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Well it looks like I will be moving out of the Bay Area and it's looking more and more likely I will be returning to the foothills near Yosemite. We are excited about it but man I hate moving so I decided to bum this one back up on my photostream. This is one of my first and still most popular shots. Can't wait to be back in the woods.

If you have chosen to enter Yosemite from the south entrance along Highway 41 you will first get a few fleeting glimpses around the bends of the Valley that will cause you to wonder if what you just saw was real. It seems too big, too distant. Surely your eyes are just playing tricks on you. The trees will quickly obscure your view and you will drive along directly into the face of the mountains via Yosemite's longest tunnel. Because it's such a long tunnel and you may begin to relax but grip the wheel tight as you approach the exit for the view you are about to see will wrench your eyes from the road in disbelief!

There is good reason for the flashing yellow light warning you to slow. Suddenly before you lies an impossibly massive scene of snow topped granite towers, soaring waterfalls and pristine forests. Possibly the most photographed icon of nature lies before you an impossible view simply called Inspiration Point though some refer to it as the tunnel view. A "U" shaped glacier valley lies a thousand feet below you. To the left of the image, the impressive, largest single piece of exposed granite called El Capitan is the most dominate object in Yosemite Valley. Early explorers, unable to believe their eyes, estimated the rock at only 900ft above the valley floor. They simply could not fathom it's real height. Modern measurements eventually put it well over three times that height at nearly 3000 feet above Yosemite Valley. To the right, a towering waterfall whipped by the blowing winds in the narrow canyon appropriately named Bridal Veil Falls. While not the tallest, it is definitely one of the more beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite. In the far distance, another seemingly impossible large chunk of granite cut in half by the glaciers appropriately named Half Dome rises above the valley. But it's not over yet, you have only begun the start of a dream like drive that will take you all the way up the valley past numerous waterfalls, the meandering Merced River and lead you to Yosemite Falls which will makes Bridal Veil Falls look like a tiny trickle of water. If you are a photographer, you could easily spend your day at the entrance as the scene will change by the minute, especially in winter, but push on, as there is much to see.

Winter and early spring in Yosemite are a quiet time and possibly the best for photography if you don't mind driving on cliff walls in the snow. The summer crowds have yet to arrive. The campgrounds are empty and except for a few cars driving though the valley the roads are clear. And though you may stick to the outhouse seats there are few drawbacks to visiting during this time of year provided you bring the proper gear for you and your car. If you can, plan your visits to coincide with the breaking of a winter storm. Yosemite staff are good at keeping the roads open and you have a good chance of getting the proper conditions for some stunning photography as the clouds break. I spent 5 years of my life living just outside the park. My only regret is that digital photography was only in its infancy at the time.

Darv

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We had planned to film the Christmas Tree lighting in Oakhust but at the last minute decided to take in the sunset on Bass Lake. The sunset turned in to a full moonrise and we found ourselves in awe of the beauty of the lake under a cold December sky. Light from the many cabins on the far shore reflected in the mirror perfect water and the pines backlit by moonlit smoke from many fireplaces and fog that had clung to the hills during sunset. It was a great evening having earlier had a Bald Eagle fly directly over but alas too dark to capture his swift wings as he flew quickly across the lake. The majesty of the Sierra Mountains never ceases to amaze me and is a favorite subject for my photography.

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Tags:   Christmas Moonlight Moon Smoke Fog Misty Bass Lake Shore Shoreline Reflections Lake Sierra Nevada Mountains Market Resort Sunset Drought Clouds Evening Glow Darv Darvin Lynneal YosemiteLandscapes.com Explore

N 83 B 4.2K C 8 E Dec 6, 2014 F Dec 7, 2014
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When talking about Bass Lake most probably think of warm Summer days spent skiing, fishing and playing in the cool refreshing waters in a Pine Forest. However Winter on Bass Lake is quite stunning and evokes an entirely different calmer mood of snuggling in a warm blanket by the light of a fire while looking out on a mirrored reflection of the Sierra Mountains under a full moon. There is nothing that says it's the holidays quite like a warm cozy cabin by the lake in December under the soft glow of a full moon. Good food, close friends and wonderful memories that make life in the mountains so uniquely special.

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Tags:   Christmas Moonlight Moon Smoke Fog Misty Bass Lake Shore Shoreline Reflections Lake Sierra Nevada Mountains Market Resort Sunset Drought Clouds Evening Glow Darv Darvin Lynneal YosemiteLandscapes.com

N 63 B 3.8K C 6 E Sep 7, 2014 F Sep 9, 2014
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We went to see the Yosemite forest fire that had broken out in Little Yosemite Valley south of Half Dome. We arrived just in time to see the full moonrise over the distant peaks to the south. If you look closely you can see some smoke in the forest from the raging wildfire just off screen. Unfortunately it wasn't possible to get both in the shot due to the angle but it was a beautiful site without the devastating wildfire.

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N 49 B 3.9K C 5 E Sep 7, 2014 F Sep 9, 2014
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Half Dome is silhouetted by the raging fire that crossed over Little Yosemite Valley and climbed the cliffs of some of the most famous views in one of America's most famous parks. Forest that John Muir walked through are now nothing but ash and stumps. It is sad to see this beautiful forest burn but the drought has claimed much of California's beautiful back country and the season is far from over. Fire fighters fought the fire until dark. Rangers worked to get (hopefully) everyone out safely. The fire was fast moving and by afternoon had consumed a good portion of some of the best trails in the park. And it's not out yet.

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