Happy Thanksgiving!

Upper Yosemite Fall and rainbow, December 2005

Upper Yosemite Fall and rainbow, December 2005

We all have a lot to be thankful for. Today, I’m especially grateful for all of you. I really appreciate your readership, comments, and support. Your participation, insights, ideas, and passion for photography make writing this blog fun!

And… I’m thankful for water. A few small storms have recently revived Yosemite Falls after a long absence, and it’s good to have it back. Last winter was exceptionally dry, so I’m hoping that the storms continue, and we have lots of that precious resource, water, throughout this winter and spring.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, with good food and lots of love in the company of family and friends. Don’t eat too much. Okay, it’s Thanksgiving — eat as much as you want!

— Michael Frye


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22 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well Michael!

  2. Have a great holiday, Michael. Thank you for your interesting blog. The water is replenishing. We needed it.

  3. Zolt Levay says:

    Thank you Michael. I wish you and your family a great holiday. I’m thankful for your fine photography and your generosity in sharing your vision and expertise. I’m also extremely grateful for the spectacular beauty of our natural landscapes and the foresight of everyone who has made it possible for them to be preserved for everyone’s benefit.

  4. Gary Albertson says:

    Hi Michael:

    I wish you and your family the same….its been a couple of years since Carlos Delarios and I took a class from you, but its still very endelible in our memory and we practice all of what we
    learned every time we go out….at least a little bit of what we learned.

    I personally follow your website and blogs all the time….pretty special. Hope to possibly take another session this next season.

    Based on your class, we have some great photos from the Southwest , Bryce, Zion, Upper and Lower Antelope Canyone etc.

    You are a great inspiration to a couple of retired guys!!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    Gary Albertson / Carlos Delarios / Amateur photographers

  5. Vivienne says:

    Dear Michael,

    A happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I am thankful that I did not need to travel on Wednesday when the Chicago area got socked in by 0 visibility fog. And I’m thankful that I took the day off and was able to spend some time in that fog with my camera. :)

    Best, Vivienne

  6. Nancy Rice says:

    I am continually thankful for your shring of yourself and your craft with us photographers! May you and your family have a day and a year wiwth countless things for which to be thankful!


  7. Dawn says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to someone who gives the rest of the world wonderful views of wonderful places.



  8. Marc says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Claudia. It has been a joy to learn under you guidance and am thankful for the opportunity. I hope you have a great day with the family and the doggies! Like you said for those of us in this area, keep the rain coming. Take good care Michael.

  9. Paolo Nadeau says:

    Wishing You and Claudia (and Rider) a Happy Thanksgiving!


  10. Geoff Mower says:

    Although Thanksgiving isn’t specifically celebrated here in Australia, I certainly appreciate and concur with the sentiment of being grateful for what we have. Although I have never actually made it to Yosemite (yet) I know from your images that it is one of the world’s really special places, and I, like others, thank you for your skill, your art, and above all your generosity in sharing this amazing National Park with the world.

    Just in the last two days news has come through that after years of negotiations and demonstrations 500,000 hectares of pristine old growth rainforest in Tasmania will be saved from logging and made into National Park land. This is big news for wilderness lovers here, and is something else to be truly thankful for. (I just had to share that!)

    • Michael Frye says:

      Thanks for your comments Geoff. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I’ve always thought it was an idea that people everywhere could embrace. And thanks for your kind words about my photography.

      That’s great news about the Tasmanian rain forest, and I’m thankful for that too.

  11. Michael,
    A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We spent our’s in Albuquerque where there was not a cloud in the sky the entire weekend and much too warm for this time of year.
    Anyway, I wanted to ask if you had seen the excellent article in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine regarding the giant sequoias near your habitat. It was fairly short for a Nat Geo piece but concentrated on the trees in winter and their growth patterns. It had some good photography (but not quite up to the Frye quality) and an interesting 5-page vertical stitched panorama of “The President”, the second largest tree on earth. Do you ever do any sequoia pictures in the winter? It appears their limited growing regions are fairly high in altitude and access in the winter is quite a challange. Just curious…

    • Michael Frye says:

      Thanks Jim — a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you too. I’ve let my National Geographic subscription lapse, so I haven’t seen the article, but I’ll see if I can get hold of a copy. I do have sequoia photos in winter. It’s not that difficult — it’s about a two-mile ski to the Mariposa Grove, and only one mile (though a steep one) to the Tuolumne Grove.

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