Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park (7-17-2014) - Sunol, CA

Another hiking trail pretty close to my house is Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park which is somehow not in Pleasanton, CA but in the bordering town of Sunol, CA. Unlike Augustin Bernal Park, this park is less shady but the scenery is even more wonderful and the trail is less steep. The photos for this post was shot on 7/17/2014.

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Some really old stuff in the park. This was sho near this house in the park. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 41 N 121 53 33 W  

 Photo of trees on the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 29 N 121 53 28 W 


 A green patch of grass in a field of dried out yellow grass. I thought it looked pretty cool. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 28 N 121 53 28 W 

A photo of dried out yellow grass and trees. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 34 N 121 53 15 W 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Niles Canyon Railway - Sunol, CA

On a hiking trip to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park 2 month ago, I decided to go down to Sunol, CA and see what is there. Here I have a short blog post with just 3 photos from Sunol, CA. Taking a short break on long blog posts after the long series on Sequoia & King's Canyon National Park. :) I hope you enjoy these shots.

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Here is a photo of a historical train station in Sunol, CA. This is the Niles Canyon Railway. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 35 38 N 121 53 21 W 

 Here is another photo of the station from a different angle. 


Here is a photo of the railroad tracks near the station. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 35 38 N 121 53 14 W 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) - Backyard Photography

I recently spotted a California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) in my backyard. Decided to get a few photos of it. I am here to share with you the two photos I took. Hope you enjoy! I was hoping to have a bit more photos in this blog post, but I don't have that many interesting things I can take a photo of in my backyard.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Augustin Bernal Park - Pleasanton, CA

Two month ago, I went hiking at Augustin Bernal Park here in Pleasanton, CA and brought my camera. I shot some photos on the mountain. The view sure is great from up there! Most of the photos for today are from the peak. The photos for this blog post were shot on 7/22/2014 and 7/23/2014. To visit the park, you do have to live in Pleasanton or have someone from Pleasanton take you as driving up to the park involves driving through a small gated community and the guards for the community does check. Sometimes they do allow people from nearby cities to also enter.

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Photo shot hiking up to the peak. A view of the trees and partial view of the valley. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 22 N 121 54 36 W  

Up at the peak of the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 10 N 121 54 45 W  

The trail at the peak of the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 19 N 121 54 51 W  

Now photos from the next day. This was shot on the hike up. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 18 N 121 54 26 W  


More photos of trees with a view of the valley. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 26 N 121 54 34 W  

 A photo shot of several trails at the peak of the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 06 N 121 54 42 W 

A small pond at the peak. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 11 N 121 54 46 W  

Another photo of the pond from a different angle. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 38 11 N 121 54 45 W 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Drive Home (Part 17) - Sequoia & King's Canyon NP (2014)

I recently took a trip to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park (the two parks are connected). I had a great time photographing many scenery and enjoying the beauty of nature both inside the two national parks and out in Sequoia National Forest. Through this chain of blog posts, I will be showing photos of natural scenery, mountains, meadows, forests, wildlife, and the wonderful trees of the parks. I will also be giving some travel advice into the park as I know some of you viewers are probably looking at this to try to plan a trip to the parks. In these parks, is one of the world's largest species of trees, the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). I will also have a few photos of the world's most massive tree the General Sherman Tree in blog posts to come. I hope you enjoy this chain of blog posts!

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Today I continue with the last of the photos from my trip shot on my drive home. The photos for today are from Sequoia National Forest, Dunlap, CA, and Sanger, CA most of which was shot on SR-180.

Here is a photo of a meadow at Princess Campground in Sequoia National Forest. The photo was shot as the sunset was setting causing an orange glow on the scenery. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 48 02 N 118 56 25 W 

 A black and white process of the photo above.   

Another photo of the meadow. I thought the meadow looked very beautiful in the glow of the setting sun. 

 A black and white process of the photo above.   

 Here is a panorama of the meadow and the sunset. 


Here is a sunset photo shot on the side of SR-180 in Sequoia National Forest. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 44 02 N 119 01 15 W 

Another sunset photo of a slightly different angle from the same spot.  

 A black and white process of the photo above.   

 Here is a panorama of the scenery of the landscape and the sunset. 


Here is a photo shot of sunset in Dunlap, CA right outside of Sequoia National Forest. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 45 19 N 119 05 50 W  

Here is a panorama of the sunset shot from the same spot.  

Finally out of the forest! Here is a sunset shot out on the side of SR-180 in Sanger, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 42 57 N 119 25 36 W  

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

These are all the photos for today and for this trip. I hope you have enjoyed this chain of blog posts. 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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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sequoia National Forest (Part 16) - Sequoia & King's Canyon NP (2014)

I recently took a trip to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park (the two parks are connected). I had a great time photographing many scenery and enjoying the beauty of nature both inside the two national parks and out in Sequoia National Forest. Through this chain of blog posts, I will be showing photos of natural scenery, mountains, meadows, forests, wildlife, and the wonderful trees of the parks. I will also be giving some travel advice into the park as I know some of you viewers are probably looking at this to try to plan a trip to the parks. In these parks, is one of the world's largest species of trees, the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). I will also have a few photos of the world's most massive tree the General Sherman Tree in blog posts to come. I hope you enjoy this chain of blog posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best photos from this trip, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

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Today I continue with my photos from day three. The photos for today are from Sequoia National Forest. Most of the photos are shot on the side of SR-180 but a few photos will be from Hume Lake.

The scenery in the forest. You can see SR-180 on the right. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 48 50 N 118 50 07 W    

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

More scenery shots of the mountains. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 49 02 N 118 50 22 W   

  A black and white process of the photo above. 


Another scenery shot of the canyon with the King's River at the bottom. The smoke cleared up a bit but the visibility was still not that good.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 49 29 N 118 50 54 W    

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

A photo of the mountains. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 49 54 N 118 53 23 W     

  A black and white process of the photo above. 


This is Hume Lake. The sun is beginning to set causing the orange glow in the sky. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 47 30 N 118 54 24 W     

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

Another photo of Hume Lake and the glow from the setting sun. 

These are all the photos for today. Next time I continue with the last photos from this trip. 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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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

King's Canyon National Park (Part 15) - Sequoia & King's Canyon NP (2014)

I recently took a trip to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park (the two parks are connected). I had a great time photographing many scenery and enjoying the beauty of nature both inside the two national parks and out in Sequoia National Forest. Through this chain of blog posts, I will be showing photos of natural scenery, mountains, meadows, forests, wildlife, and the wonderful trees of the parks. I will also be giving some travel advice into the park as I know some of you viewers are probably looking at this to try to plan a trip to the parks. In these parks, is one of the world's largest species of trees, the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). I will also have a few photos of the world's most massive tree the General Sherman Tree in blog posts to come. I hope you enjoy this chain of blog posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best photos from this trip, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

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Today I continue with my photos from day three. The photos for today are from the other section of King's Canyon National Park. You may or may not know this, but King's Canyon National Park is split into two sections with Sequoia National Forest in between. In this blog post, you are seeing the other part of King's Canyon National Park.

Now inside King's Canyon National Park, here is another photo of the King's River. This was shot on a bridge in the park. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 47 52 N 118 41 12 W    

This is a photo of the King's River on the other side of the bridge. 

  A black and white process of the photo above. 


Here is a photo from Canyon Viewpoint. I'm guessing this place would look really nice if someone had a DJI and flew it up for some landscape shots. HAHA Too bad drones are banned in the national parks for now...
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 47 02 N 118 39 21 W  

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

A photo of scenery and the highway. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 46 56 N 118 37 34 W   

  A black and white process of the photo above. 


Here is a photo of Roaring River Falls. I recommend you visit this spot. The walk isn't that long and the scenery is nice. This shot is probably my best photo for the falls. The lighting changed in the later shots. I used an ND filter on this shot to achieve a long exposure. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 46 55 N 118 37 18 W  

 A black and white process of the photo above.  

Here is a photo of the waterfall with my ND filter off.  

Next I climbed down the rocks a bit to get a shot with out the giant rocks or the tree in the shot. The lighting changed so these shots didn't turn out that good.  

 Here is an ND filtered shot from that spot. 


Heading back to the parking lot from Roaring River Falls, I stopped on the trail for a shot of the mountain scenery. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 46 57 N 118 37 18 W   

 A black and white process of the photo above. 

These are all the photos for today. Next time I continue with photos from Sequoia National Forest. 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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