It snowed in the Sierras and we were sure that there would snow in Yosemite. Snow was worth a three hour drive on very winding roads - one way! The shorter route over Tioga Pass was closed due to weather. While we only found a smattering of snow, we still had a great time and fall colors are just past peak but still in abundance.
We have a memories from Yosemite that will last a lifetime. Many of you have written to me stating that seeing these images reminded you of childhood vacations, later trips with your own children and even recent trips taken to revisit a favorite. I can see why these images are so powerful. For one thing, unlike so many other places, this granite does not move around so it is easy to spot your favorite. Year to year the water levels in the falls and lakes changes. These smaller changes in full view of El Capitan seem to be reasonable, even if sad. Photographically, the place can be a real challenge because there is such a wide dynamic range that we want our cameras to capture in the same way our eyes do. Our cameras generally cannot do that. It makes me appreciate the great photos taken by other photographers that represent the very best in Yosemite. They worked hard for their shots. Few good shot happen accidentally in Yosemite. We hope that if you have never been to Yosemite that you will want to go and see for yourself. Our images, which I would like to think of as good, are simply not the same as seeing it for yourself.
We are so glad you have joined us. We are still processing images (imagine that). Next week I will pull the very best together and create a gallery. I will let you know when that is posted.
This morning we woke up to a late winter storm impacting Yosemite. The upper Tioga Pass was closed. That was our planned exit on our way to Mono Lake and Bodie State Park! We had a great trip in spite of a disappointing last day. Here are some more of our favorites. We hope you enjoy them.
All for tonight. We have more that have just been downloaded from our cards. Will post them tomorrow.