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. 

 

Giveaway has now ended.

 

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Wandering Camera – Old York Street Light

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Before I continue with today’s post, I have something personal to share.  After looking for a house that we can call home for a very long time, my husband and I finally found one a couple of weekends ago.  All things are now set in motion and hopefully we will be moving by mid to late next month.

 

 

 

 

I took this photo when we went to see the house.  It has a beautiful backyard with very old Ash trees and a giant Redwood tree.

 

 

 

 

I am also working on a sewing project that I have had in my mind for a long time.  Carol at Just Let Me quilt is hosting  Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop for Halloween, and this will be just perfect for that.   Here is a sneak peek!

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would love to have an old wrought iron street light placed somewhere in the new house.  I am very fond of them.

 

 

 

Gamla Stan In Stockholm

 

I love these lights hanging from the brick walls of pubs or cafes in old cities, welcoming people inside after a long countryside walk or to just relax a little by the fireside after travelling a long way.  They somehow fit in both urban decor and medieval decor with ease.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Not surprising that I found myself painting one such street light hanging above a door.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I enjoyed painting the weathered walls, specially the bricks.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

York is such a lovely historic English city that both of us came up with the idea together of calling this painting Old York Street Light

This Yorkshire-inspired art print would be nice for anyone who loves England and Britain as well as people who love old European architecture prints.

I now have prints of this painting available on my Etsy shop.  I would love for you take a look.  As most of my artwork is travel-inspired, I am sure it would make a wonderful travel lover gift too.

This old street lights invokes thoughts of not just travelling, but also art, history, architecture and stories from medieval times.  This print would be lovely for a book lover – anyone who loves to travel through pages.  I can’t wait to hang this in the new house by my books.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me. 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

 

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