Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Skywatch Friday & ABC Wednesday: Y is for Yosemite

Some of our blogging friends know that we made a photographic tour to the Yosemite National Park last Fall with Dave Wyman and Ken Rockwell. It's thus obvious that we have been waiting for the letter "Y" to showcase a few of our photos at Yosemite. From a tourist point of view, there are two vista points to take in the whole Yosemite Valley. One is at "Valley View" and the other is at "Tunnel View". Valley View is by the Merced River, at the bottom of the Valley, close to the exit. The day started with a misty morning but by the afternoon when we reached the Valley View, it was pouring rain, only occasionally, the clouds broke to let in some sunshine.

At the Valley View looking back into the valley, on the left hand side is the giant boulder of "El Captan", which we have shown previously.

At the right hand side we can see the "Cathedral Rocks" with the "Bridalveil Fall" barely visible in the distance.

"Tunnel View" has nothing to do with the tunnel vision. It is on the Route 41 just east of Wawona Tunnel. It looks down into the Yosemite Valley. Whenever we see a mountain scene covered with misty clouds, we often say that it looks like a Chinese painting. The view of Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall from the Tunnel View indeed looks like a Chinese brush painting.

We were down at the valley when we saw the clouds broke, we had to rush up to the Tunnel View and just in time to have a few minutes of the magnificent view of the valley.

The clouds moved very fast with light changing every minute. A few minutes after we arrived, the whole valley was covered with clouds again. However, we appreciate that the clouds make the view much more dramatic than it would be on a bright sunny day.

We supposed to be able to see the Half Dome in the distance, but we would have to wait till the next day at the Glacial Point where we had a view of the famous rock up close during the sunset. You can see the pictures here in our previous blog.

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33 comments:

Spiderdama said...

I love this;-) Really beautiful place and shot! I'm trying to convince my husband that we should go there, but he wants to travel to Yellowstone..time will tell:-)
Wish you a Happy New Year from Norway!

fiziskandarz said...

OH-MY-GOODNESS!! the view is breathtaking!! [ we're now officially very very jealous! haha ] u both must be having a time of ur life manage to see it urselves :) happy new year. btw, we didn't manage to win anything during the competition the other day, but we're grateful enuff we made as 1 of the finalist :)

Leslie: said...

Beautiful photos! HOpefully, we'll make it there some day, too.

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent shots! And the skies make the scenes even more beautiful1 Yosemite has always been one of my favorite places and have been there many times, but it never loses it's magic! These are really stunning! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Manang Kim said...

Wish to visit that place someday. Thanks for sharing!

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Tumblewords: said...

Oh, yes, Yosemite is one the great sites! Beautiful, beautiful photos!

photowannabe said...

Breathtaking. I never get tired of seeing Yosemite.
Your pictures are awesome.

Roger Owen Green said...

I would have been disappointed had it not been Yosemite.

I've never been; will need to rectify that.

Jama said...

It's so breathtaking lovely!

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh my, what marvelous photos. Have never been to Yosemite, and probably never will, so your beautiful pictures are especially welcome.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the virtual tour! It seems all very impressive! I love it! Thanks for your visit and I wish you a very prolific blogging year!

RuneE said...

A magnificent view - One I dearly wish I would have been able yo visit.

Joy said...

Misty mornings are magical and your photos of Yosemite are that indeed.

Jay said...

Those pictures are incredible and really make me want to go there. I love the way the clouds add to the scene, and the monochrome one is just gorgeous.

OH has some Ansel Adams prints of El Capitan in different seasons so I recognised that rock. Would LOVE to see it for myself!

Janie said...

Great Yosemite photos! I really like the clouds. They give the pictures character.

Paula Scott said...

Oh, I am still feeling envious that you got to do this workshop with Ken and David! I'm sure you learned a lot! I visit Ken's site all the time!
And, those shots of Yosemite that you posted here are out of this world! Wow!

Lene said...

Hello, the two of you :) Looong time - no seen - but I am happy to be back here at your site. Your pictures today are absolutly breathtaking!!! Amazing!! I envy you all the lovely places you are photographing :) Thank you for shareing :)

Carolyn Ford said...

OH-My! These enlarged are beyond gorgeous. You caught the most majestic scenes ever! Yosemite is always a photographer's dream but, you hit the right time for sure. Fabulous!

Rajesh said...

Fantastic views of the valley. Simply breathtaking and out of the world.

Jane said...

Its looks such a interesting place, Yosemite ( I have seen it a number of times on Sunrise Earth), beautiful photography G&B. Thanks for sharing:)

Elisabeth said...

Love "Tunnel View." Excellent!

Rob Ripma said...

Beautiful series of shots! Hopefully I will be able to visit Yosemite someday soon!

Shannara said...

Love your pictures. Dramatic and lovely.

Just beautiful.

Looking on all this Skywatc pics makes me want to be a millionare so I can take my kids and travell around the planet!

Eaglesbrother said...

Great photo's..I do like the misty covering in and around the mountains..adds alot of interest...and the clouds are awesome.

Photo Cache said...

Fabulous captures. You took really outstanding shots of my fave place.

My sky is here - http://ewok1993.wordpress.com

J said...

I sometimes think I must say 'wow' whenever I comment on your blog. I really am in awe of your photographic locations and expertise. The one with the mountains and mist is my favourite, majestic yet calm.

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Wonderful photos from Yosemite. I have been there but at that time I hadn't discovered how fun it is with the camera :)

Light and Voices said...

I enjoyed scrolling down to see the next image. Magnificient job!
Joyce, IL, USA

Irene said...

Awesome views of Yosemite. Thank you. On my to do list: visit Taiwan. US is too far to fly to so will have to see.

Regina said...

Awesome place! Great captures!
Thanks for sharing.

Happy weekend.

Japa said...

Awesome photos.

vincibene said...

Fantastic dramatic impressive pictures!

Helena said...

Wow! These are amazing photos!

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