Wandering Camera – Mono Lake Sunrise

 

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Today I would like to share a few more photos from our last camping trip.  Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra is a very special place.  Its fascinating geology lends to its beauty.  I was a novice photographer when I was there the last time during sunrise many years ago and that left an impression on me.  Now, years later, it was time to revisit and refresh that memory.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

 

Last month I shared photos of a spontaneous visit to one of the many glacial lakes in the High Sierras during the sunset hour.  It was a magical hour.  Not quite so spontaneous, we headed out next morning toward Mono Lake for the sunrise.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

In September, High Sierra mornings are already very cold.  Since we were going to be standing still by the lakeside for photography, we bundled up in layers of warm clothing and drove out in the darkness. 

The cold air, the gentle lapping of water on the shore, the peach and cream sky and the intensely blue lake interspersed by the Tufa all combined to make the place look very otherworldly.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Unlike the sunset of the night before which unfolded over the course of an hour, the sunrise was a much briefer affair.   We left shortly thereafter with a dazed head from this ethereal early morning.

 

 

 

Fall Red Leaf Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Next week is a holiday week here in the US, so I am posting this month’s Wandering Camera a week early. 

Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about where you live in the comments last month.  I not only loved reading them, I even made a few travel notes.  If you are in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving next week.  If you are elsewhere, I wish you a wonderful week.

 

Will you be starting with early holiday shopping or do you have other plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving?  I will be visiting a redwood forest that I have not been to before.

 

This is also going to be the last Wandering Camera until January.  I will leave the linky party open throughout January in case you want to continue to link up.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting, and what you have been creating.

 

Wandering Camera - Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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Wandering Camera is a monthly event that runs on the last Thursday of every month.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.  All photography and creative-themed posts are welcome.

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Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to October’s Wandering Camera!  I love October for many reasons, but this particular one is very special to me.  Twenty years ago, this east coast girl packed up on the last week of October and left for the west coast in pursuit of something she had read in a science fiction book.  I fell in love with the author’s description of California, and sight unseen I moved here.  I fall in love with her more with every passing day.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last weekend we were without power for a very long time due to major Santa Ana winds.  The trees were swaying as if the ground itself was shaking them.  Colourful autumn leaves were swirling everywhere. Despite the drama, it was a tragic event, really.  I was wondering what keeps me here.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

As you know, I love camping in the high sierras at 10,000 ft. for the cold weather it brings in September.  It is a respite for me from the summer heat.  Despite my wish of seeing the sun colouring the rolling clouds over the high mountains at sunrise and sunset, the day started out quite mundane.

 

Nonetheless, we got up before sunrise at 5:30 AM and drove up to one of the many glacial lakes to see the sun blazing on the mountains.  We were not disappointed.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As if mother Nature heard me, she started rolling in a few clouds later in the day.

 

 

Camping At The High Sierras Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I was trying hard not obsess about photography this time, and busied myself the next day with a bit of sketching of my new tent at the campground.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

However, when the clouds continued to billow overhead, it was very hard not to heed that call.  My husband, who knows me very well, smiled and we drove to one of our favourite spots on Tioga Pass a little before sunset.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The 360-degree amphitheatre play of light, shadow, and colour unfolded around us slowly over the next hour.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The clouds turned from white to orange to purple and pink.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then back to orange again on the other side of the mountain.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

It was getting really dark around us and we were the only living beings there apart from the trees to witness the drama that only Mother Nature can create.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We finally left when the last light of the day had truly started fading away into night.  There was an intense pink glow around us still, and it was very hard to part myself from it.  Mesmerized and hypnotized, I wanted to stay there forever and become part of the mountains and the trees.

 

That’s why stay here in California.  I wanted to write something summarising my life here, but how do you capture twenty years of photographic journey in just one single article!  So I decided to share just one intense hour with you. 

 

Celebratory Giveaway

 

Today is my favourite holiday, plus as a celebration of life here in California, I am doing a giveaway.   This giveaway is for those who subscribe to my blog via email.  This is where I share my photos and work in context and I get to communicate with you directly and the most. Thank you for reading and for all the wonderful comments!

Please make sure you follow me and leave a comment.  If you spread the word about the giveaway online, leave another comment mentioning that.  To make things fun, tell me at least one thing that you love about where you live in the comments, I would love to know.  I am giving away prints of Autumn Forest Walk to 4 people.

 

Last date to enter the giveaway is November 10th, 2019.

 

Autumn Forest Walk In Yosemite | Whims And Fancies

Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy

 

Also, don’t forget to link up on Wandering Camera. I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting, and what you have been creating.

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

You can add any number of links to your posts, or write a new post to link up.

Please add the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy as long as you link back :-)

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that runs on the last Thursday of every month.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.  All photography and creative-themed posts are welcome.

Have fun!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

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October Colours – Autumn Forest Walk

 

October is here.  Alongside mostly cooler days, I have spotted colour changes in the leaves here and there.  I will soon be out and about a LOT more with my camera and paintbrushes, capturing the quintessential autumnal colours and enjoying not only my favourite seasons, also my most favourite festival – Halloween!  After being homebound for close to six months during spring and summer due to severe allergies, I look forward to this every year with much excitement.

I have a few sewing projects to share with you that are made from my patterns –

 

 

 

 

The camera was made by Becky as a gift.

 

Kat made a bag for a secret Santa present using the Artist Paintbox pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat on Etsy

 

 

The first witch hat was made by Mary.  She used dot-to-dot quilting for it, which I found to be so unique.

 

The second one was made by PumpkinHollowQuilts.  She makes some of the best Halloween cross stitches and decorations.

 

 

They are all made from some of my favourite patterns, and I am delighted to be able to share them with you. 

 

 

 

 I made a Halloween-themed block from my Shattered Star pattern.  I earnestly meant to quilt this block by now.  Much to my chagrin, that is unfortunately not going to happen.  I am going to turn this into a pillow.

Linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty!  Great way to get those small or big finishes achieved.

 

 

 

 

Most of my things are still in boxes while we wait for a few home improvements.  I did pack some of my drawing/painting supplies in a bag since I can pretty much sit anywhere and start to draw/paint.  The only thing that could distract me is the call of the outside.

 

 

 

Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy

 

The woods around here will very soon start to display the most amazing autumnal colours.   Mother Nature uses her Midas touch to transform the area into the most vibrant shades of gold and yellow.  Even painting that transports me to a different world. 

 

 

 

Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy

 

In the spirit of sharing some of my autumn dreams with you, Autumn Forest Walk is now available in my Etsy shop. It would be a lovely fall display and perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are a tree-hugger (in the most literal sense) like me, you would probably enjoy having it around all year long as I do.

 

To make things a little easier for the oncoming holiday season, I am doing free U.S. shipping on all of my paintings on Etsy.  I am also happy to combine shipping charges for multiple international orders.

 

 

 

See you on Oct. 31st for Wandering Camera!

 

Happy October!
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

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Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop – The Witch Tree

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to the Witchy Stichy blog hop hosted by Carol.  We have very recently moved to a house which has some very old and very beautiful trees.  I think trees are quite magical.  Over the past couple of weeks, as I have been unpacking, I have been listening to them rustling in the wind and wondering what they are saying to each other, or perhaps whispering an idea of a story to me.

 

 

 

Witch Cauldron Watercolour Sennelier | Whims And Fancies

 

 

There is a forest where little witches live.  They are not the usual naughty witches you read about who stir up acrid potions in their cauldrons and harm others.  These witches take care of the forest and tend to the trees during the day.  While they do use their little cauldrons to make potions from the berries and herbs they collect, these are generally fortifying or healing potions.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

That is why when you go to the forest during the daylight hours, you don’t see anything out of the ordinary.  However, if you were to venture deep inside the forest during the night, you would see the trees lit up by little pumpkins, inside which the witches live.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The witches have painted vines and leaves all over the inside walls.  Once they return home and lights are on, the semi-transparent walls look magical from outside.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The vines that grow around the trees shine silver when moonlight falls on them.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The witches have also added enchantments to the trunk of the tree so the tree is not burdened by them.  The tree lives a carefree life, hugging and protecting the witches and singing rustling songs to them, and the witches care for the trees and guard them with their magic and potions.

So begins my little story of the Witch Tree.

 

Time For A Little Giveaway

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies
Cat Eyes Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Halloween is my favourite holiday and as a paper piecing designers, I am excited about giving away these two patterns to 4 people.  My giveaways are for my followers only.  If you spread the word on social media, you get extra entries per mention.  Please make sure you follow me and leave a comment for each social media mention.  Last date to enter the giveaway is October 11th, 2019.

 

Stay tuned for at least one more giveaway this month!

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Witch Tree on Etsy

 

As for the this piece, I paper pieced the tree.  Once I set the block on a canvas and added the pumpkins, I started doodling with my silver and gold pens, thinking of the little witches and their forest full of trees.

The Witch Tree is now available on my Etsy shop if you wish to make one for yourself.  You can replace the pumpkins with flowers, leaves, fruits or any other embelishment your heart desires.

 

 

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt  hosts some of the best blog hops.   Thanks, Carol!!  

It not only gave me a much-needed break from the mayhem of moving, now I also have a Halloween wall art for our new home.  I am glad to have this as my very first project made in this home.  Off to a good creative start, I think.

 

 

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

 

A full list of the bog hoppers on Just Let Me Quilt

 

Here are a few of the lovely ladies who I am sharing my day with –

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Quilted Delights

Kathleen McMusing

Quilts By Joanne

Whims And Fancies – That’s me!

Janie G. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt

 

 

 

Have fun blog hopping!

-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

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