Gallery Update #10: Trails

My Gallery Updates are about sharing photos I’ve added to the gallery section of this site. The galleries are my way of creating a visual approach to searching for hikes by having collections of photos that link to information about hiking to where each photo was taken.

This week I added five photos to the Trails gallery.

February 2013

February 2013

Above view from the Tom Sloan Saddle Trail.

November 2012

November 2012

Above view from the Upper San Gabriel Peak Trail.

November 2011

November 2011

Above view from the South Fork Trail.

October 2012

October 2012

Above view from the Silver Moccasin Trail between Three Points and Bandito Campground

November 2012

November 2012

Above view from the Valley Forge Trail.

Weekly Gallery Update #8: Header Images

My Weekly Gallery Updates are about sharing photos I’ve added to the gallery section of this site.  The galleries are my way of creating a visual approach to searching for hikes by having collections of photos that link to information about hiking to where each photo was taken.

Side note for bloggers: One of the reasons I chose the Twenty Eleven Theme was because it has lots of different features and functionality.  I expected that over time I might grow into it.  A feature that recently caught my attention is the option to have random headers load with each page click (WordPress bloggers can find this feature in themes that support it from the dashboard by clicking on the Appearance and then Header tabs).

Since a key component of my blog is to provide visitors with a visual means to find hikes, it makes sense to use the header area to assist in that goal.  I think that having a randomly appearing header image with each page click helps emphasize discovery.  This gallery will work a little different than the others as the images will be organized in alphabetical order by trail name instead of by most recently added.  This will allow someone who wants to know more about a trail in the header image to quickly find it by clicking on the link below the gallery image.  Also, because I need to crop the images to make them header sized, I’m including the whole image in the gallery as well.  I will update this gallery more often than the others to periodically inform people of this functionality.  Presently, there are ten header images, five are shown below.  The rest of them can be seen in the Header Images Gallery.

Pacific Crest Trail, October 2011

Pacific Crest Trail, October 2011

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More photos of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mt. Baden-Powell to JCT Dawson Saddle

Lower San Gabriel Peak Trail, December 2011

Lower San Gabriel Peak Trail, December 2011

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More photos of the Lower San Gabriel Peak Trail. 

Silver Moccasin Trail, February 2012

Silver Moccasin Trail, February 2012

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More photos of the Silver Moccasin Trail between Charlton Flats and Little Pines Loop

Upper Sam Merrill Trail, January 2012

Upper Sam Merrill Trail, January 2012

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More photos of the Upper Sam Merrill Trail

Valley Forge Trail, November 2012

Valley Forge Trail, November 2012

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More photos of the Valley Forge Trail

Weekly Gallery Update #6: Panoramas

My Weekly Gallery Updates are about sharing photos I’ve added to the gallery section of this site.  The galleries are my way of creating a visual approach to searching for hikes by having collections of photos that link to information about hiking to where each photo was taken.

This week I’ve added five photos to my new Panoramas Gallery.  I’ve just started reading my camera manual to learn more how to use it. Among the things I’ve been trying out recently is the panorama mode function which takes several pictures as I move the camera that are stitched together in the cameras software creating a wide view image.  I’ve become fond of this feature as it gives a more comprehensive view of the terrain even though the output is significantly smaller in pixels than a typical photo.

December 2012 (click to enlarge)

December 2012 (click to enlarge)

Above photo taken from the Mt. Hillyer Trail

December 2012 (click to enlarge)

December 2012 (click to enlarge)

Above photo taken from the Silver Moccasin Trail

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

Above photo taken from the Valley Forge Trail

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

Above photo taken from Mt. Lowe

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

November 2012 (click to enlarge)

Above photo taken from San Gabriel Peak

Weekly Gallery Update #3: Details, Patterns, and Textures

My Weekly Gallery Updates are about sharing photos I’ve added to the gallery section of this site.  The galleries are my way of creating a visual approach to searching for hikes by having collections of photos that link to information about hiking to where each photo was taken.

This week I’ve added five photos to the Details, Patterns, and Textures Gallery. Perhaps due to my training in architecture, I spend a lot of time looking at my surroundings at different levels of detail.  Most of the photos I share on this site are intended to give a broad overview of the terrain and views that a particular hike or hiking experience encompasses. However I also enjoy looking at the elements around me.  I might look at the trunk of a tree and see an interesting pattern or texture, or I might see a natural assembly of elements that form a composition I enjoy looking at, or I might just find myself focusing on one part of something–e.g. the charred roots of a tree that is still very much alive.

November 2012

November 2012

Above photo taken from Valley Forge Campground

April 2012

April 2012

Above photo taken from the Mt. Waterman Trail.

November 2012

November 2012

Above photo taken from the Valley Forge Trail.

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail.

August 2011

August 2011

Above photo taken from the Middle Icehouse Canyon Trail.