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Monday, June 28, 2010

MELT DOWN - Monday, day 2 of Travel Log

After our Exploration Day we hit the road on Monday June 14 and traveled for more than two hours to get to the higher elevations of Yosemite, up to 9000 feet. Since it is more than 260 miles driving (back and forth from our cabin), we mostly don't take this tour not more than once a week.
We thought and had prepared for rain this week, but the higher we came the more snow we saw. For you who live in the North these are such common pics, but it's kind of unusual to see this in a supposedly desert climate in June!

 Thought this was an interesting pic -half snow, half not.

 What a nice surprise, June! Sometimes it was funny, like seeing our usual lunch spot at Teneya Lake at around 8800 feet

What do you have in your picnic basket for lunch? A snow cone may be?

Some things were  surprising. One of the well known features of  North side are the beautiful meadows. Now it was just a brown soggy mess! The supply store for the North side is a big tent, which had just been set up, and they had not opened it up for the public yet.  
You'll have to wait with your ice-cream till we're in the valley, hon. The camping sites here were also still closed. No wonder we didn't see the backpackers! As far as we could see, the horses and mules were not in the stables yet.

I've more beautiful pics than these, but the ridges in these mountains are intriguing to me. 
You can see how high we are here on the sparseness of the vegetation. 
Bare, nonetheless beautiful!

Then there are times that nature plays a trick on us.
We saw this lake with many reflections where a number of people were taking pics. Never had been there. We didn't have snow boots on, since we were unaware there would still be snow up here, so we were slipping and sliding down to the lake. 
I lost track of hubby, who had the camera, so I went looking for him. 
Then I saw this photographer on a little patch of land in the lake with an ski stick. Hmm, I wonder what he's doing with a ski stick?  Well I was soon to find out

When I turned around, I saw hubby. I asked him for the camera. I went a few steps ahead to show him the scene, and..."Whoa" I yelled. My right leg sank  about 27 inches into the snow to mid-thigh. I quickly sat, so my leg would not sink in further, because I no idea how deep this was. 
I tried to move my leg, but I couldn't wriggle it out, because I could not bend my knee. My other leg was in a 90 degree angle on the snow, so I was stuck! Ooh, was I glad that hubby was only a few steps behind me! He had to pull me up, but not before he had a good laugh.  The photographer I saw with the ski stick before had probably some similar experiences!

There is stunning beauty on the higher elevations. 
Hubby was going to fish and I was going to paint. This was the scene I painted. I did not last long, maybe an hour, because it was here almost 60 degrees, my body system used to 80 degrees, and it was windy. My fingers started hurting and got so cold, that I ended up shivering in the car, feeling kind of sick. 
Then I remembered that there is less oxygen at 9000 feet, so I started focusing on breathing deeply. A little later I felt okay.
Most of this painting I'll have to do in my studio  (which all of you know is my living room)!

The rest of the time we enjoyed taking pics. If it was snow, mountain, 

or water coming onto the road, you heard the click of our camera.

My "little somethin" today is this. In Dutch we have an expression "a see through" that denotes a scene as if someone looks  through a key-hole. I thought this was a poetic "see through". 
Is there an English word for it?

Not to forget, we did get that ice cream later in the valley, on our way back to the cabin:)


Clytie said...

Such beauty even though the conditions are rather stark right now. I'm thinking you are probably right about the guy with the ski pole ... and where is the picture of you with your leg down 'that deep'? Not going to share it with us, are you??? :=}

I can't wait to see more of the beauty you found. These pictures are so amazing!

PhotoVigor said...

Just Beautiful, beautiful photos. Love it.

Rudee said...

What glorious beauty you captured with your camera!

I love those mountain ridges, too and hope you take your brush to canvas to recreate that scene.

Diane AZ said...

Sounds like you had a good time even though you didn't expect snow. The line patterns on the mountaintops do look interesting.

A Lady's Life said...

It is worth going out to places to get this perfect view and smell that fresh air and see nature through different eyes.If you travel cross country going and coming back is never dreary. There are soo many things that change in a matter of a few weeks and this is delightful if you are an artist looking for creative food.
I can't wait to see the finished painting.:)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jeanette: Wonderful captures of your vacation, what a great place to visit.

jeannette said...

Yes, stark conditions, that's what I was trying to say, but I didn't want to give the wrong impression. People who are stronger healthwise, may have been able to paint much longer.
I was so stunned at the moment, that I didn't even think about letting hubby taking a pic (in this case, I'm GLAD he didn't think about it either), LOL!

Thank you friend! It was just great seeing the scenes with my own eyes, very refreshing for the soul:)

Yes, I'm planning too do a grand scale mountain painting sometime (whenever), but I first will post some other paintings of Yosemite.

No, it was great, because it was the first snow I saw this year:) When you click to enlarge the pic, the "lines" are even better!

A Lady's Life,
I am so fortunate that I only have to drive 5 hours to see these sites:) Depending on how hot and long this summer will be, the waterfalls my decrease rapidly in size. I think tomorrow you'll see a painting...(I didn't write the posts in sequence)

Thanks! You'll like the place where our cabin is even better: Bass Lake!

Twain12 said...

just gorgeous

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour chère amie!
Wow this post and your narrative is magnificent, I imagine the view and all dreams through your eyes, it's a beautiful scenery and your pictures are awesome.
How could I imagine snow there in this time of the year...This place really is a paradise!
Glad to know the news!
thanks for sharing ,

DawnTreader said...

I guess one day of it is an adventure. Months of it on the other hand... ;)

NitWit1 said...

I love the photos as I have said before, of a place i most likely will never see. I bet some future art will result from these.

jeannette said...

I hole heartedly agree with you!

The snow was such a surprise! Mother nature does what she likes:) And so much water is really a breath for fresh air for Californians (most years the state has to buy water for the people in this state from other states!

So true! My mind has "forgotten" how to live in snow daily, when it's hard to move around, and cold all the time!

Yes, I hope you look in my next post, dear friend. There's a little painting of Bridal Veil Falls. It's okay to DREAM you'll get there sometime:):)