Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Yosemite Style

DSC04134 Yosemite - Merced River and El Capitan

Yesterday my husband and I returned from our brief trip to Yosemite National Park. We felt so fortunate that a snow storm during our last night there produced a wondrous winter wonderland. This new layer of pristine snow seemed a fitting way to greet the New Year. Here’s a toast to a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to break trail.

DSC04090 Yosemite Merced River

DSC04085 Yosemite mist

DSC03989 Yosemite Tall Trees in the Mist

DSC04068 Yosemite granite boulders in snow

DSC04034 Yosemite tree hollow

Thank you for visiting dutchbaby and for your comments, your friendship, and for publishing your blogs that nourish my soul throughout the year. I end 2009 with a beautiful Scottish rendition of Auld Lang Syne sent to me by one of my book club sisters.

Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Macro Monday - Burl

DSC05015 burl cropped

This burl came from this tree...

DSC05013 burl

...from a slice of paradise called Yosemite National Park.

DSC04928 Yosemite Falls

My husband and I chose to go here for our honeymoon not just because it is one of our favorite places in the whole wide world, but because it is only about 150 miles from Palo Alto. We love going there to rejuvenate our spirits. We were there this spring, but now we return for a couple of days to celebrate our twentieth anniversary. I hope to bring back similar photos except with lots of snow.

Upon the advice of awarewriter, I made my first attempt at creating a black and white version of a photo:

DSC05015 burl cropped monochrome

Then I decided to give a go at tinting it:

DSC05015 burl cropped monochrome tinted

Thank you, awarewriter, for encouraging me to try something new and for your invaluable instruction!

Another Macro Monday hosted by Lisa.
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