This is part II of my Winter in Yosemite photos series. Most people don’t see Yosemite this time of year. Check out my story and photos of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Mirror Lake in Part I. It only gets better in Part II.
I didn’t come to see what I wanted. It’s not my fault. The Yosemite photos you see in all the magazines and travel photographs didn’t happen for me.
You see, I am not an expert travel photographer. Yet what I didn’t see may turn out to be some of the best photos I’ve ever taken.
Anyone who has been hiking in northern California knows how beautiful this area is. However, Yosemite is different. Many people want Yosemite photos of Bridalveil Falls. Maybe you want that black and white tribute with a few Ansel Adams Yosemite photos .
This isn’t summer. Yet winter may be the best time to visit Yosemite National Park. If you enjoyed my winter Yosemite photos in Part I, I’ve got another story to tell you.
More importantly, I’ve got some of the best Yosemite photos you may ever see.
Winter in Yosemite with my friends
The snow crunched under my feet as I left the first footprints in the freshly fallen powder. The sun was setting as I positioned myself in Cook’s meadow to capture the perfect Yosemite photo.
Clouds caressed the mountains and draped over Yosemite Falls like a soft blanket. In the distance, the mountains in Cook’s meadow burned with an orange glow. Blue sky mixed with the gray clouds as they were the only companions of this sunset in Yosemite.
For 45 minutes, I sat by myself in one of the most popular spots in Yosemite National Park. During the summer, I would be joined by many others as we waited for those perfect Yosemite photos to share.
But this is winter in Yosemite and I was all alone.
During the cold winter months, Yosemite delights in her new identity wrapped in clouds and snow. Popular Yosemite photos at Tunnel View and Valley View hid El Capitan and Half Dome. While I was disappointed that I didn’t see the famous views in full glory, I was in awe of Yosemite’s beauty.
While taking photos of these Yosemite landmarks, I was stunned by the effect of the snow and the clouds. Cathedral Spires were surrounded by puffy clouds and pure snow in an undisturbed meadow of peace and silence. El Capitan posed gracefully under the blue and white sky as the winter trees paged homage to this Yosemite icon.
After my earlier hike to Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake for some bonding time with Half Dome, I spent my afternoon on a tour bus visiting all the major sights for those famous Yosemite photos.
As the sun faded, I joined Yosemite Falls all wrapped in her blanket in Cook’s Meadow. As the winter sky put on fashion show full of colors for sunset, I was once again alone with Yosemite. The burnt orange mountains and gray skies shared their heavenly space with patches of blue sky.
I sat and waited on that perfect Yosemite sunset photo. I may have waited too long for it but I didn’t care. Sitting alone bundled up with my companions Yosemite Falls and the unblemished snow, I watched and wandered in awe at what I was seeing.
Winter Yosemite photos – El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls
Some of the most beautiful views in my life were captured in these photos. I found the beauty of Yosemite in the unseen and silent.
You can have your blue skies, perfect weather, and unobstructed views of El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome.
This may not be an adventure like a Yosemite zipline tour. However, these winter Yosemite photos have come to life as I shared the moment with my majestic companions on my birthday.
It was the perfect gift.
What is the best travel photo you’ve ever taken?
Enjoy more Yosemite photos or purchase one of these in my Yosemite winter gallery. Stay tuned for an upcoming Winter in Yosemite photos ebook with even more photos!
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