Archive for March, 2009

Tioga Kiosk Link

March 21st, 2009

The server that was delivering the Tioga Pass Kiosk imagery is not working consistently. Here is the photo from earlier today: (Now this is weird — this ought to be a static image — but it is acting like a dynamic link — it’s updated itself since I posted this….) So, perhaps this will always show the current image — it’s dark there right now…. and today (03/22) the lens is covered in snow!

Flying Car heads for the horizion

March 20th, 2009

I want one of these — although think about kinds of crashes that could develop if the driver wasn’t paying 100% attention to the “road”.

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Half Dome?

March 19th, 2009

As seen from Patterson, California

As seen from Patterson, California

I don’t know the name of the photographer for this photo, but it was sent to us by RTA Photo Contributor Bob Brown. Here is his accompanying e-memo:

I just encountered this image of Yosemite Valley taken from the Patterson area on a Yosemite forum. I was rather amused when I read some posts that doubted the integrity of the photo, and others who worked out mapping probabilities, etc.

In March, 1971, I had a unique experience that I still recall very vividly: The San Joaquin Valley experienced a rare arctic weather front: Cold and windy weather that clears the smog out, providing extremely good visibility. I stood in the second story campus library, looked east over Monte Vista Avenue (“Mountain View,” in Spanish), up the Merced River Canyon and into “Joe Schmidt Valley.” I wish now that I had photographed the phenomenon.

I posted essentially the same information to the Yosemite forum, and it will be interesting to see if any doubt my accuracy.

It is really an interesting view and one that I could never have imagined would be possible. I didn’t think Half Dome was tall enough to be seen outside of Yosemite Valley. Have you ever seen this view?

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Fire in the sky !

March 14th, 2009

I was looking on the Yosemite NP website this morning and took a look at the webcams in the current conditions section and was amazed at the spectacular sunrise.
No camera tricks but straight from the webcam.


Courtesy of Yosemite webcam

Courtesy of Yosemite webcam

From the Yosemite park webcam

From the Yosemite park webcam

Pretty spectacular !

Kicking the Tires of another Tool

March 13th, 2009
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The roadtrip planning testers on the Forum are kicking the tires of a new trip planning tool.

Screen Shot of a completed trip

Screen Shot of a completed trip

Here is the report I ran and here are some of the bugs we’ve found so far.

So, give a test run and let us know what you think of it!