Hello All Seasons Bloggers
The photo link for All Seasons is open this week from July 1 till Wednesday July 4,  7pm, Pacific time

Great to read your happy as well as difficult or agonizing experiences last week. Love the variety and your story is always worthy to be told! Unfortunately on this earth things are not perfect. Only in heaven we do not have to deal with death, sickness or injustice anymore!

Sorry Leeanne (Laypalor) and Sasa, I haven’t been able to reach you by email, but would appreciate it if you email me at – so I can reply to your contributions – thank you!


One cannot see on a canvas or paper how much work it was to make that painting, or in which circumstances it was painted.. Here are a few scenario’s you might encounter when you take  painting gear with you to paint some plein airs in a nature park (tongue in cheek, am still breathing, so I survived). And yes, I don’t mind when you laugh at wimpy me:):)


This is close to Bridal Veil (waterfall).  The roar of this (617 feet high) waterfall is pretty loud and impressive. Am sitting at the edge of  the mist of the waterfall, and even though it’s summer I’m  in the shade and have  a hat, and hoodie on, and another hoodie like a blanket on my lap, to keep myself warm. Was it worth it? I think so.
In my “Afar” post right below (CLICK on Title)
you see the top of the Bridal Veil waterfall.




A few steps away from the N. entrance of Yosemite at around 9000 feet. Taken this shot in the summer.
One time I decided to paint an oil painting in the  snow here. It was the first time at this location, and after half an hour my oil paint started to get hard, and I decided this was also the last time! Finding out my paint as well as I have limitations!




An awesome, awesome view to paint.  But stay away from the shade and the water. The mosquitoes here are so big and aggressive I put Deet on my arms and legs to survive. Yes, I know it’s poison, but it’s getting killed either way, by Deet or by the mosquitoes, lol.




This Wednesday the USA-ers will look up there to see the Red White and Blue waving!






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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    I love waterfalls and this looks like a beautifu. Happy 4th of July!

  2. A wonderful reflection with lake, trees and…mosquitoes.
    Happy Independence day!

  3. Jackie says:

    It’s Canada Day today! 151 years old.

  4. kenschneider says:

    Beautiful landscapes! I miss living in the mountains! Happy Fourth!

  5. Angie says:

    Yes, it’s a rough world out there for plein air painters – especially with the mosquitos. We are blessed with more rain this spring than last, but it brings out the bugs!!! Swarms of them … I never thought about the paint getting hard due to temperature, but it makes sense! Beautiful shots today. Thanks for hosting, and Happy Fourth to you!

  6. I have never been to Yosemite during the summer months, so had no idea about the mosquitoes. I have had to use bug repellent while camping on Tioga pass though even in September. I am a wimp, so I sit in the car and paint 🙂 Your oil painting story reminded me of Monet’s Magpie painting, he must have had to hurry a lot to finish painting such a large painting in winter. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!


  7. Jeanna says:

    Ah yes, the skeeters and the chill are part of it. Be nice to do that from the comfort of your porch but what awe-inspiring views. I can hear the roar of the waterfalls as I read this. I bet the oils didn’t react well with the cold, like a camera battery in winter. Paint on, sister and Happy 4th!

  8. Deet or mosquitoes? Deet wins for me, all the time. Otherwise, I’m a bitten machine. Knock on wood, we haven’t seen much mosquitoes this year. One advantage to being dry. I wouldn’t have thought oil paints would freeze either. That one we only need to learn once. 🙂

  9. Beautiful scenery, the waterfall looks amazing. There’s always something around to attempt to destroy a perfect summer experience – here in Scotland it’d midges! Thanks for hosting….
    Have a lovely week Jesh!

  10. Lovely shots, Jesh. Needed that injection of Summer weather on this very cold morning…

  11. SNOWY says:

    PS: Thanks for hosting!

  12. fabulous mountain trail views. Thank you for taking us along and happy Independence Day on Wednesday!

  13. Beautiful Yosemite scenery –seems to me it’s a good idea to take a picture and paint from it in an area where the mosquitoes are so bad and where you and your paints might freeze! Thanks for hosting and for taking us along on the hike!

  14. betty - NZ says:

    As always, your photos are simply gorgeous! A fantastic part of the world with wonderful scenery.

  15. Kelleyn says:

    So many fond memories of hiking those trails as a child. Oh and the bears. I took the kids three years ago. They loved it!

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