Yosemite National Park

Yosemite.  The name is magical.  The scenery is amazing.  An area perhaps most made famous by photographer Ansel Adams, it is place to which landscape photographers flock for good reason.

A little over a month ago I joined some fellow photographers from my camera club for a 5-day trip to this national park east of San Francisco.

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls “on fire”

The first night we lucked out with a spectacular display of “Firefall”.  Every February, for a period of a couple of weeks, the setting sun strikes Horsetail Falls at just the right angle.  If the conditions are right on any given evening during this period, as the sun sets the falls “ignite” in amazing colors of orange and red.  It is as though lava were flowing over the precipice.  The night we congregated with scores of other photographers, we were treated to a stunning display of this phenomenon.

During the winter months only a relatively small portion of the park is accessible by car as many roads are closed.  Over the next several days we explored as much of the park as we could.  We experienced a variety of shooting conditions.  On our last day we even had a fresh snowfall.  Rather than waste a lot of words trying to describe Yosemite, I will let my photos show the beauty of this photographic mecca.

Some of my fellow photographers

Some of my fellow photographers

As we drove home from Yosemite we encountered fields of wildflowers alongside the highway.  Naturally we had no choice but to stop to take a few photos.

Towards the end of our visit our discussion had turned to the location of our next photo outing in the Fall.  But you will have to stay tuned to find out where that is going to be.

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