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N 68 B 2.9K C 5 E Apr 18, 2019 F Apr 20, 2019
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Spring runoff floods Cook Meadow as a Full Moon rises above Yosemite National Park.

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We set out early fairly early for Yosemite Valley and soon realized many others had done the same. Of the three routes into the Valley, three were closed due to washed out roads. As we neared the park we were keenly aware of many of the mudslides and rocks that had nearly made it on to the highway. At the entrance we patiently waited in line which would prove to be fairly short but where then disappointed by the construction work delays. Arriving at the Southside parking area we were surprised to find already full with some people having been there as early as 6AM to stake out a spot. Claim jumpers wandered around looking a chance to slide in to get their own gold. We decided to seek unexplored vistas and spent the afternoon wandering around the forest. The ground was soggy and would suck your feet in making walking difficult. On the far side of a clearing we found the meadow flooded with a great reflection of Horsetail Falls. We setup our gear as the snow flurries wafted in the breeze around us. Clouds lingered in and around El Capitan and the sun began to set with wonderful colors upon the clouds. Glimmers of light occasionally would illuminate Horsetail for a few brief moments but it would take another days effort. The next evening we were back at our location. The crowds had doubled in size. We had hopes we'd get back to our claim. When we arrived our pool had dried up but we were more hopeful we would strike gold. The clouds began to build again and the Horsetail dimmed. But then, we heard a loud cheer go up around the park growing to a roar. We looked up to see Horsetail lighting up from the bottom. It crept up the falls till it reached the and the cheers continued as shutters clicked away. Soon the light faded but we felt satisfied as we jumped in the long line to head out of the park. It took two days to get the shot but it was worth it. This was Horsetail's Firefall Event of 2017.

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Tags:   Firefall Fire Fall Falls Waterfall Horsetail Horse Tail Glow Reflection California Yosemite National Park Half Dome El Capitan Bridal Veil Forest Sierra Nevada Mountains Clouds Rest Valley Canyon Glacier Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson YosemiteLandscapes.com

N 156 B 3.2K C 21 E Feb 17, 2019 F Feb 24, 2019
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As the snow let up we decided to make our way out around the lake to check out the snow. The cold still night air made for a perfect reflection of the cabins.


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In California the forests pines tower above the forest floor. As you gaze through them at the vast sky, a massive rampart of granite juts skyward into the clouds above. The vertical sheer wall seemingly defies laws of gravity. A delicate waterfall plummets down the cliff forming waves of water that turn to a delicate mist. As the sunsets each February the light strikes the waterfall from afar and golden light slips into reddish hues turning the waterfall into a flaming spectacle water that dances and flows magically along the sky. You might think this scene impossible but you see it with your own eyes and in that moment all things seem possible. The light fades slowly up the fall and at the last glimmer a cheer goes up from the spectators as if it was some theatrical endeavor the likes that can only graces the stage of Yosemite National Park.


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Deep within Yosemite Valley, situated on the edge of the meadow near where the forest grows thick, an unassuming chapel sits looking toward Yosemite Falls. When the storms roll in, and the snow begins to fall, the single light of the chapel becomes a beacon to all. Looking upon it, you wonder if you dare, you walk up the stairs and the door welcomes you in. It's warm inside, softly illuminated and aglow with beautiful windows lit by the falling snow. You whisper a breath as you stand in awe, this little wooden chapel may be the best of them all.

© Darvin Atkeson
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