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River Appears to Top Out

This morning’s update:

Woke up this morning to see the Merced River appearing to be just passed it’s max height.  The graph above shows 12.68 feet.  The graph appears to be headed down.

Here’s where the water topped out (around midnight according to NPS) at the Phono Gauging Station:


Just poked my head outside and it’s still raining consistently.  My guess is that the snow level has dropped a fair amount.  My one piece of equipment – my iPhone – has decided not to work, so I can’t look at my radar app to confirm the snow level drop.  If true, this would lock much of the rain coming down now as snow in the backcountry, which wasn’t the case 24 hours ago.

So, it appears the worst might be over.  The roads have some flooding right now, but the water will most likely recede quickly.  Good News!!

Because my phone is inoperative, I unfortunately can’t access the videos I took yesterday.  Very sad.  I will most likely go out and take more photographs this morning and survey the flooding.



Storm Day 2: Water Rising But not as much as predicted

Update, January 8th, 6pm:

The River is now just over 9.5 feet and projected to crest at just under 12 feet.  This is lower than the previous days’ predicitons.

The satellite shows another wave of heavy rain going over Yosemite and Central California right now.  We had a reprieve from rain from about 9:30am – 1:30pm or so, then it started raining again.  It’s been a steady downpour for at least two hours now.

We are supposed to have continued heavy rain for at least the next 12 hours or so:

I will be posting more videos and pics from my day out today.  It was wild!  I’ll post 1 each here now, but more to come:

Royal Arches Cascade

Day 2 of January Storm: Yosemite Falls from Kirk Keeler on Vimeo.

The River was about a foot and a half under Superintendent’s Bridge about 4:30 pm today and Cook’s meadow is beginning to pool up – even starting to look like a lake!

Check back in tomorrow as I’ll post more!



FaceTime Alternatives For Android Phone

Apple’s FaceTime is a versatile and popular method to make video and sound calls—but what if you’re on Android? What can you use then? Luckily, there are a number of amazing choices to FaceTime Apk which will work on your Android phone, and many of them are free. Here are 10 that’ll assist you to keep in contact with friends, whether you would like to discuss, see each other, or just send messages.

1. Google Hangouts

Google’s own messenger service, Hangouts, is one of the very best methods to remain in touch with friends on Android. You can send Hangouts messages or text messages via the program, call any phone number in the world (using the related Hangouts Dialer program), and get free voice and video calls to other users of Hangouts. You can also link it to your Google Voice account for voicemail and calling integration.

With video and sound calling; messaging abilities; easy sending of GIFs, cartoons, stickers, and maps, and a price tag of $0, Hangouts is a great option for Android users who need the ability to speak in many various ways with other Android users. Its capability to send textual messages and incorporate with your telephone and voicemail set it apart from the small extent of FaceTime. It’s easy to convince friends and family to download a free app, and you will even make calls to regular phone numbers. On Android, Hangouts is tough to overcome.

2. Facebook Messenger

Nearly as omnipresent as Google Hangouts is Facebook Messenger, Facebook’s built in communication tool. Along with video calls (accessible generally in most countries), it offers instant messaging and VoIP sound calling abilities, and because just about everyone uses Facebook, it’s easy to get in touch with your friends. You may even send messages to individuals who aren’t in your Facebook friends list with the addition of their phone number.

You can share photos and videos through the instant messaging service, see when people have read your messages, create groups for typically contacted friends, and even create shortcuts to get to dialogs from your house display. If nearly all of your friends are on Facebook, Messenger can serve as your go to communication app on Android. The capability to get in touch with anyone in your Facebook friends list makes Messenger a better bet than FaceTime for a lot of people.

3. Skype

Everyone knows Skype—it’s the biggest name in video calling, and it has a ton of cool features. The Android program gives the video and sound telephoning that you’re used to on your own personal computer, as well as instant messaging so you can remain connected with your friends no matter whether they’re online or not. Because so many folks possess the Skype app on their phones, it may even replace text messaging for communicating with a large amount of your friends.

You may also telephone cellular and landline numbers with Skype, meaning you’ll be able to speak to people who don’t possess the program. The per-minute cost is quite low, so in case you don’t make many calls, you may use it to supplement a very small talk plan from your provider. The cellular app even enables you to send recorded video messages your buddies can watch after. And, needless to say, it’s available on certainly every platform, in order to use it across all of your apparatus instead of being limited to only Apple-made products.

4. Viber

When messaging apps began getting popular, Viber was a front runner; the app has built on its initial popularity and become a more fully featured communications program that can simply replace FaceTime for several users. It’s possible for you to make free video and sound calls, send messages, and even share where you are via the program.

Viber Outside enables you to phone non-Viber users on their mobile or landline numbers with low rates, similar to Skype. Viber’s primary benefit is the fact that it’s already quite popular, so if you’re looking to download an app that your buddies will likely have, Viber is a superb stake. The program is free, also, so you could test it out before committing to making it your primary communication program.

5. ooVoo

Originally a video-calling program, ooVoo has grown to offer a broad range of useful communication attributes for users of the app. Free audio and video calls to other users, the capacity to purchase credits to call other numbers in over 70 countries (the full list can be found from ooVoo), and text messaging are all contained. You can have multi-way video calls with up to 12 people, making ooVoo good for video conferencing as well as regular chatting.

Download The Aptoide For PC Laptop uisng Bluestacks

The Aptoide is the famous alternative market place for the device of android wherein the user manages the stores is wherein all applications available are free. It is better than Google play as the aptoide offers all free apps whereas sometime the Google play asks you to pay for downloading few of the applications. For installing and downloading the Aptoide for PC using Bluestacks Download, you need to have the APK file and save it on your device. You must also be wondering that the aptoide word is something weird and sounds as android. Well, it is basically bit similar as it also offer the free application market as Google play. You can get it installed on your device and can start enjoying its complete access for free.

How powerful and useful Aptoide for PC is

If you have heard or read about the aptoide, then you must know that it is very powerful and useful thing for all who owns PC. It offers the complete free access to all applications which you want in your mobile device, tablet, and smart phone or even in PC. It is the interesting app store and tool where everyone can find their choice of the apps. One can download them in their device by making few changes in their settings that allows them for installing apps and files from third party. The aptoide was made for those who want to enjoy the complete freedom on internet and wanted to make their hands on web much easier.

Everyone knows that if they want to install the app available on any store in the PC, they do it easily with emulator, but what happen when you want to install the same app from the Aptoide for PC? Basically, the whole process of the same is much easier. It includes the simple steps as,

  • You just need to have the emulator, the bluestacks is recommended by the experts as it is easy in installation and handling as well. As soon as it gets downloaded from official website, you just need to run .exe or the installer file in the PC. The whole process takes less minutes
  • One can now run emulator. Now APK file for the Aptoide is needed which one can get it from its official website and can click on install option.
  • As soon as it gets downloaded, you can switch back to the bluestack and open file of APK which you downloaded from aptoide. Run it and make security settings
  • After you get allowed for installing free app store, you are asked to run the aptoide in the bluestack in similar way as you do in mobile device.

You are not asked for having any technical or advanced knowledge for having the Aptoide for PC. The above steps are simple and easy. So get started now and enjoy this powerful tool to get free apps easily. Discover your favorite apps online for free and enjoy the best features and long-term benefits of same.

The Blog is Back!!

Greetings! After taking quite a long time away from writing here (Almost a year and a half!), I’m back at it, recommitting to posting what I’m up to.

I thought I’d write about my experiences within the last month. As always is the case in the summer, Yosemite’s season gets into full swing and this year proved to be on par to previous. One incredible new thing I got to participate in July was being an assistant to Michael Frye in the gallery’s Hidden Yosemite workshop. This is a five-day course that puts participants into some of Yosemite’s most spectacular scenery, most of it away from the roads and where few visitors go to or even know about (thus “Hidden”…). The workshop is based out of Lee Vining, 30 minutes east of the park boundary, right next to Mono Lake. This location made it possible to also photograph locations just outside the park, in the Eastern Sierra and around Mono Lake.

Many of the staff photographers at the gallery joke that Michael Frye brings stormy weather with him to all his workshops because of the multitude of incredible shots he and his participants get of lit-up magenta clouds, storm light, etc. This week proved to be another one of those weeks and the following pictures show what we experienced during the Hidden Yosemite workshop:

Sunset Clouds Reflected in Pond, Tuolumne Meadows

Sunset Clouds Reflected in Pond, Tuolumne Meadows


Cascade and High Sierra Wildflowers, Inyo National Forest


Storm Clouds Above Gaylor Peak and Mt. Dana


Sunrise Reflection, North Peak, Hoover Wilderness


Moonrise Through Clouds, Mono Lake


I was incredibly grateful to be assisting Michael during his workshop. He has continually been an inspiration for my photography and a resource for questions I’ve had about all topics related to the camera, post-processing, and printing. Not only did he let me participate in teaching the students, but he also allowed me to take a group up to Middle Gaylor Lake for a moonset shot (a shot I’ve been wanting for quite some time!) as he took another group to photograph an alternative moonset over Tenaya Lake. Thank you Michael!!


Moonset over The Cathedral Range and Mt. Hoffman, from Middle Gaylor Lake

Guiding people in the park also increases during the summer. I did many guided sessions for people in July and it’s such a rewarding experience for me. One of my favorites was taking a teenager out for her first time in Yosemite. She will be going into an art college this fall, learning about – you guessed it – photography! We had an incredible day, as unsettled weather was in the Yosemite area, with storm clouds in the sky. We both caught this view of El Capitan and Half Dome, with a rainbow between them, from Turtleback Dome:

Rainbow Over Half Dome, from Turtleback Dome

Rainbow Over Half Dome, from Turtleback Dome

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Moving out of teaching/guiding and into personal photography, I got to spend some time in the latter part of July discovering places in Yosemite I hadn’t visited yet. I hiked a three-day backpack trip that took me from the perimeter of the Cathedral Range up to Merced Lake, one of the High Sierra Camps in the park. I didn’t get the glorious, stormy weather (I guess Michael needed to be with me for that to happen!), but I managed to find some fun compositions:

Lupine, Cathedral and Echo Peaks, Cathedral Pass

Lupine, Cathedral and Echo Peaks, Cathedral Pass

Sunset Reflection, Echo Peaks and Matthes Crest

Sunset Reflection, Echo Peaks and Matthes Crest

Rock and Grass, Sunset on Matthes Crest

Rock and Grass, Sunset on Matthes Crest

Wildflowers on Water, Merced Lake

Wildflowers on Water, Merced Lake

My favorite was coming across a scene that Ansel Adams had photographed in 1936, Juniper Cliffs and River, Upper Merced River Canyon. I’ve put his and mine together here so you can see the differences. The two most obvious to me are the taller tree to the left of the Juniper and more lichen around both trees (darker area on the rock). Otherwise, they could look almost identical. I am amazed at how little the trees really have changed.

Modern Day Juniper Cliffs and River, Upper Merced River, 2014

Modern Day Juniper Cliffs and River, Upper Merced River, 2014

Juniper Cliffs and River, Upper Merced River, Ansel Adams, ca 1936

Juniper Cliffs and River, Upper Merced River, Ansel Adams, ca 1936

Lastly, I’ll put in a few words about some fires that occured the last week in July. The El Portal Fire started July 26th, just above the town of El Portal, and quickly spread up the hill to Foresta, where fire crews did an incredible job limiting lost homes to one, possibly two. The following photos are from the last week in July:

Smokey Sunrise From Tunnel View, July 28th

Smokey Sunrise From Tunnel View, July 28th

El Capitan and Merced River, July 29th, 7:45am

El Capitan and Merced River, July 29th, 7:45am

Close-up of El Portal Fire, July 30th, 9:13pm

Close-up of El Portal Fire, July 30th, 9:13pm. White light in sky is airplane support on fire.

El Portal Fire from Hwy 120, July 30th, 10:48pm

El Portal Fire from Hwy 120, July 30th, 10:48pm

As of today (August 4), the fire is 96% contained, with cool weather and possible rain in the forecast. This bodes well for all the fires in our area, the largest being the French Fire, very near where my girlfriend Shauna Potocky lives, in Oakhurst. It is currently at 13,000 plus acres, but the cooler temps have helped fire crews start to get a handle on this fire, which was caused by careless people not properly putting out their campfire. I sure hope the rest of the summer is fire free!

I am hoping to continue with my blog series, so check in from time to time to see what I’m up to! Enjoy the rest of your summer…or winter if you live on the other half of the planet!

Latest Horsetail Fall Information

NOAA 7-day forecast calls for precipitation to descend upon Yosemite Valley beginning next Tuesday, February 19th.  This is excellent news for those of you wanting to photograph Horsetail Fall!

NOAA 7-day Forecast for Yosemite Valley from February 14 - 20.  Precipitation is expected beginning on February 19th.

NOAA 7-day Forecast for Yosemite Valley from February 14 – 20. Precipitation is expected beginning on February 19th.

I’ll try to update my blog with new pictures of the fall if conditions change.