Tina and I happened to arrive in Yosemite just as the Big Meadow wildfire took off. This was not what we expected to see in the park. I shot this from Wawona Road, about 2 miles outside of the Tunnel View area on August 27th.
Mono Lake is a high desert lake that sits outside the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park. It's fresh water springs pumping up through its alkaline waters produced tall limestone spires, called tufas, which look like sand castles.
I'm generally not a huge fan of Florida (too many strip malls, not enough trees). But Tina and I spent a day on Sanibel Island and caught the sunset at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is a little slice of heaven. It's an amazing spot for bird watching, especially shore birds.
This Yellow-crowned Night Heron seemed to enjoy being the object of attention.
Roseate Spoonbills, which are much more impressive in person than this photo indicates, started to congregate as the sun set. There are white Pelicans in the background.
Spiders are incredibly industrious. And I've never lived anywhere where they're more numerous. This one constructed a huge web from the window to the light over my dining table while I slept last night. If you're afraid of spiders, don't come to Seattle...