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TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:39 pm

Went out to the Merced NWR Monday afternoon. Since you can't walk around the loop, this is the next best thing! I can't bend my knees anymore so I kinda look ridiculous...but it get the job done.
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Along the way I saw this Red-tailed Hawk (I think) sitting on a sign. I got one photo through the windshield. My wife stopped the van so I could stand up and try and take a few more shots as the hawk flew away. This is the first time in over three years that I've been able to walk AND take a photo while a bird was in flight. I was jazzed!
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There's a flat, 0.6 mile nature trail, so being adventurous...I thought I'd try and walk it...using my walker of course.
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Along the way I saw several Barn Owls. I had one Owl start flying right in front of me....about 25-30 feet away. I didn't get a picture as I almost fell over trying to do that. I was able to get this one though...
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Got a shot of a Great Blue Heron in Flight too....
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Had my wife take this shot about 100 yards to go. She asked me if I wanted the 'chair, but I couldn't stop now!
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Before I collapsed, I took this as the sun was setting. I thought it was fitting! I've been to Whitney, Half Dome and more. Those were all very challenging, but I'll have to add this small little hike to my list of big adventures....probably one of my most memorable adventures because of what it meant for me.

Until next time...
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:54 pm

WoW, mike, great pictures ! And I really admire your spirit. Thanks for posting !
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Timberline » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:43 pm

Hey, Hikin' Mike,
You continue to inspire! Glad to see you gettin' out on the trail again.
Can I share an insight I had a while back? When you think about it, even your own backyard can be considered wilderness, so those of us who revere wilderness experiences and all they have to offer really don't have very far to go to get there!
Hope you have many more such experiences, in an ever widening circle!
God bless, and keep hikin' :nod:
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:07 pm

I agree Timberline! Behind my house is a peach orchard owned by Dole. I still wheel around the fence and sit in the trees and just sit. Too me that's my 'local wilderness'. :D
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:26 pm

MIke -

That is fantastic and the photographs are beautiful. Whoops, hold on a moment, let me try that with the caps lock on so watch your ears ;)

AMAZINGLY GREAT STUFF MIKE, INDEED YOU INSPIRE US!

Shawn

PS. The images are really great and I bet you could sell that last one for some serious moula. :D
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:32 pm

Thanks Shawn! Most of my photos I post are always for sale... :D
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:52 am

Good that you're out and about. Beautiful bird photos, especially like the owl! :D
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby copeg » Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:02 pm

Great to see you tackle 'Whitney' Mike! Pretty soon, it'll be Everest! Awesome photos as well - love that Barn Owl ;)
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby hikerduane » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:40 pm

That last photo is great! Love your comments too, funny. Thank you.
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:28 pm

Moose Tracks will have to get that last photo. Nice color!
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Re: TR and Photos: "My Mount Whitney"

Postby Ranboze » Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:25 pm

Those are fabulous photos; the bird shots are incredible... as is your spirit! Thanx for sharing.
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