Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thinking Of Yosemite

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - Click image to enlarge

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls – Click image to enlarge

 

As I’m sure you are aware, Yosemite National Park has been in the news quite a bit in recent weeks because of the massive “Rim Fire” that as of September 26, 2013 has burned 257,134 acres or 402 square miles in and around the park.  Currently the fire is 84% contained, and fire crews are continuing to extinguish hot spots near containment lines.  Firefighters continue to monitor the slow spread of the fire in the Yosemite and Emigrant Wilderness areas between Cherry Lake and Hetchy Reservoir according to the latest fire update.  Fortunately, the fire did not enter Yosemite Valley.

Given all the recent attention on Yosemite because of the fire, it prompted me to look at my images from the park.  Yosemite is a stunningly beautiful place and although it has been almost 5 1/2 years since I was there, it seems like it was only yesterday.  The image above is of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls photographed through tall lodge pole pines during my first few hours in the park, truly a stunning view.  Taken together Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America, and 6th highest in the world.

The image below is a black and white image of Tenaya Canyon, viewed from Glacier Point on a completely cloudless day.  At the right is the iconic granite massif Half Dome.  In the center is Mount Watkins, and just below it at the mouth of the canyon is Mirror Lake.  On the left are the Royal Arches with North Dome above them and beyond is Mount Hoffman covered with snow.

 

Looking Up Tenaya Canyon - Click image to enlarge

Looking Up Tenaya Canyon – Click image to enlarge

Although I have many places on my list to photograph, I wouldn’t have to think twice about going back to Yosemite.  To see more of my photography of Yosemite National Park, please visit my gallery here.

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Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin

Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin - Click image to enlarge

Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin – Click image to enlarge

 

Noah “Bud” Ogle was a Smoky Mountain farmer who first settled in what is now Gatlinburg with his wife Cindy in 1879.  Their cabin, pictured above was built in the 1880’s and is a great place to visit to get a glimpse of what pioneer life was like in the Appalachian Mountains.  The cabin consists of two cabins sharing a single chimney, known as a “saddlebag” style.  The Ogle cabin also has a very unique feature for the time…running water.  A wooden plume ran from a spring near the cabin up to the back porch.  Once there the water poured into a double sink made from a large log.  In 1977 the Ogle homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently maintained by the National Park Service as part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Ogle farm is the first stop on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail.  There is also a very nice self-guiding nature trail, the Ogle Nature Trail that begins just off the back porch.  The trail winds its way through a forest of large hemlock and yellow-poplar to the banks of LeConte Creek.  Here you’ll find the remnants of the Ogle Tub Mill and sluice way seen below.

 

The Ogle Tub Mill - Click image to enlarge

The Ogle Tub Mill – Click image to enlarge

To see more of my photography from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit my gallery here.

If you have any questions about this website or my photography, I’d love to hear from you.  Please click here to email me.