This image, made in June 2000 and included in the quintessential gallery on my website, is part of a group of the most important photographs of my career. Looking backward, the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Finally the sky is clear in the Sierra Nevada. Here in Mammoth we had snow almost every day the last two months. The California Department of Water Resources, is saying this winter is on track to be the heaviest recorded in California. There is a more than 200% of normal is the southern Sierra. I am going to have to investigate the legendary winter of 1861 - 1862!
During my latest visit to the Bay Area for my medical stuff at UCSF (all was fine again!), I made time for the long two-hour drive out to Point Reyes. It is so far from San Francisco that I have been out there only once since my surgery in 2004.
It seems like life is always busy. Margaret and I live just over Tioga Pass from Yosemite in Mammoth, but we had not would been able to make a visit this year. Tioga Pass closed at the end of October, but then reopened this past week in time for the Super-Moon.
With Sabrina studying at Yale, autumn has become the time for a regular journey to the east coast to visit our daughter. The chance to see New England colors clinches the deal. This time I made time for a visit to Maine's Acadia National Park during the peak color season.
Margaret and I are in our sixties now. Memories beckon from "before kids" of more than a decade of climbing, and trips all over the Sierra involving endless trail-less terrain to the hardest-to-reach places. We went in the backcountry every year with the kids, but Margaret and I haven't done a serious old-style line together in a long time.
I had the first thoughts about this photograph or "pre-visualizing" this image in the right-side of my brain, years and years ago. The concept may have begun forming in the 1990's when our family resided in Bishop.
Unlike many of my photographs, this particular doorway was not carefully scouted. One morning, I was out for a run before the La Quinta Arts Festival.I just happened to glance up and saw the most... more