King’s Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park

King's Creek flows over cascading rocks and cliffs in Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California (Mike Cavaroc)
A closeup of part of the waterfall of King’s Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

As mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, I had never heard of Lassen Volcanic National Park before Ken Burns’ National Park series, however after looking into it a bit I put it high up on my list of places to see on my road trip I started two months ago today. Lassen Volcanic National Park immediately became one of my favorite places along the trip and a place I’d love to get back to soon. While there I did the King’s Creek Falls trail which is a very scenic trail along King’s Creek that climaxes at a 30 foot waterfall. - Continue reading

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Dusk Over Yosemite Valley

Twilight lights up the sky over the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California (Mike Cavaroc, 2009)
Dusk settles over El Capitan and the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California.

On one of the nights I was in Yosemite National Park I headed up to the Tunnel View Overlook to get my shots from that scene that have become quite famous by now. With no clouds in the sky, I was hoping for some nice colors in the sky itself, which I got a little bit of, but not quite as much as I was hoping. I was also planning on sticking around till after dark but I wasn’t quite prepared for the cold so this was one of the last shots I got before heading back to camp. - Continue reading

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Rainbow in Upper Yosemite Falls

A rainbow shines through the base of Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California (Mike Cavaroc, 2009)
A rainbow shines in Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California.

One of the hikes I did during my stay in Yosemite National Park was to Upper Yosemite Falls. The easy thing about it was the trail started practically right in Camp 4, which was where I was staying that night. I also wound up timing the hike just right getting there right before a couple of spectacular rainbows vanished due to the fading light. It’s a great hike and provides some great views of Yosemite Valley as well along the way. Definitely a highlight during my wonderful stay in Yosemite National Park, but as always, way too short! - Continue reading

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Star Trails Over the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

The night sky glows above the remote Alabama Hills in Eastern California (Mike Cavaroc)
Stars trail across the sky over the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California.

This is another taken from the campgrounds at the Alabama Hills along the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The temperature at night only got down into the 40s so it made for excellent camping weather. The great thing about the Alabama Hills is you’re at roughly 5000 feet above sea level, and just to the west are some of the country’s highest peaks. In addition to all the boulders that make for a great foreground, the high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is also quite an intriguing subject. - Continue reading

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Milky Way and Night Sky Over Big Lagoon County Park, California

The Milky Way Galaxy and stars shine over Big Lagoon at Big Lagoon County Park in Northern California (Mike Cavaroc)
The Milky Way seemingly stretching out from a campfire at Big Lagoon County Park, California.

The first week or so of the whole trip prevented me from getting any shots of my favorite time of day: night time. The first night was entirely too cold so I wound up getting to sleep early and then every night thereafter was too cloudy. That is until I made it to Big Lagoon County Park in Northern California. This just happened to turn into something that I really liked just from pointing the camera in different directions and trying out different compositions. But it definitely turned into something that I really enjoy. - Continue reading

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