July 6, 2022
Sixteen months! It’s been sixteen months since I’ve posted here. I forgot about this blog. Though I’ve taken thousands of photographs, I have not kept up well with learning the craft of photography. I’m still using my Nikon D3300 camera from 2016 but have moved back into the point-and-shoot mode instead of using the manual mode. In case you have forgotten too, here’s a refresher about my photo group.
For the past six years I have been meeting with a small group of friends who are interested in photography. We met as members of the now-defunct Mariposa Photo Club and named our group of seven (originally ten), FotoPosa. We continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month for photo shoots.
Throughout the years we’ve photographed wildflowers, orchards, the Milky Way, the Mariposa History Center, the Gem and Mineral Museum, the Merced Wildlife Reserve, trees, sunsets, reflections, waterfalls and more. You can scroll through this blog’s archives to see.
There were only three of us for July’s outing. I was passenger in Marilyn’s large super duty truck. Larry followed in his 4WD car with his dogs. We drove deep into the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite’s border in Madera County hoping to reach Star Lakes. The outing would include a short hike up to the lakes.
But we took a wrong turn on a forest service road and ended up in Long Meadow.
Along the way we stopped and photographed the interesting sights.
After a three-mile drive on a dusty dirt road, a creek blocked our path. Even though we were in a high clearance vehicle, we couldn’t get around the boulders. Larry’s car was already pushing its limit driving that rocky, rutted road, so he called it quits.
Larry easily turned his car around and Marilyn carefully navigated what felt like a 16-point turn on the narrow path, then we headed back the way we came.
On Thursday—the day after our outing—the Washburn Fire began in Wawona, Yosemite National Park. It burned an area of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. It also spread and burned the whole area we explored the day before.
How lucky we were not to have been present during the fire and to have photographed the meadow and its surroundings before it burned. I hope the ranchers removed the cows and horses in time.
Stay tuned for photographs from future FotoPosa outings.