Coping Strategies

Coping Strategies, not just pretty pictures: Cottonwood leaves swirling in the Merced River, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Cottonwood leaves swirling in the Merced River, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Our country has endured so many disasters lately. The recent fires in California have been devastating – especially the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise. My mom lived in Paradise for eight years, and although I haven’t been there in decades, I remember the area well. I wonder whether any of her friends were still there. I’m sure her old house was destroyed; I just hope whoever was living there got out safely.

At least two members of our landscape-photography community lived in Paradise and lost nearly everything in the fire: Cindy Hoover and Erin Babnick. Please consider helping them out by contributing to the GoFundMe campaigns that have been set up for them: Cindy’s here, and Erin’s here.


Aspen Colors

Autumn Colors: Aspens above Grant Lake, Inyo NF, CA, USA

Autumn Colors: Sunlit reflections of Aspens above Grant Lake, Inyo NF, CA, USA

I’m working on a longer post, but in the meantime here are some more autumn colors, this time from the eastern Sierra about ten days ago. This image was actually Claudia’s idea. It’s difficult to photograph directly toward sunlit reflections like this, but she liked the color palette of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue, so I decided to try it, and somehow it worked.



Rebirth: Coneflowers in a burned forest, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Coneflowers in a forest burned by the Rim Fire, near Crane Flat, Yosemite

The Ferguson Fire, which has been burning on the western edge of Yosemite since July 13th, is now 100% contained. The other major fires in California, like the Mendocino Complex and Carr fires, are still burning, but nearing containment. Skies around the state have become much less smoky over the last week or two.

Tragically, two firefighters died battling the Ferguson Fire, but no homes were lost. We were lucky around here compared to the people in Redding, where the Carr Fire destroyed over 1,000 homes, and eight people lost their lives.