There is a beautiful part of South Lake Tahoe named Emerald Bay. In the middle of the bay is Fannette Island. Once upon a time, a wealthy family built a home on the shore in the bay and a tea house atop the island. Can you find the tea house in this photo of Fannette Island?
When people think of Yosemite they think of grand vistas and big granite walls. However, if you look a little closer you might find hidden gems like this little stream.
While camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park, I took a little side trip to see McArthur-Burney Falls. The falls are very impressive, but on this day the spray was so powerful that I knew I couldn't get the image I wanted because the lens just wouldn't stay dry. Instead, I spent some time admiring the cascade before setting off down the loop trail.
This image from downstream wouldn't have been possible without the water flowing down the falls. The moss/lichen on the rocks is sustained by the spray that was soaking my lens.
As the song goes...."you can't always get what you want, but you get what you need...." I wanted a cool shot of the McArthur-Burney waterfall, but I got a reminder that it is ok to put the camera down to just enjoy a moment.