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27 September 2007 @ 08:56 am
It was a packed weekend. The Saturday was spent out in the sea and around it and on Sunday it was the high Sierra! The colors in Yosemite are changing and the seasonal waterfalls are now just a trickle. The Tioga pass road will be closed in a month and will remain inaccessible through the heavy winter and that meant I just had to drive up that road. It was an exciting trip and I managed to add a few more species to the my wildlife list, some excepted and some unexpected.

Here are are some photographs from the quick trip.

An early morning drive meant that we reached there to catch the first rays of the Sun.

It was snowing up on the Tioga pass road towards the Toulumne meadows

The Tenaya Lake as seen from near the Olmsted Point

Glacier Point. The top of Half Dome is covered by a cloud.

The path towards Glacier Point

The Yosemite Valley

A Tahoe Chipmunk...

...scratching itself

A Spotted Towhee

A Steller's Jay. I had to move back slowly to even fit this one in the frame!

A Dark-eyed Junco

A female Mallard

An American Marten (aka Pine Marten). This one was a surprise and I noticed it dashing across the rocks, first thought it was a marmot or a squirrel but managed to just snap a photograph in time.

A female Mule Deer.

Arun Pillaiarunpillai on September 27th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
>Mallard + Mule Deer
Great . Really impressive
Margaretrivendweller on September 27th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
As usual, I am impressed and thrilled with your talent and the beauty of your photography.

Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Yosemite is one of my favorite places.
Ravibeast_666 on September 27th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Fantastic pictures!!
Jayseakaredpirk on September 27th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
wow...all these are so great!!
kejnkejn on September 27th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
thanks for the chipmunks! :-)
Yathinyathin on September 27th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those should have been dedicated to you... :)
kruthikruthi on September 27th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on September 27th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
The first pic was a wow!
Have a great time...
ex_neke on September 27th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! :D

Love the pictures of the small(er) birds. ^^
suhassuhas on September 27th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics! Who were the other lucky guys accompanying you to yosemite?
Yathinyathin on September 27th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
My brother...
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on September 27th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I miss chipmunks, I really do. But to catch the pine marten, that was exceptional good luck. all of the photos are splendid, of course.
Yathinyathin on September 28th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, the Pine Marten was totally unexpected. However, I was hoping for some bears, looks like I'll now have to wait till next summer because they might go into their annual hibernation in a couple of months. :(
Atopiaailleurs on September 27th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Those were stunning! Thank you for posting them!
Kiran Jonnalagaddajace on September 28th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Are you still using the D70 + 300 f/4? These are pretty impressive quality.
Yathinyathin on September 28th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Yep. Still the good old d70 and the 300 f/4. The lens is just awesome.
Shivakumar: Bird on the Bazookashivakumar_l on September 28th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Awesome dude. Apart from new work place you seem to be enjoying your new shooting place as well. Yosemite is beautiful anytime you go there.

Btw i shall be travelling shortly, so be ready to get envy by seeing some "Indian Wilderness" images on my LJ soon :) he he
depontideponti on September 28th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
Lovely, as usual, especially the drama of the first photograph, and the marten....

How did you id all the birds and mammals, which must be new to you?
Yathinyathin on September 28th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I bought some books.

However, it seems like all national parks maintain their check list online and in their information centers. Here's an example for yosemite: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/grinnell/contents.htm

We do have resources like this for India, but it's not so easily accessible. :)
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Prasanna Vprasannav on September 28th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
Awesome dude! Looking forward to it next time :D
Yathinyathin on September 28th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Or maybe you should go to Universal Studios in LA and see the "Yosemite Setting" ;)