Selected pics from our trips, hikes and photography impulses

Posts tagged “California

Flowers of Oregon 2

To get some tips on photographing flowers, visit this page on our photography tips website, Twisted Tripod.


Entering Oregon 4

The loney tree, Butte National Valley Grasslands

The loney tree, Butte National Valley Grasslands

Entering Oregon 3

Butte Valley National Grasslands

Butte Valley National Grasslands (Northern California, near the Oregon border)

Mt. Shasta from another angle

Mt. Shasta from another angle

Mt. Shasta on a cloudy day

Scenic route to Crater National Park from San Francisco- California

Some shots of the scenery on way to Lake of the Woods, near Crater National Park from San Francisco. Notice the predominantly yellow colors in the landscape in California..typical of California summers.

Vast tracts of land till the eye can see

Hay Bales-neatly compressed and stacked on top of each other

I wonder if someone lives in that hut like structure

The sky was a riot of clouds that day

Can you spot the horses, birds, otters, people, bears in these clouds?

Mt Shasta– look closely and you might spot a pancake stack of clouds near the top

Silhouettes in Joshua National Park

Pic taken during a bright sunny afternoon at Joshua National Park

Silhouettes Photography is an interesting way to capture different perspectives. This picture was taken during our trip to Joshua Tree National Park during a very sunny afternoon in March 2011. And as many of you would know, a bright sunny afternoon is not the best time to take good photos. There is too much detail, less focus (on the subject) and less contrast in the photos.

And most of us travel with time constraints. We cannot stay in a place for too many days, spending too many mornings or evenings for just the right light, just the right moment. Hence, one needs to learn, how to use the camera well, to make the most of what you have and what the nature offers you 🙂

For more tips on photography, visit

Pic taken during a sunny afternoon at Joshua National Park

Silhouettes let you see things in a “different” light. For tips on how to take interesting silhoutte pics, click on this picture!

Reflections in the Lily Pond- Lassen Volcanic National Park

Reflections in the Lily Pond

See more pics of Lassen Volcanic National Park in a previous post.


McWay Waterfall, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Beautiful ocean on one side, Mcway Waterfall on the other

Mcway Waterfall is also referred to as “tidefall”, since it empties directly into the ocean.

..and a flock of birds in the middle…stopping by for a cool summer drink..

Bridge over Big Sur River in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


Bridge over Big Sur River


Lassen National Park, May 2012

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Glimpses of the turquoise blue water of Butte lake

Atop Cinder Cone and the snow covered path to the crater bottom

View of the Snag Lake and Painted Dunes from Cinder Cone

Layers in the sand atop Cinder Cone

Panoramic view of the Butte Lake, Snag Lake and Cinder Cone

Lily Pond near Lake Manzanita

Beautiful valley surrounded by mountain peaks and overhead clouds

Sunset and the lava rocks

Butte Lake-Cinder Cone- Snag Lake Hiking Information

Things to do in Lassen National Park (and other information at the official website)