This past week, it rained and snowed in the Sierra. Not nearly enough to have any real impact on our drought. But, as evening comes and the storm breaks up, golden sunlight streams through the breaks in the clouds, dappling the mountainsides with gold hued color. I took advantage of the weather conditions this week and visited Yosemite for a quick overnight trip. My goal was to do some exploring and to study how light can add depth to an image. I did some research and learned that sun would be setting in a line that would illuminate half dome, clouds rest and the canyons below. A perfect setting for what I wanted to do. To satisfy the explorer in my blood, I went off the beaten path to get different perspectives with Half Dome as my anchor.
I hiked the trail toward Inspiration Point looking for a different perspective from the traditional view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. The trail is 2.6 miles, round trip, with a 1,000 foot elevation gain. Aside from being steep, it is full of rocks, many of which are loose, and many tree roots. It’s not for the casual walker. But, for those that are willing to endure, the view of the valley, especially Bridalveil Falls, is spectacular.
I also hiked a small section of the Panorama Trail; the portion from Glacier Point to the top of Illilouette Falls and back. This piece is 4 miles round trip with a 1,470 foot elevation change. Fortunately, most of trail is very well groomed.
This portion of the Panorama trail provides a perspective of Half Dome from the back leading down to Little Yosemite Valley and Vernal and Nevada Falls. Illilouette falls is a 370’ waterfall that is quite beautiful as seen from the Mist Trail. But, you really cannot see the fall itself from the portion of the trail that I hiked; perhaps crossing the bridge may lead you to a spot where the falls are visible. There is one spot where you can see the top of falls through the trees and another spot where it may be more visible if you stand right on the cliff edge. Though you cannot see the fall itself, there is a beautiful cascade where the trail bridge crosses the river. That, in and of itself, is worth the effort to go there.
Nice weather, nice light, spectacular scenery. It was a great time. I hope you enjoy the images.
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