Monday, March 10, 2014

Mount Shasta - California, USA

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

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Today I have photos Mount Shasta in California, USA. Mount Shasta is a stratovolcano in California. It has the second highest peak in the Cascade Range and the 5th highest in California. Mount Shasta is approximately 9,822 ft (2,994 m) high.

I first start off with some photos of my drive up Mount Shasta. Remember those forest fires? I was about to give up going up the mountain but the visitor center person told me that you may be able to get above the smoke. I decided to take the chance. Look further in the post to see if it was all worth it in the end. :)
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 20 14 N 122 15 03 W   

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Another photo of Mount Shasta on the drive up. I wanted to get the layered forest effect from all that smoke.
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 20 10 N 122 15 04 W    

 Black and white process of the photo above.  


Another photo on the drive up. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 20 43 N 122 14 38 W 

Now I get to the end of the road. This is Ski Bowl Trail, the highest point on the mountain that you can drive up to. From here, you can climb to the summit if you are that fit. There is a sign and a box providing you with a map, instructions, and a bag for collecting human feces. Obviously, there are no bathrooms on this mountain.  
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 21 42 N 122 12 04 W 

I then shot a panorama there from the same spot. 

 I noticed the sky being all weird from the polarizer so I shot another panorama with it off. 


 Here is a photo of the road leading to Ski Bowl Trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 21 39 N 122 12 04 W 

I turned around and got another photo of the summit of Mount Shasta.  

Heading back down the mountain, I stopped by Bunny Flat. Not sure why they call it Bunny Flat, but I did see quite a lot of squirrels. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 21 17 N 122 14 00 W 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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