Mai’s birthday is in September and I had treated her to a nice few days in Yosemite. The trip was a last minute idea and all accommodations in Yosemite Valley were full so I rented a home near Wawona close to the south entrance of the park.
The roads in the park are very curvy. Getting anywhere takes quite a long time from where we were staying. To get to Glacier Point was about an hour and, going the other direction to the big Sequoia trees at the south entrance took about 30 minutes. So we spent the entire time without ever once venturing even further down into the valley. Neither one of us minded at all because the adventures up in the high country kept us very amused.
Driving home down highway 140 at the end of the day I spotted this oak tree sitting on top of a hill against the sky still glowing after the sun has gone down. We got out and played with it for awhile until it was fully nighttime. It was so dark at the time of this shot that I was on a tripod and the exposure was several seconds. So it looks a lot lighter than it really was. It’s kind of fun how photography reveals what our eyes can’t allow our brain to experience.