Month: August 2013

Travel Photo Thursday: “On Golden Pond” Sunset Shots

Travel Photo Thursday: “On Golden Pond” Sunset Shots


A late afternoon arrival at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park left me just enough time to haul my gear from my car into the “camping cabin” I would spend the night in, and then take a brief stroll down to the lake, before sitting down to near at the picnic table outside of my cabin.

I was so focused on my meal—and on trying out the “Gourmet” food scene shooting mode on my new Sony RX-100 point-and-shoot camera—that I almost missed the sinking sun turn the lake into an “On Golden Pond” photo op.

I quickly dumped the chicken bones, paper plate and plastic fork into the trash, and ran down to the lake to shoot trees and ducks in silhouette as the sun turned from orange to red as it set beyond the western shore of the lake.

Here’s how the sunset aura over Manzanita Lake changed as dusk fell.

The skies continued to become a deeper red as the sun dipped behind the trees.

Shadows lengthened as nightfall came closer.

When the sun had gone to bed, only a faint reminder of it remained on the lake surface.

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)

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A Musical Road Trip Down Memory Lane

A Musical Road Trip Down Memory Lane

It was 1965 and I was driving a “1951 1/2” Chevy—a 1951 body with a 1952 engine, or maybe it was the other way around. I forget.

But what I do remember is that I wasn’t driving the “hottest chick-magnet” being made at that time by U.S. car manufacturers in Detroit, Michigan: The Ford Mustang. And the hottest model of that hot car was the red convertible.

1965 Mustang(Diego 3336 Flickr Photostream)

Here are some of the “tunes” that you might have been playing on your Mustang’s 8-track tape player as you motored down the streets and highways of America back in the mid-1960’s.

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Yosemite: From Labor Day Weekend to 2013 Year’s End

Yosemite: From Labor Day Weekend to 2013 Year’s End

(Day by day updates to the status of the Rim Fire and conditions in Yosemite National Park follow our original report that begins immediately below. Click here for a current Webcam view of Yosemite Valley.)

The “Rim Fire” which has been burning the forests north and west of, and now into the margins of Yosemite National Park, has consumed over 150,000 acres and is only 20% contained.

Rim Fire
(California National Guard Flickr Photostream)

Thus far, the conflagration hasn’t affected Yosemite Valley itself, or the southern regions of the park. When I read in today’s Los Angeles Times story about the park that the fire might be prompting some to cancel reservations for Labor Day weekend, I decided to find out if it indeed might be possible to snag a room for the last gasp weekend of the traditional summer vacation period.

Here’s what I found out.

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