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Moon Bow at Upper Yosemite Falls ( 06 A )
- Size: 8x10
In Yosemite, this phenomena occurs only during the months of high runoff in May, June, and sometimes July and April of good water years.
The April of 2007 proved to be such a time, but the published data was for the Lower Yosemite Fall and I planned to photograph the Upper Fall . I had to estimate the correct time for the shot since the two falls do not face the same direction. My calculations were off . I figured a midnight shot, but the moon did not get into the right spot until 2:30 a.m. At that time, I was too tired to do the 1 ½ hour hike back to the Valley, so I spent the rest of the very very cold April night curled up under an oak tree. I was rewarded by a very fine shot but also incurred a parking ticket in a “NO overnight Parking” lot. I think it was worth all the trouble.
Tiger Swallowtail on a Thistle ( 62 A )
- Size: 8x10
One of the largest and most colorful butterflies, the Western Tiger Swallowtail is often seen along stream courses like the Merced River. This one seemed to be dancing as it used its wings to maintain perfect balance on top of this native California thistle. Notice its long proboscis extending into the flower as it sucked nectar. I was lucky that the early morning sun had not yet warmed this beauty enough for it to fly away. Because of this cool air, I was able to enjoy this dance for more than a minute before it flew off.
Yosemite Black Bear Portrait (51 A)
- Size: 11x14
51A Yosemite Black Bear portrait
This young black bear approached me as I rested on The Panoramic Trail with my tour group. Young bears are often curious about humans and in this case, it just casually walked right up to our group. It showed no fear or aggression, just curiosity. It stopped just a few feet from where I stood and posed for a few frames. I used my normal lens for the shot with a little flash fill. Then it turned and swam across the creek and disappeared.
. Black bears are omnivores and like humans, will eat most anything. In addition to berries, acorns, and roots, one of the most abundant natural foods for these bears are ants that make their homes in downed trees.. That is why you may see a bear walking along a log in their search for food.. They develop bad habits if we are sloppy with our food and soon they can become aggressive. That is why its so important not to feed them. Every year a few of these bears become habituated to human food and must be eliminated. Please be careful with your food.