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Yosemite Storms Create Excellent Opportunities for Viewing, Photographing, and Painting the Park’s Iconic Waterfalls

Yosemite National Park, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Yosemite National Park has received several storms over the past few weeks that have dramatically improved the flow of the park’s famous waterfalls. More storms are expected in the coming days which is welcome news after such a dry warm winter. Waterfalls like Bridalveil, Vernal, Nevada, and Yosemite Falls have all seen dramatic increases in their flow recently thanks to these storms. Because of the rising volume and relatively mild winter, many travelers have been visiting Yosemite during the early months of the year. John P. DeGrazio, owner and founder of YExplore, a tour company offering guided Yosemite hikes and workshops, has seen an increase in visitation in 2014. “Yosemite travelers are savvy. There is a segment of the population that strategically time their visit for popular events like the spring waterfall runoff. February had Horsetail Fall. The moonbows will begin in spring, and everyone knows all the waterfalls will peak early this year so many have adjusted their vacation schedules.”

YExplore offers several different Yosemite photography workshops that highlight the waterfalls’ Rainbows and Reflections throughout early spring. These workshops are led by veteran professional Yosemite photographers who share their insights and techniques with photo enthusiasts in a setting made famous by Carleton Watkins and Ansel Adams. These workshops are open to the public and participants may enroll in classes with custom and privacy options.

Another set of workshops offered by the outdoor tour leader is the Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfall workshops including an “Art Shaped the National Parks” painting workshop with award winning artist, James McGrew. This class is offered May 2-4 with limited enrollment, but spaces are available. Joining James will be a faculty of local Yosemite photographers who will be teaching waterfall photo workshops the first week of May. Photographers will have the opportunity to visit many of the famous Yosemite Valley waterfalls as well as a couple lesser known cascades in Hetch Hetchy. This series of workshops is an officially sanctioned Yosemite 150th Year Anniversary Event and will include a free evening slideshow presentation on Friday May 2 in Yosemite Valley presented by James McGrew.

About YExplore

Founded in 2006, YExplore Yosemite Adventures is the only Yosemite Tour Company offering custom guided experiences (Adventure Hikes, Half Dome Hikes, Multi Day Backpack Trips, Nature Walks, Birding Walks, Wildflower Walks, Snowshoe Hikes and Photography Workshops) 12 months a year. Their mission is to encourage travelers of all ages to get outside and make a connection with nature and wilderness through educational outdoor adventures that inspire personal growth while developing a deeper understanding of conservation and stewardship. They are a socially responsible company that implements Leave No Trace principles on every outing to minimize their impact in nature and ensure that the ecology of the region will not be compromised. John P. DeGrazio is the company’s founder and continues to lead Yosemite trips with visitors of all ages from around the world.

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Goleta – a Good Land for Family Fun: A Year-Round Family Getaway Perfect for Spring Break

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

Goleta, Santa Barbaras neighbor to the north is a respite for families, offering many unexpected activities for those who want to explore more of Santa Barbara County. From the undiscovered treasure of the Goleta Butterfly Grove to Goodland Organics, the continental United States only coffee plantation, there is something for every family. With spring break coming up, Santa Barbara County is the perfect place for families.

Families that dont mind getting a little dirty will appreciate Goletas outdoor offerings. Hike the bluffs in the Ellwood Mesa with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean en route to the Goleta Butterfly Grove. Every winter (mid-November to mid-February) thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to their winter home in the hidden eucalyptus groves along the interior of the Ellwood Mesa. The area is never crowded with people, so sit back and enjoy watching these beautiful creatures as they flutter overhead, and if one is lucky enough, a butterfly may land on their shoulder. Prefer to be more active? Take advantage of the free parking at Goleta Beach, one of three beaches where Channel Island Outfitters rents equipment such as stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and surfboards. For those that prefer to stay on land, there are volleyball nets and a fishing pier to keep busy. Dont miss the stunning ocean and mountain views at championship golf courses Sandpiper Golf Club and Glen Annie Golf Club, both offering discounted rates for junior golfers. The spectacular views make it hard to concentrate on ones golf swing. After a fun-filled day, cheer on the UCSB Gauchos as they take on their rivals in soccer, basketball and more.

Ride Amtraks Pacific Surfliner throughout Santa Barbara County and then learn about the history, technology and adventure of railroading at the South Coast Railroad Museum. While there, be sure to check out the historic Goleta Depot. This Victorian-styled country railroad stationhouse was built over 100 years ago (1901) by the Southern Pacific Railroad during completion of the Coast Route, which joined San Francisco and Los Angeles. Parents will want their camera handy to capture their childs smiling face aboard a train ride on the Goleta Short Line miniature train. Model train aficionados will appreciate the model railroad exhibit Railroading on the South Coast, which depicts the railroad areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta during the late-steam/early-diesel era.

No smart phone? No television? No problem. Show your children what life was like in the 19th century by taking a tour of the Stow House. Adjacent to the South Coast Railroad Museum is Rancho La Patera and Stow House, historic for its role in the Goleta lemon trade. Today, children can learn how people use to live (without Wi-Fi!) on a tour of the Stow House – a museum displaying the familys photographs and furniture from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

With so many activities to fill the day, a caffeine jumpstart for the parents and a snack for the kids may be required. If so, the Coffee Educational Tour (offered seasonally) at Goodland Organics is in order; tour the continental United States only coffee farm with a Cup of Joe in hand. Situated in the coastal foothills of Santa Barbara, this certified organic farm also cultivates exotic crops such as cherimoyas, lychee, dragon fruit and finger limes. Continue exploring the culinary side of Goleta with a trip to Fairview Garden Farms and Goodland Kitchen & Market. For a healthy snack, purchase organic fruits and vegetables grown at Fairview Garden Farms own farm stand. Producing over 100 different fruits and vegetables on its 12.5 acres of land, children will love seeing the goats and chickens during a docent or self-guided tour of this non-profit educational farm. Not sure what to do with all of the great food products purchased in Goleta? Take a culinary class at the Goodland Kitchen & Market. Classes are periodic at this Old Town Goleta establishment, but year-round it is a grab-and-go eatery specializing in delicious, locally-sourced, and affordable meals. The food is prepared in small batches and comes from local farmers to provide an exceptional culinary experience.

For family friendly nightlife, go back in time to a different era with Goletas West Wind Drive-in movie theatre. Showing first run movies nightly, movie-goers can stick around for the double-feature for the same price. Pajamas welcome. Zodos Bowling & Beyond is another popular family activity, and one of only two bowling alleys in Santa Barbara County. Families of all ages and skill levels can bowl together ramps and bumpers are available for the little ones, and teenagers will love Glow Bowling with a live DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There is also an on-site restaurant and arcade.

To rest your head after a busy day, Goleta has a range of hotel properties that will appeal to families. The newest addition to the area is the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara / Goleta. Located just minutes from the University of California, Santa Barbara, this hotel is great for parents visiting their children at school, or for families that want to be within walking distance of restaurants, a movie theatre and a park. Kids (and parents too) love El Capitan Canyon for its glamping hotel amenities in a camping environment. Families can choose to stay in a cedar cabin or safari tent, both furnished with willow beds, down-style duvets, western-inspired blankets and casual furnishings. Start the morning off with a nature hike and end the day bonding over a campfire eating smores and telling ghost stories. Families interested in a secluded getaway can stay at Bacara Resort & Spa. Parents can even opt for a little alone time by taking advantage of the Monarch Kids Club (offered seasonally). Pacifica Suites is another good family choice since every room on the property is a suite furnished with a pull-out sofa, and parking, Wi-Fi and a cooked-to-order breakfast are all included in the price of the room.


Less than 10 miles north of Santa Barbara, Goleta was incorporated as a city in 2002. Initially named The Good Land by the Spaniards, the official name changed to Goleta after a schooner with the same name arrived in the area in 1822. A prominent lemon growing region during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, today Goleta is a family-friendly community honoring its roots with the annual California Lemon Festival every fall. The climate is mild and sunny all year, with an average daytime temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (16 and 21 degrees Celsius). Goleta attire is generally California casual, and transportation and sightseeing services are abundant.


Featured on the cover of Travel + Leisure in May 2013 and voted Best Getaway by L.A. Times Readers Choice Awards in 2012, Santa Barbara is located just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline. Visitors can arrive via scenic Highway 101, train, bus or by flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport or Los Angeles International Airport. For travel and accommodation information and to request a free copy of the official Santa Barbara County Visitors Magazine, contact the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission at 800.676.1266, 805.966.9222, tourism(at)santabarbaraca(dot)com or Visitor information is also available at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street (at Cabrillo Boulevard).


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Car Insurance for Teenaged Drivers Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

When you are youthful, one of the more exciting things to look ahead to is the evening you get your driver’s license. Many teens look forward to possessing their first auto and having more liberty than they did in the past. Their thoughts are thinking about the locations they’ll go and buddies they’ll see, but as a parent, your mind is likely thinking about the risks and disbursement of having a teenaged driver.

Sadly, teens are mathematically the most likely age group to get into an accident. It is because they have less experience on the road, less caprice control, more of a feeling that it “can not occur to them’, more distractions, and they occasionally do not make the finest decisions. As a result of this, insurance companies bill teenaged motorists the most when it comes to auto insurance. So they need to charge high-risk motorists more for insurance to cover the higher likelihood that they will be paying claims.

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Sandler Law Launches Drone Law Practice Group

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 13, 2014

Given the emerging UAS industry, its projected $ 80 billion-plus economic impact over the next decade, evolving regulatory environment, and Sandler Laws experience and related knowledge, Sandler Law announces the launch of its comprehensive and client focused Drone Law Practice. Our Drone Law Practice is a natural extension of our long-standing experience in international business and technology licensing transactions, export and trade controls, and privacy matters.

As recently as March 2014, the UAS emerging marketplace is being impacted by an Administrative Judges decision overturning the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) policy prohibiting commercial UAS use. The velocity of economic activity is increasing because of UAS versatility and application in agriculture, land surveying, photography, and film industries, recognizance and rescue missions. The technology has a growing international demand. In fact, CBS featured the technology in its 60 Minutes Drones Over America.

By way of background, the FAA has limited and in some cases prohibited the commercial use of UAS yet the policy has not historically been properly codified. The FAA recognizes exemptions for model airplanes when operated outside of populated areas. Because of increasing safety concerns, the FAA is expected to issue proposed rules for domestic UAS by November 2014 and finalize them by the end of 2015. In the meantime, the FAAs expected appeal may delay the Judges decision, and the FAA stays firm regarding its UAS authority.

UAS operators and related businesses operate in the increasingly complex legal environment, and answers to many drone law questions are outside the traditional corporate law realm. While aviation law remains essential to understanding the future of UAS regulations, UAS operators and manufacturers must be mindful of tort and product liability laws, export controls and other provisions applicable to both export and import of UAS and its related technology, privacy laws around processing of personal data and IT security for aerial mapping data analysis.

Sandler Law advocates for UAS designers, manufacturers, and operators. We offer essential guidance regarding:

Fotobit Surpasses Kickstarter Funding Goal And Expands Backer Rewards

Orange County, California (PRWEB) April 11, 2014

Fotobit, a patent-pending modular photo frame system, is proud to announce it has surpassed its $ 16,000 goal on Kickstarter halfway through its 30-day raise. With almost 200 backers and 12 days to go, Fotobit has also introduced a $ 25,000 stretch goal, adding a white color option alongside black for backers pledging at the $ 80 level and above.

We are ecstatic that Fotobit has been so well received and want to thank our backers for their support and enthusiasm, says Alan Yeung, Fotobit co-founder. We are excited to bring Fotobit to market in the coming months as a result of our Kickstarter funding and are committed to returning the support of our new user community as they create, change and grow their Fotobit displays.

A homegrown passion project of the team at CRISP^YHKG, an Orange County product design, branding and marketing agency, Fotobit is a first-of-its-kind system that allows you to create your own beautiful wall display of photos by easily clipping frames together, allowing for limitless possibilities and custom combinations. The Fotobit system is perfectly suited for digital photography enthusiasts who love using Instagram to capture their memories. Lightweight frames hold 4 x 4 prints protected by a clear acrylic window. Engineered for ultimate scalability, the Fotobit system starts with a single frame mounted to the wall. Fotobit frames attach together easily and securely with durable clips, providing an expandable, cost-effective framing system for creating both small and large-scale photo mosaics.

Fotobits 30-day Kickstarter campaign will be funded on April 24 with rewards for backers that start at a three-pack of black Fotobit frames for $ 30 pledges. Newly added to the rewards are white frames, available as an option at the $ 80 pledge level and above. As an added value, Kickstarter backers who choose any quantity of frames as their rewards will receive vouchers for complimentary digital prints courtesy of Printstagram, who has partnered with Fotobit in order to deliver a fully-fledge experience out of the box.

For more information and to lend your support and be one of the first to have Fotobit, visit Fotobits Kickstarter page at:

Fotobit media samples are available upon request. Please reply with your shipping details if you are interested in receiving a kit.

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Signs That Winnipeg's Winter Sucks Worse Than Yours (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

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Think your winter was bad? Think again. Winnipeg is coming off its coldest winter since the 19th century. The average temperature from December to March was -18.3 degrees Celsius, just 0.1 degrees warmer than it was in 1898. So the next time you …
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Nicky Hilton Stuns in Ellen Hunter NYC “Daphne” Wreath at NYC Captain America Film Premiere

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 06, 2014

Red carpet stunner Nicky Hilton was photographed at the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier film premiere in New York City wearing the must-have celebrity accessory of the moment Ellen Hunter NYCs Daphne Wreath. The gold Daphne Wreath was the perfect finishing statement piece to her pulled back hair strong makeup (courtesy of stylist/makeup artist Joseph Carrillo) and Valentino dress.

Ellen Hunter NYC creates inspired, upscale hair accessories including combs, headbands and flexible wreaths for all occasions. The trend-setting company is the brainchild of designer Ellen Hunter, a fashion insider, who previously worked at Nicole Miller prior to launching Ellen Hunter NYC.

The Tennessee-born designers pieces have been featured in Town and Country Wedding, InStyle Weddings, as well as at the 2012 LUCA LUCA runway show. Her passion is to create pieces that are unique, personal, meaningful and always beautiful.

In addition to Nicky Hilton, the Daphne Wreath has recently been photographed on celebrities including Beyonc

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Barbara has been a photographer since she was in grammer school. Over the years she has used 35 mm Nikon cameras, 4x5 and 11x14 studio cameras, Hasselblads, and now Nikon digital cameras. She loves them all.

At one time Barbara was a portrait photographer with a studio in Princeton, NJ and Hopewell, NJ. Her focus is now on birds and animals. Of course, she still does the occasional portrait.

Over the years Barbara has studied with many well known photographers, including Philippe Halsman and Lisette Model.

All of Barbara's photographs are available for purchase as prints or downloads.