Desert to Tall Pines

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This time of year the snow is melting up North…. and the sun is shining in the Valley.  We have become pretty acclimated to the cooler temps… so HOT HOT is just HOT, as it was when we went down this past week and experienced a whopping 87F.  Ok, I know we’re spoiled… but we’re toughened up by our winters.

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We went to see the flowers, but in truth, while we got into a couple small pockets, it was already late in the season, as most were already gone.

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We enjoyed those we did see, and soaked up the heat.  But enough is enough, so we took the appropriately named, Desert to Tall Pines Rd (SR 288) back to the snow.

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In a matter of hours we were back in our comfort zone, with snow on the ground, amidst the forest and Tall Pines.

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We ventured to Workmens Creek, outside of Young, and enjoyed the cascading water from their snow melt.

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Ahhhh….. how refreshing. : )

 

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Starry Cacti

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Admittedly, I am not great at night photography… but I’m learning, and the best way to get better is to go out and shoot.  So I tried my hand at some night shots of cacti.

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The clouds were troublesome… but cool.  It’s tough, as by the time the stars come out the foreground is dark.  Stomping around the cacti had me putting my foot in it – cactus, that is.  Here the moon is just shining through the clouds while the stars try to make an appearance.

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One this is for sure… I need more practice, and look forward to it.