Still, the closer we come to the North gate of Yosemite, around 8000-9000 feet, it gets cooler. When I am 10 min. outside, I need a jacket, because there is almost always a cold wind blowing.
We were here mid-June, and the white spots are snow! Please click on the image,
it's gorgeous to see this view enlarged!
The snow invariably strikes me as odd, because I'm dressed in a T-shirt and shorts.
Three trees at Tenyea Lake. A great place to have lunch, fish, or just relax can enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. On the right side of the right tree, you may see a white snow patch on the background mountains. To see it better, click on the image.
Teneya Lake 12 x 16, Oil, St.Germain
No stone unturned, or I'll paint it! As you know by now, I start my landscape paintings plein air. This spot is a paradise for painters and photographers, since there are so many views of this lake, and mountains tops nearby. This is the right side of the lake, where people sit on the rocks. There are also picnic tables underneath the trees. A little more to the left there is a sandy beach, but I prefer to lug our cooler a little further to have more privacy.
You see it accurate: the mountain on the left has a rust color!
Again, more snow, especially above the tree line.
I have the feeling that I'm reaching the "ceiling" of the earth, while clouds loom bigger and bigger, and I feel smaller and smaller.
Not far from the North Gate of Yosemite. The perfect spot to paint, except for the big mosquitoes here. Still, patches of snow here and there, and so peaceful and quiet. I have never seen another human being here (maybe because of the mosquitoes!)
In the winter, when everything is white, this place is even more stunning, since the snow is also reflected in the water.