Big Day for Wildlife

Yesterday (2-25-19) was a big day for wildlife viewing in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, in northern New Mexico. Shucks, it’s only a National Monument, but has populations of wildlife that rival National Parks. And this is especially so in the winter, when a variety of northern ducks and bald eagles arrive at the generally ice-free waters of the Rio Grande to winter.

In less than an hour’s time, I was able to observe and photograph the creatures that follow. This first movie is of a pair of mallards feeding on midges that have been caught up in foam.

Not over two miles upstream, I spotted a group of bighorn ewes and young, part way up the slope on the far side of the river.

After filming this group of sheep, I looked back down at the river, and saw a long cylindrical shape in the water, which was, of course, an otter. I was seated in my van, using it as a blind, and the otter was about 160′ away (measured with Google Earth), so it was not alarmed. It swam leisurely up and down along the shoreline for a few minutes, before climbing out of the river.

OtterDSCN0451.jpg

Otter

A few minutes later, I filmed this group of ducks from an elevated pull-out. All but two of the ducks are goldeneyes. The two ducks closest to shore, with more pointy heads, are ring-necks. And a female mallard passes through the group.

Bald eagle on basalt boulder

Bald eagle

My last sighting was this bald eagle, which circled above me and landed on a basalt boulder. I then returned downstream to a pool where, yesterday, I caught a hefty rainbow trout that was rising to midges. But there were no risers there, and I caught nothing. Did I go home disappointed? Not a chance! Catching something would have been only the sprinkles on the icing on the cake. The Rio Grande had again provided precious moments of being with wildlife.

p.s. while the wintering birds arrive on their own, the bighorns and otters have been returned to the Rio Grande via very successful stocking efforts.

 

Posted in Birding, Nature, Photography, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bald Eagle Action Sequence, Jan. 10, 2020

Dateline: Rio Grande, New Mexico, Jan. 10, 2020

I was driving downstream on Hwy 68, and looking ahead to the upcoming County Line River Access area. The cottonwood trees found on the far bank of the river at that site provide favored perches for the wintering bald eagles, and, indeed, as I got closer, I saw that an eagle was perched in one of those trees. I turned in, parked opposite the eagle, and mounted my camera on the van window. My presence appeared not to disturb the eagle, and I was able to get a few photos.

BaldEagleCountyLineDSCN4451.jpg

Then, the bird took off and dropped down and out of sight. I repositioned the van and saw that the eagle was sitting in the river.

BaldEagleInRiverCountyLineDSCN4461.jpg

I thought that that was curious, and then the eagle jumped up and snatched something out of the water. In the photo of that moment, it looks like a dead fish was lodged against a stick, and it was that, that the eagle grabbed, and flew off with.

BaldEagle&FishCountyLineDSCN4462.jpg

I had often wondered about how the eagles obtain their food, presuming that their usual prey was fish and wintering ducks. This observation shows that the river acts as a conveyor belt, carrying food down to a perched eagle, who, with an “eagle eye”, spots it as it arrives.

Posted in Birding, Nature, New Mexico, Photography | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The King Donald Chronicles, #55 – Wag the Dog

It took place between his impeachment and his Senate trial. He had Iran’s top general assassinated. Do you not suppose that he did this to get the country to rally around him? “To wag the dog means to distract attention away from a political scandal, often through military action.” (Wikipedia).

He is the POtuS. Our piece of shit President. He is evil, and threatens all we, as Americans, hold dear, not to mention our life and liberty. He must be removed.

He is a low brow elected by the lowbrows of this country – the ones who don’t give a shit about anybody but themselves. What does this portend? As the world’s population continues to increase, as resources continue to be depleted, as climate disruption takes hold, as more and more people are displaced, as more autocrats seize power, as society breaks down – the low brows become more emboldened and ready to take what they want by force.

Is society, here in the US, breaking down? Hasn’t the President’s defiance of the Constitution, his defiance of what we call “civilized” norms, his crimes, his incessant lying, his racism and his sheer incompetence (and all with the complete acquiescence of the Republican Party) put this country in greater danger of internal collapse than at any time since the Civil War? This country is in crisis. Trump must be removed.

Posted in Donald Trump, Politics/Economics | Tagged | Leave a comment

Southwest Airlines – Oakland, Las Vegas and Albuquerque, Dec. 2019

A flight from Oakland to Albuquerque, with a stop in Las Vegas, did not provide any views until we were approaching Las Vegas. Then Charleston Peak came into view. All views to the north.

Mt.CharlestonDSCN4029.jpg

Charleston Peak, 11,916′

This was followed quickly by Red Rocks (Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area).

RedRocksDSCN4031.jpg

Red Rocks

RedRocksDSCN4032.jpg

same as above

RedRocksDSCN4034.jpg

same as above

LasVegasDSCN4036.jpg

Downtown Las Vegas and airport

BoulderDamDSCN4048.jpg

Lake Mead, Boulder Dam and the Black Canyon on the Colorado River. The bathtub ring seen upstream of the dam shows how much drought has lowered Lake Mead.

UraniumMineDSCN4061.jpg

Presumed uranium mine, northwest of Grants, NM

VolcanicNeck&ShadowDSCN4062.jpg

Volcanic neck casts a shadow, east of Mt. Taylor, NM

RioGrandeABQ&I-40 DSCN4083.jpg

I-40 bridges the Rio Grande, in Albuquerque, NM

I-25ABQAirportDSCN4087.jpg

Passing over I-25, just prior to landing at Albuquerque

Flights between Albuquerque and Oakland have provided me with many great photographic opportunities, which can be found by searching for “Southwest Airlines”.

 

Posted in Geography, New Mexico, Redrock/Sandstone, SWA Flights-photography | Leave a comment

Rio Grande Winter, #2, 2019/20

I published “Eagles Everywhere!” on 12/21/19. It documented the arrival of the wintering bald eagles along the Rio Grande: https://believesteve.org/2019/12/21/eagles-everywhere/ Since that time, I’ve made many visits to the stretches of river that the eagles frequent, which is close to our home in Embudo, and the eagles also come and go along our home stretch of the river. Here are photos of bald eagles that I’ve taken since that date.

Bald eagles

BaldEagle DSCN4101.jpg

BaldEagleOV DSCN0431.jpg

BaldEaglePairRacecourseDSCN4358.jpg

BaldEaglePairRacecourseDSCN4362.jpg

BaldEagleOV DSCN4396.jpg

BaldEagleOV DSCN4352.jpg

BaldEagleOV DSCN5703.jpg

BaldEagleRacecourseDSCN4312.jpg

BaldEagleCtyLineDSCN4439.jpg

Ducks and Canada geese

The northern ducks have yet to show up in the numbers and variety seen in years past, and those now here are still getting accustomed to cars passing on the road. Nowadays, they mostly take off as I bring my car to a halt on a roadside pull-out. They will become more approachable (and easier to photograph) in time.

GoldeneyeFemaleDSCN4383.jpg

Female goldeneye

CanadaGeeseOVDSCN4173.jpg

Canada geese

MergansersDSCN4209-denoise.jpg

Female mergansers

Rio Grande Gorge

PuebloPk#2DSCN4322.jpg

Pueblo Peak and rim of the Rio Grande Gorge (extreme telephoto)

OVView&SangresDSCN4357.jpg

Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Willows#2?DSCN4227.jpg

Willows, Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Gorge of Taos Creek

SnowOnRockDSCN4409.jpg

Snow on boulder

TaosCkFrozenFoamDSCN4406.jpg

Frozen foam

TaosCkDSCN4401.jpg

Taos Creek

TaosCkDSCN4421.jpg

same as above

TaosCkTorevaBlockDSCN4417.jpg

Channel fills and toreva block in the making

This portion of the basalt cliff seen across Taos Creek has three features of geologic interest. #1: Below the cliff seen at the very top of the photo is a brownish layer. It is a channel fill. A channel fill is sediment that collected in a river channel that ran across the top of a lava flow, which sediment was preserved when another lava flow covered it. #2: Another channel fill is seen at the base of the cliff. #3: Seen in the center of the photo is a block of basalt which has slid away from the cliff. The soft sedimentary materials in the channel flows found both above and below the basalt layer that the block derives from are no doubt the reason why the block has detached itself. While the block is seen to be leaning against the cliff, it will eventually slide down the slope below. When it does so, it will be called a toreva block, which is defined as a block that lies tilted on a slope.

KathTaosCkDSCN4419.jpg

Kathy

Embudo

BarrancoBlancoSnowDSCN4340.jpg

Barranco Blanco (left) and Cerro La Junta (right)

Snowy landscape.jpg

same as above

RioGrandeIceDSCN4424.jpg

Shore ice

 

 

 

Posted in Birding, Nature, New Mexico | Leave a comment

Yosemite National Park – The High Sierras

The northern boundary of Yosemite National Park follows a ridge that runs east/west, and starts, on the west, with Tower Peak, and then continues eastward with Ehrnbeck Peak, Crown Point, Slide Mountain, the Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak. Tower Peak can be seen, far to the south, from the Sonora Pass highway (Hwy 108).

TowerPeak9-18-11_1021.jpg

An extreme telephoto shot of Tower Peak from Hwy 180, view to the south.

TowerPkSlideMtn900Pix DSCN2049.jpg

Aerial shot (Southwest Airlines) of Slide Mtn, Tower Pk. and the Sawtooth Ridge, view to the north

The Sawtooth Ridge, Matterhorn Peak and others to the west, seen from Bridgeport, CA.

Matterhorn&SawtoothRidge900PixDSCN3865.jpg

The Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak are seen left of center. Matterhorn Peak is at the left extremity of Sawtooth Ridge.

Matterhorn&SawtoothRidge900Pix9-18-11_1023.jpg

From L. to R.: Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge

One can get a much closer look at these peaks from Twin Lakes, which is located at the foot of the ridge

SawtoothRidge900Pix1455.jpg

Sawtooth Ridge

SawtoothRidge1460-900Pix.jpg

same as above

SawtoothRidge900Pix 1462.jpg

same as above

MatterhornPeakSki900Pix48D.jpg

Skiing into Matterhorn Pk. (left)

California Outward Bound School – 1971

During the summer of 1971, I worked for the California Outward Bound School. We were headquartered at a mothballed Marine mountain warfare base, at Pickel Meadow, on the Sonora Pass highway. The base has since been reopened.

PickelMeadowsMWTC'10900Pix.jpg

Pickel Meadow Marine Training Center

From Hwy 108, we followed the West Walker River upstream to the base of Tower Peak.

Pickel.jpg

0TowerPkEhrnbeckPk900Pix4a.jpg

Ehrnbeck Peak

1EhrnbeckPk900Pix.jpg

same as above

TowerPk900Pix.jpg

On the slopes of Tower Peak

6TowerPk900Pix.jpg

Tower Peak

TowerPk2.jpg

same as above

TowerPk900Pixpsd.jpg

same as above

2TowerPkEhrnbeckPkView900Pix.jpg

Climbing a snow gully on Tower Peak

12TowerPk900Pix.jpg

same as above

10TowerPk900Pix.jpg

Summit ridge of Tower Peak

TowerPkClouds900Pix.jpg

Clouds

SierraSunset900Pix.jpg

Sunset

TowerPkWaterfall900Pix.jpg

Cascades

SierraWaterfall900Pix.jpg

Waterfall and snow bank

From Tower Peak, we moved eastward.

31SPeelerLakeBuckeyeRidge#17'71 900Pix.jpg

Peeler Lake and Buckeye Ridge (?)

20CrownPt900Pix.jpg

In the vicinity of Crown Pt.

22CrownPt.900Pix.jpg

same as above

23CrownPt900Pix.jpg

Crown Point

Sawtooth#2 900Pix.jpg

On the Sawtooth Ridge, with the Bridgeport Valley and Reservoir in the distance

34Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

Sawtooth Ridge

36Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

same as above

35Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

same as above

 

37Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

same as above

38Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

same as above

39SawtoothGlissading900Pix.jpg

Sawtooth Ridge, glissading

40Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

Sawtooth Ridge

41SawtoothLake.jpg

Lake and snowbank

42Sawtooth900Pix.jpg

Godbeams

43MatterhornPk#7'71TD900Pix.jpg

Matterhorn Peak, view to the north

44MatterhornAreaView900Pix.jpg

Matterhorn area

45MatterhornFrozenLake900Pix.jpg

Iced-over lake

46MatterhornClouds900Pix.jpg

Clouds

51WhorlMt900Pix.jpg

South of Matterhorn Peak was Whorl Mountain

52WhorlMtnIceAxes900Pix.jpg

Ice axes, on Whorl Mountain

53WhorlMt900Pix.jpg

Glissading, Whorl Mountain

Whorl.jpg

From Whorl Mountain, we headed down Matterhorn Canyon, to the south

53MatterhornCany.900Pix.jpg

Matterhorn Canyon

55MatterhornCany.900Pix.jpg

same as above

52MatterhornCany.900Pix.jpg

same as above

From the mouth of Matterhorn Canyon, we headed east to the Mc Cabe Lakes and Mount Conness.

 

50MtConnessGroup900Pix.jpg

Camping at McCabe Lakes

51MtConness900Pix.jpg

On the ridge between North Peak and Mount Conness (North Ridge), with the Conness Glacier below

7. NorthPk900Pix.jpg

North Peak (Southwest Airlines flight), view to the south. Mt Conness is just out of the photo, at top.

 

52MtConnessRidge900Pix.jpg

same as above

53MtConnessLake900Pix.jpg

Conness Lake

54MtConness900Pix.jpg

On the North Ridge of Mt. Conness

We next traveled south and east, to intersect the Tioga Road, near Tioga Pass. There, we picked up a resupply and continued south via Parker Pass Creek, from which we climbed onto the Kuna Crest at its northern end.

60ParkerPassCkPaintbrush900Pix.jpg

Indian paintbrush in Parker Pass Creek

61KunaCrestLyellView900Pix.jpg

Traversing the Kuna Crest. Mt. Lyell and Lyell Glacier are seen in center.

Tioga.jpg

We descended the southern end of the Kuna Crest and headed for Mt. Lyell (13,114′). Mt Lyell is at the southern extremity of the Cathedral Range.

62DonohuePass900Pix.jpg

Side-trip to Donohue Pass. The Minarets Wilderness has been renamed, to the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

64MtLyellPolish900Pix.jpg

Glacier-polished granite

66MtLyellLake900Pix.jpg

Camped below Mt. Lyell

68MtLyellLake900Pix.jpg

At the foot of Mt. Lyell

70MtLyellClimb900Pix.jpg

Climbing a snow chute to gain the summit ridge of Mt. Lyell

72MtLyellView900Pix.jpg

On the summit of Mt. Lyell. Banner and Ritter Peaks are seen to the southeast.

Tioga.jpg

This climb ended the course. We had traveled extensively through Yosemite National Park, and seen very few others on the way. What a privilege!

Tioga Pass

TiogaMammothPk.900Pix.jpg

Mammoth Peak, at the northern end of the Kuna Crest, from the Tioga Rd.

TiogaSign900Pix.jpg

Dana Meadow

TiogaPass900Pix.jpg

Tioga Pass entry station, looking into the Park

TiogaView900Pix.jpg

The White Mountains, from Tioga Pass

Saddlebag Lake is located just east of Tioga Pass, and provides a good vantage point to view Mt. Conness and White Mountain.

White Mountain.jpg

SaddlebagWhiteMtn&Mt.Conness900Pix.jpg

White Mountain (left) and Mt. Conness (right), from Saddlebag Lake

SaddlebagMt.ConnessEastSide900Pix.jpg

Mt. Conness, from Saddlebag Lake

SaddlebagLake900Pix.jpg

Sunset, at Saddlebag Lake

Aerial Photos, Southwest Airlines flights

KunaCrestDSCN2045900Pix.jpg

Western boundary of Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake, view to the east

WhiteMountain900PixDSCN2046.jpg

View to the northeast, of Mt. Conness, White Mountain and Saddlebag Lake

Mt.Conness900PixDSCN2047.jpg

same as above, but a wider view

3L. TiogaPassLabeled900PixDSCN6908.jpg

Kuna Crest, view to the southeast

3.Yosemite&AAWilderness900PixDSCN1540.jpg

View to the southeast of Yosemite NP and Ansel Adams Wilderness, to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

 

The End

 

 

 

 

Posted in California, Mountaineering, Nature, Outward Bound and similar, Photography, Ski touring, SWA Flights-photography | Tagged | Leave a comment

Yosemite National Park – Tuolomne Meadows

Tuolomne Meadows is another gem. Beautiful in and of itself, it is surrounded on all sides by sublime scenery. The Tuolomne River passes through the Meadows, coming from the crest of the Sierras and descending into a remote gorge, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne. The Meadows and trails that originate there are, nowadays, very crowded – but I had the pleasure of having the place to myself in the “good old days”.

Pothole Dome

Tuol.WideView1421.jpg

View to the east, of Tuolomne Meadows and the Sierra Crest, from Pothole Dome, which is located at the western end of the Meadows

PotholeDomePt.9163ViewW.1409.jpg

View to the west, from the above

Tuol.ViewDanaGibbs1400.jpg

Mounts Dana (left) and Gibbs (right). Lembert Dome, at the eastern end of the Meadows, is seen in front of Mt. Dana

Tuol.KunaCrest1408.jpg

Tuolomne Meadows and the Kuna Crest, view to the east from Pothole Dome

PotholeDome9-20-11_0913.jpg

The trail to the low-angle, eastern side of Pothole Dome follows along its southern side

Tuol.1434.jpg

Pine needles, at the foot of the Pothole Dome

PotholeDomeKath1405.jpg

Kathy, on Pothole Dome

PotholeDome1435.jpg

On Pothole Dome

PotholeDomeGlacierPolish1412.jpg

A glacier-polished feldspar crystal, on Pothole Dome

PotholeDomeGlacierPolish1430.jpg

Glacier-polish, on Pothole Dome

PotholeDomeGlacierPolish1427.jpg

Gleaming glacier-polish, on the lower slopes of Fairview Dome, to the south of Pothole Dome

PotholeDome1413.jpg

Apatite vein, on Pothole Dome

PotholeDomeConness1410.jpg

Telephoto of Mt. Conness, from Pothole Dome

Tuolomne Meadows Campground

GlacialPolish@Campground9-20-11_0915.jpg

Glacier-polished slabs

LembertDome@Campground9-19-11_0966.jpg

The Lyell Fork of the Tuolomne River and Lembert Dome

LembertDome9-20-11_0912.jpg

Lembert Dome, view to the east

LembertDome@Campground9-20-11_0943.jpg

Lembert Dome

LembertDome@Campground9-20-11_0954.jpg

same as above

LembertDome@Campground9-20-11_0958.jpg

same as above

LyellFk@Campground9-20-11_0946.jpg

Along the Lyell Fork

LyellFork@Campground9-20-11_0924.jpg

same as above

LyellFork@Campground9-20-11_0933.jpg

same as above

LyellFork@Campground9-20-11_0952.jpg

same as above

The Lyell Fork, upstream of the campground

LyellFork9-19-11_0968.jpg

LyellFork9-1-011_1006.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_0972.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_0975.jpg

 

LyellFork9-19-11_1009.jpg

 

LyellFork9-19-11_0979.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_0983.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_1008.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_0990.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_0992.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_1002.jpg

LyellFork9-19-11_1003.jpg

LyellForkBridges9-19-11_0982.jpg

The Cathedral Range

The Cathedral Range borders Tuolomne Meadows to the south, with a number of great looking granite peaks and spires. In 1987, myself and son Ethan hiked into some of the spectacular scenery of the Cathedral Range.

YosemiteEthan#18'87TD.jpg

Ethan

ElizabethLake#36'87TD.jpg

Elizabeth Lake

HikePine#11'87T-denoise.jpg

Pine

HikeMatthesCr#6'87TD.jpg

Matthes Crest

HikeMatthesCr#34'87TD.jpg

same as above

MatthesCr&Cockscomb#35'87TD.jpg

Matthes Crest and Unicorn Peak

CathedralPeak#4'87TD-denoise.jpg

Cathedral Peak and Eichorn Pinnacle

Cathedral Peak

CathedralPk.Climb#4'73TDeN.jpg

Cathedral Peak, 1976

CathedralPk.LandonC.#10'73.jpg

Landon Carter, who was, at the time, a Trainer for est  (the training created by Werner Erhard)

CathedralPk.ClimbMe#13'73TDeN.jpg

Steve Miller, on the summit of Cathedral Peak

Here is the link to the final post on Yosemite – the High Sierra: https://believesteve.org/2020/01/04/yosemite-national-park-the-high-sierras/

 

 

 

 

Posted in California, Hiking, Nature, Photography | 2 Comments

Yosemite National Park – Tenaya Lake

The Tioga Road passes the trail head for May Lake, then Olmstedt Point, Tenaya Lake, and the climbing venues on the Stately Pleasure Dome and Pywiack Dome.

May Lake, 2019.

Mt.HoffmanDSCN2137.jpg

Mount Hoffman, from the trail to May Lake

Cathedral&EchoPksDSCN2138.jpg

View southeast, from the trail to May Lake. Cathedral Peak (left) and Echo Peaks (right)

CathedralRangeDSCN2139.jpg

View from the trail to May Lake

VogelsangPk.DSCN2152.jpg

Extreme telephoto view of Vogelsang Peak, from the trail to May Lake

MayLake&MtHoffmanDSCN2147.jpg

May Lake and Mt. Hoffman

MayLakeReflectionsDSCN2151.jpg

May Lake

MayLakeReflectionsDSCN2149.jpg

May Lake

HalfDomeDSCN2142.jpg

View of Half Dome, from a pull-out on the way to Olmstedt Point. X marks the spot where the Cable route to the summit begins. Figures can just barely be made out.

RedCrossbillsDSCN2121.jpg

Red crossbills

Olmstedt Point.

OlmstedGlacialPolish1358.jpg

Glacier-polished slabs

OlmstedGlacialPolishx1330.jpg

same as above

OlmstedtGraniteSlabOlmstedDSCN9349.jpg

Glacier-ground slabs

OlmstedtPtGraniteDSCN2162.jpg

same as above

Cal.Yose.Olm.Juniper#17'90.jpg

Sierra juniper

ChipmunkDSCN2112.jpg

Chipmunk

OlmstedLizardx1360.jpg

Lizard

OlmstedPineConesx1332.jpg

Pine cones drip sap

OlmstedtPtDSCN2156.jpg

Mob scene, Sept. 2019

OlmstedWaterpocketsx1349.jpg

Potholes

PikaYosemiteDSCN9337.jpg

Pika

SierraJuniper9-20-11_0840.jpg

Sierra juniper

SierraJuniperDSCN2110.jpg

same as above

OlmstedSierraJuniperx1334.jpg

same as above

Views to the west.

Olmsted9-20-11_0831.jpg

Clouds Rest Peak is seen on the left, the Quarter Domes in the center, and Half Dome on the right

CloudsRestOlmstedtPtDSCN2157.jpg

Clouds Rest Peak is a bastion of granite. At its right extremity are the Quarter Domes

CloudsRestDSCN9331.jpg

Clouds Rest Peak

HalfDomeMtWatkins9-21-11_0810.jpg

Half Dome, with Mt. Watkins in the right foreground

OlmstedHalfDomex1321.jpg

Half Dome and cars, at Olmstedt Point

Views to the east.

OlmstedWideView1341.jpg

A wide-angle view from the summit of a small dome that sits above Olmstedt Point. Tenaya Lake is to the right, with a snowy Mt. Conness in the distance. Immediately to the left of Tenaya Lake is a formation named “The Stately Pleasure Dome” (SPD), by climbers. And the small dome seen just beyond Tenaya Lake is Pywiack Dome.

SPDomeClimbers9-20-11_0857.jpg

Telephoto view of the SPD, with climbers seen near both the top and bottom of the photo. The open book facing the camera is a route known as the Great White Book.

Tenaya Lake and the Stately Pleasure Dome.

TenayaLkView9-20-11_0853.jpg

Tenaya Lake

TenayaLk9-20-11_0854.jpg

Tenaya Lake

SPDomeGWB9-21-11_0804.jpg

The Great White Book, on the SPD

SPDomeGWB9-20-11_0863.jpg

Climbers on the Great White Book route

TenayaSPDGr.W.Book1383.jpg

Climber free-soloing the Great White Book route. His left hand reaches into his chalk bag.

SPDome9-21-11_0807.jpg

Another route on the SPD. Runners and carabiners connect his rope to protection pieces placed into the crack to his side.

SPDome9-20-11_0875.jpg

Friction climbing on the SPD

SPDome9-20-11_0868.jpg

Same as above. The tan areas are glacier polish.

SPDome9-20-11_0871.jpg

same as above

Pywiack Dome.

PywiackDome9-20-11_0884.jpg

Sierra juniper

PywiackDome9-20-11_0890.jpg

Friction climbing. The figure at the left is rappelling down.

PywiackDome9-20-11_0894.jpg

same as above

PywiackDome9-20-11_0903.jpg

same as above

PywiackDomeDikeRt.9-21-11_0798.jpg

This route follows  a system of dikes

PywiackDome9-20-11_0888.jpg

Rappelling from the top of the slab

PywiackDomeTreeDSCN2168.jpg

Tree in pothole

PywiackDomeDSCN2167.jpg

Granite slab, forest and cliffs

PyuwiackOverhangPywiackDomeDSCN2166.jpg

Curved overhang

Here is the link to the next post: https://believesteve.org/2020/01/02/yosemite-national-park-tuolomne-meadows/

Tuolomne Meadows, which is located just a few miles up the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in California, Photography, Rock climbing | Leave a comment