Saturday, September 17, 2022

Spicer Meadow Reservoir & Ebbetts Peak - Stanislaus National Forest

On 27 August 2022, my parents and I spent a day in Stanislaus National Forest in California. We drove on State Route 4 and visited some of the side roads along the highway. We went to Hells Kitchen Overlook, Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Elephant Rock Lake, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir, Slick Rock Jeep Trail Trailhead, Lake Alpine, Mosquito Lake, and Ebbetts Pass. I took photos with my phone and with my mirrorless camera. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! 

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Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

These photos were shot on my mirrorless camera. The photos are from Spicer Meadow Reservoir and near Ebbetts Peak.

Scenery photos of Spicer Meadow Reservoir. The photos were shot near Forest Service Road 7N01.


A sunset scenery photo shot near Ebbetts Peak and near Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 32' 43" N 119° 48' 57" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo of Ebbetts Peak shot near Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 32' 44" N 119° 48' 56" W


A sunset scenery photo shot near Ebbetts Peak and near Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 32' 44" N 119° 48' 54" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo shot near Ebbetts Peak and near Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4).
Photo shot near the same position as above.

A sunset scenery photo shot near Ebbetts Peak and near Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4).
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Travel Tip: The hiking trail up to the top of Ebbetts Peak is fenced off. You can still get some nice photos and panoramic views even with the partial hike (up to the fence) though.

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Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

Friday, September 2, 2022

Stanislaus National Forest, CA (Cellphone Photos)

On 27 August 2022, my parents and I spent a day in Stanislaus National Forest in California. We drove on State Route 4 and visited some of the side roads along the highway. We went to Hells Kitchen Overlook, Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Elephant Rock Lake, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir, Slick Rock Jeep Trail Trailhead, Lake Alpine, Mosquito Lake, and Ebbetts Pass. I took photos with my phone and with my mirrorless camera. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! 

Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

These photos were shot on my cellphone. The photos are from Hells Kitchen Overlook, Elephant Rock Lake, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir, Slick Rock Jeep Trail Trailhead, Lake Alpine, Mosquito Lake, and near Ebbetts Peak.

A scenery photo from Hells Kitchen Overlook. This overlook is located on the side of State Route 4.
I almost always drop by Hells Kitchen Overlook when I head into Stanislaus National Forest on State Route 4.

Scenery photos of Elephant Rock Lake. 

Travel Tip: This lake is accessible via a dirt road. The road condition is very good, and most vehicles should be able to access this, but unless you have a vehicle with high clearance and all terrain tires, I'd recommend you drive slowly. You don't want to be stuck in the forest with a punctured tire!

A panorama of Elephant Rock Lake.


A panorama of Union Reservoir.

Travel Tip: This reservoir is also only accessible via a dirt road. Same tips as the first tip I've wrote.

Scenery photos of Union Reservoir.


A scenery photo of Utica Reservoir.

Travel Tip: The road to Spicer Meadow Reservoir is paved. If you want to visit Elephant Rock Lake, Union Reservoir, and Utica Reservoir, the stuff I wrote in my first tip will still be my recommendation. I recommend you plan extra time for visiting these areas as it isn't recommended you drive very fast. We were driving around 15 MPH to 20 MPH between these destinations.

A scenery photo from Slick Rock Jeep Trail Trailhead. Photo shot on Forest Route 7N17.

Funny story. I thought I found a short cut to Lake Alpine from Utica Reservoir despite Google Maps continuing to tell us to U-turn and take the long route. It did end up recalculating once we reached the trailhead parking lot though. Unfortunately we had to make that U-turn anyways as our 2006 Honda Pilot is not going to make it on the Slick Rock Trail. 😂 The area looks like it will be nice for some off trail hiking and rock climbing, so my family will probably be back sooner or later once my dads leg recovers.

A scenery photo of Lake Alpine from Marmot Day Use Alternative Beach.


A scenery photo from Mosquito Lake. This lake is on the side of State Route 4.

At first the lake didn't look like much. I was a little disappointed I even made it as one of the stops on our day trip.

A scenery photo of cabins on the side of Mosquito Lake.

Then as we drove a bit further down State Route 4, I saw the cabins. The cabins made the stop worth it. This was probably one of the best photos I shot on this day trip.

A scenery photo of cabins on the side of Mosquito Lake.

The lighting, and the position of the cabins right next to the lake was so beautiful! One of the best landscapes I have ever seen on my many years of travel and photography.

A sunset scenery photo of Ebbetts Peak. Photo was shot near Ebbetts Pass near State Route 4.

Travel Tip: The hiking trail up to the top of Ebbetts Peak is fenced off. You can still get some nice photos and panoramic views even with the partial hike (up to the fence) though.

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Please don't forget to share the blog post 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 Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Point Reyes National Seashore - Marin County, CA

On 20 August 2022, my parents and I took a trip to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. I took photos and video with my phone, and photos on my mirrorless camera. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! Unfortunately I'm not able to embed the 4 videos I took at Point Reyes Lighthouse and Point Reyes Beach, but you can view them here (Google Photos link).

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Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos 

These photos were shot on my mirrorless camera. Our first stop was the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Travel Tip: Note that the walk down the steps (over 300 of them) to the lighthouse is easy, but going back up is much harder.

A scenery photo of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse in fog. The photo was shot on the stairway leading down to the lighthouse.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A scenery photo of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and fog.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A scenery photo of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and fog.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A scenery photo of fog and the stairs leading down to the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.

An abstract photo from inside the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Black and white process of the photo above.

An abstract photo from inside the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.


A scenery photo of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse in fog. The photo was shot on the stairway leading down to the lighthouse.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A scenery photo of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse in fog. The photo was shot on the stairway leading down to the lighthouse.

Black and white process of the photo above.


Our next stop was Drakes Beach. Unfortunately we did not see any elephant seals on this trip.

A photo of seagulls at Drakes Beach. In the background is Drakes Bay.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 01' 42" N 122° 57' 25" W

A photo of seagulls at Drakes Beach. In the background is Drakes Bay.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

After Drakes Beach, we started driving towards Mt. Vision. I took 2 photos on the side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

A scenery photo of Drakes Estero shot on the side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 29" N 122° 55' 43" W

A scenery photo shot on the side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 30" N 122° 55' 43" W


Next we drove up Mt. Vision for a panoramic view of Drakes Estero and Drakes Bay.

A scenery photo of Drakes Estero and Drakes Bay shot on Mt. Vision on the side of Mt. Vision Road.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 25" N 122° 53' 01" W

A scenery photo of Drakes Estero and Drakes Bay shot on Mt. Vision on the side of Mt. Vision Road.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 38° 05' 25" N 122° 53' 00" W

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Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Point Reyes Lighthouse (Cellphone Photos) - Marin County, CA

Yesterday, on 20 August 2022, my parents and I took a trip to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. I took photos and video with my phone, and photos on my mirrorless camera. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! Unfortunately I'm not able to embed the 4 videos I took at Point Reyes Lighthouse and Point Reyes Beach, but you can view them here (Google Photos link).

Parts: Cellphone Photos | Mirrorless Photos

These photos were shot on my cellphone. Our first stop was the Point Reyes Lighthouse. All of my cellphone photos were shot at Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Travel Tip: Note that the walk down the steps (over 300 of them) is easy, but going back up is much harder. My dad injured himself a while back (the guy with the crutches in my photos is him) so our family has a temporary disabled placard to use (allows you to drive up to the visitor center, but you have to undo the chains at the gate). If you do not have a disabled person with a disabled placard with you, you might not be able to find parking on weekends. When we went, all the regular parking spaces were occupied and quite a few cars were parked in the "No Parking Zones". If you want to visit, try to visit on a Friday, and not during summer.

A photo of the stairs down to the lighthouse.

The stairs are numbered. The last step was step #308.

The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.


A photo of the historic equipment used to operate the lighthouse.
See if you can spot my dad with the crutches.

A photo of the stairs down to the lighthouse.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sonoma Coast State Park (Cellphone Photos) - Sonoma County, CA

Yesterday, on 13 August 2022, my parents and I took a trip to Sonoma Coast State Park in Sonoma County, CA, Bodega Bay, CA, and Jenner, CA. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! 

The first stop on my trip, was Bodega Head in Sonoma Coast State Park in Bodega Bay, CA.

A scenery photo of Campbell Cove and Campbell Cove Beach in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Doran Regional Park, Campbell Cove, and Bodega Bay shot in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Doran Regional Park, Campbell Cove, and Bodega Bay shot at Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A panorama of Doran Regional Park, Campbell Cove, and Bodega Bay shot at Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.


A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.


A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. In the distance is Tomales Point and Tomales Bluff in Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA. In the distance is Tomales Point and Tomales Bluff in Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.


Next, our family started driving along State Route 1 towards Goat Rock Beach in Jenner, CA.

A scenery photo of Salmon Creek from Salmon Creek State Beach in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Carmet Beach in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Furlong Gulch in Bodega Bay, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.


A panorama of Russian River and Penny Island from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. There were a lot of birds on the island. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Russian River and Penny Island from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. There were a lot of birds on the island. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A sunset scenery photo of Russian River and the Pacific Ocean from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. There were a lot of birds and harbor seals on the other side. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A sunset scenery photo of Russian River and the Pacific Ocean from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. There were a lot of birds and harbor seals on the other side. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A scenery photo of Goat Rock from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.


A sunset scenery photo of Russian River and the Pacific Ocean from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

A sunset scenery photo from Goat Rock State Beach in Jenner, CA. This is part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

After Goat Rock State Beach, our family decided to check out the Russian River Bridge in Jenner, CA. The last time we were here was in 2013, and we were on our road trip driving up to British Columbia, Canada. We knew the bridge would be pretty during sunset.

A sunset scenery photo of the Russian River Bridge and Russian River shot at the Russian River Vista Point on the side of State Route 1 in Jenner, CA.

A sunset scenery photo of the Russian River Bridge and Russian River shot on the side of Willow Creek Road in Jenner, CA.

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