I have found another interesting photo meme. It's called scenic Sunday. Here's my first entry.
Spotted while on board a NCL Alaskan cruise.
Scenic Sunday is here. Please visit.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
There is a lot to be thankful for (life, family, job, roof over one's head, food on the table, etc). But for today's theme and entry I chose to share this Grand Canyon photo I took on February 17, 2009.
I am extremely thankful to have another chance to see Grand Canyon and to marvel at the grandeur and magnificence of this great vista with snow on the ground. I am thankful I was seeing it again with my husband. I've seen it in Spring and Winter, next mission to see it in Summer and Fall.
Happy Photo Hunting everyone. Wanna join? Click here.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
There are times when you find a sky watch entry while doing mundane tasks, like going to the store or something. My entry for today is what I saw as I was leaving a local Barnes and Noble. So hurried to my car and pulled out the camera from the glove compartment (it's a compact point and shoot) and snapped this before driving away.
SKYWATCH page is here go visit.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Someone said aloud the parade was about to begin. I took my eyes away from the delicious pakora I was munching and focused my sight on the road. And this is what I saw, people cleaning the way for the holy to pass by sweeping and throwing water (they used bottled water--what a waste I thought) on the road.
Monday, February 23, 2009
while I get the next series ready.
I would like to share this little quote from John Muir, "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. "
Sunday, February 22, 2009
over the last week. Now i am so ready to go back into blogging, but first I have to sort all the photos I took.
I traveled with my husband and another couple. Our base was Vegas, but we drove to Red Rock Canyon (my first time, woo hoo) and Grand Canyon (my second time and first time with snow on the ground).
CORRECTION: I have mislabelled the red rocks as red rock canyon. I actually went to visit VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK, and not RED ROCK CANYON. Sorry for that.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
....once again as I put a close to this very long MEMORIAL DAY ROADTRIP SERIES.
I'll take a short break from blogging; it's about time I go out and take more photos. While I will take the laptop with me, I am sure that I wont be doing any surfing or bloghopping.
So, I'll see you in a week or so. Hoped your Valentine's Day was nice.
BTW, I am currently running photographers in Yosemite over at my other blog.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Continuing on, we stopped by Inspiration Point for this view that's been photographed milion of times before, always during the summertime. Rainclouds hung heavy as rain continued to fall while I took this shot from inside a parked car. That impressive monolith on the left is the world famous Half Dome and the falls to the right is Bridalveil Falls.
Sky Watch page is here, please visit.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I WAS TAGGED
The misguided soul who thought this humble site is deserving of such award is the baker, aka Panaderos. Sometime last year, by stroke of luck and incessant bloghopping, a click of the mouse landed me on his site. I bookmarked his blog instantaneously, because whatever post I first read I was sold. Come to think of it, I vaguely remember on his old site he used to participate in a photo meme called PHOTO HUNT. I came for the meme; I stayed for the witty posts. On that first click I remembered being engrossed and entertained by what he had written. I read one post and then another and another. I knew right away I was hooked.
Not only was his style easy as a Sunday morning (sorry Lionel for lifting this line), but his topic run the gamut from 80s music (which was very popular) to work related anecdotes (where everyone wants to pipe in their 2c worth), from relationships to day-to-day observations. It is not easy for me to list down all the reasons for making his blog a daily read (because the list would go on and on), but take my word, go over there and read a post or two and you too will be an instant fan.
The Honest Scrap Awards are bestowed by bloggers to fellow bloggers whose blog contents or design in the giver's opinion, is brilliant.
When receiving this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim and link back to said person so every one knows he or she is real.
Choose a minimum of 7 blogs you find brilliant in content and design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don't have 7 friends. Show the random 7 victims' names and links and leave a harrassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well there is no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself then pass it on.
The second part of this award requires me to share/list at least ten honest things about me. Okay as honestly as I possibly can here are my ten things:
1. I don’t read operating manuals. It bores me. When I got my first car in 1994, a brand new Honda Civic Hatchback, my brother told me to read the manual and learn where everything is before I operate it. I didn’t read the manual. I drove it for the first time (avoided the freeway in lieu of city street, which took longer but thought was a safe bet given it was my first time to drive by myself) in winter and I did not know where the heater button was. I was freezing and shaking all the way to work.
2. I’ve always loved photography. In the pre-digital era, my focus was snapshots of my friends and family and co-workers. Now I loved drive by and landscape. I don’t see any progress in my efforts, which my husband’s friend contradicts. He was my only audience and first critic before I started a photo blog.
3. My favorite storyteller is Billy Crystal. He cracks me up big time. Close second is my niece Timmy who has the gift of gab; she should be a stand-up comic. (Sure one of you from Estates is reading this, pass this info to Timmy)
4. I like Tony Bourdain, David Letterman, Morgan Freeman and the Eagles, which resulted in my husband’s deduction that I am fascinated by old menJ.
5. My favorite memories with my brothers: biking in the early morning with brother #4 and listening to and learning from his stories, I wanted to be as intelligent as he is; and pushing the motorcycle away from the house so brother #3 and I could go riding in the fields without my mother hearing us leave. Brother #3 and I always put the slip on mom when we want some riding done. Those were fun times.
6. For someone shy, I often found myself in front of people. In high school I was picked to participate in both the declamation contest and spelling bee (written); but had scheduling conflicts. My teacher asked me to choose which one I’d rather join. I chose declamation. I didn’t win; but that was an interesting choice looking back because I was shy then. In college when the professor gave us a choice as to whether perform a monologue or write a book report, again I chose to do the monologue. The people in that class were all surprised because I was the only one who did not write a book report :)
7. I’ve always been attracted to guys with chinky eyes (Chinese features including skin color); I married a Bangladeshi (Indian-looking with big round eyes and dark skin :)
8. In college I loved to debate in class. I remember having this lengthy ping-ponging of ideas with one girl. She was for the government policy; I took the con side (are you even surprised?). Anyway, she just wouldn’t see the light. We went around and around and exasperated from out of nowhere this question came out of my mouth, “Are you by any chance related to a government official?” And guess what? She said, “My father is the governor.” With that, I looked at my professor and told her: “I rest my case.”
9. I’m fascinated with the English accent. I think I am anglophile. I’ve been encouraging my husband to find a job across the pond so I can join him. I want to acquire that accent :).
10. My matchmaking career was cut short when my friend’s wife (didn’t know he had one) dropped in for a visit one day inquiring if I have knowledge of her husband was coming home that weekend. He was working in another province and comes home to our province once a month, or so I was told. Apparently, she got hold of the letters I wrote him and the mention of another woman’s name, which the wife also knew. To her credit she came as pleasant as a real friend and that she knew I wasn’t really after her husband. Needless to say, that classmate and ex-friend copped out and did no explaining about this. That stopped my career as a match maker.
Here now are the 7 blogs I find brilliant in content and design (which I think is tantamount to tagging that person, right?)
1. DENNIS VILLEGAS---Very impressive content, nothing half baked. And oh the photos are fabulous.
2. DONG HO---If we are in the world of showbusiness, I think he's the man of the hour, did you see all those people visiting his blog and commenting on his posts? He goes on trips and takes us there with his comprehensive posts.
3. LAWSTUDE---Another class act. I armchair travel with his posts too. I feel like I've been all over the Philippines by visiting his blog.
4. RAYTS---Nice to have a woman's point of view with her travelogue and her incredible photos. Her portraits are just as breath taking as her landscapes.
5. FERDZ---I think he's the CLINT EASTWOOD of photo blogs. Need I say more?
6. GIZELLE---Just think about this, she has three kids (four if you include the husband), goes to school herself, maintains a household, and still manages to run four blogs that are all wonderfully different. I think she's a superwoman.
7. BW---The only non photo blog among the lot. He creates these well-thought of and well-crafted and timely posts that stir his readers to react. And that's the mark of a good post when people get affected by it, either in a positive or a negative way, people just want to be heard and so his comment section is always full.
Mr. Baker, sir, mission accomplished.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Anyone spotted the lone hiker in this waist high grassy meadow? It was raining when I snapped this.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Golden Gate Bridge at sunset as viewed from Berkeley Marina.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This is my entry to this week's Sky Watch meme. If you want to view other players' entries or you want to join, please click here.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Mono Lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 1 million years old -- one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet.
Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean. (source)
Tufa is essentially common limestone. What is uncommon about this limestone is the way it forms. Typically, underwater springs rich in calcium (the stuff in your bones) mix with lakewater rich in carbonates (the stuff in baking soda). As the calcium comes in contact with carbonates in the lake, a chemical reaction occurs resulting in calcium carbonate--limestone. The calcium carbonate precipitates (settles out of solution as a solid) around the spring, and over the course of decades to centuries, a tufa tower will grow. Tufa towers grow exclusively underwater, and some grow to heights of over 30 feet. The reason visitors see so much tufa around Mono Lake today is because the lake level fell dramatically after water diversions began in 1941. (source)
Bird walks are offered at the Mono Lake County Park/State Natural Reserve boardwalk at 8:00 a.m. Fridays and Sundays mid-May through Labor Day.
The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is a great place to start your visit to this area. The center is located just off Highway 395, north of Lee Vining and includes a variety of exhibits about the natural and human history of the Mono Basin. Visitor center staff stand ready to help you plan your explorations of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra. (source)
Tufa towers are not the only form of tufa at Mono Lake. Calcium carbonate crystals will also precipitate out of lakewater far from springs and coat lakebottom surfaces like pumice boulders, beer cans, dead vegetation, dead birds, and anything else that might end up in the lake (instant fossils!). Another way tufa is formed is through biogenesis, the biological activity of organisms like the alkali fly. When an adult alkali fly emerges from an underwater pupae case it leaves behind a minute deposit of calcium carbonate, a waste product from its earlier life stage beneath the salty, alkaline lake. Alkali flies, on a small scale, actually contribute to the growth of underwater tufa towers!
To protect these fragile formations, at the urging of the Mono Lake Committee the California legislature established the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve in 1981.
If you would like to make tufa at home, see the chemistry page for how to make Mono Lake water. Then, just add calcium chloride dissolved in fresh water to make tufa (although the reaction won't be as vigorous as it is in real Mono Lake water).
This is a place to go when you have no other place to see that day. Make sure you allot a whole day to explore this wonderful lake. Because we were pressed for time (we still had to drive around Yosemite and drive home ---3 to 3.5 hrs from Yosemite to home), we didn't go beyond a few yards from Highway 395. If you google images of tufa or Mono Lake you will see really coold pics of the tufa (of course tweaked). Someday, I would want to return, take the tours, bird watch, and camp.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Leaving Mammoth Lakes was a little heavy on the heart. The little skiing resort town is very charming and can easily steal your heart.