As promised, here are some of my favorite miscellaneous landscape shots from our days in California. We took trips to Death Valley, Yosemite, Morrow Bay, Montana de Oro, Mt. Whitney, and Horseshoe Meadow. We lived in Lone Pine, in the valley below Mt. Whitney for about a year. The photo of the crumbling cement building was taken in Rhyolite, Nevada, near Death Valley. The beautiful sunset was actually taken in the city (Fresno), but I couldn’t resist including it just because I love it!
Choosing a few random photos for today was really quite difficult when you consider that we have over 1,000 images stored. Many of our slides have started to deteriorate and some are beyond saving. I didn’t realize their condition until we bought our scanner last year and were able to transfer them to the computer. I’ve touched up the dirt and damaged spots on some of these, but other than that I’ve tried to leave them as close to the original as possible.
I can’t really explain some of the emotions connected to these photos. They instantly bring back memories of doing things I can no longer imagine doing- standing on high mountains, walking through pristine meadows, gazing at mountain lakes so blue they seemed surreal. Hiking the mountains was one of the great joys of my life. We carried all of our supplies on our backs, slept in tents, and fished for golden trout in clear meandering streams.
Even the beach scenes are nostalgic because so many of the places we once roamed are now so overcrowded that the experience isn’t the same.
I suppose if I have a message today it is twofold: experience the joys of nature AND take photos for your old age!
I hope you enjoy this little trip back to some of my favorite places.