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Snow, Trees and the Merced, Yosemite National Park, CA

Snow and Trees, Yosemite National Park

Snow and Trees, Yosemite National Park - Canon_5D_MarkII-17-40mm-F18-.05s-ISO100

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“Yosemite Valley blanketed in fresh snow the morning after a snow storm cleared. This photograph was shot along the merced river close to El Capitan bridge, giving the viewers just a glimpse of how the park looks when covered in snow”

I spent a wonderful weekend in Yosemite couple of months back. It was my first time in the valley while it was snowing, first time seeing the valley completely blancketed in snow, first time installing tire chains, first time walking thigh deep in snow, in other words, I completely enjoyed it.

This was shot the day after a snow storm dumped fresh snow in the valley. I arrived in the valley the day before while hoping that the storm could possibly clear at around sunset. While conditions looked grim, as landscape photographers, all we can do is hope for that magic. Much to my wife’s dismay (it was really cold outside), we waited at a location pointing my camera at the El Capitan, hoping that there be some light at sunset. But right around sunset it started to snow, rather heavily. My hopes of getting any image like the one I got last year (see here) was lost. The storm cleared overnight and left us with some beautiful white landscape and clear blue skies.

I had visited this very same spot during the fall season and captured this (Autumn Morning) shot. The thought of getting a snow covered tree reflected in the Merced was enough to make me walk in knee deep snow to reach this location. Although, I was hoping for beautiful reflections throughout the frame, I am actually happy how this turned out with some ice in the foreground.

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