be prepared for aspen photos.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Green Creek Campground

Campground (Green Creek) - Sierra Nevada  2015

 A car camp! I was thinking that if I went north hopefully the smoke would diminish to a more manageable level. At first I was going to go to the Leavitt Meadows campground, but as I drove past Mono Lake I remembered the Green Creek campground.

Hali and I had had an unfortunate bear incident there in 2008, so I was wondering if the campground was now equipped with bear boxes. The ranger station in Bridgeport didn't really have any info, so I decided to chance it.

Yay! Bear boxes! So I set up camp amidst the aspens.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Near Lee Vining

Mike, Truck - Sierra Nevada  2015

Mono Cone (Lee Vining) - Sierra Nevada  2015

Top: rest stop overlooking Mono Lake, early morning. No one there, as usual, some smoke in the sky.

Bottom: Mono Cone in Lee Vining, not open yet.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mammoth Evening

Lopez's - Sierra Nevada  2015

Street, Mountain - Sierra Nevada  2015

After some tamales at Lopez's I noticed that the air had gotten clearer, the smoke being a very transient thing.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Fawn Blogging

Fawn - Sierra Nevada  2015

Seen near my Green Creek campground . . . very curious!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hike to Shadow Lake (Video)

Hike to Shadow Lake, August 2015 from Mike Mundy on Vimeo.

I hadn't planned on taking any video clips, but since I had my iPhone 5s with me I figured, why not?

The hike up to the lake went smoothly enough, but on the way back I started to worry about the heat, especially on a last uphill slog towards the trailhead. But I made it OK.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dayhike to Shadow Lake #5: Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake - Sierra Nevada  2015

Trout Ripple (Shadow Lake) - Sierra Nevada  2015
Arrived at Shadow Lake mid-morning. The view towards the Minarets, away from the sun, was fairly clear, but smoke was visibly drifting over the lake as I watched.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dayhike to Shadow Lake #4: Junipers in the Smoke

Juniper - Sierra Nevada  2015

Juniper Branches - Sierra Nevada  2015

Using smoke as a background is an interesting juniper isolation technique, I guess. You could spend hours in Photoshop trying to get the same look.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dayhike to Shadow Lake #3: Olaine Lake

Olaine Lake - Sierra Nevada  2015

Early morning scene. Actually, one of the nicest sights during my hike . . . after this the trail ascended higher into the smoke.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dayhike to Shadow Lake #2

Sage, Manzanita - Sierra Nevada  2015

Junipers - Sierra Nevada  2015

I was using an Olympus E-M10 and the latest iteration of their 14-150mm lens. Very enjoyable combo! The E-M10 is not nearly as fussy as the E-M1, and the lens offers amazing flexibility.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dayhike to Shadow Lake #1

Meadow Plant - Sierra Nevada  2015

Trees, Smoke - Sierra Nevada  2015

I got to the trailhead at Agnew Meadows a little before 7 AM. It was cold! My fingers quickly started to go numb.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Red Breasted Nuthatch Blogging

Red Breasted Nuthatch - Sierra Nevada  2015

Saw this small bird during my dayhike coming down from Shadow Lake.

It forages on the trunks and large branches of trees, often descending head first, sometimes catching insects in flight. It eats mainly insects and seeds, especially from conifers. (Wikipedia.)

As I passed by it took a break from foraging to pose for my camera.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Minarets (Smoke)

Minarets, Smoke - Sierra Nevada  2015

Early next day I left early for my dayhike, wanting to be able to drive down to the trailhead at Agnew Meadows before the 7:00 AM deadline. I took this photo at 6:27 AM as the road curved to reveal the Minarets, standing Mordor-like in the smoke.

Compare to this 2013 view.