Friday, October 24, 2008

Great Falls - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Maryland

October 24, 2008

I got there Friday morning around 6:30AM and set up. The temperature was in the low 40s but there was mist near the larger falls. As time went on, the fog come down off the hills and filled in the gorge. That's when I headed off to the canal for some other shots.
The above shot is one of the hundres of little falls now visable with the low water levels.
Here is a shot of the churnng water between falls:
Last but least, here is a shot of the Great Falls Tavern and the adjaceent canal:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Great Falls National Park - Virginia side

October 19, 2008

Great Falls water level is really low this fall which again changes the way the river and the falls look. I got their Sunday morning around 6:30AM and set up. The temperature was in the 30s but fortunately there was no breeze so I was nice and toasty. Here are two shots - enjoy!

National Zoo - Washington DC

October 13, 2008

The National Zoo in Washington DC is always a fun place to go and see the animals - four legged and two legged - you never know what you are going to see. The Cheetah and the Flamingo were animals that I have not seen in recent trips. Also, they are doing major construction for the elephants and it should interesting to see what the final exhibit looks like.


Another famous, aren't they all, Yosemite view is of Half Dome. This is a shot from Glacier Point showing how Half Dome rises 4,735 feet above the valley floor.

Yosemite has many tributeries which show the results of glacial transformations upon the rocks. This quiet, secluded are is a gem to behold.

And lastly for this trip, a photo of Half Dome from Olmsted Point.


Shooting at Yosemite meant getting up from 4:00AM to 5:00AM to get to the location for sunrise shots and then getting back for supper around 7:30PM and then heading to bed. We arrived at Yosemite just as a storm was rolling through. It provided for some nice cloud formations for the view of El Capita from Tunnel View.

Another famous view is looking up Yosemite Valley with El Capitan on the left and Cathedral Rocks on the right with the Merced River.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Yosemite October 4-11 2008

Yosemite Curry Village was not the place to be last week. I was in a group of 6 photographers waiting to leave at 7:00 AM in the dark when we heard a clap of thunder and then the rain of granite began to fall. We were never allowed back to our cabin as it was in the danger zone. Tom Trujillo was my cabin mate and several of his photos were picked up by the AP just a couple of hours later. This news was in the newspapers worldwide - the below article is from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Yosemite National Park rock slide destroys cabins
By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
(10-08) 21:10 PDT Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP) --
Chunks of granite crashed to the Yosemite Valley floor in a cloud of dust Wednesday, injuring at least three people and destroying several cabins and trees at one of the park's most popular lodging areas, officials said.

The rock slide was the second in two days in the area called Curry Village, a lodging and retail area defined by dramatic, sheer cliffs. "We were awakened at 7 to what sounded like thunder and what felt like the Earth crumbling apart," said Deanne Maschmeyer, 41, of Monterey, who was staying in a nearby cabin with her two children. "People were stampeding everywhere and running, running like crazy. I felt like I was running ahead of a tsunami."

The slide destroyed five cabins and partially damaged at least three others, according to a park statement. Three visitors were treated for minor injuries.

The volume of rocks cascading from the granite face was estimated at about 1,800 cubic yards, or about 180 truck loads, said Vickie Mates, a park spokeswoman. There was another, smaller rock slide in the same area Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured then. In 1996, a rock slide in the same area sent as much as 162,000 tons of rock plummeting more than 2,000 feet, killing one visitor and felling 500 trees. A slide in 1999 killed one climber and injured three others while narrowly missing the popular campground.

Tom Trujillo, of New Milford, Conn., who was with a group of amateur photographers, saw Wednesday's rock slide and ran toward it. "Trees were crushed all over the place," Trujillo said over the sound of a hovering helicopter. "A couple of kids, fifth or sixth-graders, were stumbling out of the area. I tried to pick them up, tried to get them out as fast as I could." Trujillo said he helped one boy, who had blood on his forehead and down his back, get out and find his mother. "It was a really big mess," Trujillo said. "Tents were crushed, trees were knocked down, hard cabins were moved out of their positions, with boulders blocking their doorway."
Another photographer, Rena McClain, a nurse from Dover, Del., told The Associated Press that she had her back to the granite face when she heard what sounded like a thunderclap. She whipped around and saw a giant cloud of rock and dust coming down. "People were starting to yell, 'Run, run,' and kids started to scream," McClain said.

As the dust settled, shaken teachers and chaperones gathered groups of high school students and tried to get head counts. "The kids were crying," said McClain. "I tried to comfort them. I'm a nurse; my immediate response was, 'What can I try to do to help?'"

Mates said the rocks fell across an area that used to be traversed by a trail no longer maintained because of heavy rock falls. The beauty of the sheer granite face towering above the camp helps make Curry Village one of park's most popular lodging options. In recent years, geologists have published studies describing a series of cracks along the cliff's face and hypothesizing that pressure from water flowing beneath the surface may be one trigger of the slides. Researchers also say that tree roots growing down into cracks can sometimes wedge apart sheets of rock, sending sections of cliff tumbling.

Curry Village, founded in 1899 in south-central Yosemite, has 610 canvas and wood cabins in rows among huge boulders, which geologists say are there because of prehistoric rock falls. Those who saw Wednesday's slide wondered about the safety of the camp. "With the village right below the rock face, there is definitely a safety issue," said Trujillo, pointing out that the cabins could be moved farther away from the granite cliff, into the parking lot area. To McClain, on her visit to the park, the rock slide was an eye-opener. "Nature here is unbelievable, but until you see what can happen, don't realize the danger that can result," McClain said. "I would return to Yosemite. But would I stay in Curry Village? I don't know that I would. I'm pretty shaken up."

Below trees and granite smash wooden and tent cabins:

Below a granite boulder smashes a wooden cabin - ends up under the roof:

Granite boulders toppled trees, which were pushed into and on top of cabins:

From Glacier Point, above Curry Village, the rock slide and dust is captured:

Here is a map showing details of the second rock slide:

Here is a link to the yahoo news article: