Never wanting to let an opportunity go by to take a photo or two (and in this case I ended up taking about 500 photographs in the four hours I was in the Merced River Canyon east of Mariposa, California on Highway 140 (stopping just before going up to the Yosemite National Park entrance). An interesting side note to the Merced River that I did not know prior to this recent outing is how the Merced River got its name. In 1806, a Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga (yes, the same person the city of Moraga near Oakland is named after) was at the end of a forty mile march when he and his exhausted thirsty men came upon the river and in gratitude he called the river “El Rio Nuestra Senora de la Merced” or “The River of Our Lady of Mercy”.
If you know of any good areas (areas of interest) for a photoshoot, please let me know in the comments section of this blog. I'm always looking for new "Inspiration" and really appreciate ideas. I specifically am interested in Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon boarder. Hope my photos gave you some inspiration to go out and take photos.