USA // Part Three
I left Australia’s sunny shores wearing a dress and a pair of thongs (or flip flops for my American friends… they found my use of the word thongs quite amusing…) and I arrived to a chill in LA that I certainly wasn’t expecting; Hollywood movies had led me to believe that LA experienced summer all year, but they were wrong and so was I. Checking weather forecasts is a definite must for future trips as no matter how cold it was in LA, nothing really prepared me for the awesomeness and frigidity of Yosemite. The first night I was there, the temperature fell to -15°C and I had to attach chains attached to my tyres in order to get down into Yosemite Valley.
To give you an indication of the driving conditions, I had booked a cabin at the gorgeous Tenaya Lodge and the path/road thing that led to the cabins from the main Lodge was so bogged down that not even 4WDs could make it up the road, something they neglected to tell me when they said “oh, you’ll be right, you have snow chains on.” Snow chains on a Toyota Camry do not equal a 4WD!! So after sliding all over the road, getting bogged, and freaking out that I’d kill myself and/or destroy my rental car, I made it back to the Lodge and an absolutely stunning and warm room that I instantly felt at home in.
The drive in to Yosemite Valley was pretty much like my attempt to make it to the cabin, but a wee bit less slidey. I made it all the way in to the valley and was suitably and completely awe struck. To see a place I’d so admired in photos since I was a kid was just incredible. I think I just stood there in one spot for what felt like an eternity (although given the limbs going numb from cold, more like 5 minutes), so much so that the sun had started to set by the time I was leaving. The ranger was lovely enough to tell me to skedaddle before the roads got icy after sunset.
The images below are a collection a little all over my time in the US, but they tell a part of the story of my trip. For those of you that missed out on the previous posts, you can check out Part One here and Part Two here.
I look back on that drive to Yosemite and laugh at how naive I was, and I’m glad for it. That’s the part of me that will always yearn to be an explorer, to discover new things and to go off on wild travels all by my lonesome. It’s part of the reason I am a photographer and a part I’m grateful I could’ve let run loose in my travels.
For those wondering, all of these images were shot with either the Canon 5D Mark II with a 45mm tilt-shift lens or on film on the Hasselblad 500cm with 80mm f2.8 lens.
Wow, what a landscape. I hope you print out a few of these – large.
Oh these are stunning! it brings back memories of my time in Yosemite last year! Such a beautiful place and you captured Yosemite perfectly. I hope you still have more USA photos to come! I love them!
those are some amazing frames
You. Are. Great.
I LOVE the cow pics. So much fun.
Really lovely landscapes, and I love your b/w conversions. Great work!
It’s not fair that you post these awesome photos while I’m sleeping. The child inside of me wants to be the first to see them.
😉 I love the Yosemite photos plus the cow. (my future steak)
This makes me want to go out and take nature photos. And I do not like nature. <3
Beautiful. Love Yosemite, its such an amazing and awe inspiring place. Superb vision!
oh so lovely – I’m always a little jealous of people who are talented at landscapes 🙂 these are beautiful!
I love the way you see the world Len! I feel like I’ve been on a delightful trip whenever I check your blog 🙂
The tones and colours in these are incredible. Beautiful eyes on the world. Great landscapes.
Too freaking awesome!!
I really, truly , absolutely love your work. Glorious.
Come back soooooooon! 🙂
El Capitan! Very awesome Len – one slice of the states we haven’t been to yet, but need to visit at some point.
You’re seriously amazing, Len. Love the last two b&w shots – so tranquil and beautiful.
great shots Len… love the mountain ranges one! stunning!
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Wow! Fantastic Work!
I love that shot of the golden colored river. Fabulous!
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