Waterfall Loop Trail

Waterfall Loop Trail, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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This is Swanson Creek which is just one of several creeks that flows through Uvas Canyon.
Uvas Canyon County Park is located on the Eastern side of the Santa Cruz mountains.
I hiked up to Basin Falls which is about a mile from the parking lot. Along the way I stopped to look at several other waterfalls, and gazed at the ladybugs that are nesting there.


Gung hay fat choy!

2010 The Year of the Tiger.

I spent Sat. in San Francisco taking photos of Chinatown, and North Beach. Then headed over to Union Square early enough to get a spot almost dead center on Geary St. at the Powell intersection. The parade headed right toward me then turned the corner from Geary onto Powell.

These little girls were adorable. I love their costumes and colorful umbrellas.

It was a fun day.

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Horse Tail Fall Sunset

I got up at 2am on the 18th and left the house at 3:15Am to drive to Gilroy to meet-up with 4 other photographers.  At 4am we left Gilroy to meet-up with 2 other photographers in Mariposa,CA before heading into the Yosemite Valley where we would meet 5 more photographers from the north side of the Bay Area.

The trip revolved around a sunset shoot of Horse Tail Fall. The sun sets on Horse Tail Fall twice in 2010 for a few days in Feb. and again in Oct. The peak day for the best sunset was supposed to the 18th.

We shot all through the valley, had a picnic lunch at Bridalveil Fall, and well before sunset got to a spot to set up. Our spot was off  Southside Drive just past Cathedral Beach picnic grounds.

I had a lot of fun and met some pretty neat people. We left the valley about 7:30PM and stopped for dinner in Mariposa. I didn’t get home until after midnight on the 19th.  It was a 22 hour day filled with stunning views, and the company of fun, good people.

The light spot on the face of the mountain is the sun setting on Horse Tail Fall. The Fall wasn’t running very fast or full on this day.

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“When the Hounds of spring are on winter’s traces…”

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”

~Algernon Charles Swinburne

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Taken in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Cupertino, CA.

Feathering the Nest

He found this little down feather and was shaking, and plucking at it.  I think to get it ready for his nest. Something caught his attention in this Oleander-which is where he lives. See the little feather stuck on the end of the branch? He cleverly lodged it there for safe keeping.  He flitted around my yard gathering fluffy things for two days. He’s flitting around today, but not gathering things. His bed will be soft and warm.

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Weeping Angel

Angel of Grief is an 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. A replica made in 1906 exists at the Stanford Mausoleum at Stanford University. It replaced one created in 1901 that was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. This style of monument is also referred to as “Weeping Angel.” It is a memorial (the Angel of Grief) to Jane Stanford’s brother, Henry Clay Lathrop.

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A Few Things That Make Me Smile.

The smell of damp soil after rain, the sound of the Song Sparrow in the meadow, bright green  moss growing on a tree, and the smile of another hiker met along the trail.

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