Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 88 (Mariposa Lily – Hetch Hetchy)

Mariposa Lily at Hetch HetchyMariposa Lily at Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite NP

One of the wonders of Hetch Hetchy when we visited in early June, 2016 was the fields of wildflowers still blooming in large numbers enveloping the Wapama Falls Trail at times. Among them was the Mariposa Lily pictured above. As you can note from the photograph it wasn’t alone on this canvas as other wildflowers were vying for attention all around.

If you look closely, you can see an insect in the bottom-right of the flower. It is yellow and black and the antennae can be seen raising above the insect.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20161001

“Laws, like the spider’s webs, catch the flies and let the hawk go free.” — Danish Proverb

“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” — Madame Marie du Deffand

“Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another, never admitting that there is a shade less honor in the second field than in the first, or in the third than in the second.” — Helen Hunt Jackson

“A boy doesn’t have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn’t like pie when he sees there isn’t enough to go around.” — Edgar Watson Howe

 

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 87 (Half Dome – From the East)

Half Dome from Olmstead Point 

Half Dome from Olmstead Point

Olmstead Point is one of those turnouts one doesn’t read much about in the literature; at least I hadn’t seen much about it. As we were driving along Tioga Road, we came across this vantage point and we were stunned by the amazing views.

The picture of Half Dome above is one that is not generally seen as many of the viewing spots are located on the other side of this Yosemite notable. Olmstead Point is northeast of Half Dome and according to the map, approximately three miles away (+/-).

The actual colors of the giant rock are not revealed well from this distance as the atmosphere lends a blue cast to the capture. There is at least one good hiking trail from this overlook (Olmsted Point trail) that we noted. Unfortunately,we did not take the earmarked hike, but now wish we had as it is remarked to be “one of the great values in scenery per square meter”.

 
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“Even a fish can escape being caught, if it keeps its mouth shut.” — Confucius

“He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity’s sun rise.” — William Blake

“A book is a heart that beats in the chest of another.” — Rebecca Solnit

“The New York Times is read by the people who run the country; the Washington Post is read by the people who think they run the country; the National Enquirer is read by the people who think Elvis is alive and running the country.” — Robert J. Woodhead

 

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Chipmunk wants to be a Photographer

Chipmunk wants to be a photographer
Even this chipmunk was interested in photography gear!

On a recent hike, we sat down to have some lunch along the trail. It was apparent that the chipmunks were accustomed to people as this particular animal had no hesitation in “hanging around.” Just before we packed up to leave, he hopped on the boulder to examine my cameras.

NOTE – We do not feed the wildlife in any of the places we hike, but this chipmunk had hopes!

 
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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 86 (Blue Helmets)


Blue Helmets 
Blue Helmets Blue Helmets along the Four Mile Trail

While hiking the Four Mile Trail we were surprised to find blue helmets in two different locations. One helmet was placed on a ledge of rocks and another was resting in the middle of the trail.

We made an assumption that these were probably protective gear used by rescuers. We previously showed a locked metal case placed along the edge of the trail in one spot which we likewise assumed had rescue gear inside (see YOY DAY 47).

Other than the above conjectures, we don’t know what use these items might have in these particular locations. There was no rock climbing along this trail as far as we understood.

 
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“An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.” — Robert Brault

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” — Warren Buffett

“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” — Mark Twain

 

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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 85 (Home of the Sierra Club)

The Yosemite Conservation Heritage CenterThe Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center – Hone of the Sierra Club

“The Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge), National Historic Landmark, was built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1903-04.

The Sierra Club still operates the iconic structure as a public education and visitor center ever since, presenting and promoting the conservation ethic through public programs, educational displays, a library, and interactive programs for kids and families.” https://sierraclub.org/yosemite-heritage-center/about-us

Interestingly enough, as noted in an earlier post, the building had been moved. In speaking with volunteers, it was mentioned that the roof line does not fit as exact as desired so there are some gaps and appropriate accommodations that need to be made.

To see a nice photograph of the beautiful stone building from the outside, see former YOY post HERE!

 
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“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” — Bill Gates

“In a world where stupidity dominates, looking good is more important than being right.” — André Spicer

“Every moment alters what came before. We reach across layers of time for the memories of our memories.” — James Gleick

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” — Yves Saint Laurent 

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