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Darvin Atkeson
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Attended ITT Technical Institute
Lives in Bass Lake, California
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From my recent trip over to Mono Lake.   I never get tired of this place.  Wish I could go more often.
The summertime monsoons that recently affected Arizona and Nevada made its way westward and caused a number of thunderstorms over the Eastern Sierra deserts of California. Mono Lake is a saline lake that is saltier than the oceans and its vast area helps add to the moisture in the sky making for splendid sunsets over the deserts. In this image we are looking north toward the famous Ghost Town of Bodie. Lighting would strike just west of the...
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beautiful
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Just for those who may not know... not Notepad but Notepad++ which doesn't come with Windows but is free and easily found with an Internet search.   

Nice quick tutorial. 

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Lovers Point - Pacific Grove California
Possibly one of the most beautiful and romantic locations is Lovers Point in Pacific Grove California. The park starts just west of Monterey Bay Aquarium and runs around the entire Monterey Peninsula out to Point Pinos. As you pass through Lovers Point Park you enter this lush area that almost seems overly burden with pink flowers in the springtime. They really contrast beautifully against the pristine green blue sea as waves roll gently...
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Impending storm clouds loom over Yosemite Valley as the sun breaks through a sliver in the clouds to illuminate the face of the cliffs in an epic battle between dark and light.   As often is the case a beautiful morning in Yosemite following a late winter snowfall the night before turned cloudy as thunder storms build over the Sierra Nevada.    The clouds cast their shadows at first sparingly over the Valley floor moving quickly then gaining momentum and volume as the afternoon warms the Central Valley of California.    As the clouds build the Sierras turn dark and the light is diminished until only occasionally the sun breaks through and illuminates the face of Yosemite’s sheer granite walls.    This is the best time of year to catch the dramatic scenery that unfolds when light and dark battle for the same space.  

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Nature at its finest
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Fall colors are reflected in the Merced River as it runs through the Valley of Yosemite National Park.    Hidden by the forest from many of the most photographed locations it runs though the heart of Yosemite Valley.    Starting in the High Sierra it cascades down granite canyons in to a number of stunning waterfalls then reaching the deep flat valley slows and meanders though the Yosemite Valley floor.   In Spring it remains a rushing torrent but in Fall it becomes a tranquil place to sit and ponder the wonders of paradise on Earth.    Taken from one of my favorite spots atop a rock in the middle of the river which is only accessible when the river runs low and slowly.    I often come to sit here and just take in the peacefulness of the reflections of the river and watch as colored leaves float down the river.

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Very pretty. I love the reflections!
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Wow, was that dumb or what?   The future is what you make it, so make it a good one.

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One of those days where everything goes just right.   
I rushed out to get a sunset knowing was likely too late. We got down to the lake and color from the sunset had just started to fade. I managed a few descent shots before it was nearly gone and the stars were starting to show in the twilight sky. My hopes were just slipping away when the real light show began. Bolts of lightning began striking all around the south side of Bass Lake. I walked down the beach to point the camera at the near...
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Each springtime a small somewhat ordinary tree that grows below the pine trees shows off in a beautiful floral display of Dogwood Flowers.   The bright white blooms of the Sierra Dogwoods brighten up the forest and valley floors near streams.    Yosemite Valley is especially beautiful when decorated in these delicate white flowers which bloom along the Merced and a number of other streams where shade from evergreens dominates the sky.   Later the flowers will turn to berries and in Autumn the trees will once again put on a display of colors as the trees turn from green, yellow, orange to bright red before going into winter hibernation.   For a short time the trees will continue to bloom below the waterfalls and then moving up the cliffs to higher elevations.   

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What a fine collection of work you have in your stream!! Wow, +Darvin Atkeson!! Thanks for sharing!! :-)
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Bixby Bridge Blues
Gone coast side for a spring storm. Then the dark clouds a got me down. Blue flowers were blooming all around. But all I can do is look and frown. I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts. I've got no time to lurk and stay. So I take the shot just to get away. That storms a blowin' in real fast. This lights not gunna last. I've got the Bixby Blues while my Nikon rusts. The old tires start to slip and spin Back down on High...
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When visiting Yosemite National Park one of the hardest things to get your mind around is the sheer size of everything.   When you eyes first get a glimpse of Yosemite Falls plummeting from the towering glacier carved cliffs of granite you cannot help but doubt them.   Even form across Yosemite Valley you can hear the thundering of the water slamming in to rocks below in what sounds more like thunder than the typical sound of a waterfall.   During Spring when Yosemite Falls is at peak flow, you can literally feel the thundering sound impact your body.   As you approach Yosemite Falls up the main trail you feel the winds pick up and it becomes incredibly windy at the bridge just below the Lower Yosemite Falls.    It is hard to say what you will remember most about your visit to Yosemite National Park but Yosemite Falls will definitely make a lifelong impression. 

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Half Dome, one of Yosemite National Park's most well known features, rises high in to a velvet blue star filled sky both reflecting in the Merced river that runs slowly through the nearly flat Yosemite Valley Floor. Theses giant cliffs were carved clean by the force of massive ice glaciers that flowed through Yosemite Valley during the last ice age. When the glaciers receded Yosemite Lake was formed by massive boulders that were dropped by the glacier forming a dam at the far end of Yosemite Valley. Over tens of thousands of years the Yosemite Lake slowly filled in with silt forming grassy meadows, some of which remain today. Over several thousand more years, most of the meadows slowly filled in with a lush green forest of pines, aspen and oak trees forming today's Yosemite Valley floor. This small corner of the Merced river harkens back to the views that must have occurred nightly on the fresh clean glacier lake that formed after the last glacier slowly receded.

The glaciers and the large lake are now gone but this place is in a constant state of change. The powers of nature slowly wearing away the granite cliffs as the hard rock is slowly pealed back layer by layer by the forces of water and ice. A small lake known as Mirror Lake just under the face of Half Dome used to serve as a great reflecting pond has begun to fill in and turn to Mirror Meadow. During the wet season the pond returns for a short time. Fortunately this reflection will last a bit longer but even it will eventually change.

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Went out a number of times trying to shoot the Firefall effect on Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park. The Phenomenon occurs during a short period around February 21st fluctuating slightly due to leap years.   Fortunately this year we had a small amount of snow and a few rainy days just before it really started to light up.   But it's been a while now since it last rained and all the Falls in Yosemite are running on the dry side.    If you get this one just right, the shadow from El Capitan masks out the water nearly perfectly.   You have a few more days to catch this and the shadow should fall nicely aligning nearly perfectly with the Horsetail Fall if it's flowing sufficiently.  

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Superb drama, Darv!
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Photography, Art, Computers
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Photoshop, 3DS MAX, Windows, PC, Troubleshooting, Photography, Nikon, Landscapes, Website Design and Programming, Technical Support, Photo Retouching & Restoration
Employment
  • Photographer LiquidMoonlight.com
    Photography, Art, Computers, present
  • Portrait Displays
    Manager, Tech Support / QA, 2004 - 2009
  • Autodesk
    Senior Support Engineer, 2000 - 2004
  • Interactual
    Senior DVD Application Engineer, 1999 - 2000
  • OZ Interactive
    Manager IT Services / Support, 1997 - 1999
  • Sierra Entertainment
    Technical Artist, 1991 - 1993
  • US Army
    Illustrator, 1983 - 1986
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Bass Lake, California
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Pittsburg, California - San Bernardino - Oakhurst, California - Monterey, California - Fresno, California - Highland, California - Trona, California
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Introduction
Native born Californian and now make my home in the Bay Area.   Love outdoors, photography, computers, art and seafood. 
Bragging rights
Had a piece of artwork used by the immensely famous rock band Boston on one of their albums. Have a 68 foot by 7 foot mural haning in the Yosemite International Airport in Fresno. Was fortunate to work at Sierra On Line video game company while they were still in the Sierra Mountains.
Education
  • ITT Technical Institute
    BA - Electronics Engineering, 1986 - 1990
  • Trona High School
    1980
  • San Gorgonio High School
    1980
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The food was awesome and the service outstanding. There are not a lot of restaurants open year round near Bass Lake so this was a pleasant find. Sampled their meatball soup, Fajitas, Chile Verde Chimichanga burrito and all were quite good. Serving sizes are on the large side. Cost is about average. Restaurant and bathroom were both clean. Patio was closed due to season. Seating options are booths or tables. Possibly the best Mexican Food in the area.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Simple and clean and inexpensive. Great for pets and a place just to grab a shower and some sleep. The bed was moderately comfortable. Staff was very friendly and check-in was very fast. Perfect place to stay if you have a pet, little cash and just want to get out and photograph the Autumn Color in the area. It's location is great for going either north to the Lundy Canyon Area or south to the Bishop area.
Public - a year ago
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I give it a 5 out of 5 for one reason and one reason only. Their Fisherman's Stew is one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. Though we have tried other dishes we keep coming back for the stew. When they first suggested it, it sounded horrible but I took a chance. My wife not so brave. She ended up sharing my meal and now we both just get the stew. Dog friendly front outdoor area with heaters and fire pits. Live music. Great ambiance and courteous staff make for a wonderful dining experience. The view is of the Half Moon Bay Marina so don't expect stunning coastline. But it keeps us returning time and time again. I know fish stew sounds gross. But give it a try.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago