Yosemite & Mono Lake Day 2 & 3

After a leisurely start we headed to the valley to see if there was any water at Bridal Veil falls.  No such luck there was a trickle but even that allowed us to see the magnitude of the height and widths of Bridal Veil as wing sways the falls from side to side.  We drove one way loop photographing the iconic landscapes and finally got to the Merced river bed at Cathedral Beach to photograph El Capitan and its reflections.  The first image is of Don photographing El Capitan while the second is an unobstructed view with the reflection in the river.  The Merced is quit dry at this time and give some new opportunities to capture images from the river bed.

Don Photographs El Capitan

A reflection of El Capitan.

El Capitan Reflected

 

We did a fe more locations including the views from Swinging Bridge and the river bed below.

Merced Reflection

After lunch at the Mountain Room we went to the Meadows across Sentinel bridge in preparation for a sunset image of Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge.

Half Dome at Sunset

 

Day 3 – A significant forest fire has been burning near the Cascades.  The fire started as a result of a lightning strike and has been burning since mid June.  The firs two days were not impacted but this morning the smoke was evident as it blew into the valley. The haze created by the smoke makes of difficult photography.

Smoke enters the Valley

 

After a day photographing from various vistas we headed out to Washburn and Glacier Points.

A 10 image panorama of the view from Washburn Point:

Washburn Point Pano

Half Dome at Sunset – Washburn Point

 

 

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