Monday, August 29, 2016

Rephotographing Yosemite's great Photographers at Tenaya Lake

In August 2016 my wife and I returned to Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows for the third reunion of the U.C. Berkeley scientists who studied Yosemite's wilderness and black bears in the early 1970s. I led a day hike to Tenaya Lake where we rephotographed the juniper made famous by Edward Weston and found the lightning-like aplite dike photographed at the same time by Weston's friend Ansel Adams. Then we relaxed and picnicked at what I call Photographer's Beach, where Edweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams in their own time photographed the spectacular view looking east down the lake to Pywiak Dome and Mount Conness.

I swam in the surprisingly mild water (at 8,150 feet above sea level), photographed the scene, and made a sumi ink painting. Enjoy these pics of a fantastic area.

My Ansel Adams moment at Tenaya Lake

Ellen claims her glacial erratic (now named "Ellen's Rock")

Joe prepares for his Edward Weston moment at Edward's Juniper

Joe frames Goliath

The gang at "The Crossroads" aplite dike

I frame "The Lightning Bolt" photographed by Ansel Adams

Finishing my sketch after a fine day at the beach