Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hangin' at CLT

I'm stuck in Charlotte for a while. My flight is delayed by about an hour, but I can't complain. CLT happens to have free wireless access - so I'll be able to spend some time working, rather than just sitting around waiting for the airline to find it's plane. I'm still on California time, too - so I'm not that tired. I won't be home until after 1am, and the kids will be waiting for me... but that's tomorrow. I'll be tired at the end of the day, I think. :)

Ah dang - they're going to change my gate. Just when I'd found myself a comfy seat and an outlet. Oh well.

We spent yesterday driving from the Pacific Coast to Mono Lake. Driving through Yosemite is always a pleasure - what a glorious place. I guess as a landscape photographer, I should say something deep about inspiration and Ansel Adams and all that - but it's a bit late, and I've been sitting on my tail for most of the day. We were up at 4am - driving from Lee Vining to San Francisco took about 5 hours - waited for my flight - flew from San Francisco to Charlotte - and now I'm sitting on my tail once again. And then an hour from CLT to CLE - and another 40 minutes home. Oh boy. What I wouldn't give for a little chunk of wilderness right about now!

Unfortunately, our trip to Mono Lake was fruitless. We were hoping to catch the storm clouds at sunset, but unluckily, the storm cleared up early. We did take some shots, and I'll post when I've processed - but we'll have to return at a better time. Of course, summer is certainly not the best time to photograph Mono Lake... but it was worth a try. :) Even with the extra ten hours of driving.

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Anonymous Kris Taeleman said...

We also pasted by Mono Lake about a month ago, but we didn't even see a sky due to the forest fires raging in Northern California... But at the right time with the right clouds, I can image it must produce wonderful images, even without all that, it was still amazing to look at the salt columns :)

July 21, 2008 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Hi Kris,

We did see quite a lot of evidence of forest fires while in CA this time. In fact, we'd planned to visit Lassen, but too many fires in the area made that impossible. It's been a terrible year for fires.

Mono Lake is truly amazing - the Tufa's are strange and fascinating. I'm sorry you didn't get to see it under a beautiful sky. I hope you can go again sometime - in better conditions.

Thanks for your comment!

July 21, 2008 at 9:19 AM  

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