Monday, January 4, 2010

Macro Monday – Yosemite Reflections

DSC03751 Cedar waterdrops 3
California incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

It was a time of reflection. Last week my husband and I escaped the frenzy of the holiday season and drove 150 miles west to celebrate our anniversary in Yosemite National Park. We reflected back twenty years when we escaped the whirlwind of non-stop wedding activities and honeymooned here in the majesty and serenity of the mountains.

We reflected back to our last visit here when our son asked to come here for spring break:

DSC05301 Yosemite Falls

DSC04927 Yosemite Valley - Merced River

We decided to visit the same places…

DSC03814 Yosemite Merced River in the mist

This time the water was still, allowing for more reflection:

DSC03809 Yosemite Merced River reflection

DSC03807 Yosemite Merced River reflection

The ultimate place for reflection in Yosemite is of course Mirror Lake:

DSC03931 Yosemite Mirror Lake

The grandeur of this park is a reminder that we are but a tiny element of nature. Yet, when we slow down enough to look closely, we can find reflection in the smallest places like in the water drops on the California incense cedar. Click here to see a larger version.

DSC03751 Cedar waterdrops 2

See other Macro Monday photos hosted by Lisa, you won’t be disappointed.


Amanda Moore said...

I am south of you near the city the Station fires occur and I would have loved to make this trip! Your photos are gorgeous, and the reflection shots would have been perfect for a weekend Meme called Weekend Reflections this weeks might be closed by now but here is the site so you can visit
Have a great MM!

CC said...

Dear D,
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Gorgeous photos... especially fond of the brilliant


Kerri Farley said...

The reflections are fabulous and the drops are amazing! WOW!

Anonymous said...

Spectacular. The entire series is so well done and presented. Happy Anniversary.

LoisW said...

Happy Anniversary!! I think you could publish a book with these amazing photos!

kath said...

Happy New Year! These are beautiful photos ...

Anonymous said...

D - Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! Truly lovely photos.

Colleen said...

Such beautiful photos. I hope I get the chance to go back to Yosemite.

CameoRoze (Margaret) said...

Brrrrr. That macro shot looks cold...

Lovin' Macro Mondays,
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Relyn Lawson said...

I've been so busy doing nothing much that I haven't been around to visit my friends in too long. So, though my wishes are late, I mean them with my whole heart. May your year be filled with laughter. May all your surprises be happy ones. May you remember to count your blessings. May you know each day how very much you are loved. Happy new year, my friend.

Unknown said...

I am so damned jealous I can't stand it! First of your outstanding photography skills and second because you got to go there and I didn't! :) Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

jay said...

What an utterly gorgeous place that is! I love your photography, too, especially those water droplets.

Must get to Yosemite some day.

melissashook said...

I looked for you reflected in those droplets...
and even without you standing there with your camera, buttoned up and hooded, they were quite wonderful..

Unknown said...

It's beautiful!! I'm sure that you had a wonderful anniversary!! :)

Marilyn Miller said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful reflections!

A Cuban In London said...

First off, happy New Year! (belatedly)

Secondly, happy wedding anniversary! Twenty years. That's great.

And the photos are amazing. They are postcards in their own right. Many, many thanks. I have always wanted to visit the Yosemite National Park. I hope my dreams comes true soon.

Greetings from London.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear moorebloglife,
How nice of you to visit from Southern California! I hope you make it to Yosemite very soon; it is beautiful any time of year.

Thank you for letting me know about the reflection meme; that looks like an interesting one.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,

Happy New Year to you! Your book on Redoute made a beautiful Christmas gift for a good friend.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kerri,
Good for you for noticing the small water droplets. Thanks for visiting Dutchbaby!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear awarewriter,
I am so flattered that you like these photos. Thank you.

btw, I sent you an e-mail regarding my attempts to create a black and white image of the burl from Macro Monday a few weeks ago.

Dear Middle Aged Woman Blogging,
You are so kind to say that. Yosemite has got to be one of the most photographed places on the planet. I'm not sure my photos would get noticed in this crowded field.

Dear Kath,
Happy new year to you too!

Dutchbaby said...

Hey jroth,
Thanks for your greetings! Do you remember having cocktails after work with my husband-to-be one Friday night many years ago? We were about to go on our second date...

Happy New Year to you too!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Colleen,
I hope you get a chance to back to Yosemite soon. Your kids, and nephews, will love it.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Cameo,
It was cold, at least by our warm-blooded standards, but absolutely beautiful throughout the park.

Dear Relyn,
Thank you for your New Year's wishes. I wish you and your lovely family a fantastic New Year also.

Dear Susan,
Gee, I blush. It is difficult to take a bad photo in Yosemite.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Jay,
The place is truly gorgeous. The photos do not do it justice at all. It's very difficult to capture its majesty.

Dear melissashook,
Only an experienced photographer like you would know to look for my reflection, but... I was careful :) If you send me your e-mail address I'll give you a hint of what I look like.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisaschaos,
Absolutely we did! Thanks.

Dear Marilyn,
Thank you. I enjoyed the play on words :)

Dear Cuban,
Happy, happy New Year to you too! I hope all your dreams come true in 2010!

Sherri said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never been... I've only seen it from the sky. :)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Postcards,
Yosemite is a wonderland any time of the year. We've taken our kids here since they were very young. I hope you and your family are able to visit soon.

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