Morning in Yosemite Valley

September 05, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

In continuation of my series on Yosemite, here are a few photos from Yosemite Valley. I took the following photo in the morning from Sentinel Bridge. In the foreground is the Merced River and in the background is Half Dome.

Morning on the Merced River and Half DomeMorning on the Merced River and Half DomeMorning in Yosemite Valley. View of the Merced River and Half Dome.

One of the biggest attractions in Yosemite Valley is Cook's Meadow. During the late spring, the meadow is filled with wildflowers, but even in August, the meadow is beautiful. I think the beautify of the meadow lies in the juxtaposition of the flat wetlands with the giant peaks and tall trees that surround the meadow.

Morning in Cook's MeadowMorning in Cook's MeadowMorning in Cook's Meadow, Yosemite Valley.

I've been trying for some time to create a photo with trees in the foreground and met with varying degrees of success. I think the following photo works. Behind the trees is the Merced River and then Cook's Meadow. The bright background behind the trees pulls you into the photo. When I see this photo, it makes me feel like I'm there and that I can just walk through the trees and into the meadow. It gives me a sense of place.

Through the Trees at Cook's MeadowThrough the Trees at Cook's MeadowMorning in Yosemite Valley. View of Sentinel Meadow through some redwood trees.

Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's clear from the crowds and the traffic that I'm not the only one who knows this. Fortunately, most people aren't willing to get up at 4:20 a.m. while on vacation. So, if you're willing to get up early enough, you can have the valley all to yourself.

The following photo is of the Merced River with Upper Yosemite Falls in the background. I took the photo from Swinging Bridge, a very popular place for picnicking and swimming. When I was there at 7:30 a.m., I found only one other person. I like the photo. To me, it looks very calm and peaceful. I really like the reflection of the mountains in the water.

Morning on the Merced RiverMorning on the Merced RiverMorning in Yosemite Valley. View of Upper Yosemite Falls from Swinging Bridge.

 


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