Monday, March 12, 2012

Yosemite Clearing Storm

The valley had become socked in under heavy clouds and fog as the afternoon wore on during our last afternoon there. We had planned to leave early enough to swing by the big trees, but the snow had closed the road to the grove. I thought we might as well head out and stop at Tunnel View, hoping the light would be better at the higher elevation. I had read that a clearing storm often yielded the best photography conditions.

Sure enough, the conditions unfolded in dramatic fashion. The sun was dropping, the clouds moving, fog lifting and excitement was rising. Would the clouds shift enough before the sun set? We were in the line with quite a few other photographers wondering and waiting when I thought to look around behind us. I spotted this high on the ridge. The moment lasted just long enough to change the lens.

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