Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sierra Winters

We've been visiting parks in the winter. We just returned from King's Canyon and Sequoia, and two weeks before that we'd been in Yosemite. The Yosemite photos are up on picasaweb. I'm still going through the King's Canyon photos. The parks looked fantastic, Yosemite valley in particular was just amazing. Sequoia and King's Canyon are not as scenic as Yosemite, but were nevertheless worth it. All the peaks around King's Canyon are naturally inaccessible by car this time of year, we could only appreciate them from a distance. I want to visit again in the summer and catch the sites I missed this time around. Mt Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states of the US, and it is part of King's Canyon.

We did see Marble Falls, in the Sequoia foothills. It isn't that bad a hike, and seeing a waterfall running down large marble boulders is, well, stunning.

I also got a chance to try out HDR for the first time on the Yosemite trip. The results you can pull out are fantastic. I've tried taking a few more HDR sets in King's Canyon, this time some of them are hand-held. Photos will be posted as soon as we're done with them.

Next up: Pinnacles National Monument. There's supposed to be a good wildflower spot there. And wildflowers this year (on the way to Sequoia) were simply stunning.