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Snow Covered Trees and Fall Color, Yosemite 2012

Snow Covered Trees and Fall Color, Yosemite 2012

Snow Covered Trees and Fall Color, Yosemite 2012

 

 

Valley Oak and Snow, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Valley Oak and Snow, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Valley Oak and Snow, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Oak Tree with gets a dose of late evening light after a snow storm cleared during the fall season.

Merced River Canyon, Clearing Storm, CA

Merced River Canyon, Clearing Storm, CA

Merced River Canyon, Clearing Storm, CA

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.

Favorite Photographs – 2012

The year 2012 started with a few good images close to home in the American RIver Parkway, then slowed down during the spring and summer months and gained pace again during fall with some beautiful opportunities in the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite.

Below are few of my favorites for this year. Please feel free to leave a comment indicating your favorite among these.

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Fisherman Amerirican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Fisherman Amerirican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

 

Dawn and Great Blue Heron, American River Parkway, 2012

Dawn and Great Blue Heron, American River Parkway, 2012

 

Ross Geese at Sunset, Merced National Wildlife Refuge,CA

Ross Geese at Sunset, Merced National Wildlife Refuge,CA

 

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

 

Impossible Tree Falls details, Yosemite National Park, CA

Impossible Tree Falls details, Yosemite National Park, CA

 

Upcoming Tufa, Mono Lake, 2012

Upcoming Tufa, Mono Lake, 2012

 

Snow Storm over El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Snow Storm over El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 2012

 

Valley View Sunset, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Valley View Sunset, Yosemite National Park, 2012

 

Fall Reflections, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Fall Reflections, Yosemite National Park, 2012

Previous Photos from the same location : Autumn Morning, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaSnow-Trees-Yosemite-2011

Crazy Oak Reflections, Folsom, CA, 2012

Crazy Oak Reflections, Folsom, CA, 2012

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, 2012

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

Snowy Banks, Yosemite, CA

Visiting places in the park you are already familiar with can be very rewarding. Since you already know the location, you are not anxious and that can lead to you seeing new opportunities not seen by you before.

Clearing Storm and El Capitan, Yosemite, 2012

Clearing Storm, El Capitan, Yosemite 2012

Clearing Storm, El Capitan, Yosemite 2012

I made a day trip to Yosemite as a late snow storm moved through the park. I was a able to catch 2 breaks in the storm, one from noon to 2pm and then a very short one at 5. As I drove back west well before sunset, I went through some heavy snowfall and then rain which would eventually head towards the valley blocking any light around sunset.

I had stopped near El Capitan meadow to photograph some black oaks while it was still snowing. After a while, suddenly I saw some sunlight filter through the oaks. When I turned around and looked up at the towering El Capitan, I saw a little patch of blue sky drift fast above it.  I was too close to the action and I ended up tilting my wide angle lens a little up, which is very evident from this frame (you can see the trees on the edge of the frame bent towards the center).

I tried correcting the perspective distortion in Photoshop, but after a while decided to stick with the original. I like the trees bent I guess.

Frosted Fallen Leaves, American River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Frosted Fallen Leaves, American River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Frosted Fallen Leaves, American River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Frost builds up on fallen leaves along the American River Parkway and luckily I reached to it before the sun could :)

Ross Geese at Sunset, Merced NWR, CA

Ross Geese at Sunset, Merced NWR, CA

Ross Geese at Sunset, Merced NWR, CA

A peaceful scene at the Merced NWR, just before the noisy liftoff shown in my previous post.

Sunset and Sky Filled with Ross Geese, Merced NWR, CA

Sunset and Sky Filled with Ross Geese, Merced NWR, CA

Sunset and Sky Filled with Ross Geese, Merced NWR, CA

I spent an afternoon at the Merced NWR trying to photograph Ross Geese, who spend their winter here in large numbers (something like 50-60k). Most of the time, I was waiting by a seasonal pond waiting for them lift-off while listening to their noisy cryptic chatter. There were few anxious moments when it looked like they may take off in large numbers, but nothing really happened.

As dusk approached, they started to fly away in small groups to a nearby field far away from the road and it looked like they were going to spend the night there. But something spooked them right after the sun went down, they screamed past me in a large circle and most of then flew back to the filed from which they took off. I had given up all hope, and was concentrating on some sunset reflections shots, when my wife alerted me to a low rumble from the distant filed, and I turned around in time to see the large cloud of birds lift-off once again and came flying back to the pond there were in before. Its hard to describe the scene with words, so take a look at the video below. I shot this before and after I made this photo.

http://youtu.be/7fb8N9fgyvs

Trees on Bluff, Russian Gulch State Preserve, Mendocino, CA

Trees on Bluff, Russian Gulch State Preserve, Mendocino, CA

Trees on Bluff, Russian Gulch State Preserve, Mendocino, CA

On a recent trip to Mendocino with friends and family, my initial intension was not to take out my camera and spoil the fun for the rest. Initially, my plan sounded reasonable since the entire coast was blanketed in fog for most part of the day. But as it always happens, the fog started clearing right around sunset and luckily I was at a beach inside the Russian Gulch State Preserve.

There was never going to be any explosive colors in the sky, since it was devoid of any clouds. So, instead I concentrated on the details. These group of trees were perfectly illuminated by the setting sun and I oblidged.