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02 June 2009 @ 01:29 pm
Ray and Yosemite  
Last spring we met at their home in the mountains, and it's hard for me to believe that I was supposed to meet him a few weeks ago but now will never be able to meet him again. RTM, you will be missed. This post is dedicated to his memory.


I was in Yosemite during the weekend. This was the first time in several trips that I missed out on meeting a Coyote, but we did get to see other interesting critters in the mammal department - a bear, lots of marmots, lots of deer, squirrels and an awesome pika! The bird department had their usual suspects in attendance but the quails and grouse were absconding. With the skies constantly switching between blue, white and gray it was as beautiful as the place can get. Yosemite during thunderstorms is just spectacular.

The Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point with the Yosemite falls and the Half Dome

Storm clouds moving in near Lake Tenaya

Tufa at Mono Lake with a storm in the distance

A Red-tailed Hawk on the outskirts of the park

A Ground Squirrel on the outskirts

A Hermit Thrush

A Dark-eyed Junco sings away

A Pika at 10,000 feet

And it has plans for lunch...

A Ground Squirrel at Glacier Point

A young American Black Bear is looking for food. According to the ranger at the scene, this bear lost its mother last year when the mother was run over by a speeding car. It was rehabilitated and released into the wild.

A Belding's Ground Squirrel near the Tioga Pass

A marmot near the Tioga pass


I love the way the look at us...

The half dome in the evening

Smithasmittenbyu on June 2nd, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
wow! that's just beautiful! I like the second photo.. the clouds make it look so intimidating!
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on June 2nd, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pics!

I should make to Yosemite once..that and Yellow-Stone are on top 5 of my list right now. :)

And it has plans for lunch...
And perhaps looking for a mate to eat with.. :) Cute pic!

Half-dome evening view looks so exotic...like something out of a fairy tale...

On second look reminds me of the mountain in Lord Of The Rings..LOL! :)

Edited at 2009-06-02 09:59 pm (UTC)
Aparna: Confusedinspirethoughts on June 2nd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Forgot to ask...who are what is Ray? I did not find anything related to that in your post. Or I might be missing something! I guess. :)
Yathinyathin on June 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on June 3rd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh i C..gotcha!

You are the kind of person like me and my SIL...always close the eyes when the flash goes...and drives my brother nuts when he is trying to pics of both of us...either of us close the eyes and it takes almost more than 4 times before he gets the right shot. :)
Mel: Laybackkendokamel on June 3rd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
My dad is like that, too. I went through the old family photo albums when I was visiting my parents, last December, and I swear, there were perhaps two pictures total where my dad's eyes were entirely open!
Aparna: Laughterinspirethoughts on June 3rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)

Good me and SIL are not the only people with such experience.. :0

On that note, I checked my pics from last year's vacation to India, there were several were I closed my eyes. LOL! and I never really checked then to take them again.
Pennyaellia on June 2nd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
What a privelege and pleasure to share your world of beauty
Thank you!
Melkendokamel on June 2nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Those are absolutely beautiful!
Margaret: RTMrivendweller on June 3rd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, Yathin, thank you for this. You are such a special friend. It is so beautiful, and just takes my breath away. What an amazing tribute to my husband. I cannot thank you enough. I will put this post in my memories.

With much love,
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on June 3rd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
I have read about you and Ray on Yathin's LJ and want to offer my deep condolences on your loss:-(
Melkendokamel on June 3rd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Margaret: RTMrivendweller on June 4th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on June 3rd, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Me as well, I am so sorry.
depontideponti on June 3rd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Dear Margaret:

I have known you and Ray through Yathin and his blog; and I have a very high regard for both of you. It is a very intense time for you...but may I send you my love, and wish you strength? We generally pray for peace for the departed soul, but in this case, I would say that Ray was already a person at peace with himself.
Margaret: RTMrivendweller on June 4th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much. Ray was a good man.
kejnkejn on June 3rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
your pictures have such an autumnal feeling to them. hard to believe it's spring. :)

love the soft colors and the pose in the junco pic. perhaps he is singing a tribute to ray...

in the second pic; is that light area to the right where the rock slide was that closed the trail to mirror lake?

the pica looks mangy. like it had a hard winter. :) or did it perhaps pull out some hair to insulate the nest with, for the young? it's cute anyway. as is the marmot looking out from behind the rock. i love rodents! (except when the wild ones come inside my house.) :) is that a tick on the marmot's nose?? ugh.

and that bear is SKINNY. i want to feed it. :( how long is it since it was reintroduced to the wild? have they fed it since, like they do with the coyote?

Yathinyathin on June 3rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
> in the second pic;

not sure! :-)

The pica looks like it had a hard winter and it's probably a tick on the marmot's nose.

I think it was only recently released into the wild and it had a tracking collar and stuff, so I guess biologists are watching it.
Jessicajojobear99 on June 3rd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
nice pictures! especially the bird
depontideponti on June 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
ex_neke on June 3rd, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. :)
diedeutsche on June 4th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, the one of the Valley is gorgeous. So dramatic.
Bloody Jack Flint: Froggie Sombreros Hushrhye on June 6th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
I stumbled here on a google search, and I just want to say your photographs are amazing. I haven't been to many of these places, and these photos make me feel as if I have been there, while making me feel that I need to go there at the same time! They're stunning.

On a more serious note, do you have any objection to my using any of them for person use? By personal use, I mean perhaps a new livejournal header-- something along those lines. Of course I'd credit you. These photographs are too beautiful and I want to keep looking at them.

Thanks! And thanks for sharing them regardless.
Yathinyathin on June 6th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
you are welcome to use the pictures for non-commercial and personal use. thanks for asking.

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Yathinyathin on June 10th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks and you're welcome to add.