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TOP 100’s

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

There have suddenly appeared many top 100 lists on facebook – places we’ve been, what we’ve eaten, etc.  Instead of a list of where people have been, how about everyone’s TOP FIVE FAVORITE PLACES?  Mine are:

VENICE   – Awesome water reflections and the very colorful island of Burano

                         

ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH   where hiking The Narrows was one of the most exciting adventures ever!

                    

BARCELONA – art everywhere and the BEST FOOD!!!

                 

CAPRI – Complete beauty

                  

CINQUE TERRE, ITALY – intense hiking between the towns

                                

Yes, I see that 3 of my top 5 are in Italy!  I also love Rocky Mountain National Park, Durango (and all of Colorado for that matter), Yosemite, Boston, northern California, New Orleans, Yellowstone, Sedona.  I could go on and on…

 

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NEW WORK

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

The same two pieces have been up on my design wall for many months – first because I did not have enough studio time, and second because when I got to the buildings I could not figure out how I wanted to stitch them.  (Buildings are outside my comfort zone of water and landscapes!)  Well, I have finally found studio time and then woke up one morning knowing what to do with the buildings.  So here is some nostalgia from a long-ago Venice vacation…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Venetian Reflections I  (c)2012 Shelley Brucar

 

 

 

  Venetian Reflections II  (c)2012 Shelley Brucar

  This one is the island of Burano where colorful buildings abound!

 

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YOSEMITE – PART 5

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This is probably the last post on Yosemite – photos of some wildlife and some not-so-wild life forms.

Obviously used to humans, the deer come pretty close to nibble on branches, ignoring the crowds of people.

Where there are wildflowers, there are butterflies.

We were close enough to this brown bear to photograph with a LONG lens.

Bright and beautiful Stellar’s Jay can be found all over the park.  It was difficult to get an image that was in focus because this bird never stops moving, but Wayne did it.

Walking a path behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, we came across the graduation ceremony for a group of Yosemite Mounted Patrol.

We fell in love with this English Cream Golden Retriever who was staying next door to us at Yosemite View Lodge.  We wanted to take him home with us, but his owners were too attached to give him up!

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YOSEMITE – PART 4

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Another strenuous climb was to the top of Vernal Fall.  It was steep, rocky and quite wet, but again very much worth the effort.  It was beautiful from the beginning of the trail.

First view of Vernal Fall:

As we got closer, the mist from the waterfall got very heavy, and we were happy to have brought our bright yellow Yosemite rain ponchos!  Yes, those are water spots on my lens.

And a rainbow at the bottom…

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YOSEMITE – PART 3

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We wanted to get up close and personal with some waterfalls.  This requires some challenging hiking, but we did it!  Here’s the trail to Upper Yosemite Fall.  Rocky and uphill, and notice the drop-off on the left.

I love the trail sign indicating “no biking” as if this would even be possible on a bike.

Then it’s all so worth the struggle when you turn a corner and Upper Yosemite Fall is right there in front of you, close enough to feel the mist.

Here are closer views.  The white streaks on the side are ice; it’s cold near the water at high elevations.

Then on the way down, it looks like a storm is coming – time to get off the mountain.

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YOSEMITE – PART 2

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More Yosemite photos…

You can see why they call it “Mirror Lake”.  The first image is the famous Half Dome.  Some folks climb it; I did not!

One day it snowed.  I don’t like snow or cold, but this was beautiful.  The term “winter wonderland” kept floating through my mind.

My fingers were numb, but I had to have pictures.  It did warm up some by the following day.  My next post will feature waterfalls.

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YOSEMITE – PART I

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

My husband and I are just back from 2 weeks in Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite places on earth.  We did some easy hikes, some fairly stenuous hikes and got up close and personal with several incredible waterfalls.  I managed to fill 4 cf cards ranging from 1G to 4G, so it will take a while to go through all the photos, but today I’ll share a few from the beginning of the trip.  From the moment of driving into the park, the views are absolutely beyond description.  I fell in love with Yosemite almost 30 years ago, and finally returning, fell in love all over again.

For the first week, we stayed at Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal.  It is right outside the park, 1 mile from the Arch Rock entrance.  I would definitely stay there again.  The room was large, comfortable and equipped with kitchen area, microwave, fireplace and giant-sized whirlpool tub – very much appreciated after a full day of hiking up and down mountains!  As if that is not enough, there was a huge patio outside our back door which backed right up to the Merced River.  Listening to the rapids at night was blissful.  Not even in the park yet and it’s wonderful!  Here are some images of the Merced River rapids and other views from our patio:

The weather changed often, and in the above photos you can see the morning mist rising.

As you drive into the park, which is known for some of the tallest waterfalls in the world, of course one of the first things you see is Cascade Fall, and you are surrounded by massive granite cliffs.

More to come…

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