This photograph was made during the same fall trip to Yosemite when an early snow storm had all the photographers excited for some beautiful weather in the valley. I had started driving from home, well aware that I would not make it into the Yosemite valley in time for sunrise. I had hoped that the storm would clear a little, but a quick look at the webcams on the way indicated otherwise.
I usually stop in Mariposa for refueling and some stretching after a 3 hr drive, and that’s when I checked the webcams. Now that there was no real rush to reach the valley, I decided to make the most of whatever existed between Mariposa and the valley, instead of gunning straight to the valley. Just outside of Midpines, the above scene was just unfolding, with patches of sunlight, clouds and the snow on the hills. I made a few other stops along the way that day, before finally reaching the valley.