On my way to Yosemite

Posted in motorcycle, outdoors, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Red Rock Road.

Red Rock Road. How’d they ever come up with that name?

Heading out from Susanville I had a fairly lengthy ride ahead of me so I decided to make a few stops to break it up. First up was a Short trip along red rock road, Next was a little site seeing going over the mountains through emigrant gap. a little chilly as there was still plenty of snow up there but the scenery was beautiful.

Snow covered peaks

Snow covered peaks

View from Emigrant Gap

View from Emigrant Gap

 

I then cut through the central valley and spotted a castle as I cruised along.

Castle

Castle

While I stopped to admire the castle some cows were checking me out.

Curious cows

Curious cows

As I headed on towards Yosemite it was getting dark so I pulled in at the Yosemite bug Hostel for the night. It was a busy night and there weren’t a lot of parking spaces open but I was able to squeeze my bike in by a telephone pole and check into a tent cabin for the night.

 

Yosemite Bug Hostel

Yosemite Bug Hostel

I love staying here, they have a great cafe with good food, a lounge where you can relax with other travelers by the fireplace and a full kitchen if you want to prepare your own food. Plus its only a short drive into Yosemite in the morning.

I arrived at the park to a long line of cars waiting to get in as it was a free park weekend but since I was on the bike they waved me on up to the front of the line and I cruised along to see the sites.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

At one stop I saw a man trying to photograph his family so i offered to take a shot with all of them in it, in exchange he shot a couple of me!

riding in Yosemite

riding in Yosemite

Deer

Deer

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

Motorcycles

Motorcycles

On my way out of the park I parked behind a group of motorcycles, turned out they were a friendly group up from the bay area to enjoy a weekend cruise through the park.

I took my time driving through the mountain roads as I was in no hurry to return to the warm weather in the valley but I still made it to Selma for dinner time at the Spike and Rail and then I just had a straight cruise down 99 back to Bakersfield and home.

Spike and Rail  (formerly known as Split Pea Anderson s)

Spike and Rail (formerly known as Split Pea Anderson s)

 

Spring Break in Susanville and the Blood Moon.

Posted in family, motorcycle, outdoors, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

My motorcycle at a rest stop along the way.

Rest stop along the way

 

For spring break this year I decided to try a long trip on my motorcycle and headed up to Susanville to see my brother and his family.

Since it’s such a long drive I managed to break it up by stopping off in Sacramento to visit Ric and do a little kayaking

lake natomas

lake Natomas

 

Driving over Donner pass was a little chilly but overall I had some great weather for riding. Once in Susanville I had a great time, we went hiking on the Biz Johnson trail and Michael and Mathew had a blast getting us to play Mario party.

 

Along Millers road

Along Millers road/ Biz Johnson trail

We even stayed up late for the Lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

 

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

I almost missed the blood moon as it was getting chilly outside so we all went inside when the moon went dark but I stepped outside right before going to sleep and there it was.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon

For the return trip I decided to take a detour through Yosemite but I’ll write about that later.

 

 

Return to Fossil Falls

Posted in motorcycle, outdoors, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Camping at Fossil Falls

Camping at Fossil Falls

Following my trip to Rainbow basin I decided to try a slightly longer trip and camp out at fossil falls. Turned out I could have picked a better weekend as it got pretty windy and with the limited shelter in the area my tent was threatening to fly away through most of the night. The night sky was beautiful though so I had fun taking pictures of the stars.

night sky

night sky

 

tent by the glow of my led headlight

tent by the glow of my led headlight

 

The next morning there was a beautiful sunrise and I was up early enough to climb around  the lava falls before it got too hot.

 

Sunrise

Sunrise

 

I even spotted a nest partway up one of the cliffs formed by the lava falls. Below which was a pile of bones.

nest

nest

bones

bones

 

colorful lichen

colorful lichen

 

I also got some great views of the nearby cinder cone before I headed home. It was a horribly windy ride through the canyon but it was an enjoyable weekend non the less.

 

cinder cone

cinder cone

 

Sci-Fi lizard

Posted in Photography, Software, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

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Sci-Fi Lizard and rider

Sci-Fi Lizard and rider

 

I spent the last weekend laying about the house trying to shake off a cold that I seem to have come down with. So since I didn’t want to go out and make anyone else sick taking new pictures was out but since schools out I didn’t have homework to keep me busy so I started browsing through my photos and came up with this Sci-Fi lizard collage.

It’s actually a little more complex then it may appear at first glance(final file was a 200mb psd) I started out with a landscape shot I took at Arches at sunrise

 

arches sunrise

arches sunrise

I decided I wanted a more rugged terrain though so I added some peaks I shot over near pinnacles national monument

 

 

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles National Monument

 

I wanted a little more Sci-Fi feel so I added a moon picture I took along the American river

Moonrise on the American river

Moonrise on the American river

Of course for a sci-fi feel what could be better then a classic looking rocket ship like this one I spotted at Maker faire

Maker Faire rocket ship

Maker Faire rocket ship

Next up I added a lizard, I decided to use one that looked like someone could be riding him and this one from the Sacramento reptile expo looked perfect.

 

lizard

lizard

 

Finally I needed a model for the rider, I had a shoot of model Kat

Kat

Kat

 

but the only shot I had of her seated in the correct pose was in a swimsuit and bare feet, so I painted some boots for her.

I placed all the separate elements on different layers in photoshop so I could blend them using layer masks, then painted in shading.

lastly I tweaked the color to give it a more other worldly look and applied a painting effect.

Voila Sci-fi lizard rider.

 

lizard Rider

lizard Rider

Of Cinders and Rainbows

Posted in Caving, outdoors, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Rainbow Basin, California

Rainbow Basin, California

 

Since this semester I was fortunate enough to take a geology class I got to head out on a field trip. Not like I need an excuse to head out to the desert for some hiking but I’m happy to take advantage of one.

        Our first stop was a brief stop along highway 58 to observe the way the landscape changed as we passed through the area where the Garlock fault crossed heading westward towards the San Andreas fault and East towards Death Valley. It was explained that this was a left lateral slip fault, unlike the San Andreas which would be a right lateral slip-fault. this means that if we looked across the Garlock fault when it moved we would observe it moving to the left. Since this was not a particularly active fault we observed no motion.

        We then headed to Ludlow and on to Dish hill and its accompanying saucer hill. Both are basalt cinder cones though Dish hill is a horseshoe shape as part of it is open. Perhaps due to a past eruption. The taller dish hill and shorter saucer are joined by a ‘saddle’, a ridge where the more reddish basalt from dish hill meets the darker basalt from saucer hill. We were told this was a good location to look for xenoliths. Chunks of the earths mantle, mostly made up of olivine that had been surrounded by magma which had cooled rapidly enough around the ‘chunk’ that it remained seperate from the surrounding basalt. I set off in the direction of the saddle in search of some. I stopped in a small ravine where I spotted a structure dug into the surrounding basalt. Later we speculated later that this might have been storage for explosives used when cinders were being actively mined from dish hill. About two thirds of the way up the ridge I found a nice chunk of slightly weathered Olivine. It has small green crystals possibly peridot, and bright black crystals. It is ovoid in shape and measures approximately 4cmx3cmx2cm. I continued up the hill and found a large chunk of basalt that was split open it had a great example of a xenolith embedded in it. since it was a little large I took a photo instead of collecting it, being sure to include my rock hammer for scale.

 

High desert

High desert

 

 

Train passing by Dish hill

Train passing by Dish hill

 

 

Proceeding up to the top of the ridge I found another good example of a xenolith as well as a view of the opening of the horseshoe shape of dish hill. This xenolith was embedded in basalt that also included vesicular basalt. There were a lot of large(10-20cm) pieces of vesicular basalt in the area which were very light, making me think they might even be light enough to float the way pumice does. Several people had climbed the main hill above the old mining ruins and I took some pictures as they made their way back down. Some had found pieces of obsidian though I did not find any of these.

 

Xenolith

Xenolith

We returned back through Barstow on our way to our next stop which was Rainbow basin. Here we observed that most of the surrounding was made not of basalt or granite but of various layers of mud. This sedimentary rock was in various layers each with distinctive colors and textures, though almost all was fine enough to have been deposits of mud, silt or clay, not sand. Here we saw excellent examples of how the sediment layers which would have been layed horizontally originally had been shifted to different angles and folds and then even more layers had built up. Some of which would have been ash from nearby volcanic eruptions. This explains some of the dramatic colors we observed in the different layers. Climbing around I spotted some openings in the mud which turned out to be small mud caves formed by erosion. At least one of these proceeded back far enough to justify the title of cave as I was in total darkness well before reaching the back of the cave which then slopped downhill for anothe 7 or eight feet to where there appeared to be a drainage sump. Outside of the cave we spotted a small opening approximately 30 feet away that appeared to be where the water would enter the stream bed. Walking upstream I found what appeared to be a wonderful example of calcite ( approx 20x20x20cm) It was white/clear with a bright green layer in the center. There was also a lot of small granite and feldspar chunks in the stream bed presumably washed there from up above the mud ridge.

Rainbow basin

Rainbow basin

Inside a mud cave

Inside a mud cave

Mud cave entrance

Mud cave entrance

 

Examining rock samples inside the mud cave

Examining rock samples inside the mud cave

After all this fun I had a chilly ride home on my motorcycle( I had traveled over 400 miles) but I broke it up into several stops for dinner and after dinner snacks so it wasn’t bad.

My motorcycle near dish hill

My motorcycle near dish hill

 

 

 

Whiskey flats

Posted in Events, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Whiskey Flats days

Whiskey Flats days

Since Kernville is just a short drive from Bakersfield I was happy to head over for a day of ole west entertainment.

 

Whiskey Flats

Whiskey Flats

After a few hours of wandering around checking out the vendor booths and watching the occasional gunfight in the street we headed into a cafe where I bought some delicious chicken wings and a cold drink.

Then it was back out to watch the frog race, the costume contest and a little more gun-play before heading home.

Even this little guy got dressed up for the occasion

Even this little guy got dressed up for the occasion

Now that's a serious look!

Now that’s a serious look!

In front of the saloon

In front of the saloon

Frog number 5 makes a break for it!

Frog number 5 makes a break for it!

 

 

hot rod

hot rod

costumes

costumes

 

Kings and Queens of flight

Posted in family, outdoors, Photography, Travel, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

When my aunt suggested a family trip over to the coast to check out the Monarch butterflies that make their annual migration their I realized that although I had driven past numerous times I had never stopped to witness this for myself. The grove we visited in Pismo is easy enough to find, clearly marked by signs with docents to show you all about the butterflies.

At first I only saw a few butterflies landing on nearby trees, then I spotted several spotting scopes pointing upward towards the higher branches. Looking up I saw a lot of dead leaves hanging from an evergreen tree?

out of place leaves

out of place leaves

I went back to the car for my telephoto lens and lo and behold, here was what we had come to see.

 

Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies

Next we headed north along the coast to check out the elephant seals and along the way spotted a hawk.

Hawk taking flight

Hawk taking flight

Then we stopped to see the elephant seals, in January they have pups so there were lots of little ones on the beach.

young pup scratches

young pup scratches

Angela on top of the world

Angela on top of the world

 

Nearby Heron keeping an eye on me

Nearby Heron keeping an eye on me

We stopped for dinner at the Mexican restaurant we’d eaten at the last time we visited  the elephant seals and I was able to get some more great humming bird pics.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Joshua wanted clam chowder though so after dinner we headed into Cambria for second dinner. The Old Stone station(used to be a gas station) had great reviews of their clam chowder and we were not disappointed.

 

old stone station

old stone station

We also drove up the hill to take a look at the historic Nit Wit ridge house.

Dad at nit wit ridge

Dad at nit wit ridge

It was a beautiful day at the coast but eventually we headed home to the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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