Refreshing Change

Friday the 13th of February

Okay, just about to go on our way to the DundraCon gaming convention in the Bay Area when we wake up to Snow. The driveway from the ranch is a mile of dirt road. It is not recommended for the faint of heart on a good day. So here we sit (or work, or play) waiting for the weather to change.

Snow Day


January 31, 2009

Corey and I had a wonderful time this month when we took a "Winter in Yosemite" class with Christina Loberg, a profession artist known for her brilliant photos of Yosemite. Here are a few pictures I took at that event. The day was crisp and snow had fallen about a week before we visited. The waters of the Merced River that flows through the valley was like a mirror. It was a perfect day for photographing Yosemite in the winter.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Snow

Yosemite Snow

Half Dome View

Half Dome from Tunnel Point

Bridal Veil View

Bridal Veil Falls from Tunnel Point

The Mirror

The Mirror - Sky in the River

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

December 21,2008

Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice Winter Wonderland Happy Holidays

December 10, 2009

Season's Greetings Happy Holiday Warm Wishes


October 27, 2008

It takes a while for autumn to catch up with Oakhurst. I've been watching and waiting impatiently for the leaves to turn their bright colors rather than just drying up with a dirty brown color and falling down. Considering it has been warm and sunny for most of October doesn't make for much of the Fall Spirit or color.

We finally got a cool snap last week that helped set the trees to go with a blaze, or at least some of them. I had to personally hunt them down to find the best pictures. I got some great shots - many many more than I show here.

The Old Town Fall picture comes from a failed attempt at a tourist attraction near North Fork. It was used for parties about ten years ago, but it's been for sale ever since. It was built to look like something from the old west, and its even more authentic-looking with all the fallen leaves and air of abandonment.

The Vase Reflections picture was just a nice photograph I took at Western Sierra Nursery. That place is, by far, the best location for photography that I have ever found. My favorite photos have all come from there. This time, I not only got some very good leaves and statuary, I got a few astounding photos of light passing through colored glass bottles. It was one of those days where you look around and discover magic everywhere.

Butterfly Autumn was taken at Mariposa, singularly appropriate, given that Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly.

Molten Glass

Molten Glass

Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory


Warm View

September 15, 2008

A weekend ago, Corey and I went down to Santa Barbara to help my son move. This gave me a chance to take some pictures by the sea and around the area. It's definitely refreshing to be away from the hot, dry summer of Oakhurst and into the foggy coastal area. The fog was out to sea as we walked on the beach at sunset. The next day, though, it blanketed the area. While fog can make for dull photography, it makes for very pleasant walks. We definitely got our exercise this weekend.

Cool View

August 30, 2008

Just few pictures I took over the past few weeks from around the area. I'm catching up on my sorting and enhancing before I take more photos, and I'm testing a new way to code the display. So far, it looks good.

August 27, 2008

Alas, this is probably the last FAR Gallery I will post on the Transolar website. I've enjoyed continually experimenting with style and art here on Transolar. However, I want to let you comment upon my art and create a community of art lovers. That will take a lot of time and effort and horrors!- PhP code programming. So don't expect it too soon.

Zealous Zinnia

Zealous Zinnia

Don't worry, there will be more art to see here over the next few weeks or so until I can find the time to transform this one into a more modern, interactive website. I'm very busy working on doing that for the School for Heroes website for the next two months. Still, I make a point of getting out and taking photographs at least once a week, and I'll continue to share them with you here.

Fresno Sunset

Fresno Sunset

This is proof that even Fresno can be attractive on a good day. Nevermind that it was still in the high nineties in temperature at sunset - this shot was worth the sweat.

Sun-drenched Cedars

Sun-drenched Cedars

This cedar grows in Yosemite National Park, near the south gate about 24 miles from the ranch. Summer is not generally a good time to visit Yosemite for photography unless you want to be around a lot of people. Fortunately, it's close enough to home that I can visit it in the evening as all the tourists drive off to find a roost for the night.