My day at Yosemite.

I started this day before dawn (my body was still on Eastern Time), with a clear sky, but a gale force wind. I thought I might just get blown off the mountain-top at Bodie, so I opted for a side-trip to Yosemite Park instead. It is about a two hour drive through the Sierras from where I was staying at Lee Vining. Besides, I had OD’d on old buildings and ghost towns over the past few days, perhaps channeling a little Ansel Adams would recharge my batteries. It was kind of hazy in the Yosemite valley, so I actually ended up spending more time feeding my soul with the incredible beauty of the area than I did taking photos. Towards the end of my day there, I took a walk along the Merced River and felt moved to take a couple of pictures.

Along the Merced

At this spot in the river, El Capitan is right in front of me. It was too much for my little APS-C sensor and 17-55 lens. So I took 16 shots in a 4×4 grid, and let photoshop try to put them together. I think the software did a pretty good job:

El Capitan, from the banks of the Merced River.

On the trip back to Lee Vining, I ran into a snowstorm. (I traveled to the Southwest for this?!) The results of the snow at Mono Lake were actually quite beautiful… and the clouds were amazing.

Cinder cone and sunbeam.
Sugar-dusted tufa.

I revisited the abandoned shack on the edge of town (a shot of the interior was in my last post)… a little snow and cloud made for a much better photo!

Any Refuge

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