Heading down the freeway it got a little depressing seeing how the open pit mines are growing rapidly and eating up so much land and nature. I understand that it opens up lots of jobs but dang this is ugly stuff. Will they eventually have to move the freeway to make way for more ugliness?
We picked up some food and headed to Madera Canyon for some fresh air and pretty green trees. As we were getting closer to the mountain I spotted snow on the very high peaks. We were excited.
The rising sun was creating lots of shadows on the mountain that constantly change as the sun reaches higher into the sky.
Lots of folks already up there setting up the larger picnic areas. We drove up to the farthest loop and checked things out. All the parking lots were full as most of the trails start at those points. We headed back down to my dad's favorite picnic spot for out brunch. It was so peaceful there. We sat there for a long time and I told my daughter about picnics there with my dad. We had to get there by 7 am so I could make breakfast for everyone. In later years some of the food was made at home as it was taking to long for Dad to get fed. haha. Coffee was also made at home and brought up in a couple of Thermos bottles. Oh how I miss those days.
The shadows on the side of the mountain as the sun rose
Another side and more snow
As we were coming back from the upper loop this was a straight view into Green Valley and those ugly mines
Now I am positive about this guy he is a Mexican Blue Jay. They are very large birds and numerous to this mountain range
I thought I had put out the zoom in this picture but at least it shows the how far away from the mountain I am. The next 2 pictures shows 1/2 the zoom and the last picture is full 50. Unfortunately the haze remained all day
This was the last picture I was able to get as the battery went dead. I had charged it the night before so I am thinking I will need to buy a new battery. Can't believe it went bad like that and they sure aren't cheap. But one must pay in order to play.
Good Night All