Monthly Archives: August 2011
with the school year coming up rapidly, the kids sitting around inside, and me desperately needing to get off the grid we hatched a last minute plan to get the hell out of dodge. highland lakes was our destination, though we had never been to the campground there. i had seen the area from folgers peak a few years back, and was confident it would hold what we needed. snow, flowers, and fish. fortunately, we brought steaks in case the latter didn’t work out.
we arrived in the late afternoon and immediately knew that the snow was not going to be an issue. in fact, since the snow started just off the trailhead, i was bummed that i had only brought skis for myself. i figured i could set up my tent and head up, leaving the tripod behind for jasmyn to get pictures of the descent. here is my view from the top. you can see my blue tent at the far side of the lake in the triangle formed by three roads.
a close up of the moon from the camp site. the snow was fairly smooth, despite the look. it wasn’t a particularly warm day and it was still a tad firm.
got back to camp in time to start the fire and catch some sunset pics. somehow on the way up and didn’t notice that the last bit connected to the lake, and bailed early. that would give me something to do on tuesday anyway.
looking the other way at highland peak
i went to burney falls state park with my friend’s family this week, it was so lovely and warm and beautiful. go there.
mist from the waterfalls, it made all the plants look really neat. Continue reading
after making late july turns on round top it was apparent the flower show was going to be around a month late this year. wasn’t a problem, just another reason to come back. last friday, we did. the flowers did not disappoint
nor did the views
nor did the snow. thats round top lake, caples lake, and tahoe in the background
the snow was about as good as it gets in august
the end of summer is typically when i find time to go camping with the girls. this year it is the same. the last two weeks we have spent roaming around caples lake and emigrant lake. actually, we camped at caples lake during the first week and made an unsuccessful attempt at hiking to emigrant lake. i didn’t give us enough time and as a result tried to push the girls too hard. the next week i made sure we had eall day to do it, and i made sure not to forget the bug spray. the trip did present me with a plethora of photo opportunities and some excellent learning opportunities as well. hover over the images for exif data
for instance, after finishing the day off fishing at caples, the moon and the sun were setting simultaneously
with the moon already set and very little in the way of light pollution, it was a good night for practicing some astrophotography. this is where we camped
more fishing the next evening. we were one fish away from being skunked for the trip
campfires are fun, skylyn enjoys her perfect marshmallow