13Yosemite National Park is by far one of the most beautiful and iconic places on this Earth. And as an adult, much less a photographer, I had yet to see it. Not too long ago I finally corrected that error. A spur of the moment decision led me to the open road and right into the heart of Yosemite National Park. This time around I only spent a couple of days there. Luckily it was plenty of time to see so much. Despite there being several closures throughout the park I still managed to catch some historically iconic views. It was ice cold during that weekend but just being there was well worth freezing my hands off.
During my last sunset in the park I decided to head up to the world famous Tunnel View. Originally I had other ideas for a sunset shoot. But when I noticed how the cloud were drifting in, I couldn’t resist heading up there for a shoot. When I got up there the clouds were still blocking much of the sun. But after a few minutes the clouds broke and gave Tunnel View a little touch of warmth. The sun just touched a bit of El Capitan, the lower portion of Half Dome and the tip of Bridalveil Fall, but it was enough to give the view a special glow. It was a great way to cap my visit to Yosemite National Park.
Experiencing Incredible Luck
Without going into too much detail this trip to Yosemite was something I truly needed. Lately I’ve been wanting to get back into my traveling ways. Yosemite National Park was a location I had been intending to visit for a long time. But for some reason or another it kept getting postponed. Whether it was due to work or other personal matters, I just never followed through on my intention to visit there. So I decided to drop everything, get into a car and drive myself up there. And I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
I’ll write more about my visit there in the months to come. But for the short version, I simply witnessed so many natural wonders during my visit. I caught the last show of the year at Horsetail Fall. When the water of the falls is hit by the setting sun making it look like fire. It only happens once a year and I managed to catch it despite thinking it had already passed. I enjoyed some fresh snowfall as I was taking this very shot. And some local deer walk by within reach. Obviously accustomed to human beings and not considering any of us a threat. And as we all know, when deer are around, it always makes for special moments.
Anyways, I’ll save my stories for future posts. And if you’re on the fence about visiting Yosemite or any other National Park. Take my advice and just go. Drop everything and go. You won’t regret it.