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Yosemite Valley in Spring, May 2018

California, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

I try to get into Yosemite Valley each Spring, usually in May since that is when Yosemite’s waterfalls are at their most impressive. This year I spent a couple days photographing and hiking in early May. The dogwood bloom was peaking and, while I am not a wildflower photographer, I took a few images of them for posterity seeing as they were so nice. But the true motivation for me was, as always, making several hikes under blue skies and puffy clouds. Enjoying Spring in Yosemite requires that one skillfully avoid traffic and crowds, but fortunately during a lifetime in California I’ve learned a few things about how to negotiate an increasingly crowded Yosemite Valley, and I managed to hike around to nearly all my favorite spots over two long days. Chief among them was a requisite quickie jaunt up the Mist Trail (best in May, bring your poncho). I came away with a handful of nice images. They are not the usual moody sunset/sunrise views that most landscape photographers are after; I prefer to depict Yosemite in midday since that’s when the hiking is best! Canvas and face-mounted acrylic prints are available, with each of the following photographs available up to 60″ in the long dimension. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from the Mist Trail
Image ID: 34539
Location: Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Bridalveil Falls at sunset, with clouds and blue sky in the background. Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite drops 620 feet (188 m) from a hanging valley to the floor of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Bridalveil Falls at sunset, with clouds and blue sky in the background. Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite drops 620 feet (188 m) from a hanging valley to the floor of Yosemite Valley.
Image ID: 34540
Location: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Half Dome and Clouds Rest, Sunset, Yosemite National Park

Half Dome and Clouds Rest, Sunset, Yosemite National Park
Image ID: 34541
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View, Storm clouds at sunset, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View, Storm clouds at sunset, Yosemite National Park
Image ID: 34542
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Cathedral Rocks at sunrise, reflected in a spring meadow flooded by the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California

Cathedral Rocks at sunrise, reflected in a spring meadow flooded by the Merced River.
Image ID: 34546
Location: Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Yosemite Falls rises above the Merced River, viewed from the Swinging Bridge. The 2425' falls is the tallest in North America, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls rises above the Merced River, viewed from the Swinging Bridge. The 2425′ falls is the tallest in North America
Image ID: 34547
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Upper Yosemite Falls near peak flow in spring. Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet tall (730m) is the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest in the world, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls near peak flow in spring. Yosemite Falls, at 2425 feet tall (730m) is the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest in the world
Image ID: 34550
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, blooming in spring in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, blooming in spring in Yosemite Valley
Image ID: 34551
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Black Oaks below El Capitan, Quercus kelloggii, El Capitan meadow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Black Oaks below El Capitan, Quercus kelloggii, El Capitan meadow, Yosemite Valley
Image ID: 34557
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Dusk on Vogelsang Peak, Yosemite National Park, California

Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

The last time I stayed at Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, my dad and I took the Rafferty Canyon trail and arrived about 3pm. For some reason I still had some energy so I took off and tried for the summit of Vogelsang Peak, arriving just shortly before sunset. The view was spectacular, an unobstructed view of much of the high country around Yosemite National Park. I got back to camp well after dinner but my dad had saved a plate of food for me, which I scarfed up. I crashed hard that night after covering about 13 miles. It was a good day. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Vogelsang Peak (11516') at sunset, reflected in a small creek near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in Yosemite's high country, Yosemite National Park, California

Vogelsang Peak (11516′) at sunset, reflected in a small creek near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in Yosemite’s high country.
Image ID: 23202
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Panoramic view of the Cathedral Range from the summit of Vogelsang Peak (11500').  The shadow of Vogelsang Peak can be seen in the middle of the picture, Yosemite National Park, California

Panoramic view of the Cathedral Range from the summit of Vogelsang Peak (11500′). The shadow of Vogelsang Peak can be seen in the middle of the picture.
Image ID: 25751
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Townsley Lake and Cathedral Range at Sunrise, Yosemite National Park

Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

One of my favorite lakes in the Sierra Nevada is Townsley Lake, located a bit above and not far from the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in Yosemite National Park. Every time I stay at Vogelsang I make sure to spend at least one sunrise at Townsley, where I have always had quiet solitude and wonderful morning light. Vogelsang means “bird song” in German, and while I made this photograph that was indeed all I could hear: the chirping of small birds and nothing else. Two other beautiful, typical, granite-basin Sierra Nevada lakes are very close to Townsley; Hanging Basket Lake (you can actually see a bit of light bouncing around the hanging valley containing Hanging Basket at the far right of this image, below the sunlit Cathedral Range), and a lake I like to call “Nameless Lake” about 1/2 mile above and to the left of this image. All three can be easily bagged in a half-day hike from Vogelsang High Sierra camp. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Cathedral Range peaks reflected in the still waters of Townsley Lake at sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California

Cathedral Range peaks reflected in the still waters of Townsley Lake at sunrise.
Image ID: 25756
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Lembert Dome Sunset, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Nice pastel light hits the clouds and lights up Lembert Dome rising above Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, California. An easy hike takes one to the top of Lembert Dome for expansive views of Tuolumne Meadows and the high Sierra Nevada around the eastern side of Yosemite National Park. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset.
Image ID: 09938
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Milky Way over Sky Rock Petroglyph, Volcanic Tablelands, Bishop, California

Astrophotography and Night Scapes, Sierra Nevada

Milky Way over Sky Rock Petroglyph, Volcanic Tablelands, Bishop, California.

I made this image several years ago but neglected to share any images from that evening’s photographic efforts on my blog. I have made many visits to the Volcanic Tablelands, at all times of day, to explore the rocks, admire the vistas over the Owens River, and photograph one of the finest petroglyph panels in the world. In this composition, I waited for a specific date when the Milky Way could be effectively photographed above the petroglyphs with Mount Tom and the Sierra Nevada range aligned in the distance. It was a very cold evening, I wore all the clothes I had on hand, but after several hours of trying different compositions I managed several images I am very happy with. Sky Rock is a magical place at night, with ancient light emanating from stars many hundreds and thousands of light years away cascading down upon these special, old and impressive engravings. It is just the type of place I enjoy photographing at night, with no other people around, no photo workshop groups, no RVs, no automobile sounds — nothing. Solitude. I have also photographed these petroglyphs under a full moon as well as under pastel dawn skies, as well as a massive panorama of this location that I will be sharing soon. Cheers and thanks for looking!

The Milky Way at Night over Sky Rock.  Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky. These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them

The Milky Way at Night over Sky Rock. Sky Rock petroglyphs near Bishop, California. Hidden atop an enormous boulder in the Volcanic Tablelands lies Sky Rock, a set of petroglyphs that face the sky. These superb examples of native American petroglyph artwork are thought to be Paiute in origin, but little is known about them.
Image ID: 28798
Location: Bishop, California, USA

Fall Comes to the Eastern Sierra

California, Sierra Nevada, Trees

For a few years I have been interested in witnessing the famous fall colors of the Eastern Sierra, but never had the time to drive up Highway 395 and take a look. I finally managed to squeeze 36 hours out of my schedule recently and get up to Bishop, and I was not disappointed. The weather was pleasant, warm and sunny, and the aspen trees were superb. I was particularly happy with images I shot with a fisheye lens, since I was able to cram as much detail into the frame as possible and the resulting colors were deep and rich. This perspective is quite contrary to the conventional images one sees of autumn aspens and mountain landscapes, typically photographed with medium-wide rectilinear lenses, and not for everyone. The photo below was shot just below the dam at Lake Sabrina in the Bishop Creek Canyon, shortly after the sun rose over the peak and lit the lake and tops of the trees.

Aspen trees display Eastern Sierra fall colors, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen trees display Eastern Sierra fall colors, Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon.
Image ID: 17547
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Eastern Sierra photos
Aspen photos (Populus tremuloides)

Photo of Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park

California, Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Tenaya Lake lies in the high country of Yosemite National Park, surrounded by enormous granite domes and coniferous forests.

Tenaya Lake is surrounded by epic granite domes, with Polly Dome on the left.  Late afternoon, viewed from Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park, California

Tenaya Lake is surrounded by epic granite domes, with Polly Dome on the left. Late afternoon, viewed from Olmsted Point.
Image ID: 09955
Location: Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Tenaya Peak rises above Tenaya Lake near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California

Tenaya Peak rises above Tenaya Lake near Tuolumne Meadows.
Image ID: 09957
Location: Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Photo of Mammoth Peak, Yosemite National Park

California, Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Mammoth Peak rises above Tioga Lake and Tuolumne Meadows in the high country of Yosemite National Park.

Mammoth Peak and alpine meadows in the High Sierra are reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park

Mammoth Peak and alpine meadows in the High Sierra are reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park.
Image ID: 09949
Location: Tioga Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Mammoth Peak in the High Sierra range is reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park

Mammoth Peak in the High Sierra range is reflected in Tioga Lake at sunrise. This spectacular location is just a short walk from the Tioga Pass road. Near Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park.
Image ID: 09948
Location: Tioga Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Keywords: Mammoth Peak, Tioga Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, photo, image, picture.

Photo of Lembert Dome, Yosemite National Park

California, Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Lembert Dome rises above Tuolumne Meadows in the high country of Yosemite National Park. The hike to the summit of Lembert Dome is easy and leads through a forest of trees before emerging on the backside of the dome, and offers expansive view of the entire Tuolumne Meadows from the top.

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset.
Image ID: 09939
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset.
Image ID: 09938
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

The Tuolumne River flows serenely through Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra. Lembert Dome is seen in the background, Yosemite National Park, California

The Tuolumne River flows serenely through Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra. Lembert Dome is seen in the background.
Image ID: 09940
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Lembert Dome rises above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Lembert Dome rises above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset.
Image ID: 09944
Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Keywords: Lembert Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, photo, image, picture.

Photos of Yosemite Falls in Spring

California, Landscape, National Parks, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite

Falling 2425 feet (730m) in three sections, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and the fifth tallest in the world. During winter, a cone of frozen mist forms at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. A strenuous hike takes visitors from the valley floor to the precipice of the falls, offering impressive perspective of the falls and their enormity relative to the valley itself. Yosemite Falls flows year round; May and June are most impressive, while flow slows to nearly a trickle during winter months.

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow.
Image ID: 12631
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Rafters enjoy a Spring day on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with Yosemite Falls in the background, Yosemite National Park, California

Rafters enjoy a Spring day on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with Yosemite Falls in the background.
Image ID: 09214
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow.
Image ID: 12632
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Upper Yosemite Falls.
Image ID: 05466
Location: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Keywords: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley, Waterfall, photo. picture, image, photograph.

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