Clouds Rest Photography | Sierra - Yosemite High Water 2017

The heavy snows of last winter have made for an amazing spring waterfalls, rivers, and meadows in Yosemite. Most of these photos are from one epic day in early May. I left my house about 4:30am. My goal was to photograph sunrise and sunset and I was anxious that I'd miss the early morning sky colors as I followed a couple slow gravel trucks down from Oak Flat. When I arrived in the Valley, it was completely socked in with fog so I didn't feel too bad. I took a cat nap and still managed to get some nice morning light as the fog began to break over Yosemite Falls and the Merced River. I was lucky enough to get lots of clouds all day - which I believe makes for great photos! The falls were just pounding. It was hard to get close ups with out getting spray all over the lens. I spent a good part of the day in the valley, using the floodwaters that filled the meadows to capture reflections of the falls and peaks. In the late afternoon I headed up the Four Mile Trail and was rewarded with some nice sunset light on Half Dome. I finally made it back to the car around 9pm. Please let me know what you think by commenting and signing in to save your favorites! - Joel
Green HeartFlood Gates395A2074Royal Arches Reflection395A1572IMG_9238Dogwood RiverbankGold Capped395A1171Spring Veil II395A0976Head in the Clouds395A0872Quiet momentIMG_9196Rays, Mists, Merced.Falls Framed in Spring's FinestSpring Veil IIMG_9260