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Old 11-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #211
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It was time to survey the damage from the Rim Fire.


For those who may not know the Rim Fire was one of the worst forest fires in California's history and burned National Forest and into Yosemite National park. Any of you locals probably watched the news like I did (or were maybe in it!) and saw familiar places going up in smoke. Some of my favorite dualsporting was in the burn area, but long before that the area was a favorite of mine for midnight camping spots and crazy campfire hooliganism. Go back even further than that, I did my first backpacking trip with my father in those hills. So I feel somewhat connected to the place.

While the fire was burning I wanted nothing more than to be there and capture the moment, but in reality I probably would have been in the way and with my zeal for getting closer I'd probably have been in trouble at some point. So my one and ONLY photo of the Rim fire burning was actually from about 150 miles away, from the east side of Mt. Hamilton. I stopped to look at the huge pyrocumulous cloud (best new word I learned last year!) and wonder what the chaos was like in the middle of that.




I've briefly passed through on the main highway recently and had a peak at the changed landscape, but this day was about getting in the middle of it, take some time and really look around. Most of the National Forest in just straight up closed, which means my dirt roads are out of the question, and a number of paved roads are inaccessible still, but the route to Hetch Hetchy is wide open so that's where I'll explore.


Currently one of the best vantage points for an overview is right from the main highway outside Buck Meadows.




Evergreen road was not as bad as I was afraid it would be.

Some parts are relatively untouched, others seem moderately burned, introducing a new kind of beauty all it's own.




Other parts are like standing burnt matchsticks.














If you read these two signs together it seems it would be o.k. to go in on a motorcycle right?? I just had to get in a little deeper.


















The road to Hetch Hetchy had some devastated spots, but only in spots. Of course a lot of that was a moonscape to begin with and the charred remains add an eerie character to the place.











I know this is a cliche photo, but I thought I'd have to wait until spring to do some of these. First snow/rains with a little sunshine were enough for these guys to compete for the best spots.





Speaking of life at the edge of the fire....ran into this fella.






Right about now I wish I had my 500mm lens with me, as I probably got closer than I should have to get this shot, but that's the adventure right?
We had a few staring contests I'll never forget. Making eye contact with one of these guys in it's home turf is always a bit of a thrill. But then, that's why I keep going back.


Back out on Evergreen Rd I had to stop for a minute at an area lightly touched by the fire and left as I remembered for decades. I'll be back to photograph as the seasons change and more areas become accessible, so there WILL be updates.






Again the spontaneity of the road. As the shadows get longer I start thinking of home.....or why not take a quick spin up to Glacier Pt for sunset? Going to be a large moon tonight and it'll be taking over about when the sun drops so why not have a look? ( I love that I have places like this to just swing by)


The High Sierra is always doing something interesting.





Just chilling waiting for the show to start....and it does






A few big rocks around here to look at to






With temps dropping quick after sunset I think a nocturnal spin around the valley floor is in order. Ever see the moon rise twice in one day? It comes up a lot later in the valley.






I've been here more than a few times with a full moon and it still seems surreal each time. You really don't need lights, everything glows. If haven't done it.....do it!






Last stop for the evening, once again a familiar view that is always different.






A few hours after sunset and time to roll. Did I mention that when I woke up this morning I felt a cold coming on? Here I was hours to ride until home, temps already in the 30s and I've got a sore throat/runny nose getting worse by the minute......AND I still wouldn't rather be anywhere else than right there, enjoying the moment.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #212
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Brilliant pics. I hope you get paid for them- I think they are that good!
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #213
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Brilliant pics. I hope you get paid for them- I think they are that good!

Well if you'd like to send me a check or I can give you my Paypal



Glad you're diggin it, and no I don't get paid. At this point in my photography I'm just glad others enjoy it to.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:04 PM   #214
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Very good camera, excellent photographer, great subject. Like the full moon moon ride, twice.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #215
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Really like your threa and all of really cool photo's. Not that I like fire, but you've taken some nice photo's of the fire area's.

I found this one to be cute! Proceed with caution
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:12 AM   #216
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love the new set!

you should go back to the burned area every year and "document" the progress....
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #217
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Not that I like fire, but you've taken some nice photo's of the fire area's.
Yeah, I don't think anybodys happy that it burned, at least not the way that it did. But it sure did offer some powerful views. Even the areas destroyed are worth enjoying, for the same reason we ride Death Valley and other desolate areas. There is actually one road, that is closed at the moment, that I've always thought would have insane views if the trees were gone. From what I understand I'll get a chance to see that now. There's positive in everything.



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you should go back to the burned area every year and "document" the progress....

That's the plan. I ride that area a LOT during winter as it's relatively low in elevation and can usually be accessed all year, except in the middle of a storm or really icy conditions. Not to mention is pretty close to home so short daylight hours make it an easy ride...then again you've seen daylight isn't really a requirement for me
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #218
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Fantastic nighttime pics of Yosemite!
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:42 AM   #219
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Beautiful photos. Burn areas are interesting and have a beauty of their own. The moon sitting on the mountain if fabulous and I love the bear.

Keep the good stuff coming.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #220
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As always Dave, great pictures and thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #221
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Greetings Dave.. long time lurker and I finally got an adventure bike last July (GS LC). Rides and scenes that you posted are the exact reason I decided to leave the sportsbike world. Seems like I was always in a rush to get to the next road.

I currently live in the east SF bay area. And I'm plotting most of the roads and places you mentioned in your thread. Hoping I'll be able to visit all of them.

Great stuff. And thanks for doing this.

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #222
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Wow, amazing shot...

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:29 PM   #223
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The moon sitting on the mountain if fabulous and I love the bear.
Had a chance to sift through some photos, so here'[s a few more of the ferocious bear













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Greetings Dave.. long time lurker and I finally got an adventure bike last July (GS LC). Rides and scenes that you posted are the exact reason I decided to leave the sportsbike world. Seems like I was always in a rush to get to the next road.

I currently live in the east SF bay area. And I'm plotting most of the roads and places you mentioned in your thread. Hoping I'll be able to visit all of them.

Great stuff. And thanks for doing this.

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Thanks for saying all the nice stuff people...now I really wish I had some more ride photos to post! But I don't at the moment.

What the heck, since this is turning into a photography thread as much as riding, I'll share a shot I took over Thanksgiving weekend that IMO tells a story. I've been dabbling in this type of photography and now and then one just works

This was a candid shot, I walked up from a river bank and saw these two enjoying the moment at sunset. So genuine.



If this doesn't make you smile a little, you are way more hard core than I am
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #224
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That bear is so cool. Bear are fun to watch.

The last picture made me smile big, what a cool shot.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #225
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I've been right there, you can walk right up to the mountain and LEAN on it

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